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Grow your own salad mixture

Mixed greens

I've played around with mixing salad greens all in the same bed before and wasn't entirely pleased with the results. Black-seeded simpson simply trumps all other lettuces in terms of flavor in my opinion, so mixing in other lettuce varieties wasn't a hit. Meanwhile, trying to interplant spinach was problematic since lettuce and spinach grow quite differently.

But this year I randomly sprinkled a thin line of arugula seeds down the middle of my last lettuce bed before scattering the lettuce seeds across the entire surface. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me, some of the kale I'd let go to seed in that bed had dropped propagules that were waiting for the proper season in which to grow. The result? A perfect salad-in-a-bed --- 90% lettuce, 3% red Russian kale, and 7% arugula. Yum!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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