After our diet busting weekend in Brussels (I know, we weren't forced but we felt like a couple of lardies) the first thing I did when we got back was to harvest our first salad of the year.
There's Lettuce Tom Thumb grown in wine boxes . They were planted up on March 14th and covered with a single layer of horticultural fleece which I removed on April 12th just before the hot spell when I knew I'd be away and didn't want them to fry.
The young leaves of perpetual spinach leaves came through the winter (I'll let it run to seed in the summer and try and save some seed). And the chives were a division of an older clump which I split in three and planted up in pots. The red lettuce Lollo Rosso adds a some colour and the flat leaf parsley adds a herby element.
Cutting the heads of both lettuces about a half inch stub above the ground, I'm hoping they'll come back again, producing another crop on a 'cut and come again' basis. I've done it before with Lollo Rosso but I'm wondering will it work with Tom Thumb?