On Schumacher’s principle that ‘small is beautiful’ I have long experimented with growing food in square one-metre blocks. My crops can be used for soups, pizzas, stir-fries or curries, but the salad plot is my favourite. If you have a tiny plot of earth, or some large pots or boxes, you can grow your own fresh salads. Soil with compost, seaweed fertiliser, sunshine and a daily watering are the basics.

Whether you buy seeds or seedlings, look for a mixture – mesclun – of non-hearting green and red lettuces. Lightly rake in the seed. As lettuce is shallow-rooted, sow deep-rooted baby carrots or ...


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