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Crowan
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Suggestions, please, for perennials that I can plant or forage for winter (October through to February) salad leaves.
I know this is unseasonal, but I'm trying to come up with ideas now so that I can source and plant fairly soon.

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I guess either this isn't a common interest or no one could think of any! In case it is the latter, these are what I have come up with:
Rumex acetosa (common sorrel)
Watercress
Viola sempervirens (Evergreen violet)
Malva spp. (Mallow)
Claytonia (Purslane)
Brassica oleracea (Perennial brassica)
Allium ampeloprasum (Babington's Leek)

Any other suggestions gratefully received!

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Cascara
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Well I like the nettle tips, and they grow all year round.

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Well I like the nettle tips, and they grow all year round.

I like them cooked, but I'm particularly looking for raw leaves. I guess dead nettle should be able to be picked all year. I'll keep a part of the patch from flowering.

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What about using a glass cloche or greenhouse to keep them warm all year round?

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Crowan
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What about using a glass cloche or greenhouse to keep them warm all year round?

Thanks for replying.
I have a greenhouse, but I'm aiming for as 'close to the earth' as possible.

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My greenhouse is over earth, no concrete base so it just keeps some of the weather out, it's a fair compromise for me 🙂 Still organic.

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I do garden in an organic way - increasingly permaculture as I learn more about it (I'm in the middle of an on-line course) - and heading towards forest gardening as the simplest and healthiest (for me and for the land) way forward. So the greenhouse may well become part of that, but I'm still at a learning stage!
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