Salad leaves and lettuces are something which I haven't grown much of in the past. As a family, we don't eat many salads yet last year, I found myself eating many more than I ever have done before so I intend to increase production this year.
Back in March I combined the seeds from half empty packs of seeds, or seeds which had gone way beyond their use by dates. There were various lettuce and leaves as well as chives. I sowed them very thickly in to a seed tray and I'm now able to cut these as baby leaves for salads.
I've also been growing some leaves for Sammy, Eleanor's rabbit. I bought a pack of living rabbit food seeds last year and they were such a hit that I'm growing them again this year.
Sammy can't seem to get enough of them, I'm not sure what the mix of seed is but there's definitely clover in there.
Incidentally, I wouldn't give a rabbit the mixed leaves I've grown for myself as there are some types of lettuce which can be harmful to bunnies. Also, some varieties are so high in water that they're of no nutritional value, so are not recommended.
You can see how much he enjoys this living rabbit food. This is what's left after a ten minute munch. Don't worry, he hasn't nibbled the plastic seed tray, it was already like that.
Since these photos were taken, his hutch and run have been moved back on to the grass for the summer months. He still gets let out to have a good run around, but it means he has access to grass to munch on whenever he wants.
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