Seasonal Salad – early April

early april salad from the edible forest

As mild as the winter has been for us (with a total of one day when the temperature did not come above zero), as cold is the current spring. Which means I am delaying sowing directly outside, (except for some hardy veg under row covers) and that in turn means it will take longer before we can harvest any new season’s salads. Fortunately, there are plenty of perennial veg that have already started growing in our edible forest garden and our salads are getting more varied and more colorful by the day. Here is what went into this week’s salad:
Fennel (Phoeniculum vulgare)
Perennial kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Sweet violet (Viola odorata) – both leaves and flowers
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Blood-veined sorrel (Rumex sanguineus)
Buckler-Leaved Sorrel or French sorrel (Rumex scutatus)
Wild garlic (Allium ursinum)
Burnet saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga)

early April salad from the edible forest garden

Land cress (Barbarea verna)
Alexanders (Smyrnium olustratum)

Self-sowing annuals
Vegetable mallow (Malva crispa)
Winter purslane (Claytonia perfoliata)
Corn salad (Valerianella locusta)
Leaf mustards (Brassica oleracea acephala) – some overwintered outside, some in the cold frame, including some flowers
Heartsease (Viola tricolor) – flowers

7 comments for “Seasonal Salad – early April

  1. 25/04/2015 at 09:09

    Wat een plaatje!

  2. 11/04/2015 at 20:34

    Wonderful salad !

  3. 10/04/2015 at 15:01

    The colors are wonderful. I’m becoming intrigued by the concept of food forests since I’ve reconnected with a friend who is strting hers in the neighborhood. I may have the potential to grow some of the ground layer edible plants in my shady garden. Your list there should be a good start for my investigations into what I can grow. I hope it warms up for you soon but not too much!

    • vera@gtc
      11/04/2015 at 15:27

      Thank you, Mark! It sounds like perennial vegetables could be the solution for you – many of them can grow in the semi-shade under trees: sorrels, Good King Henry, wild garlic and such.

  4. 09/04/2015 at 22:00

    It looks (and sounds) delicious, Vera! While spring here in the south of Sweden is rather mild this year, I too am late this year with sowing. We will be moving to a new place in May and my kitchen garden plans had to get adapted quite much. There is still plenty of time to sow and grow once we’ve moved – and on my windowsill I am pre-growing vegetables and annuals for the flower beds. However, I am very much looking forward following this year’s garden journey on your blog!

    Warm spring greetings to the Netherlands,


    • vera@gtc
      11/04/2015 at 15:29

      Thank you, Juliane! Good luck with your move, you’re right – there’s plenty of time to grow a garden even if you cannot start before May!

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