In a vegetable garden, even of very small size, one can certainly miss a salad area. There are many different types, each suitable for the preparation of specific recipes, many of which are cool and without any difficulty or special cooking. To get a tasty salad dish, just take some leaves, wash them thoroughly under the cold running water and place them as desired, with some salt and extra virgin olive oil. Recently, in supermarkets and market desks, the protagonists are organic foods, among which the salad is one of the most appreciated vegetables. There are those who prefer classic lettuce, lovers of envy, slightly bitter taste, who opt for the crispness of iceberg salad. Other variants are soncino, crescione, chicory. The rocket is a type of salad that can also be used to garnish the pizza, along with excellent grain flakes. Or there is the red radish, ideal for preparing delicious risotto.
How to grow the salad
The cultivation of the salad is not complex and can also be done by people who do not have the green thumb, provided they follow the most important recommendations on exposure, watering and soil. Almost all types of salad can also be grown in pots, a technique that has had a very wide diffusion, especially where you can not have a zone to devote to garden. On the balcony or terrace in the city center, you can grow salads, tasting them fresh, just like those just picked up by countryside. The salad can be grown from seeds, easily found in a garden shop or simply in a supermarket, or by buying very young plants to be picked up or put directly to the house. The soil for cultivation will be previously prepared, with a vigorous vigoratura and, in the case of potted cultivation, mixing the universal soil with peat. The salad must be transplanted with all the soil, immediately wetting to facilitate the adaptation to the new soil. The fertilization should be done a couple of weeks before the transplant, so that fertilizers are well absorbed. Irrigation must be frequent but not exaggerated, in order to avoid stagnation and rotation. It is always advisable to check for proper drainage. In pots, always check that there are holes in the bottom to drain excess water.
IThe first advantage of the salad is that it is fresh, immediately edible and easy to find in spring and summer. A salad dish is always welcome on hot days when tortoise, pasta, rice and broth are not the most suitable solution. The salad is also and above all a light food, with very few calories but with many vitamins, including A, B and C. Most of the salad is water. Fibers and minerals can also be found in the salad, which are very important for the well-being of the organism. The salad, famously, also has digestive, laxative and diuretic action. The mixed salad can be consumed as a single dish, for a snack or for a quick lunch.
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