The last of the tomatoes and peppers are ripening in the window, and the soil they grew in is cleaned up and raked smooth. But it won't sit empty all winter.
The next job is to rake in a general fertiliser and sow short rows of winter salads.
Varieties of salads we've had the best results with are the Spicy Mix type, Claytonia (Winter Purslane or Miner's Lettuce), Japanese Mizuna and the frilly, cut-leafed mustards. After trying a number of seed companies, I've found Tuckers Seeds give a good choice of varieties for a modest price, with a high seed count and good germination. Plants of Distinction have some fascinating varieties but they are more expensive and the number of seeds in the packet sometimes disappointing. Varieties of lettuce for winter greenhouse production are sold, but I've never succeeded in avoiding downy mildew problems.