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Permaculture Salad Seed Mix

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Hi Permies,

I'm new to the forum so I thought i'd start off with a question

Next spring I intend to plant a proper section in my garden dedicated to salad leaves and salad herbs, But I want to do this with a view to permaculture so I can basically just make up a seed mix and sow, and let nature do the rest!

So what would you add to the seed mix? I'm a complete amature so any help is appreciated!

I'm thinking like:

couple of types of lettuce
and clover as a nitrogen fixer?!

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Location: Adelaide, South Australia (Mediterranean climate)
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Chicory and endive might be worth considering.  Both come in many different varieties and generally have a slightly bitter flavour.  Chicory is a perennial.

Miner's lettuce, tatsoi and corn salad are possible winter growing, self-seeding annuals which are good raw in salads.

Chickweed is another self spreading plant which is great in salads.

Leaf amaranth is supposed to be edible raw, though I've never had enough success growing it to try.

Nasturtium leaves and flowers are edible in salads.

Mizuna, mibuna, land cress, dandelion, lovage, violets, beet leaves, orach, purslane are other options.

Many of these are only suitable for salads if you pick the young leaves.  Just make sure you have a positive ID on the plant before you eat.
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I'll second miner's lettuce and add purslane.  There are a couple selections of purslane (Garden purslane and Golden purslane from territorial seed) available that grow more upright and have nice big leaves.

Purslane is at it's best after the lettuce has pooped out from the heat.

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Rocket does very well as a self-seeder in my garden.  I think it's a variety they call 'wild arrugula'.

Anybody have seeds of golden purslane they'd be willing to share?  I have seed I collected of the common north american variety. 

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