Are you tired of spending $3 or $4 for a bag of salad greens from your grocery store? Salad greens fresh from the garden are not only less expensive, but they are more convenient and taste better. So what do you do if you don’t have enough room in your garden to plant salad greens? Or what if you don’t have a garden at all? Well, you can grow your own salad garden as long as you have a sunny window by creating a ‘salad bowl’.
It is very easy to grow your own leaf lettuce in containers.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Select a planter that is at least 8″ deep with holes for drainage.
2. Fill with good quality potting soil and moisten completely, before planting seeds.
3. Plant with seeds – try leaf lettuce, arugula, escarole or garden cress. I like to buy a packet of ‘Mesclun’, which contains a mix of leaf lettuce, endive, arugula and chervil. (Transplants also work well).
4. Put in a sunny area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight, but avoid hot, afternoon sun.
5. Keep the soil surface moist until seeds germinate. I like to use a spray bottle filled with water and lightly mist the soil so that I don’t displace the seeds.
6. Once the seeds germinate, back off slightly on the watering, but do not allow the soil to dry out.
7. Thin seedlings to the recommended distance recommended on the seed packet and fertilize every two weeks using a fertilizer at 1/2 strength.
8. Start harvesting your salad greens. Snip off the outer leaves first. Your salad greens will continue to produce new leaves for you to harvest.
As your salad greens start to slow down, you can simply pull them out and start over again. So what are you waiting for? Grow your own salad garden in a bowl and start enjoying fresh salad greens as close as your windowsill.