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How to Grow Salad Greens in a Container

Make your next leafy dish straight from your home garden with these tips for growing salad greens without having to prepare a bed in your yard.

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Dividing Lettuce by TypeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Salad greens, like lettuce and spinach, grow quickly, and when you cut them, new ones form. Instead of sowing several seeds at the same time, plant a row every two weeks to provide a steady supply. Salad greens grow in full sun and most soil types are suitable. The seeds germinate in 1 week and the leaves are ready to harvest from 3 weeks. This project takes four weeks to complete.

Materials Needed:

  • planter
  • gravel
  • potting soil
  • salad greens seeds, like lettuce and spinach
  • kid-safe scissors
  • plastic milk jug
  • marker

1. Prepare your planter.

Put a thin layer of gravel in the base. Fill it with potting soil and water it well, then wait for the water to drain through, leaving the soil moist.

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2. Plant the seeds.

Make a 1/2-inch-deep trench along the back of the planter and sow seeds thinly along it. Brush soil over them lightly with your fingertips. Water using a watering can.

Using a Soil RulerEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Keep your greens organized.

Label each row with a marker made from one side of a plastic milk bottle and write the date on it when the row was sown.

Continuous Salad Green SupplyEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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