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.
- Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK BooksDorling Kindersley
E-mail This Page to Your Friendsx
A link to %this page% was e-mailed
4. Prevent pests.
Cover your planter with fine mesh netting to protect the seedlings from pests such as birds, slugs and snails. This netting will also prevent butterflies from laying their eggs, which hatch into hungry caterpillars. To keep your planter away from slugs and snails, place it on a tabletop, a windowsill or even a couple of bricks, rather than putting it on the ground.
5. Maintain the seedlings.
Two weeks later, thin the first seedlings so your plants have room to grow. Make another trench in the middle of the planter and sow more seeds thinly, then cover them lightly with soil.
6. Harvest your salad greens.
The first leaves will be ready to eat after about three weeks. Use scissors to cut about one inch (2.5 cm) above the base of the stem, leaving a stump that will grow into more leaves.
Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books
All pots, large and small, need some preparation. Plants will live longer and look better if their pots are prepared well. Use...(7 photos)