How to Grow Loose Leaf Crops in a Container Garden
Learn how to easily grow loose leaf greens at home with this simple step-by-step guide for container gardening.
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- loose leaf seeds of choice
- container with drainage holes
- watering can
- balanced liquid fertilizer
Step 1: Add Compost and Sow Seeds
Ensure the container has drainage holes before filling with compost, leaving a gap below the rim to allow for easy watering. Make shallow drills, sow seeds and cover. For an early start, sow indoors.
Step 2: Move the Crops Outside
Seeds germinate after about two weeks, depending on the crop. Move indoor- raised crops outside when the risk of frost has passed. Water the plants well, and feed every other week with a balanced liquid fertilizer.
Step 3: Sow More Seed
Container-grown crops are best harvested regularly as individual leaves, picked when young and tender. Leave the plants to grow, but sow more seed to give a prolonged crop. Replace older plants every few weeks.