Edible Displays: Mixed Salads

Quick and easy, these colorful salad leaves, herbs and edible flowers will be ready to pick just six weeks after sowing.

Tossed Salad Greens Planted in Variety of Pots

Tossed Salad Greens Planted in Variety of Pots

Purple and pale green lettuces, sown in bands across the metal tub, rapidly fill out to form a mass of scalloped foliage, while the basket, edged with frilly ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ lettuce and mustard, is set off with a spray of edible marigolds. Variegated lemon thyme adds both color and fragrance to the third pot, where feathery Cosmos will supply daisy-like flowers later in summer. Pick individual leaves from across the display, and these pots will keep cropping for weeks.

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Purple and pale green lettuces, sown in bands across the metal tub, rapidly fill out to form a mass of scalloped foliage, while the basket, edged with frilly ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ lettuce and mustard, is set off with a spray of edible marigolds. Variegated lemon thyme adds both color and fragrance to the third pot, where feathery Cosmos will supply daisy-like flowers later in summer. Pick individual leaves from across the display, and these pots will keep cropping for weeks.

Step 1: Choose Containers

Select rustic containers about 8 inches-by-18 inches in size that suit a patio or gravel garden. Use multipurpose compost, and ensure the plants receive full sun or partial shade.

Step 2: Go Shopping

Buy the following plants: one packet lettuce ‘Dazzle’ seeds, one packet lettuce ‘Green Frills’ seeds, one packet lettuce ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ seeds, two pot marigolds (Calendula), one packet mustard ‘Red Giant’ seeds, one lemon thyme and three Cosmos (optional).

Step 3: Plant Flowers and Vegetables

Line the basket with durable plastic and make sure all pots have drainage holes. From mid-spring, fill them to about two inches below the rim with compost and plant the thyme and marigolds in their chosen positions (plant Cosmos after the frosts). Level the compost surface and thinly sow ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ and mustard seed. Mark out diagonal bands in the metal tub and thinly sow the two lettuce cultivars so that they do not mix. Cover seeds lightly with sieved compost and water. Keep well watered to prevent the salad plants rapidly running to seed.

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