Something feels just a little bit brilliant about nipping into the garden and picking off some salad leaves to eat with dinner. It’s amazing, it really connects you with what you are eating and I think I treat it just a little bit more specially than if I’d just opened a pre-washed bag of salad.
With a couple of packs of seeds and several window boxes or containers you can pretty much keep yourself in salad leaves all summer.
What you need to make a container salad garden
- Window boxes, small plant pots or even upcycled junk – like coffee tins or juice cartons.
- Bag of compost.
- Some small salad plants for an ‘instant garden’
- A few packets of different salad leaf seeds for keeping things growing all summer.
Easy to grow salad seeds & plants to pot up in your window boxes
- corn salad
- lollo rossa
- flat leaf parsley
- tumbler tomatoes
How to make a container salad garden
- Fill the window boxes/pots with compost
- Plant up a few bought baby plants.
- Scatter a few mixed salad leaf seeds amongst the baby plants.
- I always add a few tumbler tomato plants in the boxes too.
- Sprinkle with water regularly.
- You can harvest when the leaves are ‘baby leaves’ and continue to scatter seeds every week throughout the summer to ensure a constant supply of baby salad.
Hints and tips:
Salad leaves really are happy growing in any old pot or container so just use what you have and squeeze in a mini salad garden wherever you can.
My salad garden is planted in some fab galvanised steel pots and coloured buckets I bought in IKEA a few years ago – the pots come in a rack you can hang over fences or balcony rails so you can squeeze in even more garden!
The little jelly bean tent in the background is a Festival Tent from Tesco I picked it up in a sale for £5 – it’s so easy to put up and the kids are never out of it!
If you’ve got young children why not try making a Cress Caterpillar together for a fab plant it, grow it, eat it project.