Today I would like to discuss a different and
convenient way to grow colorful, delicious
and nutritious salad greens.
The majority of gardeners grow their salad greens
in the ground which can be hard on their back
when it comes to harvesting.
Did you ever think about growing your salad
greens in window boxes or containers?
Just think how easy it is to cut your salad greens.
Just place the window box on a table outdoors,
sit down on a chair and leisurely cut your salad
greens which only require a short rinse and
spin afterwards to get them ready to be a part
of a delicious lunch or dinner.
Should the weather turn cold and windy during
spring and fall, bring your window box(es) or
container(s) into the kitchen, place them on the
kitchen counter and cut the leaves.
After you have finished cutting your greens,
return the window box(es) or container(s)
How to Grow Salad Greens
Just fill your window box(es) and container(s)
with a well draining potting mix to an inch
from the top.
If you wish to add some extra Nitrogen
to the mix to increase the growth process
for more leaves, you may add some
Blood Meal to the soil.
Press the potting mix firmly down and
Next, evenly distribute the seeds on
the surface of the potting mix.
Cover the seeds with one quarter inch
of additional potting mix, and gently
water the newly added potting mix
All your salad greens really need to grow into
a bountiful harvest is some Fish Emulsion
once per week which you add to your
watering can per manufacturer's directions.
Salad greens like water. Make sure your
window box(es) and container(s) don't dry out.
The following picture is of one of my window
boxes growing Lettuce,
Merveille de Quatre Saisons.
This lettuce is very cold hardy and I was still
able to harvest leaves in Chicago all the way
through the middle of November.
Following are some suggestions for colorful,
delicious and nutritious salads.
I want to emphasize that I don't have any financial
gain by posting these links.
- Arugula, Selvatica Tangy
- Beet, Bulls Blood
- Double Purple Orach
- Italian Dandelion, Catalogna Frastagliata
- Italian Dandelion, Italiko Rossa
- Kale, Red Chidori
- Lettuce, Ashley
- Lettuce, Flashy Trout's Back
- Lettuce, Lolla Rossa
- Lettuce, Merveille de Quatre Saisons
- Lettuce, Merlot
- Lettuce, Petite Rouge
- Lettuce, Silvia
- Marigold, Gem Mix
- Mizuna, Red Streaked
- Onion, Red Baron
- Nasturtium, Salmon Baby
- Pac Choi, Violetta
- Radicchio, Red Verona
- Radicchio, Rossa Di Treviso Precoce
- Strawberry Spinach
- Swiss Chard, Bright Lights
- Wild Garden Mustards
I hope you enjoy browsing thru all these
delicious choices for a nutritious salad
as much I did.