Growing salad leaves at home are one of the easiest and quickest ways to get a constant supply of greens to your table. Salad leaves are very low maintenance and you don’t even need seeds to get started! You can actually get small plants, and keep watering them and cutting their leaves as they grow.
Which salad seeds should I plant?
You can choose seeds from an endless variety of salads, from baby salad leaf mix, to green salad and even red salad leaves. Baby spinach is one of the best varieties. Salad leaves are very economical to grow at home, and since their re growth rate is very high; you can have a constant supply of salad for your table from the same plant.
Where can I plant my salad leaves?
You can actually sow salad leave seeds in pots, in the ground and even in shallow containers. Their roots don’t grow very deep so you don’t have to worry about complex root systems getting damaged when you transfer seedlings to the ground. These plants thrive in cooler weather and can be growth throughout the year. They need the regular soil compost mix, and just a little bit of plant food in the beginning should be enough to keep them healthy.
Watering the plants
Salad leaves need a lot of regular watering as they dry out very easily. If you plant them in the ground, you need to make sure that you have regular channels dug for watering them, as hot and dry summer days can easily kill them. Try keeping them in the shade if it gets too hot in summer, and in winter, they are ideally grown indoor.
Ideal plants for small pots
Salad leaves are actually ideal plants to plant in small pots. If you are a frugal gardener, these plants are very low maintenance as long as you make sure they remain disease free, you don’t even have to fertilize them too much.
Harvesting the salads
Salad greens grow very fast, and you will probably get your first crop within a few weeks of planting the seeds. Make sure you start cutting the leaves from one side of the pot, until you reach the other end. Cut leaves when they are 1-3 inches tall and don’t cut very deep as the plant can then get damaged and die. You can actually cut leaves from the same salad plant many times as the re growth of the leaves is very fast, but this is true only if you have many plants and you don’t cut too many leaves of the same plant.