A Beginners Guide to... Growing Salad Leaves

Growing salad leaves is an excellent pursuit, when starting out growing your own crops. So easy to BG_Salad Leavessow and you’ll be able to reap the harvests in a relatively quick space of time.

After you’ve tried the many varieties of salad leaves with their different colours and flavours you’ll start to recognise your favourites and which varieties complement each other perfectly.

 

Equipment

1 x seed packet of Salad Mix Seeds – Bright & Spicy

1 x Veg Trug Salad Planter (use indoors or outdoors for growing salad leaves)

1 x Vegetable Growing CompostBG_Salad Compost

1 x watering can

1 x trowel

Label and pens

1 x pruning snips for harvesting

 

When to start

Any time from April to September. Salad seeds germinate in warmed soil.

 

What to do

Fill your Veg Trug Salad Planter with Vegetable Growing Compost to near the surface using a trowel.

Add water from a watering can to the compost so that the compost is moist but not saturated.

Tap the seeds from the packet into the furrow of your palm and scatter the seed evenly over the soil surface.

Add a thin layer of compost over the seeds so they are just covered without being buried.

Write the date and variety on a label and push into the edge of the Veg Trug Salad Planter. This is so you can keep a record of how long seeds take to germinate.

As the seeds germinate and grow into small plants, water in the morning – the time of day when your plants with take up the most water through their roots. At midday watering can burn the leaves or be lost to evaporation by the sun.

If it’s a particularly warm spell water in the evenings too.

 

When to harvest – it’s a matter of personal taste!BG_Salad harvest

Expect to have harvestable leaves within 1 to 2 weeks.

Harvest leaves- cutting them at the base with scissors or pruning snips.

You choose whether you want to harvest them when the leaves are small – perfect for garnishes, or whether you want to harvest then once the leaves grow larger. They have a different texture and flavour when they are larger and good for mixed salads.

With most salad leaves once you’ve harvested once at the base, you can expect the leaves to grow back for usually another two harvests. Just make sure you continue to water the plants each day and add a liquid feed such as Seaweed Extract.  

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