Beginner’s Guide to Growing a Salad Garden

Like gardening and want to eat healthily? Think of growing a salad garden, but you don’t know how? If so, stick to our article; it will surely help you get what you need. To grow your own salad garden, you can start building a raised bed that contains several kinds of salad vegetables. But remember, growing a salad garden is not exclusive to those who have lands, hundreds of acres, gardens or big backyards. Don’t worry, even if you live in an apartment, still you have the choice of planting these green crops on balconies. That’s not a big deal! All that you need is a beautiful ceramic pot, terracotta cylinder, plastic planter, or any wide gardening container to enjoy the beauty of these leafy crops as well as the fresh taste of them. Important to say, you can be the gardener of your own salad garden. To do so, try these 5 tips soon:

Tip 1​:​ ​You can plant so many varieties for your salad garden.
Whether you prefer spicy or mild-flavored vegetables, we advise you to make a colorful interesting salad mix that captivates the beholder’s eyes. But remember, try not to grow plants you or your family don’t like or eat very much. Have a look at these:
● Lettuce.
● Radishes and Carrots.
● Spinach.
● Arugula​ (Rocket).
● Green Onions
● Tomatoes.
● Cucumber.
● Peppers.
● Broccoli.
● Parsley.
● Celery.
● Fenugreek.
● Curly kale.
● Cauliflower.
● Beans.
● Basil.

Still, you can find many types for the same crop. For example, there are so many available varieties of lettuce such as leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, bibb lettuce, Boston lettuce, radicchio, endives, Lollo Rossa, red Sails, etc.

Tip 2:​ ​Choose the right time to plant your garden salad. Usually, these ​leafy ​crops take less time to germinate in spring as they like cool weather; they prefer a temperature between 50-77°F (10-25°C).​ ​Temperature below or above this is not appropriate for growing those greens. For example, you are advised to start sowing the seeds of mustard, spinach and arugula when
temperatures are above 10 C or 50 F; it is better to sow them in early spring or late summer to get the best gardening results. Still, you can plant these salad vegetables throughout the year. If the temperature degree is more than 77°F (25°C), try to grow your vegetables in shade or cover your container with shade cloth to prevent forming seeds. Something important to know: When you grow these vegetables out of season, they do not taste good and tend to be bitter. Also, pests and bugs attack those crops due to the pressure of growing out of season. A tiny related tip whispered in your ears here: Ever never spray your salad garden! Do you know why? To enjoy the natural taste of your fresh​ ​home-grown veggies.

Tip 3:​ ​Fertilize your soil every two weeks.
Grow salad vegetables in fertile soil or try to enrich your soil by adding nutrients into the top inches of it. You can fill your bed or container with a mixture of compost, manure and any other organic fertilizers. A rich soil will contain of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium which are important for the plant favorable growth, new root forming, vigorous flowering and finally fruiting.

Tip 4:​ ​Water your salad garden frequently.
Whether you grow them in the ground or in containers, these greens usually need moist soil since they are mostly water.​ ​For example, vegetables such as lettuce and cucumber consist of over 90% water. So, never ever let your salad greens start to wilt or dry out. In other words, they should get enough water, so try to plant them near a hose bib to ensure an easy process of water reaching. At the same time, you’re not advised to overwater them to the degree of staying in stagnant water for a long time. Now, how to check if your crops need water or not? Don’t tell any gardener that we told you this! Get your​ ​index finger deep inside the soil (to about the third knuckle). If you can’t feel any wetness there, then your greens need water.
An important hint here: Try to water these leafy greens without letting their leaves soaked in water. That’s to prevent fungal diseases that are favored by moist conditions. Great guides on watering your garden and tools you’re gonna need such as water hoses can be found on ColumbiaFlorist: ​ which I recommend you read if you want to get into the world gardening.

Tip 5:​ ​A common tendency among gardeners is to harvest crops regularly.
Most salad vegetables grow quickly and become ready to harvest after just 4-6 weeks from planting.​ ​That is to say, you can start harvesting after 30 days from seeding, depending on their growth level. In fact, harvesting stimulates growth and slows down the plant seeding. Most important, it provides you with the fresh food needed every day. For a longer harvest, even if you are not going to eat or cook these crops, pick their leaves weekly and store them in your fridge for later usage to let leaves sprout and produce new ones just a few weeks after they are harvested. An additional tip can be useful to mention here; to harvest your leafy crops, cut them with sharp scissors an inch above the soil line.

Clearly, growing your own home-grown veggies can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. By growing your own salad garden, you get your hands a little dirty, but preferably optimally, you know exactly where your food comes from, and that’s what we all want. Then, what are you waiting for? Start growing your garden today.

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