1-2-3 Done!™ Salad Ready Veggies

Typical salad ingredients like lettuce, spinach and arugula are cool-weather crops, meaning they thrive in mild temperatures. In my mid-south garden I plant these in early spring and again in fall. Gardeners who live in areas where summers are cool can grow these crops through the summer season. In sub-tropical regions like southern Florida salad greens are perfect for winter gardens.

Anyone can enjoy fresh salad greens because you don’t need much space to grow them and unlike many other vegetables they will grow in partial shade.

For this mini-salad garden I potted up lettuce, spinach and arugula in separate containers.

Materials for a Potted Salad Garden

  • 6 Bibb-type lettuce
  • 4 spinach plants
  • 3 5-inch pots arugula
  • 16 to 18 inch pot with saucer
  • 16 inch pot with saucer
  • 12-inch pot with saucer
  • Potting soil

Steps for Planting a Potted Salad Garden

  1. Fill your containers with soil to about 6 inches below the top.

  2. Plant your salad greens in each container.

  3. Fill the pots in with more soil, leaving about 1 inch of space between the soil and the top of the pot so you can water easily.

  4. Place pots in a spot that receives full sun to partial shade, water and you are done!

  5. Keep the soil consistently moist. Harvest the outer leaves of lettuce and spinach unless you want to remove the entire head. Snip arugula leaves at ground level.

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