Preparing Your Garden to Make Homegrown Salads

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If you love munching on hearty green salads and want to do so all year round, you don’t have to go to your favourite restaurant anymore. Salad greens can be grown right in your house, and maintaining a salad garden is easier than you might think. Salad greens need little space, can be harvested as early as four weeks after planting the seeds, and require very little maintenance. Here’s everything you need to know about preparing your garden to make homegrown salads.

Select the right seeds

In hot areas or seasons, choose slow-bolt lettuce varieties and alternative greens such as Malabar spinach, collards, turnips, and sweet potatoes. In colder areas or seasons, choose lettuce varieties such as arctic king, winter marvel, or arugula Astro. For alternative greens, try kale, chicory, or mustard.

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Prepare beds and overseed

Your garden bed needs loamy and nitrogen-rich soil. Add vegetable compost for fertilisation and overseed the garden beds. Don’t push the seeds too deep into the soil. Simply scatter them and add water. 

Water them without fail – Homegrown salads

Garden greens have a lot of water in them, so you need to water your plants every day. Until the garden beds are covered by the leaves, water your greens once a day in cold climates and twice a day in warmer climates. You’ll also need to check the soil regularly. Push a finger into the soil and if it feels too dry, add more water.

Fertilise and harvest timely

Every two or three weeks, add fertilisers such as vegetable compost, compost tea, or any other organic fertiliser. Once your greens are about 4-5 inches in height, make a clean cut at the base using a knife or a pair of scissors. Make sure to leave the roots in the soil so that they grow again.

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Bonus tip!

You don’t have to necessarily plant your garden greens in beds of soil. If you are low on space, you can put your seeds in a wide-mouthed container, window-boxes, or even large fabric bags and follow all the above instructions for the greenest and leafiest homegrown salads.

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