Most salad greens are cool weather crops making April the PERFECT time to start planting that salad garden you’ve always dreamed of.. And we’ve got great news: it’s even easier than you think!
We’ll start with the “Why.” Why plant a salad garden you ask? There are many benefits to growing your own greens:
- The freshness is unbeatable
- The flavor is notably better
- And you have the assurance of safe (pesticide free) greens
Now that we’re all clear on WHY you should grow your own greens, let’s discuss the first step: picking the right site.
You’ll want to assess what is best for your yard and your lifestyle; will you utilize containers, window-boxes, fabric bags, planters? Or go the more traditional route with a garden bed? The majority of fast-growing greens like leaf lettuce, arugula, and baby spinach are shallow-rooted meaning that they don’t need a deep layer of soil to succeed (hungry yet?). In addition to establishing the container, you’ll want to establish a sunny or partially shaded site.
Next up, consider the following:
- Take care to have proper soil: Salad greens grow best in fertile soil, so dig in some compost or well-rotted manure before planting.
- Seeds versus seedlings: With greens like arugula, leaf lettuce, and baby kale ready to harvest just 30 to 40 days from seeding, direct sowing is the way to go!
- Keep the water flowing: Because most types of salad crops are shallow-rooted and fast-growing, they require an even supply of moisture. If the soil is dry for an extended period of time, the plants may bolt or the leaves will become bitter.