Last Updated on April 13, 2023 by Ellen Christian
Have you ever wondered about how to make a salad garden? Check out these salad gardening tips and learn about the best plants, layout, and containers.
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How To Make A Salad Garden
One of my favorite things about spring and summer is that I get to eat more fresh garden salads. Usually, produce in the grocery store is very expensive in Vermont. Everything has to be transported to us due to our short growing season.
Since we have a container garden this year, I wanted to learn how to make a salad garden in our containers and raised beds. Stepping outside and being able to harvest fresh produce every day to make our salads is going to be a massive saving on our grocery budget.
Salad garden container
I planted most of my salad garden in our raised beds. Our raised beds are outside the house on the way to the duck and chicken coop. I can swing by, clip off some fresh lettuce leaves, and check for ripe vegetables each morning when I collect eggs.
While they cannot be moved, the central location makes it very convenient for me. The weed block will keep the weeds out of my raised bed garden. The basil and the strawberry pot can be moved around to allow them full sun during the spring and a bit of shade when the temperatures rise in the summer.
Salad garden layout
- Growing a salad garden gives you access to fresh greens throughout the year. Make sure you consider your salad garden layout.
- Make the container movable and move it to shade during the summer to extend the growing season for your lettuces.
- If you’re worried about what your neighbors will think of your salad garden, use brightly colored containers for a cheerful look.
Best salad garden plants
- Both calendulas and pansies are edible and will bring a splash of color to your garden’s greens.
- Not all lettuces are green. Try a red leaf variety for a little something different.
- Don’t only grow lettuce. Try a raised bed for tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and other great salad vegetables.
- Don’t forget the herbs. Try a few basil plants or even some parsley.
- Plant greens continuously & never pull the whole plant out. That way you will have fresh greens all year round.
What to grow in a salad garden
The first foods available in our raised bed container garden are lettuce, arugula, pansies, and strawberries. The tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers will mature later in the summer.
By pinching back the lettuce, I hope to be able to extend its growing season long enough to enjoy all of my vegetables at once. The basil leaves can be shredded and added to the salad, or I may just use them in my homemade spaghetti sauce.
Now that you know how to make a salad garden, will you be planting one this year?
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.