How to Grow a Salad Garden from Seed to Table
Before I started growing our food, I spent a fortune on salad ingredients. It wasn’t just the lettuce that cost so much. There were the tomatoes, herbs, specialty greens, radish, cucumbers, and more that went into making salads healthy, beautiful, and satisfying.
When I did start growing my own food at home, at first, it was hard to produce all the ingredients for a salad at the same time. My lettuce heads would be ready before everything else. Then they’d bolt before I had a tomato ready to chop into a salad.
How to Grow A Salad Garden
Initially, I was naive on the salad growing front. I mostly tried to grow all the stuff I picked up at the grocery store. Those supermarket salad fixings—shipped in from all over the planet and sprayed with who knows what—were about as fresh as last year’s apples. They didn’t belong in a healthy homegrown salad.
Now, I understand that growing year-round salads on the homestead is an entirely different proposition than buying ingredients from the store. Homestead salads are so much more flavorful, colorful, diverse, and nutrient dense. Here are some tips to get you growing.
What is Salad Gardening?
Salad gardening is vegetable gardening but with a particular purpose. Instead of growing a whole bunch of the same thing and harvesting all at once, your goal is to have a continuous supply of different ingredients throughout the year.
For a great salad, you’ll want to grow a variety of greens, some herbs, and a few tasty additions like tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and onions to round out your bowl. You may also want to kick your salads up a notch and grow some edible flowers. All of this is doable with the application of a few key salad gardening strategies.
Select Seasonally Appropriate Seeds