Saturday, May 21, 2011
Growing Salad Greens From Seed
Of all the edibles I grow from seed in the vegetable garden, I find salad greens to be the easiest and most rewarding. Sprinkle seeds on top of good soil then water. There's no need to cover the seeds with dirt. They'll sprout in around 3 days and can be harvested in about 3 weeks.
If you've never grown lettuce before, I would recommend buying any pack of mesclun salad mix that looks interesting and give it a try. Don't worry about sowing the seeds too thick. Once the leaves are large enough to harvest, cut them at the base of the plant, and within a few days you'll notice the open spaces filled with new leaves. Salad greens can be grown in pots, raised beds or directly in the ground and by growing them from seed yourself, you will have access to wonderful varieties you would never find at the grocery store. One of my favorites is Romaine Freckles from Botanical Interests.
I harvested the first salad greens for dinner tonight. This is Tango from Johnny's that overwintered (shocking!) and a few leaves of Sea of Red from Renee's. It's hard to articulate the excitement of the first dinner salad of the season eaten 30 minutes after harvest. Bliss!