Container Salad Greens Garden

Grow Your Own Salads

Fresh is a strong word that conjures up an image of crispness and deep flavour. The best way to get your food fresh is to grow it yourself.

Now it is difficult to grow food for many people, at least to grow enough to feed themselves and their families. However, you can grow some of your own food, especially if you enjoy salads.

Container gardening is an ideal way for those, who enjoy the wide range of tastes and textures that you can get from a salad greens garden, to grow their own food. A 24 inch wide container will let you grow a range of those come and cut again leafy delights that make the backbone of many a salad.

For example, if you enjoy a piquant taste experience you can grow mesclun, arugula, mizuna, chicory and kale. All will do well in a container. Mesclun is a mix of assorted small, young salad leaves and containers allow you to grow you own mesclun mix.

Pick the greens you like and then as they beginning to grow, cut a selection of leaves for that meal’s salad.

The salad garden is a come-and-cut-again garden and you can enjoy fresh young greens for your salad throughout the season.

What is a salad without a good dressing? Here is a simple dressing that will enhance your mesclun salad:

2 tbsp Red wine vinegar

1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 c Olive oil

Put the vinegars and mustard into a bowl add olive oil and whisk, you can put this into the refrigerator and allow it to cool before using on the salad.

Your choice of soil is very important I use an organic potting soil that I buy at the local plant nursery. This way I know that the plants are getting what they need.

Now tomatoes go great with salad greens as do cucumbers. You can grow both in a 24 inch diameter container.

I favour cherry tomatoes and can grow three plants in one 24 inch container. Plus I can add basil pants to this container and get one of nature’s perfect combos, basil and tomatoes.

I find that I can interplant my three cherry tomato plants with four basil plants and this will supply me with all the basil that I need. I simply snip a leaf or six when needed.

Two 24 inch containers are able to provide me with all I need to make a great salad so depending upon how much space you have there could be room on a patio or even in your front yard to grow your own salads.

Cucumbers have many uses, as garnish or for soups, salads and sandwiches. They will also do well in a container. You can set a trellis into the container and grow the plants up the trellises, which I suggest.

This way you can place two or three cucumber plants in one container, be sure each plant has its own support and be ready to pick them as needed when they grow.

So, three 24 inch containers will give you ample produce for all your salad needs. So as always, your first step is to determine what you need.

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moonbun 8 years ago from London

Lovely hub Bob.

Isn't it great eating a super fresh salad that you've grown yourself! Great dressing btw, I shall have to try that.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

it certainly is, thanks for dropping by


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safetyfirst 8 years ago

Great hub as usual.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

thanks


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

I'm so glad you wrote this one...we have little ground access...thanks -- we cando this!!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Great let me know how it works out.


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HubSub Urban Mom 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

I grew my own tomatoes on a whim once many years ago... and haven't stopped since. Such a difference in taste! I love your container ideas and will try it out for the greens and for cherry tomatoes -- I never tried container gardening with tomatoes, only herbs!. I'm also making your simple dressing for dinner tonight, sounds so good! Thanks for a great article!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

and thank you for the comment.


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drummer boy 8 years ago from Kirksville,MO

I love your tomatoe with basil plants idea, I am going to have to try this, so they actually cross breed? Thanks for the tip. Thumbs up here.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

they do not cross breed but do complement one another, thanks for your comment.


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Hey Bob, good idea to plant in the containers. I am not a vegetable gardener but your hub might movtivate me to start one. Thanks for the informative hub:)


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Happy gardening and thanks for dropping by.


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sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

Wondering if you know what the minimum depth would be for growing lettuce and greens in a container. Great hub!


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

4-6 inches will do.


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sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

Thank you!


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome , happy gardening.


Mini Greenhouse 5 years ago

I really find that home grown vegetables and salads taste completely different to store purchased ones. It makes me wonder how good they can actually be for you. Great hub as always bob, thanks for the info.


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for dropping by and happy growing.


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nancynurse 5 years ago from Southeast USA

Thanks for sharing


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome.


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megni 5 years ago

This is something I can do. Now I know where to get information for my window herb garden. Thanks.


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Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Great, I am pleased the hub helped, thanks for commenting.

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