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Grow Your Own Salad

Updated on June 24, 2013

Summer salads taste the best when all the ingredients are freshly picked from your own back yard.

My favorite thing about summer is all the fresh food I can get from my home garden. I don't have a huge space and my backyard has lots of shade, so usually I don't get such huge harvests that I can can and preserve. But what I do get makes perfect salads for my family all summer long. The salad ingredients vary over what is currently ripe, but that leads for a great variety, and my family doesn't get bored with eating the same thing all the time.

USA Planting Chart
USA Planting Chart

Growing in Michigan

How long of a growing season you have is dependent on where you live. When you get a seed packet, often on the back it has a map telling you when best to plant your seeds. Since I live in Michigan, The risk of frost doesn't pass till the end of May to Early June. If I started sowing the seeds that late I would be getting all my veggies from the farmers market for most the summer. To extend my season a little, I like to start my seeds indoors in April to get a head start on the growing season. Also, since my yard doesn't get a huge amount of sun, By planting Tomatoes in a large pot I can move them around to give them the optimal sun they need.

My daughter loves to eat the tomatoes right from the vine, but last summer we managed to save this bunch for our dinner. Yum!

My daughter loves to eat the tomatoes right from the vine, but last summer we managed to save this bunch for our dinner. Yum!
My daughter loves to eat the tomatoes right from the vine, but last summer we managed to save this bunch for our dinner. Yum!

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Salad Seeds to Sow Soon! - Get a jump start on your planting season by starting them indoors.

Butterhead Buttercrunch Lettuce Seeds Certified Organic
Butterhead Buttercrunch Lettuce Seeds Certified Organic

This is a good standard lettuce to use as the base. I plant more seeds every few days so I always have this ready.

 
Lettuce, Farmers Market Blend
Lettuce, Farmers Market Blend

This lettuce blend adds a variety of color and texture to your salad.

 

Almost winter in the Southern Hemisphere?

Sadly the growing season is over, and you are now missing your fresh fruits and veggies. I put an Aerogarden on my Wishist, so maybe you can get one too, and then you won't need to wait for the spring!

What salad items do you grow in your garden? - Tell us what you think.

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