With Spring just around the corner, you should seriously be thinking about what you want to grow this year. Topping our family’s list is to plant a salad bowl. Well, kind of. We’re going to plant a couple different types of lettuce that I can make a salad out of and will be placing the leaves in a bowl so it counts!
Remind the kids that sun, water, soil and seeds are all you need to enjoy fresh salad greens at every meal. Planting your own salad is perfect for a container garden too. Use a bowl shaped container, like a colander or old toy bucket, as your container. Start by making sure the bottom of the container has holes for water to drain out. Next, add in a small layer of pebbles or small rocks to help with the drainage. Then fill the container with potting soil. You can either use tiny lettuce seeds or vegetable seedlings that have already started growing.
Be sure to place your container where it gets a lot of sunlight. Green lettuce can grow inside your home as long as you put it near a south-facing sunny window.
If you’re planting lettuce in the garden, sprinkle a new line of seeds every couple week and you’ll have lettuce for your homegrown salad all season.
SHARE THE LEAVES: Once you’ve harvested your lettuce invite your friends over for a “salad bar” play date. Ask everyone to bring one or two of their favorite salad toppings to share and you provide the leafy greens.
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