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Growing salad leaves with kids

Perfect for growing indoors, or on a patio, salad leaves are quick and easy crops that are ideal for adding to sandwiches or lunchboxes for some green goodness. Mixed leaves often produce 'cut and come again' crops - which means, the more you pick, the more they grow. There are plenty of other easy salad crops to grow with kids. Find a variety of specific guides and suggestions at our salad hub page.

What you'll need:

  • • Mixed salad leaf seeds
  • • Multi-purpose compost
  • • Container
  • • Watering can

Step 1: Sow your seeds

pink container full of salad leavesSalad leaves grow well in containers
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  • • Most salad leaf mixes can be sown from March to October.
  • • Fill your containers with compost to within 2-3cm of the top, and firm it down slightly.
  • • Scatter some seeds thinly on the surface (aim for about 1-2cm between seeds).
  • • Cover them with a thin layer of compost and gently water them.

Step 2: Grow your salad leaves

baby salad leaves growing in a containerBaby salad leaves
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  • • Keep your salad leaves well watered.
  • • When your seedlings are about 2cm tall, thin them out to give them space to grow.
  • • Most salad leaves will be ready to pick in about 21 days - as soon as the leaves are big enough to eat!

Step 3: Harvest your salad leaves

harvesting salad leaves with handsKeep picking the leaves - and more will grow!
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  • • Pick leaves from around the outside of your plants.
  • • Pick them regularly, and your plants will produce more delicious leaves!
  • • Once your plants start to flower, pull them up, as they'll become too bitter to eat.

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There's plenty more information in the downloadable guide. Print it out for more detailed instructions and even more salad leaves facts!

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