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
• Watering can
Step 1: Sow your seeds
• 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
• Cover them with a thin layer of compost and gently water them.
Step 2: Grow your salad leaves
• 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
• Pick leaves from around the outside of your plants.
• Pick them regularly, and your plants will produce more delicious
• Once your plants start to flower, pull them up, as they'll become
too bitter to eat.
Popular salad leaves:
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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