Grow your own Salad Garden
John Porter
WVU Kanawha County Extension Agent
Fresh, green salads are great when they come fresh from
the garden. All of the great vegetables found in salads are
very easy to grow. This garden works especially well when
grown in the spring (March) or fall (September) because the
leafy greens and root vegetables like cool weather.
Getting Started
1. Select a container that will hold all of the plants that you
will be growing. Make sure that is deep enough to let all
of the roots grow. A clean recycled 5-gallon bucket or
foam cooler works well. Make sure that the container is
clean before you begin.
2. Make sure that your container has holes in the bottom. If
it is a recycled container, you will need an adult to help
drill or cut drainage holes in the bottom of the container.
3. Make sure to moisten the potting soil with a little water to
make it easier once it is in the pot.
4.Fill the container with enough soil to reach to about 1
inch below the top of the container.
Planting the Garden
What You Will Need
A large pot, bucket or any
other recycled container with
holes drilled in the bottom.
Enough potting soil to fill the
container
Seeds or seedlings for a few
of your favorite plants from
the following:
Lettuce
Spinach
Radishes
Carrots
Beets
Onions
A location for your garden
Spring and Fall bright
and sunny
Summer cool and shady
1. Carefully sow the seeds of the plants you selected on top of the soil. Seeds should
be buried about ½ below the soil, but no more. You can also use transplants of
lettuce or spinach in your garden, but should use seeds for the root crops. You can
use seeds or bulb “sets” for your onions.
2. If using plants, make a hole in the potting soil big enough for the root and
soil to fit in and be covered by the potting soil.
3. Water the plants well to make sure they feel welcomed in their new homes.
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