How to grow a salad bar

Sow seeds in late summer and enjoy your own fresh greens through fall

Grow lettuces
Photo: Rob D. Brodman

1. Prepare the soil

Choose a sunny spot with rich, loose, well-draining soil (our greens grow in a raised bed). Add fresh potting mix or amend the existing soil by digging in aged compost.

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2. Sow seeds

Sprinkle seeds of assorted salad greens thinly, about ½ inch apart and as deep as seed-packet directions advise. For added flavor and color, add chives and edible ‘Sorbet Lemon Chiffon’ violas from sixpacks. Water regularly so that soil remains evenly moist as seedlings develop.

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3. Harvest

When plants reach 5 to 6 inches tall, shear the lettuces with scissors 1 to 2 inches above the base (the "cut and come again" method); they’ll regrow for a few more harvests.

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Lettuce

Red- and green-leaf lettuces such as 'Oak Leaf' and 'Ruby', as well as the Heirloom Cutting Mix from Renee's Garden.

Other greens 

'Bull's Blood' beets, kale, spinach, and 'Bright Lights' Swiss chard.

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