Grow your own salad leaves
Salad leaves are one of the quickest and easiest crops to grow, ideal for sowing in pots, window-boxes or growing bags. We help you get started. For more expert advice on growing your own vegetables visit Gardenersworld.com.
- If you're planning to grow your plants in containers or window boxes, all you really need is a watering can.
- You can treat yourself to a pair of gardening gloves, but they're not essential.
- If you want to incorporate your fruit, veg and herbs in a flower border, you'll need a fork and a rake to prepare the seedbed, plus a hoe to create seed drills and keep the area weed-free.
You will need:
- Flower pot
- Something to provide drainage - broken pieces of polystyrene pieces of polystyrene packaging, bottle corks or washed stones
- 1 bag of multi-purpose compost
- Seeds - Try herb specialist Jekka McVicar's 'Tuscan', 'Eastern' and 'Jekka's Choice Salad' herb mixes, or 'Saladsi' herb and salad mix from Thompson-Morgan, or 'Stir Fry', 'Braising Mix' and the 'Italian' and 'French salad mix' blends from Organic Catalogue .
- Watering can
- Pencil (optional)