Plant A Salad Box In Your Garden For Fresh Salads Every Night

Plant A Salad Box In Your Garden For Fresh Salads Every Night

Whether the weather is warm or cool outside, we could all probably use more veggies in our diet. One of the best ways to go about it is to add some leafy greens. Before you head to the shops to pick up a couple of pricey bags of salad, why not grow your own with a space-saving simple container garden and a salad in a box?

The beauty of this trick is that the tiny container gardens can fit just about anywhere, whether it’s a huge backyard garden, an indoor shelf next to the window, or a tiny apartment patio or window ledge. You’ll want to make sure your salad box gets some light though; most of these lettuce varieties love light. CHOW’s Maria Finn explains that there are even different greens that do well in warmer versus cooler weather, so just because the temperature drops that doesn’t mean you can’t get a tasty salad into your meal. Best of all, all of these greens grow back quickly, so you give yourself the gift that keeps on giving — and it saves you from having to spend money at the supermarket.

Do you grow your own leafy greens? What do you prefer? Tried the salad in a box method? Share your thoughts and gardening tips in the comments.

How to Grow Your Own Salad in a Box [CHOW]


  • How big would your garden need to be to yield enough vegetative mass to meet the nightly consumption volumes as committed in the title? Which lettuce varieties will either allow for individual leaves to be removed and with what regularity? If a whole lettuce head needs to be removed, how many nightly servings would it yield, and so, how many (depending on the growth and maturation rate) lettuces need to be growing at any one time to meet the required volumes?

    I have a garden, if you can answer these questions, I will get to work this weekend. I am in Sydney, this information should assist with any climatic requirements for varietal selection. Also, if you are able, I would like some information on carrots. I already grow potatoes.

  • @ Kendal I live in the Inner West of Sydney in a tiny terrace and have a potted garden surrounding the edges of a 2mx2m paved area, and I have an abundance of leaves, herbs, and tomatoes in my garden

    For leaves the best thing to do it get several pots going (I have 4 of each long shallow pots approx 50cm x 15 cm from a discount shop for $2) with a mix of rocket, perpetual spinach, kale and some loose leaf lettuce and stagger the plantings weekly, plant 1 box a week and by the time box 1 is ready to pick you will have just planted box 3 or 4, by the time a box is depleted, fertilize and plant in a new crop I have been doing this for several months and have been able to comfortably have 3 adults fed on 2 salads a day (1 -2 generous handfuls of leaves per person could easily do more) since November this only takes up a quarter of my garden space as its all on a cheap garden shelf.

    As for the rest go it’s pretty comprehensive for Sydney and if you can’t find it there, go borrow a Yates Garden Guide…

    Good Luck with the carrots, I cant be bothered growing them when they are so cheap at the moment

    • @Kiki – Thanks for that, I really appreciate the response and thought involved. Looks like decent yield and growth rates, I make that plant to harvest at 3-4 weeks, requiring 4 boxes to maintain supply on a rotational basis. I’ll hit up the link now.

      My interest in carrots stems from the kick I get when I pull up a nice potato (I call it ‘The Reveal’), but also with carrots, you can wash and scoff them right away. I find harvesting and eating (even picking an orange off a tree and eating it) right away, deeply satisfying , in exactly the same way I find pecking away at a computer 5 days a week isn’t.

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