Nothing beats the satisfaction of ‘growing your own’. Fresh salad greens are perfect for salads and sandwiches and you don’t need a huge garden to grow them. Plant a variety of salad greens and enjoy a succession of harvests over the coming weeks! Here's a step by step guide as seen on the Tui Garden Project on Annabel Langbein's show Through the Seasons.
- Tui Vegetable Mix
- Tui Pea Straw Mulch
- Tui Super Sheep Pellets
- Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic
- Wooden crate or box
- Vege seedlings.
Great options for your salad box garden include: lettuce, mesclun, radish and spring onions. Salad boxes can be planted densely, so you can fit plenty of fresh greens in!
Directions for growing a salad box:
- Choose a crate or wooden box (beer crate size works well) made from untreated timber.
- Fill the base and line the sides of your crate with Tui Pea Straw Mulch so you don’t need to use as much soil to keep the weight of the box down. It also helps create moisture in the box.
- Fill the box with Tui Vegetable Mix, a high quality natural-based planting mix containing the right blend of nutrients to provide your salad greens with the best possible start and sustained growth.
- Sprinkle in a layer of Tui Super Sheep Pellets to give your garden an instant boost.
- Fill a bucket with water and add two capfuls of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic, a seaweed based plant tonic which promotes strong root growth and reduces transplant shock.
- Soak seedlings in the bucket of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic, ensuring the container is fully submerged. Wait for the bubbles to stop before removing from the bucket.
- Plant seedlings in a zig zag pattern so there is room for each plant to grow and you can fit more in the container.
- For each plant make a hole, approximately twice the size of the root ball of your plant.
- Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position in the centre of the hole.
- Press the soil firmly around the base of the plant.
- Next plant the spring onions by lying them on their side and pushing the roots into the soil.
- Sprinkle radish seeds in the gaps between the plants and lightly cover the seeds with Tui Vegetable Mix.
- Water plants well.
- Feed with Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic every two weeks or so, to encourage strong, healthy plant growth.
Harvest a leaf at a time as needed, rather than the whole plant.
Salad greens also grow well in raised garden beds.