Gardening Angel Paul will be growing tasty salad crops rain or shine with his trusty Salad & Veg Planter with Mini Greenhouse Layers. This clever Salad & Veg Planter keeps plants perfectly watered for 2 weeks and if you choose the option with mini greenhouse layers, you can protect plants from frosts, slugs and snails. Each mini greenhouse layer adds an extra 15cm's of height to your salad & veg planter.
Watch Gardening Angel Paul and see how he keeps himself stocked up with lush, tasty salads, all year round!
This popular planter is perfect for salad crops including radish, lettuce, spring onion and leafy salads with an average seed to harvest time of 6 weeks. It's also great for chard, leeks, garlic and more. Read more in our growing guide.
Thanks to it's self watering reservoir it maintains perfect soil moisture preventing bolting, root rot and wilt. Your plants will grow more quickly and taste better.
Seeds can be sown into Seed Trays in shallow drills before moving them to their final growing space. If using seed tape, lay out on the composts surface and lightly cover with compost and water.
Bigger seeds such as coriander can be sown individually. Place a few larger seeds in the palm of your hand and place on the surface of the compost at intervals. Then gently push then a little way into the compost and knock the side of the pot or tray to redistribute the compost, then water.
- Endive 'CanCan' - 'Frisee' type variety which is tough enough to survive winter outside in milder areas.
- Golden Purslane - Fleshy, golden leaves with red stems. Perfect for stir fry's and brightening up your winter salad.
- Arctic King - Large, crunchy, 'Butterhead' lettuce with exceptional cold resistance.
- Texsel Greens - Also known as Ethiopian Greens and tastes similar to spinach and cabbage.
- Navara - Dark, shiny oak leaf variety with medium sized heads on compact plants. Resistant to leaf aphid and Downy Mildew.
Try some “Cut & Come Again” varieties such as basil, lettuce, Mizuna, Radicchio, Corn Salad. Perfect for growing in the ground or in containers. Choose a pre-mixed salad seeds for variety. They can be harvested at a young leafy stage around 12cm’s tall. Snip them 4cm from ground level and they will sprout again 4-5 times after their first harvest.
Harvest the leaves of crops usually grown for their roots such as beetroot and radish when they are young. They taste great in a salad.Swirly Beets - Sow some Chioggia Beetroot in short rows directly outside or in your salad planter every couple of weeks during spring and summer. It gives a lovely striped effect when sliced thinly in a salad.
Ornamental Kales and cabbages stand out thanks to their purple leaves. Try some Kale ‘Redbor’ or red cabbages such as ‘Red Drum Head’ for edible and decorative leaves.
What Salad & Herb Varieties to Grow
Overwatering causes the most problems for salad and herb growers. When soil becomes too wet, plants roots can’t access valuable oxygen which plants need to absorb water and nutrients. Plants become thirsty and growth slows down.
Mould caused by moist conditions is a common problem when growing your own Salad and Herbs.
Ensure your salads and herbs are sufficiently ventilated and that your final growing space is well lit to prevent mould growth which can result in the demise of your salad & herb crops.
Slugs can be troublesome at this time of year near your favourite edibles. Watch out for them in damp, dark crevices to reduce their numbers. If you’re a bit squeamish, try using some organic slug pellets, copper tape etc. Alternatively pick them up and pop them in containers and feed them to birds in your garden.
Insect Repellent Essentials
Be a reactive grower. Each time you harvest, sow your next batch of seeds in the adjacent space to ensure a continuous salad and herb harvest.
Encourage new growth by picking outer leaves from across your salad plants.
If you’ve harvested too much salad, pop them in a sealed bag for freshness. If they start to wilt, revive them by submerging in cold water so they soak up moisture, allowing them to firm up and become crisp again.
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