Lettuce Bowls

Family Garden Activity

Use this planting time to have lots of back-and-forth conversations.
It's a great way to build the brain and relationship!

Step 1  
You can find a plastic pot or bowl, as it’s lightweight you can move it conveniently. The container must be at least 6-8 inches deep as you’re growing greens and a few herbs and these plants can be grown in shallow pot.

Step 2  
The soil you use is the key. So, choose a quality potting mix that is loose and drains freely. You can make your own potting mix. Also, remember, some soil mixes don't contain fertilizer, which means you’ll have to add fertilizer and organic material separately.

Step 3  
You need to decide which type of lettuce you would like to grow: looseleaf, butterhead, Cos (Romaine), and crisp ones. Other greens you can plant are spinach, tatsoi, arugula, Swiss chard, mustard, bok choi and even green onions. In another bowl, for additional flavor, plant a few of your favorite herbs like parsley, mint, cilantro, chives, etc. As you’re growing only a few plants, it’s not necessary to start them from seeds. You can buy young plants that you can transplant into your salad bowl garden.

Step 4  
Keep your pots in a spot that receives bright light all day and a few hours of direct sun (at least 5). Keep slightly moist but not wet. It’s not compulsory to water every day, always check out the moisture before watering by touching the soil with your finger.

Step 5  
Greens need fertilizers that are rich in nitrogen. You can add well-rotted manure or compost to the soil at the time of planting. You can also look for balanced liquid fertilizer, applying once in every 8-10 days.

Step 6  
You can start to harvest tasty salad greens from your homegrown salad bowl garden as soon as the leaves are large enough. You do not have to wait until fully mature. Snip them off when they are babies and taste the best. Be sure to cut individual leaves above the growing tips. (If you cut off or pull out the roots the plant will not continue to grow.) If your family needs more salad, plant a bowl for each person; including their favorite greens.

Websites to check out:
Cut and come again salads video: https://youtu.be/XPemcgIo48U
Growing salads in containers: https://youtu.be/0wGexjSUQzc

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