Getting Started Growing Your Greens

Ready to start planting your first salad bowl? You’ll be surprised how easy this will be to put together.

Containers and Supplies For Your First Salad Bowl

There are only a handful of things you need to get started.

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A Container or Bowl


Seeds ( only use seeds from your country to reduce any biosecurity risks) or Seedlings


That’s it.

Start by looking around the house for a container to plant your greens in. This can be a flow pot you no longer use or even a plastic bowl that you can drill drainage holes in, an old wooden salad bowl.


Don’t use a bowl you cant put holes into because you’ll risk having the soil stay too moist and the roots will end up rotting. Drainage is important.

If you can’t find anything suitable around the house, or you want a pretty container to sit on the kitchen counter, head to your local home improvement store or garden center and get a shallow bowl planter. A shallow bowl with drainage holes and a catch plate works best for this little planting project.Indoor, Herbs

While you’re there, pick up a bag of good potting soil as well. You won’t need a large bag but look for quality soil that’s suitable for growing vegetable. A potting soil mix with a slow release fertilizer added will give you the best results.

You also need to decide if you want to grow your lettuce from seed or plant seedlings. Seedlings are often the best choice for your first salad bowl. They are easier to grow for a beginner, and of course, you get to harvest that much sooner. For seeds, choose the heirloom varieties for good growth and an abundant harvest.

Getting Started Growing Your Greens

There are plenty of greens to try, here are 10 to consider and there are also vertical planters for a modern design.

Once you get all your shopping goodies home, the fun starts. Fill your bowl with potting soil. Play with your plant seedlings before you take them out of their containers to determine how you want to arrange them in the bowl. With that figured out, it’s time to dig holes and start planting. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. They are the perfect gardening tool. Of course, using a small shovel or a large spoon is also an option.

Take the seedlings out of the containers, gently tease the roots apart a little around the edges and plant them. Gently water your planting bowl to allow the soil to settle and to help encourage root growth.

Don’t be alarmed if your seedlings start to droop a little after planting. They will quickly recover, and it won’t take long before you can harvest your first salad.


The Edible Gardening section on All Year Gardening is dedicated to growing plants all year so check it out for more all year gardening inspiration.