Urban Gardening: Growing Lettuce & Salad Leaves in Containers


[Music] Cut-and-come–again salad greens are
simply salads that can be cut repeatedly to give multiple harvests. They’re quick to
grow, don’t take up too much room, and they’re totally delicious! Here’s how to grow them. You’ll need good-quality potting soil, some seeds and
of course a container with drainage holes. Quirky yet attractive alternatives to traditional pots include old watering cans, galvanized troughs, or repurposed wooden boxes. If your chosen container it doesn’t have
any drainage holes, make some. Suitable salad greens for the
cut-and-come-again treatment include any of the loose-leaf or mesclun blends,
which may contain salads such as lettuce, endive, and arugula (or rocket). Fill your container with potting soil
up to an inch or 2cm below the rim. Tamp down to leave a level surface. Now sprinkle the seeds thinly and evenly
over the surface of the compost. The easiest way to do this is to sow one
pinch of seeds at a time. Cover the seeds over with a fine layer of
potting soil, gently tamp down to firm the seeds in, then water carefully using a watering can fitted with a rose to avoid washing the seeds back out. Move the container into a bright space, or if you’re gardening in a hot climate, a cool and shady corner. Check daily and water as necessary
to maintain good, evenly moist conditions. Seedlings
usually take 5-10 days to germinate. Once the seedlings appear you will
probably need to thin them out a little. Remove some of the seedlings so that those
remaining are spaced at least an inch, or 2cm, apart. The leaves are
ready to cut about 4-6 weeks after sowing. Harvest little and often by using a
sharp knife or scissors to cut away the largest leaves every few days. This will stimulate
replacements. There’s nothing better than a regular
cut of home-grown leaves. Try them for yourself, and eat fresh! [Music]

21 thoughts on “Urban Gardening: Growing Lettuce & Salad Leaves in Containers

  1. Counting the days till it is cool enough to grow. Still in the 90's with heat index of 108 degrees farenhieth (sp?). Thanks for sharing. God Bless and take care.

  2. If you are on the second floor and all you have is a black roof-top for your patio, here's a tip: the black roof-top heats up, so it's great to warm up that soil in the pot in the early spring and get an earlier start (bring the pots in for the night in case of frost)! But, once the days get significantly warmer, make sure to lift your container off the black roof-top, otherwise the soil in the container will become too warm for greens to grow. 🙂

  3. Good info. Salad greens are the one thing I grow all year long. I've even discovered a few no bolt lettuces that have done well for me in 80 plus degree weather. Getting ready to pick my winter greenhouse greens.

  4. Hi, I'm interested in growing vegetables for my personal consumption. I've always loved the idea of self sustaining myself. However, I do live in Indonesia, with hot humid condition and sadly my house is near a highway with plenty of dust around. I wonder what kind of suggestions you can give me? I have done some basic gardening but either some dies from disease or insect infestations, or some just died outright, maybe I have a red thumb instead of green thumb… Maybe I'm not too invested on gardening yet since I work at 3 places and still have some higher education to go through. Anywho, nice channel, subscribed and probably binge watch all of your videos.

  5. What kind of watering can did you use when watering the seeds? It looks very effective and I may invest in one for my garden.

  6. Great vid, thanks. Can you do more on container growing? We have quite a small garden with very poor quality soil (heavy clay). Containers are the way forward for us. Thanks

  7. excellent video because you actually showed from sowing to harvesting and not just mention how it should turn out. thank you.

  8. my salad is turning out really bad. it turns white and the old leafes die. now they even have holes. they are also soft and only new ones are crisp but they turn brown really fast. i tried thinning them out and adding nutrition. it got even worse.

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