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Urban Gardening: Growing Lettuce & Salad Leaves in Containers [video]

August 2nd, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

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With smaller gardens it can be tricky to fit in everything you’d like to. Cut-and-come-again salad leaves are quick and easy to grow and small enough to fit into almost any container, making them perfect for gardeners with limited time or space. This video offers advice on doing urban gardening well.

You will need;

  • Good quality potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Container with drainage holes

The best salads for containers are loose leaf or mesclun salad varieties.

  1. Fill the container with potting soil, up to 1 inch/2cm below the rim and pat down to ensure a level surface.
  2. Sprinkle the seeds thinly and evenly over the surface of the compost, then cover these over with a fine layer of potting soil.
  3. Pat down the potting soil to ensure the seeds are in place.
  4. Water the container carefully using a watering can, fitted with a rose to avoid washing the seeds out.

To care for your salad seedlings:

  • Move the container into a bright space, or if you’re gardening in a hot spot, such as on a balcony or roof terrace, dry to choose a cool and shady corner.
  • Check daily and water as necessary dependent on weather conditions.
  • Once the seedlings begin to germinate, you will need to thin them out a little to ensure those remaining have at least an inch between one another.
  • 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 in turn stimulate new leaves.

These are just a few tips on getting started with urban gardening and growing salad leaves in containers. The video below offers further advice to taking care of salad and lettuce leaves. You can also browse Mr Fothergills salad seeds here on the online shop. If you have any tips for urban gardening, do let us know in the comments.

Urban Gardening: Growing Lettuce & Salad Leaves in Containers

Nation of Gardeners results: Mixed Green Salad Leaves

January 15th, 2014 | Nation of Gardeners, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Mixed green salad leavesThese Mixed Green Salad leaves can be grown all year round and are quick to grow in containers, on the windowsill indoors or outside during winter in a frost-free greenhouse or cold frame.  These leaves are perfect as a cut-and-come-again crop or for growing on to full lettuce heads.

As long as the plants have plenty of light and are kept frost-free, they will grow successfully to provide salad leaves year-round.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Mixed Green Salad Leaves in December 2013 as part of a windowsill growing challenge during the colder months of the year.  The table below charts their progress.

 

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 17 December 20 December Sown on North East facing windowsill. Very quick growth, etiolated seedlings moved to greenhouse after 10 days. Tastes like cress.
Renfrewshire 28m 16 December 20 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 31 December: Fairly good germination but several seedlings collapsed so not many surviving
North Devon 30-50m 12 December 15 December Sown indoors on South East facing windowsill. Although quick to germinate, they haven’t established into full leaves, still thin seedlings.
Worcestershire 55m 28 December 3 January Sown indoors on a South facing windowsill.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m 18 January 23 January Sown on North facing windowsill.
Ceredigion 131m 6 December 9 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.  1 January: first picking, good flavour.
Bristol 55m 10 December 14 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 26 December: first picking
Suffolk 6m 7 December 10 December sown in propagator and then placed on West facing windowsill once germinated. Very leggy seedlings.
Hertfordshire 150m 8 December 14 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 27 December 30 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 4 January 2014: Seedlings looking very strong & healthy
Pontypridd 157m 15 December 18 December (indoors)23 December (outdoors) Indoor sowings on North facing windowsill were quick to germinate, started to get ‘leggy’ so cut back. 31 December: first picking. Not bitter – tastelessOutdoor sowings were slower to germinate but the seedlings looked much stronger.
Buckinghamshire 66m 27 December 29 December Sown indoors on an East facing windowsill.
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 31 December 2 January Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill, overshadowed by trees.
Derbyshire 241m 14 December 17 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill. 30 December: thick mat of seedlings by end of month, but not big enough to pick.

Nation of Gardeners results: Mixed Red Salad Leaves

January 15th, 2014 | Nation of Gardeners, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

mixed red saladThese Mixed Red Salad leaves can be grown all year round and are quick to grow in containers, on the windowsill indoors or outside during winter in a frost-free greenhouse or cold frame.  These leaves are perfect as a cut-and-come-again crop or for growing on to full lettuce heads.

As long as the plants have plenty of light and are kept frost-free, they will grow successfully to provide salad leaves year-round.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Mixed Red Salad Leaves in December 2013 as part of a windowsill growing challenge during the colder months of the year.  The table below charts their progress.

 

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 17 December 20 December Sown on North East facing windowsill. Very quick growth, etiolated seedlings moved to greenhouse after 10 days. Tastes like cress.
Renfrewshire 28m 16 December 20 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 31 December: Fairly good germination but several seedlings collapsed so not many surviving
North Devon 30-50m 12 December 15 December Sown indoors on South East facing windowsill. Although quick to germinate, they haven’t established into full leaves, still thin seedlings.
Worcestershire 55m 28 December 4 January Sown indoors on a South facing windowsill.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m 18 January 23 January Sown indoors on a North facing windowsill
Ceredigion 131m 6 December 9 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.  1 January: first picking, good flavour.
Bristol 55m 10 December 14 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 26 December: first picking
Suffolk 6m 7 December 10 December Sown into propagator at 22 degrees C and then moved to went facing windowsill once germinated. Very leggy looking seedlings.
Hertfordshire 150m 8 December 14 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 27 December 30 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 4 January 2014: Seedlings looking healthy but slightly behind green & spicy seedlings
Pontypridd 157m 15 December 19 December (indoors)23 December (outdoors) Indoor sowings on North facing windowsill were quick to germinate, started to get ‘leggy’ so cut back. 31 December: first picking. Not bitter – but plants very youngOutdoor sowings were slower to germinate but the seedlings looked much stronger.
Buckinghamshire 66m 27 December 29 December Sown indoors on an East facing windowsill.
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 11 December 16 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill, overshadowed by trees. Got very ‘leggy’ indoors so moved them to a south facing lean to greenhouse, with full sun when it’s not raining most of the day.
Derbyshire 241m 14 December 17 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill. 30 December: thick mat of seedlings by end of month, but not big enough to pick.  23 January: started to damp off. 2 February: All lost

Nation of Gardeners results: Mixed Mild Salad Leaves

January 15th, 2014 | Nation of Gardeners, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Mixed Mild Salad LeavesThese Mixed Mild Salad leaves can be grown all year round and are quick to grow in containers, on the windowsill indoors or outside during winter in a frost-free greenhouse or cold frame.

These leaves are perfect as a cut-and-come-again crop or for growing on to full lettuce heads.  They can be grown easily in containers for ease of access from the kitchen in the summer months too.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Mixed Mild Salad Leaves in December 2013 as part of a windowsill growing challenge during the colder months of the year.  The table below charts their progress.

 

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 17 December 20 December Sown on North East facing windowsill. Very quick growth, etiolated seedlings moved to greenhouse after 10 days. Tastes like cress.
Renfrewshire 28m 16 December 22 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 31 December:  Relatively high germination rate but seedlings rather weak and spindly as compared to the spicy mix.
North Devon 30-50m 12 December 15 December Sown indoors on North East facing windowsill. Although quick to germinate, they haven’t established into full leaves, still thin seedlings.
Worcestershire 55m 28 December 4 January Sown indoors on a South facing windowsill.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m 18 January 23 January Sown indoors on a North facing windowsill
Ceredigion 131m 6 December 9 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.  1 January: first picking, good flavour.
Bristol 55m 19 December 23 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 26 December: first picking
Suffolk 6m 7 December 10 December Sown into propagator at 22 degrees C then moved to a West facing windowsill when germinated. Very leggy seedlings.
Hertfordshire 150m 8 December 16 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 27 December 31 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 4 January 2014: Seedlings looking healthy but slightly behind green & spicy seedlings
Pontypridd 157m 15 December 18 December (indoors)24 December (outdoors) Indoor sowings on North facing windowsill were quick to germinate, started to get ‘leggy’ so cut back. 31 December: first picking. Not bitter – but plants very youngOutdoor sowings were slower to germinate but the seedlings looked much stronger.
Buckinghamshire 66m 27 December 29 December Sown indoors on an East facing windowsill.
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 11 December 16 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill, overshadowed by trees. Got very ‘leggy’ indoors so moved them to a south facing lean to greenhouse, with full sun when it’s not raining most of the day.
Derbyshire 241m 14 December 17 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill. 30 December: thick mat of seedlings by end of month, but not big enough to pick.

 

Nation of Gardeners results: Mixed Spicy Salad Leaves

January 15th, 2014 | Nation of Gardeners, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Mixed Spicy Salad LeavesThese Mixed Spicy Salad leaves can be grown all year round and are quick to grow in containers, on the windowsill indoors or outside during winter in a frost-free greenhouse or cold frame.

These leaves are perfect as a cut-and-come-again crop or for growing on to full lettuce heads.  They can be grown easily in containers for ease of access from the kitchen in the summer months and will supply a reliable continuous crop of peppery and spicy tasting leaves to enliven your salads.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Mixed Spicy Salad Leaves in December 2013 as part of a windowsill growing challenge during the colder months of the year.  The table below charts their progress.

 

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 17 December 20 December Sown on North East facing windowsill. Very quick growth, etiolated seedlings moved to greenhouse after 10 days. Tastes like cress.
Renfrewshire 28m 16 December 20 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 31 December:  High proportion of seeds germinated and seedlings looking strong.
North Devon 30-50m 12 December 22 December Sown outdoors in a cold frame against a North Facing wall.
Worcestershire 55m 28 December 3 January Sown indoors on a South facing windowsill.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m 18 January 23 January Sown indoors on a North facing windowsill
Ceredigion 131m 6 December 9 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.  1 January: first picking, good flavour.
Bristol 55m 19 December 23 December Sown indoors on South facing windowsill. 26 December: first picking
Suffolk 6m 7 December 10 December Sown in propagator at 22 degrees C then moved to West facing windowsill when germinated. Very leggy.
Hertfordshire 150m 8 December 14 December Sown indoors on North West facing windowsill.
Surrey 58m 27 December 30 December Sown indoors on South West facing windowsill. 4 January 2014: Seedlings looking strong and healthy.
Pontypridd 157m 15 December 18 December (indoors)24 December (outdoors) Indoor sowings on North facing windowsill were quick to germinate, started to get ‘leggy’ so cut back. 31 December: first picking. Not bitter – could taste the spiciness.Outdoor sowings were slower to germinate but the seedlings looked much stronger. The Spicy variety were the sturdiest of all the salad sowings.
Buckinghamshire 66m 27 December 29 December Sown indoors on an East facing windowsill.
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 11 December 16 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill, overshadowed by trees. Got very ‘leggy’ indoors so moved them to a south facing lean to greenhouse, with full sun when it’s not raining most of the day.
Derbyshire 241m 14 December 17 December Indoor sowings on South facing windowsill. 30 December: thick mat of seedlings by end of month, but not big enough to pick.