Grow Salad Greens At Home

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Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 18:01 [IST]
 
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Salad greens are those vegetables that can be served raw or can be used as an ingredient in other salad ingredients. Growing salad greens at your home can add to your taste palate as they enhance the texture and flavour of almost every dish. There is no more need to buy your salad greens from a vegetable store as you can grow them at your home.

Green vegetables are filled with Vitamins and minerals. Begin to grow food for your salad greens with tiny seeds and after a few weeks, they will be ready to be served on plates.

Grow Salad Greens At Home

Tips For Growing Salad Greens:

  • Growing salad greens is very easy as they need very little space to grow. You can even grow them in small containers. Before planting them in either a container or garden pot, just make sure that they are deep enough for the roots to grow properly and the soil well tilled.
  • The best part of growing vegetables at home is that, they are not at all demanding in terms of nutrient or water supply. You might occasion them with enough water so that they just do not get too dry and die away.
  • As soon as you see the ripened or full grown leaves and vegetables, pick it up and enjoy them. Sow seeds immediately to replace the plants so that they are always on their way to your salad plate.

Salad Greens For Your Home:

Butterhead Lettuce- Grow lettuce as it is one of the most popular salad greens.

Butter Lettuce is a rich source of phyto-nutrients and Vitamins. The name 'butterhead' itself suggests that the leaves of this plant are soft and tender. It grows better in cooler regions. Six to seven weeks is enough time for your lettuce to grow up.

Cucumber- Cucumber need lots of sun and organic matter to grow well. Choose the variety that grows in bushes and not in vines as they are easier to harvest at home. The cucumbers will be ready to harvest after a period of 2-2½ months. They are a rich source of anti-oxidants, and vitamins like A, C, D and E.

Cabbage- Cabbage needs to be planted with herbs like mint, rosemary and thyme. Rich in vitamin E, vitamin C and calcium, cabbages can be seeded up easily in garden pots until late June for a better harvest.

Endive- This well known salad plant with a hint of bitter flavour is a rich source of vitamin C and A. It belongs to the lettuce family and is best planted in Spring. You can easily grow them in small pots or garden containers.

Spinach- Packed with iron, potassium, folic acid, vitamin A and C, spinach grows well in a cool climate. Choose a smaller leafed variety of spinach as it will grow well in containers or pots. The plant spreads out a fresh sprout of leaves with every cut and hence, is always ready to serve your salad plate.

Grow food at home to make tasty and attractive salads. It is a different pleasure to claim that not only the salad recipe is your creation but even the vegetables are.

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