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Healthy living: Growing salad greens indoors

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How many times have you wished for home-grown salad greens that you could just snip and eat? The good news is that salad greens are very easy to grow and they take up very little space. Even better, you can grow them indoors.

Getting started

Many vegetables are not suited for growing indoors, but salad greens are the exception. You can grow a beautiful garden right in your sunniest windowsill. And forget about fancy equipment. All you need is a container, some soil, loose-leaf lettuce seed, and some sun.

One of the best containers you can use for growing salad greens indoors are the plastic clamshell containers that salad greens come in from the grocery store. These containers are see-through and they are deep enough for roots to become established. And the best part is that you can use the same container for subsequent crops.

Here’s how to get your indoor garden growing in no time:

  • Make sure your containers have holes in the bottom for drainage.
  • Fill containers with a couple of inches of potting soil.
  • Wet the soil with a spray bottle.
  • Sprinkle seed evenly but thickly over the top of the soil.
  • Sprinkle a little more dry soil over the top of the seed.
  • Set your containers in a sunny window.
  • Close the lid to form a mini greenhouse.
  • Spray with water daily to keep the top of the soil moist.

In just a few days, your seeds will germinate. And in about three weeks, you can harvest your first salad crop.

Cut and come again

To harvest your salad greens, all you have to do is snip the tops into a colander, wash them, and eat them. But loose-leaf salad greens are unusual in that they will continue to grow after the first harvest. In fact, you can cut the tops out of your salad greens for about two months before the plants stop growing. To maintain a continuous harvest, start a new container of salad greens every three weeks.

Do you think you don’t have the room to grow vegetables? Think again. Salad greens are one of the easiest plants to grow and they don’t require a lot of space. All you really need to grow your own delicious salad greens indoors is a suitable container, some soil, loose-leaf lettuce seed, and a sunny windowsill.

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