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More Salad Than You Can Shake a Stick At!

April 30, 2012

This falls in the “I can’t believe my results” category!  Most evenings I cut leaves of Spinach, Lettuce, Kale and Swiss Chard from plants in our two deck planters (leaving the main plants in place).  The more I cut, the more new leaves grow as replacements.  Seems the bigger we make the salad the more these plants respond with new leaves.

We planted these planters back on Mar 23 (click here to read more and to see a picture after planting).  We began harvesting individual leaves around the first of April.  The pictures below were taken last Friday (April 27).  If you look closely you can see some of the cut stems where we have been harvesting.

I chalk up the secrets to our success to:

1)      The self-watering planters we are trying out for the first time this year.

2)      Great plants I got from Farmer Paige here at Serenbe Farms, the organic farm here at Serenbe where we live.

3)      The Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix.

4)      A feeding of Osmocote at the time of planting.

This proves you do not need a big space to be able to enjoy fresh veggies.  Just think how cool it would be to do a project like this with your kids and how much they would enjoy eating the veggies they grew themselves.

Spinach, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard deck planters provide daily pickings for our salads.

Top view: The more individual leaves you cut, the more leaves the plants will produce.

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4 Comments
  1. Haha! More than you can shake a stick at indeed! My greens are going great guns as well–I’m doing my best to convince the family to eat salads twice a day!

  2. this is awesome! i cant wait til my lettuce grows to be like this.

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