How to Start a Salad Bowl Garden

Limited space can’t stop you from growing food; you can start a salad bowl garden and grow your own salad. Learn how!

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How good it would be if a part of the food you eat comes from your garden. But what if you don’t have a garden, a yard to grow food. Not enough space even to start a container garden? People living in cities have this problem.

BUT, still, this can’t stop you. You can create a salad bowl garden, and for this, you just need a tiny space that receives some sun. Possibly a small balcony, windowsill or any other open space.

Pick a Pot

Buy a pot that is wide, like a bowl, or you can look for rectangular window boxes as they serve the same purpose. You can find a plastic pot easily, as it’s lightweight you can move it conveniently.┬áPot has to be at least 6-8 inches deep as you’re growing greens and a few herbs and these plants can be grown in shallow pots.

Also Read: How to Grow Lettuce in Pots


The soil you use is the key. So, choose a quality potting mix that is loose and drains freely. You can make your own potting mix. Also, remember, some soil mixes doesn’t contain fertilizer, which means you’ll have to add fertilizer and organic material separately.

Plants to Grow

In your salad bowl garden, you can grow lettuces. But first, you need to decide which type of lettuce you would like to grow: looseleaf, butterhead, Cos (Romaine), and crisp ones. Other greens you can plant are spinach, tatsoi, arugula, Swiss chard, mustard, bok choi and even green onions. In another bowl, for additional flavor, plant a few of your favorite herbs like parsley, mint, cilantro, chives, etc. As you’re growing only a few plants, it’s not necessary to start them from seeds. You can buy young plants that you can transplant into your salad bowl garden.

Also Read: How to Grow Spinach in Containers

Position and Watering

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Keep your pots in a spot that receives bright light all day and a few hours of direct sun (at least 5).

Keep your slightly moist but not wet. It’s not compulsory to water every day, always check out the moisture before watering by touching the soil with your finger.


Salad greens require fertilizers that are rich in nitrogen. You can add well-rotted manure or compost to the soil at the time of planting. Regular feeding of compost tea is a good idea too. You can also look for balanced liquid fertilizer, applying once in every 8-10 days.


You can start to harvest tasty salad greens from your homegrown salad bowl garden from 30-40 days after planting. Simply pick individual leaves when you need. If you like to eat salad more, plant 2-3 bowls. Do succession planting after every other week for regular harvest.

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Limited space can't stop you from growing food, you can start a salad bowl garden and grow your own salad. Learn how!


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