Salad contains some of the only vegetables we eat fresh — raw and uncooked. Why then shouldn’t it be as fresh as it can be? In fact, a reasonable size and easy to maintain salad garden is within the realm of any gardener be they novice or master. Growing your own salad fixings will also protect you against crazy hikes in produce prices as well as ensure you get the freshest produce possible.
So how much space is needed? That truly depends on the choice of salad ingredients. A small garden plot or even containers work just fine. Although the look of rows is a traditional one, they require more space and aren’t necessary. In this case, it is recommended just to plant piecemeal reserving small, perhaps non-measured areas for each plant type. If the soil is exposed to sunlight for a minimum of 6 hours, if it retains water, and has some amount of soil nutrients it will grow veggies.
Since the greens will be the main crop, reserve the most garden space for them followed by small “squares” for onions, radishes, carrots, cukes, or anything else you desire to have in your salad. Cherry and patio tomatoes (generally found at your local hardware store) do well in limited space. Bush cucumbers, while requiring a little more space, do not grow spreading vines and thrive even in a large pot or bucket.
For the more adventurous gardener you can also trying growing some vining veggies such as sweet peas without taking up a lot of space because they prefer to grow vertically.
With just a bit of creativity and a solid desire, you can turn your patch of dirt or patio into a productive garden that will provide a delicious dinner salad for you and your envious neighbors!