Perpetual Salad! (love this idea!)

I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time buying produce that I can easily grow myself. At my house, we eat a lot of salad. As many of you know, I serve a large green salad with almost every meal that goes on the table. All of those heads of lettuce can add up!

So, I recently started looking into some ways to grow my own lettuce indoors and I thought I would share what I’m learning with y’all.

All you need is:

• A large round pot, about 6 inches deep (or a container of some sort with roughly the same depth)
• Organic potting soil (look for the kind with perlite in it—that’s those little round white balls)
• Mesclun mix seeds (or whatever lettuce you like best)
• Water
• A sunny window

You’ll need a window that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. If your lettuce doesn’t get enough sun, it will get tall and spindly and that isn’t what you want.


To grow your lettuce:

1. Fill your container to the halfway mark with soil. You can sprinkle some fertilizer on there if you want to. Moisten the soil and sprinkle a couple of pinches of seeds on top. Sprinkle a little more soil over the seeds and spritz the surface with more water.

2. Water daily and keep the pot in the sun or under a grow light. The seeds should sprout up in about seven days and your first harvest should be ready in about a month.

To harvest your lettuce:

After you cut your lettuce the first time (leave the growing crowns alone!), you’ll only have to wait another two weeks for a fresh crop.

And it’s pretty much just that easy!

Fresh lettuce greens are just the best, aren’t they?

We have an ebook just for using all those delicious greens: Bounty of Salads!

4 Responses

  1. I would love to do this, my family loves salad, but I am totally clueless. “After you cut your lettuce the first time (leave the growing crowns alone!)” what is a growing crown?

    1. I have the same question. If possible, could you post pictures before you cut your leaves, and then one after (so we can see what to leave uncut)?

  2. Paula,
    A safe way to cut the lettuce is to leave about 1″ at the
    bottom. I have been doing this for many years with great success. *Use
    scissors and just cut all the way across. You’ll want to wash the leaves
    well – I fill up my sink and rinse really well. Get a salad spinner to
    remove the extra water. A wet salad loses it’s appeal… *Salad spinners
    – I have found them at 2nd hand stores for a few dollars.

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