Grow Fresh Greens Year Round
It’s wonderful that you can easily regrow lettuce and have fresh greens in 5 days… and keep it going! For a steady supply of fresh salad greens year round, consider growing vegetables such as lettuce, leeks and celery from the root stems, along with trays of microgreens and sprouts. You can also transplant the hydroponic lettuce to pots if they’ll last that long. We eat lettuce daily, so ours rarely lasts long enough to make it to the pots.
Regrowing lettuce is so simple! All you need to regrow lettuce is a small partial remnant of a head of lettuce still attached to it’s base, a bowl and some water.
See this cool demonstration on how to regrow lettuce from stems.
A Simple hydroponics System for Making Your Own Salad Bar
If you’re into hydroponics—or want to be—this guy breaks it all down for you and shows you everything you need to know.
If you’re already into hydroponics you may still pick up some tips, (or go onto the Gardens All Facebook page and share some of yours)!
This really does look very easy with simple instructions and explanations so you can set up your own hydroponic system for producing perfect delicious lettuce in just 30 days.
Even if you have a traditional or raised bed garden of some kind, one of the benefits of hydroponics is the avoidance of bugs and dirt, which eliminates the need for the time-consuming process of washing your greens. This is also a good solution for growing lettuce and other things indoors in the winter in your greenhouse. (On our list!!)
Another option is hydroponic lettuce.
Easy 30 Day Hydroponic Lettuce
Drill in reverse…? Who knew! Super smart and good to know… could actually prevent a broken wrist from the torque!
Salad Bowls Container Gardening for Growing Salads
At our farmer’s market this season, one of the most popular items merchant farmers and nurseries were selling were lettuce or salad bowls. These were wide pots and planters of varying sizes planted with various popular salad greens, where people could take them home and harvest leaves from them for salads as they wanted them.
For our family of four vegetarians eating daily salads plus often making green juices, these wouldn’t last long. However, they would supplement our garden harvest, and winter grocery bill (until we have a greenhouse).
But for a single person or couple, or those more moderate salad munchers, these could serve adequately, and keep on growing, through much of the season as a “patio plant”. We have a perfect “greenhouse window” in our kitchen that works well for this. We’ve had success with growing lettuce from the base of an organic Romaine lettuce stems that we bought at the store, just by placing them in bowls of water. It does take up space though and so for our level of salad consumption, we take the growing outside from April-June, then again September-October in zone 7. But off season, it’s soothes the gardener’s soul to have something green and edible growing in the kitchen.
This next video featuring Ron Baune of Rainyway Farm on Cooking up a Story, shows how to grow salad greens in “salad bowls” for months of salad grazing. Looks like it would be fun to create as gifts too. Not only that but how about gifting yourself and co-workers a salad bowl container plant for your office desks?!1)https://gardensall.com/a-garden-in-your-desk/
Okay, so you don’t have to have it built in, but imagine… garden freshness snipped right at your desk! Now that would refresh your day!
Let us know if you’re making these or something else. We love seeing your comments and pictures on the Gardens All Facebook page. But first, you may also enjoy this article on growing microgreens2)https://gardensall.com/grow-superfood-microgreens-year-round/.
Growing Leeks Indoors in Water
So we bought these at the grocery store as a bundle of organic leeks. We chopped off most of the plant for a potato-leek-watercress soup and placed the bases in water in glasses as stubs.
The leeks literally grew an inch by the next day.
A Leek Garden in a Vase!
So we’ve done this with celery and lettuce heads from the scantest root base and they’ve all grown well… just takes up space, so in season we grow the outside. When it’s too hot or too cold for them to grow outside, we grow them in water inside and snip and pick from them as needed.
Since celery takes a long time to grow, we’re typically just growing that for snippets of fresh greens more than the stalks, plus the fun of seeing something GREEN growing indoors in colder months! Same thing with lettuce.
We find it works best for leeks since they grow so fast, and as much salad as we consume, the little bits of greens clippings are gone pretty quickly, but it’s always good to have some fresh grown snippets to top off the store bought greens.
Just be sure to keep the water fresh by changing it every couple days.
We haven’t yet kept on growing our leeks indefinitely as the exterior skins do get too mushy as they break down. At that point we toss them into the compost and start growing a fresh batch. Next, we will look into an indoor hydroponics system for that, or else try potting them.
Please let us know what you’re doing with them to keep them growing longer.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to get more into aquaponics or hydroponics, you might start slowly with smaller systems and see how you like it.
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