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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Easy way to grow salad leaves...

Salad leaves are quick and easy to grow in containers outside or indoors on a kitchen window sill - with sufficient light.

All you need is a suitable container, a packet of seeds for
'cut and grow again'' lettuce seeds, and a pack of suitable compost.

You can grow your salad leaves in flower pots, or even use the plastic containers that fruit is supplied in. Fill the container/pot  with compost and sprinkle the seeds over the surface, cover to the depth suggested on the seed packet with more compost. Keep watering when needed.

When the leaves are a good size cut them to harvest them, being careful not to damage the roots by tugging at them. If harvested correctly the leaves will regrow once or twice to provide another salad leaf harvest. If you want a useful constant supply do not forget to plant another container of salad leaves every two weeks or so. This is a nice easy healthy way of adding fresh salad leaves to your diet/lunch box. You can cut just enough for a sandwich or salad and there is no waste. When the leaves have ceased to re-grow do not throw the compost into the rubbish bin. The compost will be good for your garden or compost heap. Enjoy growing,harvesting and eating your own grown salad leaves this summer.

If you wish to read more about growing your own salad here is a HubPage I have written about it -

HubPages: Grow Your Own Salad.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote