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Salad Bowl Gardening

It's the time of year when we can plant spring vegetables, especially lettuce!  My husband and I made the first of our annual trips to the greenhouse and purchased the lettuces for our Salad Bowl.  Bob and I ran out of space one year for planting all the vegetables we wanted  We had an available planter so Bob filled it with soil and dubbed it "the Salad Bowl."  We love snipping our lettuce for our meal right before we eat.

lettuce bowl

This year we are experimenting outside of our usual spring lettuce and spinach.  We bought a wide variety of lettuces that sound and look so good:



Flowering Kale Red Russian (organics by Papa Joe's Naturally Grown)
Swiss Chard Bright Lights (Papa Joe's)
Simply Salad City Garden Blend (Papa Joe's)
Nancy (organics by Crown Valley Organics)
Freckles (Crown Valley)

Do you have a favorite variety?

Salad Bowl lettuce

With lettuce, there is plenty of time to plant seeds or you can use bedding plants as well.  Some of my neighbors use lettuces as part of the border of their gardens.  We have quite a bunny problem where we live, though, so I don't highly recommend that idea!  As it is, we will probably see some nibbles around the edge of our bowl!

I'd love to hear of your spring gardening adventures!  Share with me in the comment section!

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  1. What a fun idea! I'll bet I can get my kids to eat a lot more salad if I present it to them like this!

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  2. I keep wanting to start a garden and this is such a good idea. We buy (and waste) so much lettuce and salad kits. It is like we can't eat it fast enough before it wilts and this would eliminate that issue. great idea!!

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  3. Such a cool idea! I never thought about doing this I usually just buy stuff from the grocery store and call it a day. Great post xx felinebykatsaris.com

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  4. Love it! I keep saying I'm going to grow us a "pizza" garden because that's what we love the most! Now we can have a salad garden too. Yum!

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  5. What a fun idea! I wonder if it will work with my daughter. I'm always willing to try anything.

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  6. This is a really great idea. We live downtown Chicago so as you can imagine our gardening spots are limited. There are some great local gardens but this idea takes the cake!

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  7. Great idea! I've seen pizza gardens and salsa gardens too. :)

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  8. This makes me wish I was a gardener. I've often thought about how fun it would be to grow my own veggies, but never really tried it out. I do love salads though.

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  9. This is such a cool idea! I would love to do something like this to encourage my family to eat more greens.

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  10. Great idea and I love that they are in pots. Less likely to get little slugs and snails eating them.

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  11. I love this idea. We plant tomatoes and peppers but maybe I'll add lettuce too.

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  12. What a great idea to put all your salad greens in one container. This is my second year with a square foot garden and I had to double up on the lettuce and spinach. It's so nice getting fresh salad!

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  13. I used to plant salad bowls when I lived in an apartment and looked forward to the days of owning my own home and having a big area to grow. Then I found out that my dream garden at my dream home was a favorite spot for all the squirrels.... ugh. I might try a bowl again and keep it closer to the house!

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  14. Never even heard of such a thing. My kids would love to do this. Kids tend to eat what they grow, buy or cook.

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  15. This is so clever! I would have never thought to plant a lettuce bowl

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  16. I love this idea. All my favorite greens and it looks pretty too. I'm so happy it's spring!

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  17. I love doing this with my girls! I'm convinced that it's the reason they both love salads.

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  18. Omg how neat and fun I am so doing this tomorrow !!! So glad I found this yay I'm excited thanks

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  19. I'm so jealous of your salad bowl garden. I don't have any outdoor space and the plants i've tried to keep near windows all die a quick death.

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  20. This is such a cute idea. I never would have thought to plant them like that. We have lettuce growing this year, we just planted some pumpkins and corn too.

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  21. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Ok, I've never done salad bowl gardening, but it's a fabulous idea! I'm hoping to break ground on my vegetable garden this weekend. Unfortunately, we pretty much live on clay so I'm not extremely hopeful for a successful year. So far my tomatoes are doing fabulous inside, but outside, I'm not sure how they'll do. I think I might try a pot for salads, too!

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  23. But first, what are annuals and perennials, and what is the difference between the two?
    colorgardening

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    1. Annuals you plant every year, mostly in the summer and spring. Perennials come back year after year.

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  24. Outstanding stuff.

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  25. Definitely it was a fantastic adventure to find me into your nutritious and beautiful gardening zone. Yeah, Spring is the best of all seasons to grow various vegetables and fruits. I am totally excited jumping into your appealing salad bowl gardening preparation. I love to have lettuce and spinach but most of the time we have to collect them from the market. If we plant them in our indoor and outdoor of our home, probably that will be extremely wise effort and ensure more health benefits. It will also bring a positive change in our surroundings. I would like to be grateful to you and of course to Mr. Bob for gifting us so useful ideas of varieties. I also prefer to make Sustainable Gardens for all times. Anyway, I enjoyed the whole trip here.

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  26. Amazing. I never though about it. I am also a passionate indoor gardener and currently I'm growing my stuff indoors using some cheap led grow lights for my plants and grow space.

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  30. Good article! I really like your idea. I am very impressed with you after reading this article. How long have you been gardening
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