How to Grow Greens

The various shapes and colors of salad greens add visual delight in the garden -- and in a salad. Here's how to grow greens of your own.


A bowlful of freshly harvested spring salad greens is a highlight to any meal. Here are six tips to help you successfully grow greens in your own garden.

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How to Grow Greens: Location

To grow your own greens, locate your garden in a sunny spot, such as the south side of the house, to ensure it receives the warmest rays. A minimum of six hours of sunlight per day is optimum.

How to Grow Greens: Soil

Enrich the soil before trying to grow your own greens. Each fall, spread a layer of compost and seasoned turkey or poultry manure over the beds. Consider planting seeds of annual ryegrass to hold the soil through winter.

How to Grow Greens: Prep

Wait until the soil is thawed and crumbly before you spade or till it in spring in order to grow your own greens. Then, turn under the winter ryegrass, shaking out and removing all the weeds, then rake the beds smooth.

How to Grow Greens: Sow

Sow seeds of cool-season salad crops in early spring. Timing varies depending on what region you live in. Usually you can sow peas, salad greens, and lettuce directly in the garden beginning in mid-April.

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How to Grow Greens: Plan

Create simple patterns to grow your own greens. First, sketch a rough plan before starting to help determine how many seeds or plants you will need. Seeds sown in diagonal rows or wide arcs fill in gaps.

How to Grow Greens: Sow and Accent

As you are creating plans for growing your own greens, complement them with edible flowers, which offer a color counterpoint, too. Many of the savory blooms, such as Johnny jump-ups and nasturtiums, are versatile and add vibrancy when tossed into a bowl of greens.

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