When you grow your own salad greens, a delicious harvest is right at your fingertips every day. Lettuce plants thrive in cool spring weather and respond to regular picking by producing lots of new leaves. There are many varieties at your local nursery and they grow well together in one pot.
Grow a Container Garden of Salad
By Marty Ross
- PowerGear® patented gear technology multiplies leverage to give you up to 3X more power on every cut
- Powers through tough stems and branches that traditional pruners can’t
- Patent-pending design with modified gears and cam mechanism optimizes your cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest and you need it most
- Makes cutting dramatically easier than it is with other tools
- Fully hardened steel blade stays sharp, even through heavy use
- Low-friction coating helps the blade glide through wood, prevents the blade from gumming up with sap and debris and helps the blade resist rust
- Rugged DuraFrame® construction provides superior strength and reduced weight
- Contoured, rolling handle fits the shape and natural motion of your hand for comfortable use and reduced hand fatigue
- Easy-open lock protects the blade during transport and storage
- Bypass blade style
- Maximum cutting capacity: 3/4" dia.
- Lifetime warranty
- PowerGear2™ Pruner
- Ideal for digging when planting, taking up plants, turning earth and more
- Extra-large handle with Softgrip® provides exceptional grip and comfort
- Extra-large polished cast-aluminum head with sharp edge moves more soil faster, resists rust and cuts through tough turf
- Durable design won’t break
- Handle hang hole provides easy storage
- Full lifetime warranty
- Big Grip Trowel (400S)
- Ideal for making healthy cuts on a variety of herbs and cutting a wide range of vegetables in the garden
- Serrated blade grips and holds stems for clean cuts
- Fully hardened, precision-ground, stainless-steel blades stay sharp, even through heavy use
- Take-apart blades separate for easy cleaning
- Ergonomically sculpted handle fits your hand comfortably
- Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
- Lifetime warranty
- Herb and Veggie Shears
Enhanced to maximize leverage where you need it most, so you can power through stems and light branches up to 3/4" diameter with ease.
Dig in tough soil with a tool that’s as durable as it is comfortable.
Specifically designed for making precise cuts when trimming herbs and cutting vegetables, these unique shears include a take-apart design for easy cleaning.
Edible flowers of your choice
Shallow pot or window box
Before you get started, gather your salad plants and soil. You will need potting soil and a couple of six-packs of plants. Lettuce, kale, mustard, spinach, and arugula are all good choices, and they grow well together. Add some color with some edible flowers like violas, pansies, pinks, or calendulas (sometimes called pot marigolds)
When selecting a pot, consider a generous-sized one. A window box, a big terra-cotta pot, or a handsome planting bowl will allow plenty of room for a good assortment of lettuce plants. The pots do not have to be very deep.
1. Water and prune your plants before transplanting them into your salad bowl. The PowerGear2â¢ Pruner is designed for trimming and pruning all around the garden, and itâs handy for taking care of plants in pots, too. The sharp blades cut stems and leaves without bruising them, and the comfortable rotating handle follows the natural motion of your hand as you work.
2. Fill the pot with potting soil almost to the top with the Big Grip Trowel. The trowel is sturdy enough for digging in heavy soil, but itâs great for scooping up potting soil, too. The large blade will fill a pot with soil quickly and easily. Donât try to pick up and pour from a heavy bag of potting soil: youâll spill soil all over. All you need is a few scoops.
3. Arrange your plants around the pot. Donât worry too much about the spacing requirements printed on the labels. The plants will fill out a lot, of course, but youâll be picking leaves almost every day as they grow, so close planting is not a risk. Depending on the size of your pot, allow about four to six inches between plants.
4. Check the plantsâ roots and loosen them slightly. This will encourage the roots to grow out into the soil. Then go ahead and plant, starting in the center of the container if youâre planting in a round pot. Firm the soil in around each plant as you go. If the spacing doesnât seem quite right, it does no harm to dig a plant back up and reposition it. Use your trowel and move each plant gently into place.
5. Sprinkle a little organic fertilizer right on top of the soil, firm the plants in again with your fingers, and water well.
6. Give your salad garden a few days to settle in and start growing. You may want to keep the pot in a protected spot, out of direct sun, for a day or two. If the plants wilt a little bit at first, donât worry. Theyâll bounce right back.
During the growing season, keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Groom your plants by snipping off any bruised or yellowed leaves. Itâs easy to reach among the plants with Fiskars Fast-prep Herb Shears, which have a spring-action design. They fit neatly in your hand, and theyâre just as handy in the kitchen as they are in the garden.
To harvest, use your herb shears, PowerGear2â¢ pruners, or a pair of Herb and Veggie Shears. Theyâre versatile garden tools that cut twine as easily as tender lettuce leaves or parsley stalks. The shearsâ sharp, rust-resistant, stainless steel blades come apart for easy cleaning. Your pretty, delicious salad garden in a pot will give you plenty of opportunities to put them to work.