To get started first select an appropriate growing container. The best plants to use in a salad bowl garden do not have very deep roots, so a deep container is unnecessary. Any container that is ~8” deep will work great. Try a decorative container that will not only be a space to grow your edible plants but also be a beautiful feature on your deck or patio.
Before planting, fill the container with 1-2” rocks or broken clay pot pieces to facilitate drainage. Then fill the container with your favorite potting soil, preferably an organic one since we will be eating the plants that grow in it.
3 great plants to use in a salad bowl garden are máche, Swiss chard and lettuce. By using these 3 plants you can maximize the growing capacity of the container. máche is very low growing and will take advantage of growing under the lettuce and kale. The kale will grow the tallest, which will provide some shade to the lettuce. This will be beneficial when it comes to the warmer months of the year when lettuce that is not shaded will do poorly.
The next step will be to plant the seeds in your container according to the planting depth instructions on the package. There is no need to create any type of organization to how you plant the seeds. In fact it will look much better to have the plants growing randomly in the container. The final step is to water the soil and keep moist for 10-14 days until the seeds germinate and begin to emerge from the soil.
Harvest the outer leaves of each plant as you need them for your salads and enjoy fresh greens from your salad bowl garden throughout the year. You might even be inspired to expand your edible garden.