This awesome book I have been reading, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide; A no-fuss, down and dirty Gardening 101 for anyone who wants to grow stuff has a brilliant suggestion to grow a “salad bowl” with lettuce in a container. When I was at the feed store looking at seeds, I noticed a similar bowl in the clearance section and just had to get it and make my own salad bowl.
Because I’m keeping my bowl inside so I can have early lettuce, I didn’t remove the plugs from the drain holes, but instead used packing peanuts to allow good drainage for the soil. Packing peanuts are lighter than stones, making it easier to move around.
I got the rest of my supplies ready, only to find out that the bag of potting soil was frozen solid, so I set it in the sun in mom’s greenhouse to warm up. My cat, Roxie, decided to help out with the warming process.
All planted up, ready to water. In her book, Dee Nash, did a fancy swirl design, but since I have a mixed lettuce and a red romaine, I just did a ring on the outside of red romaine and put the mix on the inside.
Lettuce sprouts fast! I planted this four days ago and it is already starting to show tiny little sprouts. Now my mouth is watering and I can’t wait for a delicious fresh salad!