Fancy creating your own supply of juicy fruits, crunchy vegetables and fresh salad greens? This selection of great foods sprout more-or-less like magic out of the ground—with the minimum of effort. Whether you’ve only a windowsill, garden or balcony, get planting today. Here are ten of the easiest fruit and veg you can grow, with step-by-step instructions from the experts at Garden Organic.
Lettuce, rocket and other crunchy leaves are easy to grow. Cut them and they keep coming back!
- Super-easy to grow indoors all year around
- Constant harvest – leaves can be picked over and again and they’ll grow back
- Pick’n’ mix your favourite flavours, textures and varieties – peppery rocket, crunchy lettuce, exotic oriental saladini
Complete growing directions
- You can grow salad all year inside. Try mixing different lettuces or adding rocket. Oriental varieties work best for winter use – sow in September and they’ll last you until March.
- Fill a seed tray with compost.
- Toss over about a quarter of a teaspoon of salad seeds.
- Cover with a sprinkling of compost, water it carefully and place it on a sunny windowsill.
- Don’t let it dry out.
- Hint: Try stretching cling film over the top of the tray to keep moisture in. Take it off as soon as seedlings start to appear.
- When the plants are about 3in tall you can start cutting them and they’ll keep growing back again and again.
Alternative method: you can grow salad in 12 inch pot or directly in the soil in your garden.
- The easiest way to tell if something needs watering is with your finger: poke it into the soil to test.
- If the soil is damp just under the surface, don’t water. If it is dry up to the first crease of your finger then you need to water.
- Seeds and seedlings need care when watering – use a fine-head watering can so you don’t over-water them.
- It is better to water well infrequently than to sprinkle a little every day.