A Salad Bowl? You Can Grow That!
This is a fun spring plant project for kids and adults. Salad bowls make a good gift or porch decoration when it’s too cool for most annuals but you just need an expression of spring and growth. Here’s what you need:
A low, bowl-shaped pot that has drainage holes. This can be plastic or clay.
Six packs of lettuces, parsley, kale and pansies.
Get the potting soil wet before you fill the bowl. This is an important step for success! Fill the bowl with the damp potting mix but don’t press it down hard…water it in to settle the mix before planting.
You can plant the herbs, lettuce and pansies in clusters, or in rows. This larger pot was planted in rows to mimic a veggie garden.
I did two bowls with the six packs I had. The bowl on the left was planted in rows, and the one on the right in clusters of plants. All of these plants will grow very quickly and if you grow one you’ll want to start harvesting the salad greens soon by cutting the oldest leaves and leaving the youngest ones in the center of the plants to grow on.
Did you know that pansy flowers are edible? They look pretty in a salad and have a nice, wintergreen-like flavor as well.
I planted this smaller bowl with the plants that were left over from the large one.
Bon appétit and happy spring!