Container gardening, particularly growing vegetables in containers, is new to me. Oh, I knew it could be done. I’d just never done it. A couple of weeks ago I moved from a house into an apartment. With the move went any hope I’d had of creating a garden that could keep my family in vegetables all summer long.
So now I’m researching container gardening. That’s when I found this video from our friends at Cooking Up A Story featuring a creative, easy, and inspiring idea: growing salad bowls. It’s container gardening at it’s best.
Aren’t they cute? If you only harvest the outer leaves, you can continuously harvest this beautiful salad bowl to create months of salads.
In the video below Joan Baune of Rainyway Farm in Portland, OR demonstrates how you can grow and harvest your own salad greens in what she calls salad bowls. She has an eye for design, too. So, the bowls are not only useful, but beautiful. Imagine doing it with herbs, tomatoes, or other fun salad crops!
From the Cooking Up A Story article:
While their plant starts were a big hit, they realized that city people didn’t have the larger parcels of land that were common in the suburbs. This “aha!” moment led Joan to the realization that potted vegetables would be a great value-added addition to their product mix, and she came up with her Rainyway Farm Salad Bowls.
She first fills the 20″ plastic pots with a rich potting mix and then gently adds 15 to 20 lettuce and chard plants that she starts from seed. Joan’s eye for composition is evident in the red lettuces and colorful chard that she adds, saying that the different textures and colors make it look prettier on a patio.
After planting, the pots are then moved into the greenhouse to mature and fill in before going to the market. Joan said that many people buy them for gifts as well as for their own use, trimming off the outside leaves as they mature and using them in green salads. Frequent requests have led Joan to start making herb bowls as well, with a variety of perennial herbs (video coming soon).
Like I said, it’s container gardening at it’s best.
Watch the video: