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Ideas and Reviews to Help You Get Started with Salad Gardening

By Holli Rovenger | Physical

Nov 13

Some Product Ideas and Reviews to Help You Get Started with Salad Gardening

Here are some great resources to  help make it easy for you to get started with salad gardening.

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days (Paperback Book)

If you’re ready to start salad gardening and grow greens for your family to use in salads and smoothies and do it year round in an easy and low-tech way, you will really appreciate this book. It’s based on the research and experience of author Peter Burke.

Peter is a regular working guy like you and me who doesn’t have a lot of extra time on his hands. He also didn’t want to invest a lot of money into fancy growing light setups. Instead, he used what he had on hand and was able to figure out a simple method of growing greens with nothing more than a container, some soil, a cupboard, a window spot and of course some seeds.

If you’re looking for a tried and true, no-nonsense approach to growing sprouts and micro=greens, this is the book for you. Micro-greens are nutrient dense foods that not only add a lot of vitamins and minerals to your diet, they also have the added advantage of growing quickly.

A full head of lettuce takes quite a bit of time to grow to maturity. These micro-greens on the other hand are ready to harvest just a few days after the first leaves appear. Before you know it, you’re ready to grow your next batch.

Micro-greens not only pack a punch nutrition-wise, they are also full of flavor, making them the perfect addition to all sorts of dishes. You don’t need as much volume to get the same amount of flavor and nutrition. Not only does this save calories, it also saves a lot of counter space when it comes to growing these delicious little plants.

Between the little space they require and how quickly these little plants grow, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much green food you can produce. Burke reports that he’s able to grow up to six pounds of greens per day – that’s crazy.

Just think how much you’ll save at the grocery store when you’re able to grow much of the vegetable and greens your family needs at home – on your kitchen window sills. Not to mention the fact that you don’t have to head to the store every few days to pick up fresh produce. Just grab some scissors and cut what you need for lunch or dinner.

Grab a copy of Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening by clicking here. With the simple step-by-step directions outlined in the book, you’ll be up and running with your very own window boxes full of budding salad greens in no time.

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VICTORIO VKP1014 Sprouting Kit (with seeds)

Sprouts are a great addition to salads, sandwiches and wraps. Plus they make a pretty edible garnish when you’re entertaining. But buying sprouts at the grocery store on a regular basis can cost quite a pretty penny. It’s infuriating when those sprouts you spent your hard earned money on go bad before you get a chance to use them all.

Thankfully there’s a simple solution. You can grow your own sprouts at home, right on your counter. The Sprouting Kit from Victorio makes it quick and easy and with the stackable design you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many sprouts you can grow.

The four piece design of this kit gives you lots of options. Use just one or two if you don’t need a lot of sprouts ready, or stack the planting and have a fresh tray to use every other day. Or get enough sprouts ready to feed an army (almost… but definitely enough to keep a sandwich shop in business for a day or feed a small crowd) by using all four trays simultaneously.

Since this system is stackable, it doesn’t take up a lot of space and watering is quick and easy with the built in flow through. The kit includes everything you need to get started including seeds.

Speaking of seeds, let’s talk about the different types of sprouts and microgreens you can grow at home. Basically all your favorite sprouts can be grown including alfalfa, mung bean, lentil, wheat and more. And just about any leafy green vegetable can be grown as a microgreen.

You’ll be up and running in no time with a simple sprouting system like this. There’s almost no way to mess this up. And there’s no long waiting time for a harvest either. Depending on temperature and growing conditions you’ll have sprouts ready to harvest in two to six days. Talk about instant gratification gardening.

This would also make a wonderful teaching tool for the kids. Get them involved in the set-up and planting. Not only will they learn a lot about growing food in a fast and efficient way, they’ll be much more likely to eat this nutrient dense veggies if they’re involved in growing them. Give the Sprouting Kit a try. It’s easy to clean too.

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 7 LED Indoor Garden with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit

If you’re ready to grow your own salad greens and herbs right on your kitchen counter, there’s no better way than the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden. You can get them in various different sizes and they work anywhere. Since these little mini garden containers come with their own grow lights, you don’t have to worry about finding “just the right spot” to get your greens to grow and thrive.

Not only is it a very efficient way to grow your own food that takes up very little space on your counter, it also grows completely without soil, making it the perfect mess-free addition to your kitchen counter. Yes, that’s right. There’s no dirt or soil in this growing kit. Instead the plants grow and thrive in a mixture of water and liquid nutrients.

Do you think you have a brown thumb? You can’t mess this up. The built in control panel adjust the light water and nutrient levels. You get it started, turn it on, and then sit back and watch your plants grow. Your most important job is harvesting the produce.

Since the plants grow under optimal conditions, they grow up to five times as fast as if you planted them in a pot of potting soil and set them in the window. And unlike outdoor gardening, there’s no need to head outside to grab some fresh herbs and lettuce leaves when you’re ready to cook dinner.

Just grab your kitchen shears and cut what you need. It doesn’t get any fresher and easier than this. And there’s a surprisingly huge variety of things you can grow with these little indoor gardens. You can grow herbs, salad greens, vegetables, and even flowers.

Since everything is grown indoors and under growing lights, you can keep gardening, growing, and harvesting throughout the year. No need to shut things down for the winter. You’ll have beautiful, fresh, green food twelve months of the year. What a great way to keep eating healthy no matter what.

No time to head to the grocery store? Not a problem. Harvest lettuce leaves and herbs for a fresh salad and top it with a little cheese, ham or turkey, and hard boiled eggs for a filling dinner. Or add these fresh greens to your favorite sandwich. We all know we should be getting more vegetables and dark leafy greens in particular in our diet. Here’s an easy way to do it.

If you love green smoothies, this is a no-brainer. Getting fresh greens can get pricey, particularly if you’re looking for quality, fresh produce. And you have to head to the store every other day to stock up. With this little indoor garden, you can grow your own supply. Grow your favorite greens and herbs, harvest, blend and you’re good to go.

You can buy your Miracle-Gro AeroGarden on Amazon by Clicking Here.

Indoor Salad Garden Starter Kit: Seeds, Growing Dome, Instructions & More

Get a head start on your vegetable gardening with this indoor salad garden starter kit. Getting seedlings at your local garden center is fine, but you’re limited to the lettuce plants and herbs they decide to carry. And let’s face it, buying seedlings to start your garden can get pricey. Even if you can find them for $3 – 4, that quickly adds up to quite a bit of change.

Growing your own seedlings from seed is a much better option. You get a larger variety of plants and can grow just about anything. Start with the seeds included with this kit, then expand and find heirloom varieties you can’t find at your local garden center. You can find all sorts of fun and unique produce seeds online. They’ll get to you in a matter of days in the mail and this growing dome will allow you to get them started well before your garden is ready.

Not only will you save this year on buying seedlings for your garden, but for many growing seasons to come. As an added bonus, you know you end up with healthy seedlings that have grown on nothing but dirt and water. No need to worry about what your future food has been sprayed and treated with. You have full control.

It’s a lot of fun to grow your plants from seeds. There’s no greater accomplishment as a gardener then being able to grow your food from start to finish. If you’re a prepper, this is something that you should keep around. Don’t just buy it and stick it on a shelf in case shit hits the fan. Instead, put it to good use, get your hands dirty, and get comfortable with growing your own food.

Another great use for these growing domes is growing micro-greens. You may have heard of those little green superfoods. They are nothing more than tiny seedlings of your favorite herbs and salad plants. Once the seeds start to sprout, you know you’ll be ready to harvest micro-greens in just a few days. After that reseed and start growing your next batch. Give it a try and see if this method gets you growing and harvesting your favorite salad greens sooner.

If you’re ready to start growing your salad greens from seed this spring or fall, get this kit and give yourself head start. The growing dome is 12×12 inches, making it small and easy enough to sit on a counter or shelf out of the way. The dome also ensures that your baby plants are protected and the growing environment stays moist.

Click here to purchase your Indoor Salad Garden Kit on Amazon

The Simply Good Box By Home Greens – The Simplest Way to Grow Amazing Micro-greens

Have you heard of micro gardening? It’s a fun new trend in gardening that doesn’t take a lot of time, effort or space. Yet you can end up with incredibly healthy foods like the micro-greens you can grow with this Simply Good Box.

Gardening is a great way to relieve stress while growing your own healthy fruits and vegetables. But a full-blown vegetable garden isn’t for everyone. Some of us don’t have the space or the desire to start a large vegetable garden outside. That doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from growing our own food. Micro gardening is the perfect solution if you’re short on time or space. Just grow a few little things in containers on your counter or patio.

Growing micro-greens is the perfect way to get your gardening feet wet (or should I say hands). They are easy to grow and you are ready to harvest just a few days after the seeds start to sprout. Speaking of seeds… when you’re growing micro-greens you want to start with quality non-gmo and organic seeds like the ones in this box by Home Greens.

You get plenty of seeds for pea shoots, wheatgrass, sunflowers, and radishes with this particular product. The box they are packed in serves as two growing trays and had been treated with a moisture resistant material on the inside to prevent water leaking out.

Using this duo tray growing system is easy. Fill your boxes about ¾ of the way with quality potting soil (not included) and plant your seeds. Gently cover with a little more soil and mist or sprinkle water to hydrate the soil. Water as needed to keep the soil moist over the coming days. The seeds will start to sprout and your micro-greens are ready to harvest after the first few real leaves appear. Harvest and reseed as needed.

This particular set of micro-greens has been handpicked for its nutritional benefits. The pea shots are easy to grow and very versatile. Add them to your salads, throw them in your soups or stir-frys or add them to your smoothies. The sunflower micro-greens are an excellent source of protein and amino acids. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you definitely want these on your menu. Wheatgrass is a nutritional powerhouse, full of iron, amino acids, and vitamins A, C & E. Grow it to make your own wheatgrass juice, or add it to your favorite green smoothies. And if you have cats, they love to snack on a little wheat grass as well. The radish greens grow fast and make for an excellent source of Vitamin B6. Add them to your salads and green smoothies for a tasty nutritional boost.

Grab Your Simply Good Box by Clicking Here. 

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Lettuce Allstar Gourmet Mix (Reds Greens)

Growing your own leafy greens is a lot of fun and this particular lettuce mix is the perfect way to get started growing them from seed. It includes a mix of green and red oak leaf, red and green romaine, lollo rossa and red leaf lettuce.

If you’re new to gardening and growing your own greens a mixed seed like this is a fun way to get going. You can a large variety of lettuce and since we’re talking loose leaf, you can eat the “fruits” of your labor soon after you sew.

From start to finish it shouldn’t take more than 28 days to grow this mixed green lettuce. This makes it perfect for planting salad bowls and growing your salad on the kitchen counter. Pick a bowl or pot to plant in, grab a bag of your favorite organic potting soil and plant away.

Within a matter of days you’ll see little lettuce sprouts appear. If you’re into micro-greens, it won’t take you long to grow those. Don’t be surprised to have your first harvest in well under 20 days. Having full-grown loose leaf lettuce ready to harvest in well under a month is not too shabby either.

With a seed mix like this you have lots of options. You can grow indoors from start to finish, or you can start your baby lettuce plants inside and transplant them to your outdoor garden when they’ve reached seedling size. Of course seeding and planting completely outdoors is an option as well. Check your local planting zones to find out when you should be planting this type of lettuce when you’re growing outside.

There are plenty of great resources out there if you’re just getting started with gardening. Your local gardening friends and neighbors are a great first source of advice. Talk to them. They don’t mind sharing advice. And watch them. If your neighbor is starting to plant salad, it’s probably a good time for you to start as well. Local extension offices and Master Gardeners are another wonderful source of information. They can share what to plant when, what varieties work best in your area and what to do when your plants don’t thrive.

All that to say there’s no reason you can’t get into gardening and growing your own food. You don’t need a garden, patio, or a lot of space to grow your own food. A sunny spot on the kitchen counter works well for growing lettuce like the ones from this seed pack. It’s a great way to get started and with these seeds it’s hard to mess up. They have a high germination rate, so sprinkle lightly and watch your plants grow. Then as you start to harvest, reseed for a never-ending supply of fresh greens.

Click here to Grab yours on Amazon now!

Microgreens Growing Kit – Grow Micro Greens & Baby Salad

Growing your own food can be a very rewarding activity and something fun you can do by yourself to relax, or with the family. As great as gardening is (and the benefits are numerous), traditional gardening isn’t an option for everyone.

Maybe you don’t have a lot of space outside to start a garden. Maybe you don’t have the time to be out there for hours each week preparing the soil, planting, weeding, watering, and finally harvesting. It doesn’t matter what your reasons are, just because you can’t plant a big traditional garden outside, doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from growing your own food.

Gardening is a great hobby that relieves stress, helps you get a bit of exercise, connects you to nature and of course provides you with some of the freshest organic product you can get your hands on. Think about it… it’s impossible to get fresher than cutting some greens and having them on your table or in your smoothie within a matter of minutes.

When you’re ready to dive in and you’re interested in micro-greens for your salads and smoothies, a growing kit like this is the perfect product to get you started with salad gardening. You order it and everything comes shipped in a box from growing containers and soil to seeds and complete instructions. The only thing you need to supply is your hands and some water.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s included in the Microgreens Growing kit. You get six durable growing kits for salad gardening. This allows you to grow a variety of different microgreens and you can get them started at different times. Why is this important? Microgreens grow fast and you need to harvest and eat them just as fast. By staggering your planting over the course of a week or two, you can make sure you have fresh new sprouts coming up on a regular basis.

The kit also includes the soil you need to get started as well as ph testing kits. These will come in handy to make sure you get the best results possible. Follow the included directions and supplement your soil as needed. Not only will this insure a good and nutrient dense harvest, you also learn a lot about the soil you’re using and your plants. This will come in handy for many growing seasons to come.
Of course no kit would be complete without seeds. What’s nice about this particular one is the large variety of seeds. You get Sunflower, Buckwheat, Dun Pea, Cilantro and Beet. Having a good variety makes for pretty microgreens and it gets a lot of different nutrients into your system. Also included are a laminated instruction card and a spray bottle. Spray bottles make watering microgreens easy and you don’t have to worry about hurting your baby sprouts.

Purchase with confidence from Amazon here.

Pocket Vertical Garden Planter By Invigorated Living

If you think you don’t have the room to start growing your own food, and trying salad gardening, think again. These cute pocket planters work even in the smallest of spaces. Hang them on your window sill, off your balcony, or on an outdoor wall by your patio. They are actually horizontal and as lovely to look at as they are to use.

One of the most beautiful things about gardening is that it’s so adjustable. You can go out and farm half an acre, or you can grow a few herbs in small pots in your kitchen window. And then there are all sorts of possibilities in between.

Many people start out with a little indoor gardening. They have a few house plants and then get into growing food with a few herbs and maybe a small planter of lettuce leaves that grow right along the herbs on the kitchen counter.

If that’s you and you’re getting ready to run out of counter space, or want to try to grow some plants in the fresh air and sunshine, a vertical planter like this may be the next step for you. You can get a few of them and hang them one on top of the other along a wall or fence.

Use the plantable pockets to grow your favorite leafy greens, herbs, and even flowers outside. Not only are you growing food, but your patio will look and smell beautiful. Depending on what you plant (think mint and basil), it may even help repel mosquitoes and the likes.

If you have a south facing wall that warms up with even a little sunshine, you can greatly extend your growing season outdoors with a system like this. And since these pockets are stackable, you can produce a surprisingly large amount of food with little to no floor space.

The vertical garden pocket planter is made from waterproof material. That means you can use it indoors or outside. Hang them from your living room wall and create a decorative piece that’s also a conversation starter.

Not only does growing and eating your own food with a simple gardening system like this improve your health, plants also help improve the air quality in your home (and on your patio) by removing VOC’s (volatile organic chemicals). These chemicals are released by things like air conditioners and refrigerators among other things and can cause a variety of illnesses and disease. Fight back with house plants.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy growing your own food in or close to your home with stackable planter pockets. 

You can purchase on Amazon by clicking here.

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Hydroponic Plans

There is no better tasting tomato than a home-grown one. And the same holds true for a lot of veggies. It just tastes better when you can grow it yourself, taking care with the soil, the watering and nurturing your plants until they’re ready to bear fruit (or vegetables).

While gardening is a great hobby and it can be a lot of fun, it’s also hard work and it can get messy. If you’re not a big fat of crawling around on your hands and knees in dirt, pulling weeds for hours, traditional gardening may not be for you. Some people love it, for others it brings back unpleasant childhood memories of doing chores in the family garden.

Thankfully with today’s gardening there are options and one of those is to grow your plants in water. It’s called hydroponic gardening and it’s a very effective and efficient way to grow food for your family.

The only problem with many of the hydroponic systems out there is that they are very expensive. That’s all good and well if you’re a micro farmer investing in your business, but for most hobby backyard gardeners, those systems are way out of their price range.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t give hydroponic gardening a try. If you’re handy with tools, you can build your own system on the cheap with these hydroponic plans. Just follow along and you’ll have your first system up and running in a matter of days.

The nice thing about DIY is that you can start small and scale up if this is something that’s working for you. But what about the veggies you grow? If you’re worried about food not tasting as good or not having the same nutritional value, let me put your mind at rest. Done right, hydroponic plants grow produce that’s just as tasty and nutritious as those grown in the dirt. They also have two big advantages. Hydroponically grown plants can grow faster, giving you produce sooner, and your veggies will be nice and clean when you pick them.

To recap, with hydroponics you can grow your own food without tilling the soil, weeding and a lot of the other back breaking parts of traditional gardening, you get your harvest sooner, and everything is nice and clean. I

With this ebook – click here to check it out –  you get 5 different plans to build the hydroponic system that works well for you and your personal circumstance. Out of town a lot? There’s a way to make this work. On a very tight budget? There’s a plan that mostly uses things you already have sitting around. Give this a try and see if you will become a hydroponic fan as well.

And if that’s not enough information for you to get started with salad gardening, here is one more:

The Great Big Book Of Green Smoothies

Vegetables are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet and the green leafy kind are the best to consume. Yes, you can have a big salad a few times a day and then work some more greens into soups and stews. When you add it all up, it still doesn’t add up to a lot of greens.

Thankfully there’s an easy way to up your daily intake of greens – green smoothies. These delicious and refreshing drinks are made of lots of greens, other vegetables, and a little fruit to sweeten things up and some water or even better coconut water.

If you’re struggling to get in your veggies or looking for a quick and easy nutritional boost, give green smoothies a try. If you’ve had one and didn’t like it, don’t give up, there are hundreds of different green smoothie recipes you can try. A good place to start is with the great big book of green smoothies. It’s full of tried and true recipes shared by some of your favorite food bloggers.

If you’re new to green smoothies or trying to get your kids to drink them, start with a recipe that includes a fair amount of fresh or frozen fruit. Then add a handful of greens like romaine or spinach and blend it all up. It will still be a deliciously sweet smoothie everyone will love. As time goes by, add more and more greens and start cutting back on the fruit for even healthier smoothies.

The Great Big Book of Green Smoothies has over 40 recipes to get you started along with lots of other ideas and tips. One of my favorite tips in there is a “make your own smoothie” formula that allows you to come up with almost limitless new smoothie combinations.

When you’re ready to detox after a few days of eating less than healthy, or when you’re trying to fit into your favorite summer dress, give the 7 Day Smoothie Detox a try. It’s a great way to boost your health and lose some of that water weight. Not to mention feeling better after such a big nutritional boost.

Ready to give this a serious try and make green smoothies part of your daily routine? Go through the included 30 Day Green Smoothie challenge and you’re well on your way to making this a healthy new habit.

Check out this green smoothie cookbook that’s a collaboration of 42 food bloggers. With all these great recipes you’re sure to find a few new favorites. Green smoothies may just become your healthy new breakfast or lunch choice, plus you may find you really enjoy salad gardening.

Click here to buy The Great Big Book of Green Smoothies!

If you’d like more, Here’s a Health and Wellness article for you to read

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Little Black Book of Sassy and Blissful Suggestions

I was thrilled to read this Independent Review, and she says it all:


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