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Salad Starter


The plants are ready to be picked and tossed into the salad bowl, making it the perfect gift.




  1. Step 1

    If the planter doesn't have drainage holes, place 1 1/2 to 2 inches of mini pine-bark chips in bottom; fill with soilless potting mix.

  2. Step 2

    Overplant with seedlings of seasonal crops; this one has kale, spinach, and a mesclun mix, as well as cilantro and chervil, which Martha likes in salads.

  3. Step 3

    It should be kept outdoors in a sunny spot, watered when dry, and fed with plant food according to minimum recommendations on package.

  4. Step 4

    Pick leaves gradually; in four to six weeks, the supply will be depleted, but the planter can be refilled.

Martha Stewart Living, May 1997