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Salad Starter

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 1997


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




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

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

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