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Windowsill Salad Harvest

growing lettuce in a windowbox

windowsill lettuce

At the beginning of the summer holidays we planted a windowsill salad garden.  It didn’t get off to a great start with the slugs and snails eating all the emerging seedlings.

growing chard in a windowbox

windowsill chard

Undeterred, we sowed some more seeds and surrounded the planters with crushed eggshells which kept the slugs and snails at bay.  And today we harvested lettuce and chard for lunch – carrots not ready yet so will have to wait a few weeks longer 😦

growing carrots in a windowbox

windowsill carrots

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Windowsill Salad Garden

lettuce growing in a window box

School holidays and so many hours to fill.  A whopping 8 weeks for us this year which works out at 672 waking hours.

We whiled away a happy hour today planting a windowsill salad garden.  We’re growing round carrots  (Paris Market 5 – Atlas), chard (five colour silverbeet) and lettuce (red “picking” lettuce Granada).

Here’s how we did it:

windowsill vegetable garden - select containers

windowsill vegetable garden - improve drainage

windowsill vegetable garden - sow seeds

windowsill veg garden - cover seed

windowsill vegetable garden - water

windowsill vegetable garden - label

We’ll check the boxes every day and water each time the compost looks like it’s drying out.  It’s fairly warm at the moment so we’re hoping seedlings will appear in the next one to two weeks.