How to grow salad
Regularly sow salad onion seed 0.5cm deep in pots or rows. Thin seedlings or transplant, giving more space to produce bigger plants (eg 5cm for seedling crops; 15cm for mature plants)
Quick-growing spring and summer salad varieties can be sown between slower-growing plants to make the most of every bit of your garden!
Keep the soil moist for continuous growth. For spring and summer salad this is important to avoid the plants bolting (flowering early) or producing tough or bitter leaves. For winter grown salad, make sure the soil doesn't get too wet to prevent rotting.
Remove weeds carefully and protect from slugs and snails. Autumn and winter salads are more reliable if they're protected by a cloche or horticultural fleece, or grown in a greenhouse/polytunnel, just make sure you ventilate them well.
Use thinnings or cut seedlings to 2.5cm when plants are 10cm tall (plants may regrow many times). Cut outer leaves of semi-mature plants or whole salad heads.