30-45 Days to Harvest
Planting Radishes, Spinach, and Lettuce in the Learning Garden:
- Make 4 evenly spaced 1/2”-deep trenches following the curve of the gardens. (Note: Lettuce trenches should be ¼” deep.)
- Plant one seed every 1 to 2”. For lettuce, plant several seeds each inch. This is a great opportunity to use the seed spacing measuring tool!
- Once the whole row is filled, pinch the soil over the seeds and even out the level of the soil.
- Keep soil evenly moist until the seeds germinate. Continue to water the seedlings as needed.
Planting Peas in the Learning Garden
- Make 6 evenly spaced trenches 1” deep following the curve of the gardens.
- Place one seed every 1-2” along each furrow. Push your pea seeds into the soil just far enough to bury them.
- Once all the seeds are out of sight, pinch the soil back into the rows and even out the level of the soil.
- Continue to water seedlings as needed.
Big Green has provided enough seeds to fill two Learning Garden beds with each type of crop (radishes, pea shoots, lettuce, and spinach), leaving the remaining four beds for existing or future crops such as herbs and garlic. Use the sample Learning Garden illustrations below as a guide for mapping out your 30-day Salad Garden.
Example Seeding Pattern for 30 Day Salad Garden
Pea Shoots Planting Map
Lay seeds every 2” in six evenly spaced 1” deep trenches. Push seeds just below soil surface. Once all seeds are buried, fill in rows and smooth the soil surface.
Radish, Spinach, and Lettuce Map
Lay seeds every 1-2” in four evenly spaced rows. Plant several lettuce seeds per inch. Once all seeds are laid out, pinch soil over seeds and smooth soil surface.
All crops should be ready to harvest in 30-45 days!
Note: Cold weather can slow plant growth and push back your harvest date. Check your veggies before harvesting to ensure they are ready before scheduling your harvest!
Harvest radishes when the root diameter is around the size of a quarter. Compare flavor and texture between root and greens, as both are edible.
Harvest pea shoots when plants are 6” tall. To harvest pea shoots, cut or pinch off the top 2” of the plant. The shoots are best eaten raw or cooked. Combine with sliced radishes and lettuce for a tasty spring salad!
Harvest baby lettuce when leaves are 4” tall. Cut leaves at 1” above the surface of the soil with clean scissors. Salad is tasty alone or combined with pea shoots and sliced radishes for a spring salad.
Harvest spinach when leaves are 4” tall. Plants will continue to produce leaves, so cut for multiple harvests or wait longer to harvest a larger amount.
BOLTING in the 30 Day Salad Garden
Bolting is simply the process a plant goes through as it switches from leaf production to flower, fruit, and seed production. Energy is focused on producing the next generation of the plant. As a result, those previously tasty leaves and roots start to become unpalatable both in texture and flavor. Roots can become woody and bland, while leaves become bitter and tough.
Radishes start to grow a hard stem from their center, producing beautiful flowers.
Your radish will taste woody and bland at this point, but the flowers are delicious and make a beautiful salad garnish!
Lettuce will start to grow tall from the center.
The lettuce in this picture will no longer taste very good, so be sure to check on your lettuce regularly and harvest before vertical growth takes off.
Check frequently for bolting by looking into the center of the plant. If the plant is growing a stem from the center, harvest as soon as possible for the best flavor.
Cilantro will start to grow tall AND will also change its leaf shape, often looking more like carrot or parsley leaves as it matures. If you see leaf growth that looks different, harvest as soon as possible unless you are growing to harvest seeds (otherwise known as coriander).