Magazine article Sunset

Hanging Salads

Magazine article Sunset

Hanging Salads

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Grow a big, leafy salad bar in a minimum of space with a moss-lined hanging wire basket like the ones shown here. Made for less than $20 each, these attractive salad baskets are simple to construct, quick to grow, and easy to harvest. All you need is a sunny place to hang one. Everything you need is available in nurseries this month

The baskets shown here were made with 13-inch-diameter wire baskets-big enough for about 20 lettuce transplants. Nurseries also carry other sizes.

Leafy varieties of lettuce are best. Crisphead varieties, such as 'Great Lakes', don't work well. In the Sunset test gardens, we found that mixing red-leafed varieties like 'Red Sails' with crinkly leafed types like 'Salad Bowl' or 'Green Ice' make particularly handsome baskets. For additional color, interplant with pansies, violas, or red chard. (That's red chard at the top of our lettuce combination on the cover.)

February is the ideal time to plant lettuce baskets in most of the West. In the Pacific Northwest, it's safer to wait for warmer weather near the end of the month, but you can sow seeds now to transplant later. Still, since the baskets receive sun on all sides and are quick to warm, they let you plant earlier than you could in open ground. …

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