Love a nutritious, fresh salad?  Consider growing a salad garden next season.  It doesn’t require a lot of space – a small 4′ x 4′ salad-gardenaor 4′ x 8′ raised bed is plenty of room to grow a great salad garden!  In just a few easy steps, you can be on your way to having your own salad garden.   Given the fall season is rapidly approaching, you can use the winter months to spend a little time researching and planning for your spring plant.

One of the best things about having a backyard garden is that you have the flexibility of growing what you enjoy eating the most.  You can also control exactly how the vegetables are grown; maintaining a strictly organic environment if that is important to you.

Helpful resources in setting up your salad garden design can be found at  (You can give it a try for a 30-day free trial.)  GrowVeg is simple to use and easily creates vegetable garden plans and lists.  For example, using the planning tool, you can get all of this in a four foot square salad garden— one cucumber plant, one tomato plant, one bell pepper or other pepper plant, two lettuce plants, two baby spinach plants, one arugula plant, five Radishes, and three onions.  That’s quite an assortment of fresh options and enough to provide a good amount of healthy ingredients!

The end result is worth the effort.  Sure, you can run to the grocery store to purchase all of the items you need for a dinner salad, but by investing some time and patience, you can grow it all at home for a fraction of the cost.