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Cut-and-Come-Again Window Box

Cut-and-come-again salads are one of the quickest and easiest crops to grow from seed and, when grown in a window box, could not be more convenient to care for and harvest.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Step 1: Get the Basics

Even without a garden, it is possible to grow a good supply of tasty baby salad leaves. Try growing your own mix of lettuce, Asian greens and arugula to create a peppery salad, which tastes wonderfully fresh when it has gone from plant to plate in a matter of seconds.

Window Box Basics:
Size: 20 x 6 inches
Suits: Window sill where a window box can be secured
Soil: Good, multipurpose potting mix
Site: Window sill with access for watering, in full sun or partial shade

Step 2: Buy the Plants

1 x packet mibuna seeds (Image 1)
1 x packet mizuna seeds (Image 2)
1 x packet lettuce 'Oakleaf' or 'Salad Bowl Mixed' seeds (Image 3)
1 x packet arugula seeds (Image 4 - arugula 'Rocket Wild')

Step 3: Maintain Your Plants

Choose a window sill in sun or partial shade, which can be reached easily for watering and harvesting. Make sure the window box is secured and has drainage holes in the base. Add a layer of crocks to the box and fill it to within 3/4-inch of the top with multipurpose potting mix. Blend the different seeds together in a bowl and sow thinly from the palm of your hand from mid-spring until late summer. Cover with a thin layer of potting mix and water well. Germination is rapid and the first leaves can be cut with scissors after 3–5 weeks, leaving a 2-inch stump to regrow. Two or three further harvests can be cut at 3–5-week intervals. Water the window box regularly for a healthy crop.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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