Spinach/Lettuce (How Many?)

brkieffner(5B)March 20, 2012

Hello all.

I've looked in a lot of places and can't find any information that clearly states how many plants one should have to feed themselves a salad. I currently have two varieties of lettuce growing as well as one spinach plant in a window box. These doesn't seem to be enough at all.

I've heard about succession planting which is fine but how many plants should I have from the offset to have a nice salad?

Thanks for the help gals and guys!

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rina_

That is really very "personal"...how much salad do you eat? For myself only, I grow usually 4plants of red and 4plants of green, and min. 3rows of spinach. I start lettuce from seeds, 1 of each variety every 2 weeks - so I always have some ready to pick. Often new leaves start from the stem - I only get rid of stems after no more leaves growing. I also grow 4-5 var. of basil, chives, arugula, swiss chard (new leaves used in salad), also a malabar spinach-use only young tender leaves (fast growing climber, it looks nice in the garden).

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 8:55PM
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TheMasterGardener1(5B)

I have 4 spinach plants each in a #1 nurserey pot. They seem to be doing well but I do not think they will give me too much.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 9:02PM
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4Hleader(5)

Our family can, on average, go through 6 small heads of lettuce per week. None of us are vegetarians and one will only eat lettuce under duress. I agree with rina in that if you eat plenty of salads, you'll want to keep a steady supply of seedlings, slowly switching over to varieties that will tolerate heat better than ones you might think to plant now. If you have any pest problems, you might want to account for that also. That's one of the reasons that I still grow some greens in containers; if I keep them very, very close to the house, the deer probably won't eat them.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 12:39AM
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