How To Grow Salad Leaves On The Windowsill

How To Grow Salad Leaves On The Windowsill

Save money and grow nutririous salad leaves in even the smallest space

If you have a warm, sunny windowsill growing salad leaves makes sense for the budget conscious amongst us, as they cost a fortune in the supermarket for just a small packet. Growing your own means you pick just the amount you need and not leave half a packet festering at the bottom of the fridge. There are enough varieties available to satisfy most tastes.


 We’ve chosen ‘Speedy mix’ which will be ready to eat in 25 days. If you sow some every week you will have leaves continuously throughout the summer.

You will need:

  • seed trays
  • seed compost
  • seed
  • something which holds water to stand the tray or pots in
  • sieve
  • labels

Fill the trays with John Innes Seed Compost, tap the tray on the bench to level the compost.

Sprinkle the seed thinly on the surface and cover with a thin layer of sieved compost.

Place in the tray of water for 15 - 20 minutes until damp, label.

Place on a warm sunny windowsill or in a heated greenhouse.

salad leaves growing

Keep the compost damp but not sodden.

Cut the leaves as soon as they are ready.

Angela Slater

Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas.