The SALAD LOVERS GARDEN can be as small as a perfect one-square-foot plot, or a matrix of geometric designs. For new gardeners, lettuce and salad greens are the easiest and quickest garden crops to grow and are ideal to plant in a small kitchen garden.
Grow tender cutting lettuce and arugula, and then branch out to include a variety of peppery mustards, spiky cress, and ornamental kale. Plant a full range of European and American heirloom greens such as Claytonia, whose tiny, exotic, lily pad–shaped leaves add unusual visual twist to a bowl of greens. Goldgelber purslane, a cousin to the more rampant weed, is more upright, and the succulent leaves are at the top of the charts when it comes to omega-3 benefits. Mustard greens, with their sizzling hot flavor, are tamed by a good creamy dressing, especially when picked young and tender.
For more information about this garden, including varieties to plant and recipes, visit: The Complete Kitchen Garden