I have a three-container cycle going this year with my greens on the balcony garden. I’m planting in clay troughs that measure 51 cm (20 inches) long by 23 cm (9 inches) wide by 20 cm (8 inches) deep.
The mesclun greens, pea sprouts, spinach, cress and radish sprouts take about 30 days to be salad-ready so a simple 10-day planting cycle is the plan. And the seeds kinda set the pace. When the first container starts to sprout, it’s probably about 10-12 days, so it’s time to plant another container. The amount that I’m planting should be enough for a week of greens. The containers get east exposure, so although the growth rate might be a little slower, the greens won’t start going to seed before I get a chance to harvest.
And when you follow a continuous planting (and harvesting) strategy you have lots of opportunity to switch it up and plant a variety of greens to blend and mix for each meal.
And just a footnote to my Grow Up post I’ve added a Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle to my climbers list. A promise of summer-long blooms was the tease. I’ve never grown this one before, so I’ll see how it settles in. And although it is considered hardy for Zone 2, it’s doubtful it will winter over.