Recipe for a Salad Bowl Garden

Everything that you need for a fresh salad can be right in your backyard! Lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers and fresh herbs. Sounds good right?! It's simple, practical and perfect for first timers. If you live in a really hot climate, you might want to do lettuces in the Fall.


  • 4’ x 8’ Raised bed (click for instructions)
  • 27 Cubic feet soil/compost 50/50 mixture
  • Trellis (for cukes)
  • (2) 54" Tomato cages
  • Hose with spray nozzle
  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • (2) Tomato Plants (I recommend a cherry tomato and a yellow cherry)
  • (4) Bell Peppers (snacking peppers are great!)
  • (4-9) Cucumber plants
  • 8 Lettuces
  • 8 Arugula (or another variety of lettuce)
  • 1 Basil plant
  • 1 Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 1 Chive plant


  • Kneeling pad
  • Gardening gloves - I don’t use gloves and my nails look like trash, but I do have beneficial organisms on my skin from the soil, you know, for my immune system (I’m being serious).
  • Gardening trowel (I don’t use one. Your soil should be fluffy and easy to plant in)

You might want a big helper.


Lay out all of your plants evenly the way that you like them.

(I cropped my head out of this one. Yes, I'm THAT vain).

The tomato plants should go in the middle. The cucumbers go along your trellis. I put the herbs around the tomatoes allowing enough room for the tomatoes to grow. I like to stager the lettuce and arugula around the edge of the bed, like this: lettuce, arugula, lettuce, arugula. Got me?

I put 2 pepper plants at each end between the lettuces and tomatoes. 

Now, water gently.

I water twice a day while my plants are still young and tender (I live in zone 9, extremely hot). As they grow you can skip days between watering. If you care for your garden you will be able to enjoy some of these...

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Love, Leila