I love early Spring because that means I can plant my salad plants! As soon as the weather starts to warm, about mid-March, I put in leaf lettuce, spinach, radishes, arugula, Swiss chard, and kale.
How to Harvest Salad
Here are a few tips on how to harvest salad greens....
Use scissors or snips to cut the lowest and outer leaves of the plant. This allows the plant to continue growing.
Harvest ONLY what you need to eat for the day. I usually go plant to plant and cut a little bit from each plant.
Best time to harvest is first thing in the morning.
Best leaf size (I prefer) is small to medium size. If you like larger and crunchier leaves, kale is a great choice.
Head lettuce harvest: cut at the base of the plant. Also look for snails or slugs. They love to hide around this type of lettuce!
After harvest, rinse leaves, spin them out in a salad spinner, put them in a covered container and refrigerate until it's time to enjoy!