Fast and easy to grow, these are some of the first fresh food from the spring garden, holding well into summer if you start shading them when weather gets warm. They also shine in Fall and Winter, because most greens are more cold-hardy than lettuce. Plant them in mid-to-late summer for fall salads, soups and vegetable dishes. Something fresh from your own garden is so appreciated during the cold months--be sure and plant them where you pass often, so that you can snip leaves without having to go far on a dark evenings.
Greens are the easiest vegetables to grow in containers, and since most of them can be cut over and over, a lot of food can be harvested from a very small space. Generally, new growth and young leaves are good in salad, while older leaves can be braised,steamed or added to soup, sauce, or stirfry.