How are salads grown?

Tomatoes
Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Where & how do they grow?

Usually grown in greenhouses, hydroponically on a long stem with clusters of fruit.

Red pepper
Green and yellow peppers

peppers

Where & how do they grow?

Usually grown in greenhouses, hydroponically on stems that are trained to a string.

Cucumber
Cucumber

cucumbers

Where & how do they grow?

Usually grown in greenhouses, hanging vertically down.

Lettuce
Lettuce field

lettuce

Where & how do they grow?

Grown either outdoors or in greenhouses in soil, equally spaced across an area. Some lettuce is now also grown hydroponically.

Radish
Harvesting radish

radish

Where & how do they grow?

Grown either outdoors or in greenhouses in soil.

Beetroot
Beetroot

Beetroot

Where & how do they grow?

Usually grown outdoors in fields in long straight rows.

Spring onion
Spring onion field

spring onion

Where & how do they grow?

Usually grown outdoors in fields in long straight rows.

Salad cress
Salad cress greenhouse

salad cress

Where & how do they grow?

Always grown in a greenhouse, either in trays or in a punnet.

You Will Need

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce - different types
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Beetroot
  • Spring onions
  • Salad cress

Teachers' Notes

In preparation for this exercise it would be useful to buy several salad ingredients, so children can see the products and how they’re packaged. These could be washed later allowing the children to try the different products or make their own salad. Ingredients could include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce - different types
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Beetroot
  • Spring onions
  • Salad cress
  1. Start the session with a question?

What are salads?

  1. Move onto holding up an example of each and find out what the class know about each product.

What is this?

Where are they grown?
- In a greenhouse
- Outside in the soil

How are they grown?
- Horizontal crops
- Vertical crops

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