The best time to sow salad is when we’ve got too much of it. It’s usually the last time we think of sowing more but in six weeks time what we’re harvesting now will have gone to seed or we’ll have picked it all and by then the seeds we’ve sown today will be ready for their first harvest.
At this time of year I sow direct into the soil but spread a thin layer (1cm) of potting mix on the surface first. It suppresses weeds and gives a soft, absorbent surface in which the seeds can germinate. Slugs and snails usually aren’t such a problem unless you water in the evening. If you don’t want to grow from seed, buy some seedlings and you’ll be harvesting even sooner.
You can grow salad in a container or a pot. Use one with a reservoir or at least a big saucer underneath if you’re not able to water daily.
Today I sowed three types of lettuce, some spinach, a few radishes and some spring onions. They’re in a spot that gets some afternoon shade but I covered them with mesh over a couple of hoops to keep the seeds shaded until they’re established. It will also keep rabbits and birds away. If you’re keen to grow more of your own salad and herbs you may find a workshop helpful to give you some ideas to get you started.