East meets West Mustard Green Mix

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East meets West Mustard Green Mix

2.50

Frilly greens, broadleaf greens, giant reds, multi shade purples are all part of this mix.  From the American South to India and East Asia, mustard “greens” are a staple of life.  They find themselves in salads or sandwiches to lend that unexpected zing and in stir fry or boiled where they lose most of their pungency and take on some of the spices, ham hocks or whatever you add to the mess of “greens”.  Few greens perform so well under diverse soil and weather conditions although cold weather brings out the best in them.
30-60 days                     

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Mustard Greens

Packet sows 10 ft row. (200 seeds)

Mustard is quick growing crop. The leaves or whole plants can be harvested often in less than 40 days.  Sow for early spring greens at the last frost date, late April and into mid summer.  Mustard should be irrigated during summer growth.  Late summer plantings will flourish during cool fall into early winter.

Sow the seed in a row 20 seeds to the inch and use the thinning in a salad allowing the other plants to have more room to grow.  Seed should be covered by 1/4 inch of soil.

Mustard hotness is variety to variety and cooking will temper the heat.

Mustard seed is easy enough to save.  It is not easy to determine species and so to prevent crossing one should grow one variety to save pure seed.  Some varieties will bolt into seed the first year, otherswill have to undergo a winter vernalization to bloom.  The plump seed pods should be allowed to turn brown in the field although you can pull the plants if the pods begin to shatter or if birds begin to remove the seeds. move them onto a tarp and allow the tops to dry down.