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Sowing and Growing Mesclun
The flavors, textures and colors of these baby salads enjoyed just minutes after
they are cut is one of the best rewards of kitchen gardening. Grow in spring
through early summer and plant again in early fall. Here's how we grow mesclun
in our trial garden.
Renee's 6 Do's and 1 Don't for a
Good Garden - keep these
important tips in mind when planning and planting.
Planting in May
- with nighttime temperatures consistently in the
50s, it's the perfect time for sowing main season vegetables.
Kitchen Garden Planting Plans
to maximize space for a succession of tasty vegetables and herbs throughout the
spring, summer and fall. Shows you what to plant, when to plant, and what
crop follows another as the seasons change.
Shade Gardening Want
to grow vegetables and herbs, but don't have the required 6 hours of direct
sunlight per day that most edible plants need? Want to grow some
colorful flowers from seed, but aren't sure which will grow in their partially
shady location. You may be surprised at the range of choices you actually have.
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Bonus Packets give planting and design
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Red Salad Mustard - our future selection is the
Spinach, Chard and
Radishes interplanted with Carrots saves space
May In the Trial Garden
by Lindsay Del Carlo, Trial Garden Manager
This spring, we made our final selection among three varieties of finely
cut, dark red salad mustards from different Asian seed producers. We
want a beautifully frilly one that also has a nice mild mustardy flavor
without being too spicy, does not bolt quickly to seed and has the best
overall garden performance. Among the three candidates, one was too
finely cut and wilted immediately after picking in warm weather, and the
other was much too quick to bolt. The variety we selected has deepest
dark red color, mild nutty flavor more substantial leaves and is slow to
bolt. It forms beautiful fern-like rosettes of leaves both beautiful in
the garden and on your plate. Now we will grow it in our other trial
gardens in different climate zones to see how it does and if successful,
we will make it a future introduction for Renee's Garden.
Another function of the trial garden is to maintain quality control in
our seeds. We grow out many varieties from different seed producers to
compare them as sources for our packets. Here is a picture of the
Empress of India
, a nasturtium variety that should have deep vermilion red
flowers and distinctly blue/green leaves. This trial selection had too
many "off types" with orangey flowers and , as you can see from the
picture, the leaves are not a consistent blue-green. These variables
means this selection won't be a seed source we want for this packet and
we will keep our current seed source for this variety which is more
consistently up to our standards for this variety.
We have also grown out the spring phase of our mild winter
Kitchen Garden Design, and are
enjoying the bounty of cool season crops. The Broccoli All Seasons
Blend is just starting to head up, and Snow Pea "Oregon Giant" will be
ripe on their vines soon. There are leafy greens like Neon
Catalina Spinach, Lacinato Kale, and
Italian Arugula. Merville de Quartre Saisons Lettuce will make large, sweet rosettes of red tinged
leaves, and "Wine Country" Mesclun has been already harvested a few times
by the cut and come again method. Sunshine Mix Carrots are beginning
to size up and as our Parade Scallions and
"Jewel Toned" Beets. Earlier
in spring we interplanted Pink Punch Radish with rows of carrots. This
is a great way to grow two crops in one space. Radishes are ready to eat
just as the carrots are beginning to need more space.
"Empress of India" Nasturtium, showing the "off types"
Snow Peas and Lacinato Kale
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