MESCLUN, MIXED SALAD GREENS
A gourmet blend of various types of leaf lettuce and greens. Long popular in Europe, mesclun or mixed greens are being more widely used here. A healthy and flavorful salad, it is a real adventure in growing as well as eating. It can also be served as a bed for braised meats and vegetables or pasta. Approximately 30-50 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow from early to mid-spring at 2 week intervals and again in early fall. Cover 1/8" fine soil, well firmed down.
SPACING: Sow seeds 1 to 2 inches apart in rows 6 to 12 inches apart.
THINNING & HARVESTING: Harvest with scissors about 1 inch from soil line when leaves are 4 to 6 inches tall. Many varieties will grow back for additional harvests.
GERMINATION: One to two weeks depending upon variety. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Most of the components of mesclun grow best during the cooler parts of the growing season. Sow in a mostly sunny spot in fairly rich well drained soil kept somewhat moist. Mix includes leaf lettuce, kale, endive, beet greens, spinach, sorrel, corn salad, radicchio, cress and mustard depending upon availability.