Mustard Greens

This spicy green is delicious in stir-fries and soups or simply sautéed in olive oil with a bit of garlic. If flea beetles are a problem, cover the plants with a floating row cover until harvest. Mustard greens prefer cool temperatures, and most varieties will bolt (or flower) when summer brings warm weather and longer days.

by Dani YokhnaFebruary 4, 2011
PHOTO: timlewisnm/Flickr

Size: 12 to 24 inches

Sunlight requirements: Full sun (A minimum of six hours is ideal.)

Water requirements: About 1 inch per week

Soil requirements: Well-drained soil, high in organic matter. Excessive nitrogen encourages overly-tender growth and potential pest problems.

When to plant: Very early spring through summer. Direct-seed when soil temperatures are between 40 and 70 degrees F; sow indoors 3 weeks before transplanting in early spring.

Where to plant: Garden; containers

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When to harvest: 40 to 50 days after seeding. Cut outer leaves for continual production.

Produce storage: Store, unwashed, in plastic bags in the refrigerator.

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