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How to Grow Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens blog post
If you like mustard, you’ll love mustard greens! It’s also one of the most beneficial things you can add to your diet to prevent cancer. They’ll thrive in cool weather and add a flavorful, spicy kick to your diet.

How to Grow:

You can plant mustard greens in both the spring and the fall! You can plant directly outdoors 2-4 weeks before your last spring frost and 6-8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Plant mustard seeds 1/4 -1/2 inch deep up to 16 per square foot in the full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. These seeds will begin to sprout in approximately 5-10 days with consistent moisture.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Beets Marigolds Beans (Bush & Pole)
Cabbage Marjoram Sunflowers
Cantaloupe Mint  
Carrots Nasturtiums  
Catnip Onions  
Cauliflower Oregano  
Chamomile Peas  
Corn Rosemary  
Cucumbers Sage  
Dill Tarragon  
Eggplant Thyme  

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for mustard greens:

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Harvesting:

Mustard greens are a fast growing plant! You can begin to harvest in about 21-45 days when they are 6-8 inches long. Pick the leaves on the outside first, and work your way to the inner.

Cooking & Eating!

Soak mustard leaves in ice cold water to help remove any bugs that may have remained and to increase preservability. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag with a damp paper towel.

 

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One thought on “How to Grow Mustard Greens

  1. I do not think of mustard greens as something that is actually ‘grown’. It used to be a very common cover crop. We just went out and took what we wanted. Mustard produced for a very long season, and if we wanted to, we could cut some down in summer so that it would start over and still be making new foliage while the rest were finishing. It seeded before getting cut, so we could get seed if we wanted to as well.

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