If you’re looking for a super quick, delicious salad crop, look no further than mache greens! Learn how to grow mache greens aka corn salad greens in your garden and get the most out of your crop this season! These greens look like small rosettes with 6 to 8 spoon shaped velveteen leaves branching out from a thin, delicate stem. Because they’re found extremely low on the ground, mache greens can be hard to harvest and that’s why they’re also expensive in stores.
Mache greens or corn salad greens are native to France and are called so because they’re usually grown right after corn. They make great salads because of their crispy lettuce-like crunch and their nutty flavor.
How to Grow Mache Greens
Planting Mache Greens:
- Choose a sunny location as mache greens love the sun.
- Make sure you have well draining soil.
- Sow from September through May, as mache green are cold weather crops.
- Plant in rows 12-18 inches by 6 inches apart.
- Be patient as germination may take up to a month.
- Harvest in March when there are 6 to 8 leaves. While you harvest, you are also naturally thinning the crop.
- Wash the mash greens as they can hide a lot of dirt within their leaves.
- By April, plants will have tripled in size.
- By May, plants will have bolted and it will be time to enjoy your other greens such as lettuce!
So now that you know how to grow mache greens, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!