Mustard greens may not be too familiar to most vegetable gardeners, but this flavorful and spicy green is very easy to grow and doesn't require much care. Mustard greens in salads add an amazing and flavorful kick, and if you love growing veggies, mustard greens should be at the top of your list! Today we'll teach you how to grow mustard greens either from seeds or from seedlings. Because mustard greens grow so easily and quickly, growing directly from seed is the best way to do it.
How to Grow Mustard Greens From Seeds or Seedlings
Planting Mustard Greens:
- Plant mustard greens seeds outdoors about 3 weeks before your last frost date.
- To have a continuous, steady harvest, plan on sowing seeds every three weeks. Stop planting during summer as they will not grow well.
- Plant each seed just under the soil and space each seed about half an inch apart.
- Once seeds have sprouted, thin to 3 inches apart.
- For seedlings, plant them 3-5 inches apart 3 weeks before your last frost date.
- Make sure your greens get full or partial sun.
- Mustard greens grow best in cooler weather so plant in early spring or mid-late fall.
- Water about 2 inches a week and keep the area weed free.
Harvesting Mustard Greens:
- Harvest mustard greens while they're still young and tender.
- Get rid of any yellow leaves that may appear.
- You can either pick off individual leaves or harvest the entire plant.
Caring for Mustard Greens:
- Grow in cooler weather.
- Give full to partial sun.
- Water 2 inches per week.
- Fertilize if desired, but not necessary.
- Keep area free of weeds.
So now that you know how to grow mustard greens, it's time to roll up your sleeves and start sowing!