Edible gardening guide

How to grow delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruit at home

Garden-to-table guide to mesclun

Tips for growing and caring for mesclun, plus our favorite recipes come harvest time

How to plant, grow, and harvest
Photo by Rod D. Brodman; written by Julie Chai

How to plant, grow, and harvest

Scatter seeds so they’re about 1/2 inch apart in a container, that’s at least a foot wide and half as deep, filled with well-draining potting soil.

Cover seeds with ¼ inch of soil, and sprinkle lightly with water to avoid disturbing seeds.

Set in a sunny spot.

Water to keep soil moist.

Snip mesclun with shears when leaves reach 4 to 6 inches tall, about 30 to 40 days after planting. (For best flavor, do this just before eating.)

When clipping, leave 1 to 2 inches of the plants in the ground so that they regrow for another harvest.

Feed with an organic fertilizer after shearing.

More: Learn more about growing lettuce

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