Greens have been a staple in our grocery budget week after week, year after year…until now – because we grow our own!
Growing mixed greens has been one of the most rewarding crops thus far because they’re beautifully lush, extremely easy to grow and can be eaten daily in dozens of different salad combinations. In fact, I want to double or triple the crop next time because the mixed greens grew so well.
How To Grow Mixed Greens
What seeds did I use?
I used the Ferry-Morse Mesclun Gourmet Greens Mixture. You can find these seeds at most major retailors in the garden section.
How did I plant the seeds?
I picked an empty garden bed (circled below) filled with mushroom dirt mixture next to my house. I poked very shallow holes every foot or so and dropped a seed right into the ground. Besides watering after planting, I did nothing else to promote growth. No fertilizers, pesticides or regular maintenance needed – the seeds received water from rain and grew into the beautiful plants you see above.
How long did it take from seed to salad bowl?
I planted the seeds on Sept. 29. It took about four weeks (late October) until I felt the plants were big enough to start removing leaves for salad. As of today, Jan. 13, the plants are still going strong and producing enough for big, fresh salads. I’ve had two months of strong growth with edible produce and I’ll post an update if/when the growth changes.
How do you harvest mix greens?
Once the leaves on the plants look big enough to harvest, take scissors and a bowl out to your garden and start snipping off leaves. I take a few (1 to 3) leaves from each plant and start with the lower leaves first (see red arrow below for location). This method ensures that each plant has a good amount of leaves to capture sunlight and keep producing greens.
How do you wash mixed greens before eating?
Since greens are literally in the dirt – compared to tomatoes which are off the ground – I experimented with several different ways to thoroughly wash the leaves without causing wilt. The most effective method that I found was:
- Let the mixed greens sit in a bowl of cold water. Swirl around gently with your hand. Drain water. Repeat until the water runs clear without dirt. (You’ll be surprised at how much dirt comes off these leaves!)
- Spin the greens dry in a salad spinner. (Just a note: I have this salad spinner and have been very happy with the quality and size.)
Jane’s Mixed Greens Review
Seeds: Ferry-Morse Mesclun Gourmet Greens Mixture
Garden space & soil: Partial sun, mushroom dirt mixture
Pest control: None!
Seed to salad bowl (growth): 4 to 6 weeks
Washing: Soaking in cold water, spin dry
Have you had any success with mixed greens in your area? Do you have any other tips to add about growing greens? Comment below!
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