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By Heather Rhoades
Growing mustards is something that may be unfamiliar to many gardeners, but this spicy green is quick and easy to grow. Planting mustard greens in your garden will help you add a healthy and tasty food to your vegetable garden harvest. Keep reading more to learn how to plant mustard greens and the steps for mustard greens growing.
How To Plant Mustard Greens
Planting mustard greens is done either from seed or from seedlings. Since growing mustard greens from seed is so easy, this is the most common way to plant mustard greens. But, young seedlings will work as well.
If you will be growing mustards from seed, you can start them outdoors 3 weeks before your last frost date. If you would like a more steady harvest, plant mustard green seeds about every 3 weeks to give you a successive harvest. Mustard greens will not grow well in the summer, go you should stop planting seeds a bit before the end of spring and start planting the mustard green seeds again in mid-summer for a fall harvest.
When planting mustard greens seeds, plant each seed just under the soil about a half inch apart. After the seeds sprout, you can thin the seedlings to 3 inches apart.
If you are planting seedlings, you can plant these at 3-5 inches apart and the seedlings can be planted starting 3 weeks before you last frost date. Like planting mustard green seeds, you can plant new seedlings every 3 weeks to get a successive harvest.
How To Grow Mustard Greens
The mustard greens growing in your garden will need little care. Mustard greens like cool weather and will grow rapidly. You can fertilize with a balanced fertilizer, but often these vegetables do not need it in well amended vegetable garden soil.
Mustard greens need 2 inches of water a week. If you are not getting this much rainfall a week while growing mustards, than you can do additional watering.
Keep your mustard greens bed weed free, especially when they are small seedling. The less competition that they have from weeds, the better they will grow.
Harvesting Mustard Greens
You should harvest mustard greens while they are still young and tender. Older leaves will get tough and will get increasingly bitter as they get older. Discard any yellow leaves that may appear on the plant.
Mustard greens are harvested one of two ways. You can either pick individual leaves and leave the plant to grow more, or the entire plant can be cut down to harvest all the leaves at once.