Growing Mache

Growing Mache

Mache Vit Corn Salad

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A cool season specialty leafy green with a sweet, nutty flavor that is becoming more popular in American gardens. Also called Corn Salad and Lamb's Lettuce. Excellent in salads or lightly cooked, it is good in combination with spicy-flavored greens like Arugula. Can be grown for both spring and fall harvests. Direct sow in the garden ¼ inches deep up to 4 weeks before the last spring frost. Harvest can be extended by making additional sowings every 2 weeks until summer. For a fall crop, sow in the garden about 8 weeks before the first expected fall frost. Space plants 1 to 4 inches apart with 6 to 18 inches between rows. Mache is nutritious and rich in vitamins A, C, and B6, iron, and potassium.

Maintenance

Grow in full sun or part shade and well-drained soil. Mache prefers afternoon shade in warm climates. Flowering is promoted by hot conditions. May reseed in the garden, but generally not aggressively.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), Nature's Source Plant Food Concentrate 10-4-3 (51012), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other leafy green vegetables include Arugula, Lettuce, and Spinach.

Complimentary Products

A light to moderate feeder that benefits from occasional fertilization. Use new Net Grow Tunnel (53737) to shade plants in hot climates and for summer production. Sluggo Plus (50192) can be used to control slugs and snails.

Mache Facts

An easy, low-maintenance plant rarely bothered by pest or disease problems. Snails and slugs occasionally feed on plants. The name Corn Salad comes from the plant commonly growing as a weed in grain fields in Europe.

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