Spicy Mesclun Mix - 15 Baby Greens
Baby Greens are usually cool weather plants, great for spring or fall, but many get surly in hot weather and go to seed. They do not taste good.
Mesclun Mix includes spicier greens for summer salads, plus a dozen tasty colorful lettuces that tolerate hot weather. This mix contains 15 varieties in one packet, ready to grow
Ruby Red Chard
Dwarf Blue Kale
Red Giant Mustard
Frilly Mustard Greens
Seven Top Turnip
Lolla Rosa Lettuce,
Paris Island Romaine
Green Salad Bowl
Dark Green Boston
Red Salad Bowl
Many varieties can be sown all year round but lettuces are cool weather plants and don’t grow well in the heat of summer. If you choose to grow them in summer make sure they have some shade from the hot afternoon sun.
You could grow them on the southern side of a bush or place some shade-cloth over them.
Lettuce seeds can be sown directly where you want them to grow, but the problem with this is that it leaves the emerging seedlings vulnerable to the hoards of pests that just love to eat them. It is far better to sow the seeds onto fine soil in a seedling tray or a pot, then just cover them lightly with fine potting soil. They must be sown very shallowly or they won’t come up as they need light to germinate.
Use good potting soil from your garden supplier in your tray or pot, not soil out of your back yard, and water them gently after sowing. Keep them moist but not wet and they will emerge in about seven days.
Most people like to sow a few seeds every couple of weeks so there is always some ready-to-pick lettuces in the garden. This protects you from the problem of having a lot ready at once, then nothing!
This spicy mix includes 15 varieties of heat-tolerant greens, all meant to be harvested when young. In a few weeks, you can harvest enough baby leaves to make a salad. Lots of color, texture and tang.
When plants are about 4"-5" tall, harvest begins. Snip off the outermost leaves. The plants will keep making new ones.