This is one of our favorite mustard greens primarily because it behaves like a few different vegetables. The leaves have more of a loose leaf lettuce appearance and the body of a napa cabbage. Great fall green to grow; with mild temperatures it's very easy to overwinter. Bolting flowers and florets are great in salads and plating.
Grown at Invincible Summer Farms, Southold, NY
Packet sows 10 ft row. (200 seeds)
Mustard is quick growing crop. The leaves or whole plants can be harvested often in less than 40 days. Sow for early spring greens at the last frost date, late April and into mid summer. Mustard should be irrigated during summer growth. Late summer plantings will flourish during cool fall into early winter.
Sow the seed in a row 20 seeds to the inch and use the thinning in a salad allowing the other plants to have more room to grow. Seed should be covered by 1/4 inch of soil.
Mustard hotness is variety to variety and cooking will temper the heat.
Mustard seed is easy enough to save. It is not easy to determine species and so to prevent crossing one should grow one variety to save pure seed. Some varieties will bolt into seed the first year, otherswill have to undergo a winter vernalization to bloom. The plump seed pods should be allowed to turn brown in the field although you can pull the plants if the pods begin to shatter or if birds begin to remove the seeds. move them onto a tarp and allow the tops to dry down.