This spicy green is delicious in stir-fries and soups or simply sautéed in olive oil with a bit of garlic. If flea beetles are a problem, cover the plants with a floating row cover until harvest. Mustard greens prefer cool temperatures, and most varieties will bolt (or flower) when summer brings warm weather and longer days.
Size: 12 to 24 inches
Sunlight requirements: Full sun (A minimum of six hours is ideal.)
Water requirements: About 1 inch per week
Soil requirements: Well-drained soil, high in organic matter. Excessive nitrogen encourages overly-tender growth and potential pest problems.
When to plant: Very early spring through summer. Direct-seed when soil temperatures are between 40 and 70 degrees F; sow indoors 3 weeks before transplanting in early spring.
Where to plant: Garden; containers
When to harvest: 40 to 50 days after seeding. Cut outer leaves for continual production.
Product storage: Store, unwashed, in plastic bags in the refrigerator.