Harvest Mesclun and other greens by using a sharp pair of scissors to remove a patch of leaves, cutting them off 1-2” above the soil level. Be sure to water after harvesting to provide moisture to the regrowing plants so you can get another crop or two. The secret to obtaining tasty perfection is to cut them when they’re young to obtain optimal flavour and tenderness.
Once harvested, rinse the leaves in cool water to remove any dust or dirt, and pat dry. Greens are best when used right away but, if you need to store them, wrap the leaves gently in slightly damp towels and place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Use within one to two days.
There are many varieties of directsow vegetables to choose from each spring. Mesclun blends can offer many different combinations to provide a multitude of flavours. When shopping, take a look at the various seed packets, try planting a few and enjoy the wonderful tastes and textures they offer.
Check out the variety of leafy vegetable seeds available and try making up your own combination of salad ingredients to produce a mix that works for you. It’s easy to create your own gourmet garden today.