Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

1. Once the dan­ger of frost has passed, start with a well-pre­pared seedbed area or, if us­ing a con­tainer, be sure to fill with good pot­ting soil.

2. Make sure the soil is well-tilled and free from large clumps, stones and de­bris. 3. Moisten be­fore sowing seeds. 4. Care­fully shake the seeds out over the seedbed, try­ing to avoid crowd­ing. Later, if seedlings ap­pear to be com­ing up too close to­gether, sim­ply thin them out by re­mov­ing a few to pro­vide bet­ter plant spac­ing.

5. Care­fully cover the seed with a fine soil or pot­ting mix as per in­struc­tions on the packet.

6. Gen­tly moisten the newly planted seedbed again to wet it thor­oughly.

7. Keep the seedbed or con­tainer evenly moist for op­ti­mal ger­mi­na­tion.

Salad greens can grow quite quickly, so it’s a good idea to prac­tise suc­ces­sion plant­ing. This means stag­ger­ing your sowing by plant­ing a small amount of seeds and then sowing again about 10-14 days later. This will give you a con­tin­u­ous sup­ply of leafy greens over a longer pe­riod of time. Suc­ces­sion plant­ing helps to avoid the prob­lem of hav­ing too much to har­vest at one time and noth­ing later.

Mesclun is con­sid­ered to be a cool-

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