Mustard greens are quick and easy to grow in spring and fall. Mustard does not tolerate heat and bolts (runs to seed) when weather warms in late spring.
Plant seeds 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost in spring and 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost in fall. Several plantings, a couple of weeks apart, provide a continuous supply of mustard. Harvest by cutting entire plants, breaking off only the large leaves, or cutting plants to within an inch or so of the crowns, permitting regrowth for a second harvest. Curly leaved varieties trap a lot of sand that is difficult to wash off.
- Florida Broad Leaf—broad, flat leaf; sawtooth edge; the most popular garden variety.
- Green Wave—very curly leaf; AAS 1957.
- Southern Giant Curled—very curly leaf.
- Tendergreen (Mustard Spinach)—strap-shaped leaf; smooth.
- Garnet Giant—attractive red leaves that turn green when cooked.
If you read this Southern Gardening column frequently, you realize that I grow much more than pretty flowers in my home garden. Besides ornamental plants, I love to grow vegetables that my wife and I can enjoy for dinner.
If you’re anything like me, I find any excuse to get outside. The warmer temperatures and colorful blooms are refreshing, especially after the cold winter we had! Working on outdoor chores is a great excuse to get some fresh air. Here are a few tasks you need to cross off your checklist during April:
Don’t believe everything you hear. That piece of advice can be applied to gardening as well. We’ve all done something because a friend said that it works.
Pat yourself on the back. You made it through the historic February ice storm! The weeklong event probably set you back on your garden chores and likely created more work for you to do. Tidy up any damage and get your spring garden in shape with these garden tasks.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Each February marks the occasion for producers to share their research and programming needs with Mississippi State University agricultural specialists in person.
To comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the opportunity will be extended virtually this year.