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Old 02/10/10, 04:14 PM
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mustard greens in zone 6-7

If you plant mustard greens in zone 6-7 as early as possible. How many cutting would you get before it's time to clear the beds for a summer crop.

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I always get way more than I want. I prefer collards, and only get one cutting I'd say in that time- but I let mine go on forever, still nibbling on raw collards from spring/summer

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You should be able to plant mustard greens in late March to mid April. They will bolt in the heat of June and July. You can plant another round in August for October harvesting. Follow the planting guidelines for Kale when planting mustard.

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Fall greens seem to do better somehow.

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This will be my first year trying to grow mustard greens. Can mustard greens tolerate a frost?

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Old 02/12/10, 12:35 PM
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In the spring mine do. I plant mine around April 10th normally. We get frost clear up till June 1st and they do quite well.
Last fall they got froze out pretty bad though. i left them alone and they grew back.

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Thanks Squashnut,

That's good to know. Last year our last frost was June 7th! I usually plant out the majority of things Memorial Day weekend. So that was a big surprise.

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With some studying you can learn to have a spring garden. Things like greens, broccolli, root crops can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. if your trying to feed a family it is worth it to add the extra crops/growing time to your garden plan.
then after some of the summer crops are done you can have a fall garden too.

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Most greens (excluding lettuce of course) will tolerate frost and even below freezing temps. Down here in zone 9, we plant in fall and let them grow through the winter. My greens survived mid-20° temps a few weeks ago just fine.....onion seedlings, spinach, collards, turnips and cabbage all came through with flying colors. In many cases, frost actually improves their taste, making them sweeter.

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My mustard greens (all volunteer since I didn't like it enough to plant again) are now green healthy and covered in snow. Also did fine in 14 F freeze.

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My mustard greens made it until the end of Dec.

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Old 02/14/10, 02:29 PM
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I ended up buying my gandmothers old homeplace, where she had been growing some kind of India mustard. this garden stood in weedbed and grew up in trees, and brush, a twenty year abandonment mess, yet when I cleared it and cleaned it up, got things planted it still had and still does have this India mustard volunteers come up randomly, since I love it I let it grow and go to seed, it starts early and still has plants to take cuttings off of till frost. its soooo good, a smart bite. gets 3 or 4 ft tall. ray

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