Growing and harvesting Mustard


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How to grow Mustard

Fast and easy to grow, White Mustard for salad or garnishing is grown in precisely the same way as Cress, and is cut at the same period of growth. Mustard and Cress are generally sown together, but as Mustard matures the quickest, the Cress seed is generally four or five days before the Mustard, so as to have both ready for cutting at the same time.

Mustard will grow well in most soils, but will produce the most seed in rich, well-drained, well-prepared soil. It will thrive if given constant moisture. It likes cool weather; a light frost can even improve flavor.

Mustard is perfectly hardy and seed can be sown the whole year round. During hot weather, however, select a shady position and water freely. It may be grown in boxes or on a piece of thick woolen cloth, kept moist. Any kind of light soil is suitable, and even water alone will enable it to grow large enough for use. The general treatment is the same as that recommended for Cress.

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