How to Grow Lamb's Lettuce (Mache, Corn Salad)

Lamb's lettuce, also known as mache in French or corn salad, is a salad vegetable that's very easy to grow. It's an excellent addition to salads and it's ready for picking four weeks from planting the seedlings. Here is what to do.

Steps

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    Grow from seed into seedlings or purchase seedlings. The best growing season is autumn, winter, and early spring, making these ideal winter salad vegetables.
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    Plant in a wide, shallow container. Purchase a container that has space for a dozen or more plants. That is the amount required for a small salad.
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    Add fertile potting soil to the container. Add the seeds or seedlings. Keep the container in full sun and keep constantly moist. A windowsill is an ideal place for it.
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    Pick the leaves every few days. Once the plant is about 10 centimeter (3.9 in) in size, pick two to three leaves from each plant daily.
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    Add a fertiliser every two weeks. Use a liquid Fertilizer.
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    Sow new batches every two to four weeks so that you have a regular supply.

Warnings

  • Flowering plants are bitter. Pull them out and discard when they flower. Leave a couple to grow so that you can collect seeds for the next year's crop.

Things You'll Need

  • Large, wide shallow container (or more, depending on space and how many you're growing)
  • Quality potting soil
  • Seeds or seedlings

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Categories: Growing Vegetables