Mesclun 'Classic Asian Mix' is a delightful mixture of vegetable varieties that can be grown as 'baby leaf' vegetables:
Comprised of a dynamic array of niche varieties, the vivacious colours along with its well loved taste, makes this mix wonderfully enticing.
These salad leaf mixes have been selected from varieties with comparable growth rates and compatible textures and flavours to provide interesting and tasty baby leaf salads which are ideal for home growing and ideal for stir fry or salads.
One of a series of blends which provide a wide variety of colourful and tasty salads. Each of the mixes can be grown all year round, for a continuous supply of tasty and nutritious baby leaves. They can be grown in the home, on windowsills or raised in pots in glasshouses or polytunnels in cooler areas for winter early spring crops. The time from sowing to harvest can be as little as 28 days, harvesting when the leaves are between 12 and 15cm tall (5 to 6in) and although re-growth can be harvested, it is better to sow little and often for continuity.
This mix contains all the classic ingredients for many Asian dishes:
- Mizuna - Deeply serrated Leaf
- Red Frills Mustard - Deep cut, deep red leaves
- Golden Frills Mustard - Deep cut, golden-green leaves
- Swiss Chard - Red/green leaf with red veins and stems
- Turnip Greens - Dark green leaves with a spicy flavour
- Pak Choi - White Stemmed, dark rounded leaves
- Chinese Cabbage - Sweet and mild with light green leaves
- Organic Seed.
This seed has been organically produced. The seed has been harvested from plants that have themselves been grown to recognised organic standards, without the use of chemicals. No treatments have been used, either before or after harvest and the seed is supplied in its natural state. It has been certified and is labelled with the Organic symbol.
In autumn and winter seed can be sown into pots or seed trays which can be grown on the kitchen windowsill or in a heated conservatory/greenhouse. Sow 20 to 30 seeds into a 10 to 12cm pot using a free draining compost and cover seed lightly after sowing.
For spring and summer crops, sow direct into prepared seed beds in the kitchen garden or greenhouse border, and this is the best growing technique for spring and summer crops.
When sowing outdoors sprinkle seeds ½in apart in a 2 to 4in wide row covering lightly or broadcast sow. Tip a small amount of seed into your hand, take a pinch and spread thinly along the trench. Cover with soil, label and water. If birds are a problem in your garden, spread netting to prevent them eating the seed. Sow every two weeks for a continual supply of tender young leaf.
The best tasting leaves come from plants which are grown quickly; this means a temperature of 15 to 19°C (60 to 70°F). Under optimum growing conditions a crop of salad leaves can be ready for picking 3 to 4 weeks from sowing. Slower growing crops can become more fibrous and hotter flavoured.
Once cut the plants should have sufficient energy for regrowth to provide a second or even third crop of leaves, giving a regular supply with "little and often" sowings.
Harvest after approx three weeks by clipping with scissors, most plants in the mix will regrow.
Avoid following radicchio, endive, escarole or artichoke.
Everything, but especially carrot, garlic, onion, and radish
- Additional Information
Packet Size 2 grams Average Seed Count 450 Seeds Seed Form Natural - Certified Organic Seeds per gram 450 to 500 Seeds seeds per gram Common Name Baby Leaf Salad Mix Other Common Names Microleaf, Microgreens, Cut and Come again Other Language Names Mesclun, Misticanza Time to Sow Can be sown all year round. Germination 7 to 14 days at 10 to 16°C (50 to 60°F) Harvest Harvest in three weeks