Mache Art Pack

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Organic Mache Seeds

Valerianella locusta
Extends the fresh greens season in the beginning and the end. No heated greenhouse required.
Art Pack, 250 seeds
Product ID# GR0164A , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC , Grown in the Northeast

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Detailed Product Info

Here in the Northeast, the early adopters of the locavore movement had a challenge when trying to eat within 100 miles of their homes: winter. While it was possible to find storage crops such as roots, apples, and cabbages--as well as to can, dry, and freeze much of summer's bounty--fresh greens were hard to come by. Luckily we can all grow the little known Mache, also known as Lamb's Lettuce, to fill the void! This satisfying cold hardy green is a soothing, nutritious, and flavorful, with its own invisible insulation like a lamb's warm coat. It is eaten fresh and is excellent as a salad base. Grow this green in your cold season and keep your tummy warm.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 5-10 days
Days to Maturity 55 days
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Spacing in Row 6 inches
Spacing Between Rows 6 inches
Height at Maturity 3 inches
Width at Maturity 4 inches
Growing Instructions

Sow in successions in early fall for fall, winter and early spring harvest, or start early spring under protection. Allow 6" per plant. Thrives in cooler temperatures with ample water and sunlight. Overwinters reliably for early spring harvesting. Does well in an unheated greenhouse in the winter. Harvest entire plant when plants are full and 3-6 inches across. Harvest when ready in the spring, mache bolts quickly when temperatures begin to warm.

About the Art and Artist
Beth Haber's collage of translucent papers in muted colors hints at the misty mornings and tender scent of soil thaw that accompany the first greens of spring The top turquoise stripe reminds us of the brightness to come after Mache's season is over.