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  • Collage by Beth Haber.
  • The 2013 Mache seed harvest.
  • A winter mache salad.
  • Mache, happily green after the first snow thaw.

Mache

Valerianella locusta

Certified Organic Seed

Extends the fresh greens season in the beginning and the end. No heated greenhouse required.

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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.
Number of Seeds 250 seeds
Spacing in Row 6 inches
Spacing Between Rows 6 inches
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Days to Germination 5-10 days
Days to Maturity 55 days
Height at Maturity 3 inches
Width at Maturity 4 inches
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.
Collage by Beth Haber. Beth is a Hudson Valley based artist who has exhibited both locally and nationally. She has participated in Art Along the Hudson,and exhibits at Bard College, The Katonah Museum, and Vassar College as well as many other venues. She works at Dia Beacon as an educational guide to the collection.

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