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Mustard

Mustard Stat Summary

Plant Spacing: 12-20" (304-508 mm)
Row Spacing: 6-8" (152-203 mm)
Planting Depth: 1/4" (6 mm)
Plants Per Person: 4
Soil Temperature: 60-75°F (16-24°C)
Days to Emergence: 5
Recommended Soil PH: 5.8-7.5
Earliest Outdoor Planting: Around Last Frost
Tick Can direct seed outdoors

Planting Mustard

Prefers full sun but partial shade during the summer. Mustard thrives in moderately fertile well tilled soil that was amended with organic matter; moderately acid pH (5.8 to 7.5) is ideal for cultivating mustard. Direct sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart in rows 6 to 8 inches apart. Once seedlings are established, thin to 12 to 20 inches apart depending on the variety.

Growing Mustard

Keep plants well watered and fertilize every 10 to 14 days with fish emulsion to stimulate lush leaf growth.

Harvesting and Storing Mustard

Mustard can be harvested as soon as the leaves are large enough to use; young leaves about 4 to 5 inches long are milder flavored. Either pick off individual leaves as they grow or cut the entire plant at the soil line. Do not use wilted or yellowed leaves. The leaf texture becomes tough and the flavor strong in summer.

Mustard Insect and Disease Information

Aphids and beetles can be controlled by using floating row covers.

Mustard Yield Information

No yield information for Mustard.
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