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Mâche, photo courtesy of Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Library
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Zone
Zones A1-A3, 1-24, H1
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Mâche

Valerianaceae
Annuals, Vegetables

This cool-season crop, sometimescalled corn salad or lamb’slettuce, is among the most cold-hardyof traditional salad andcooking greens. Plants formrather loose rosettes of spoon-shapedleaves to 6 in. long witha mild, nutty flavor.

Grow in well-drained soil. Inwarmer climates, sow seedsfrom fall through early springfor harvest in about 90 days.In cooler climates, sow seedsdirectly in the ground in summer,or in late winter as soonas soil is workable. Space rows8 in. apart; sow seeds 1/2 in.deep and 1 in. apart. Thin to6 in. apart. Start extra plantsso a few can reseed. Plantsoverwinter in areas where theground does not freeze. Harvestentire rosette at once. Mâchequickly bolts in warm weather,so be sure to harvest whiletemperatures are still cool.

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