Thursday, June 2, 2011

How to Grow Mustard Seed

Site: Average garden soil and plenty of sun are the minimum growing requirements. Likes sun but benefits from shade in summer to prevent bolting.

Propagation: Sow seed in the spring when the soil has warmed to 55 or 60 degrees.Plant in rows or broadcast seed over a large area. Plant every 3 weeks thoughout the year for salad greens

Growing: Thin to 6 inches for seed crops. It is not necessary to thin for salad greens. Can be grown indoors.

Harvesting: Gather seed pods before they open. Pick seed pods before they open in late summer. Cut salad leaves 8-10 days after sowing. Pick single leaves on older plants.

Culinary Uses: Black mustard seed is the powerful old-fashioned mustard that gave this condiment its illustrious start. Black mustard is difficult to harvest with modern machines because of the plant's irregular heights.

White or yellow mustard is the favored of commercial growers. The seed of yellow mustard is larger but has less pungency . It is the seed for that is used for most American brands of prepared mustard. Much of the seed used for all commercial mustards, both American and European, is grown in the USA.

Brown mustard is the hot and spicy type of mustard. It is used frequently to season Indian and Oriental cooking or mixed with yellow to make European and gourmet-type mustards.

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