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Mache Valerianella locusta

Growing Mâche: Tips at a Glance

A cold-weather leafy vegetable, mâche is sown in the fall and picked late or overwintered. Work it back into the soil come spring. Easy to start from seed.

  • Type Annual edible
  • Life Span Annual
  • USDA Zones 5-10
  • Light Full sun
  • Water 1 inch per week
  • Germination Below 70 degrees
  • Season Cold-weather grower
  • Design Tip Plant as ground cover
  • Days to Maturity 60, but can snip before
  • Varieties Over 200

Mâche: A Field Guide

Mâche, a former weed turned “it” veggie, brings life to the winter garden.

A cold-weather grower, mâche is sown in the fall and picked late or overwintered. It can be worked back into the soil come spring, making for a good, green compost. Planted closely, the rosette-style leaves of mâche—also called lamb’s lettuce or corn salad—make a lush ground cover. Try sowing in window boxes and, when it gets cold, bring them indoors to continue growing. Pluck these tender, nutty leaves throughout the winter. Grow from seed, if you can’t find mâche seedlings. Self-sows easily.

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