Mâche is delightful eaten alone as a salad, mixed with other greens, or cooked like spinach. The big-seeded variety is more tolerant of hot conditions without becoming bitter. Also tolerant of cold weather, it will often survive freezing temperatures to 10°F.
• Botanical Name: Valerianella locusta
• Days to Maturity: 60 days
• Family: Fabaceae
• Native: North America
• Hardiness: Short lived perennial in USDA zones 4–7. Grown as annual in mild climates.
• Plant Dimensions: 6" tall and up to 8" diameter
• Variety Information: Dark green, spoon-shaped, soft leaves in a loose rosette.
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. Cold Climates: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, or as soon as the soil can be worked for early summer harvest, and late summer for fall harvest. Mild Climates: Sow in fall to winter for cool-season harvest. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 40°–68°F.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended.
• Days to Emerge: 10–20 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"–½"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 4"
• Row Spacing: 12"
• Thinning: When 3 –4 leaves, thin to 1 every 4'
• Harvesting: Harvest rosettes in the morning or when temperatures are cool but above freezing. Cut at ground level. For multiple harvests, cut 2" above the ground. Individual leaves may also be harvested, allowing regrowth.