Corn salad or Mache (Valerianella locusta) are small annual plants preferring a cooler climate. Their sweet & delicate flavour makes them a perfect addition in salads or served on their own with a tangy vinaigrette


How to grow mache in a garden

  1. Buy seeds from your local nursery or online.  
  2. Choose a spot that receives plenty of sun and is well protected from strong winds.  Prior to planting, improve your soil by digging in compost & Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.  Sow directly by sprinkling the seeds over the soil.    
  3. Water in well.   
  4. The seeds generally sprout within two weeks.   
  5. You can leave them in clumps or thin them out if desired.  
  6. As seedlings grow, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate to encourage good foliage production.     
  7. Start harvesting after plants have produced four pairs of leaves. Continuous harvest at regular intervals encourages new growth.

     
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How to grow Mache in a pot

  1. Choose 300 mm wide or larger pots of any shape. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.  
  2. Sow the seeds and cover them with a light layer of the potting mix.  
  3. Position the pots in full sun. 
  4. Water in well.  
  5. Allow them to grow in patches or clumps. 
  6. Feed every 3 weeks with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate
  7. Start harvesting after plants have produced four pairs of leaves. Continuous harvest at regular intervals encourages new growth. 

Yates varieties

Lamb's Lettuce - Mâche

Delicate, nutty flavoured Lamb’s Lettuce is a favourite in French and Italian cuisine. Use it raw in salads, or steamed and served as a vegetable.


Growing tips

  • Since Mache have very tender leaves, try leaving the plant alone until harvest time, as it does get bruised easily. 
  • Mache being annual tolerates some warmth, but will eventually die. If you let it seed, they will eventually sprout in autumn. 
  • Varieties – 
    • ‘Verte de Cambrai’ is common and has vigorous growth. 
    • Dutch Large – Larger growth than ‘Verte de Cambrai’ and is more upright and tastes slightly different than the other variety.

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Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.