Mustard is another dual-use plant, as both the leaves and seeds can be used. The leaves are good to use fresh in salads, but are also good cooked as many other greens (think of kale or collard greens). The greens taste similar to these other greens too, but with a slight mustard or horseradish flavor.
|Planting Time: Late MAR (in central Maryland)|
Harvest Time: APR-JUL (in central Maryland)
Mustard can be planted early in the year, a few weeks before the last frost. Leaves mature quickly and are ready a few weeks after planting, depending on the weather.
I don't bother fertilizing mustard too much - I plant my seeds close together, so I don't need them to fill out too much. If I wanted to increase yield, I would try to supplement with Nitrogen, which is the general course for brassica crops
Matt's Garden Notes:
2013: planted about MAR 16. Only about 4.5 feet of row planted as a test. Perhaps in 2014 I will increase in the spring, as Chinese cabbage did not grow well. Started shooting up seed shoots in mid-APR, so perhaps multiple plantings would be better.
Recipes using Mustard: