GB CULTURAL INFO: C, W/ Matures 5-7/ Harvest continuous/ Spacing 12-18" or broadcast
DAYS TO MAT: 37-50 days
SEEDS PER PACKET: 200
SOURCE CODE: O
APPROX GERM DAYS: 10-21
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8"
WHEN TO PLANT: Late Spring, Early Summer
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Easiest to direct-sow: mix seed with soil, sand or compost and broadcast evenly over bed. Needs cool weather or shade. Can be harvested for salad as soon as it is 6" high. Harvest often to prevent flowering and keep greens palatable. For attracting beneficial insects under shrubs or in hedgerows, allow to flower and set seed-will self-sow profusely. Tolerates shade - goes to seed and dies quickly in hot weather; succession-sow.
BOTANICAL NAME: Stellaria media
DESCRIPTION: Also called Chickenwort, Craches, Maruns, Winterweed. This is a nice juicy, mild-flavored strain that endures some cold and flowers early to draw beneficial insects to the garden to eat those spring aphids. It has many herbal and culinary uses. Can be clipped every few days (until flowering) and used just like sprouts or mild lettuce - in tacos, salads, garnish. Good nurse crop for spring seedlings, or permanent part of a beneficial insect-attracting bed.