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Nothing beats a good salad, especially when it comes fresh from your own garden. Add a European flavor to your basic home salad bar by growing some less traditional yet easy to grow salad greens.
Leafy greens provide more nutritive value than iceberg lettuce. Mesclun is a combination and contrast of flavors that will rival anything you could order in a fine French restaurant.
The classic mesclun blend has several flavors that may seem like a mismatch, but they blend perfectly. Use the following recommendations for a simple mix:
You can also add fresh herbs if you like. Parsley, fennel, chives or basil are great additions.
Early spring is the time to get your salad greens started. If you don't feel like taking the Continental approach to your home salad bar, stick with the basics. Leaf lettuce and spinach are hard to beat.
Follow the same basic planting procedure for salad greens as you would any other vegetable. Here are a few general tips: