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Growing Mustard Naturally

 
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I wanted to make this thread to help me keep track of and document my mustard greens.

Hopefully it can be helpful to others also!
 
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Mustard greens germinate very quickly and also grow very quickly. Because of this, if they are planted thickly they can quickly block out other things nearby, which could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on if you want or need to block other plants out.

I usually like to plant mine mixed among other things, but in this patch I've planted them all together.

The toughest and best plants will survive!
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Baby mustard plants
Baby mustard plants
 
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The baby mustard greens grow really fast compared to other leafy crops that I'm growing right now.

They should be a good crop to be planted with other fast growing or taller plants that can germinate and grow quickly to compete with the fast growing mustard greens.
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Lots of little mustard green plants
Lots of little mustard green plants
 
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The mustard plants are getting big.
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Mustard green planta
Mustard green planta
 
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Steve Thorn wrote:The mustard plants are getting big.



My 7-top turnips look just like that.
 
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That's neat Diane, yeah they do look similar to turnips!
 
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Mustard has nice yellow flowers!

The third picture shows the seed pods developing.

There should be lots of small round mustard seeds soon!
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Yellow mustard flower with a pollinator
Yellow mustard flower with a pollinator
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Mustard green yellow flower stalk
Mustard green yellow flower stalk
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Mustard seed pods developing
Mustard seed pods developing
 
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