The colorful foliage of leafy greens looks great in a flower bed or in a vegetable row. And they’re not always green in color, which gives you lots of options for creative designs! Here are 6 different types of leafy greens. Learn which ones will grow best in your garden and how to grow lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, malabar spinach and mustard here.
Tips for growing greens
Most greens prefer cool weather (50 to 75 degrees F), so plan ahead for the best months to grow them in your area. In some climates that's winter. In others, it's early spring or fall.
- Plant all greens in full sun.
- Soil that's consistently moist, but not soggy, yields the best greens.
- Sow spinach, kale and mustard six weeks before the average last frost in spring, three weeks later for lettuce and swiss chard.
- Set out malabar spinach plants after the threat of frost has passed.
- As seeds sprout, thin seedlings to 6 inches apart by cutting, not pulling.
- When plants bolt (or send up flower stalks), pull them up — the flavor will start to diminish after this.