Mizuna cabbage: the Japanese salad

Mizuna cabbage looks like a salad, like arugula. We appreciate his crunchiness and peppery flavor.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Brassica rapa japonica
Family : Brassicaceae
Type : Leaf vegetable

Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Well drained, rather rich
Height : 15 to 20 cm

: Spring Summer Autumn Winter

Seeding, planting mizuna cabbage

Sowing mizuna cabbage:

Sowing mizuna cabbage is from spring until early winter.

  • In a very loose soil, sow in place of the month of June to August.
  • From November, sow under shelter, such as a tunnel or an unheated greenhouse.
  • Space the furrows, 1 cm deep, 20 to 30 cm between the rows
  • Protect the seedlings with a shade sail in the event of hot weather
  • Keep the soil slightly moist

When you see the first leaves appear, you can thin out by keeping the most vigorous plants every 20 cm or so.

If you buy already formed plants, planting can take place throughout the summer and even until the very beginning of winter, as long as you protect your plants from frost.

It is not necessary to bury the snare completely.

Note that the mizuna is perfect for pot culture.

Watch out for slugs throughout growing mizuna cabbage.

Caring for mizuna cabbage

Easy to care for, mizuna cabbage is especially afraid of early flowering which would prevent the formation of the apple.

  • Mizuna cabbage has shallow roots, which means keeping the soil always cool to prevent the plants from drying out.
  • Water regularly but moderately in fine rain to maintain good humidity.

Harvesting mizuna cabbage

Growing mizuna cabbage takes about 3 weeks before the first harvest.

  • We like to use young shoots in mesclun, in salad or to decorate a plate.
  • Cut short with a sharp blade.

For a winter harvest, quite possible.

  • Sow from October to December, under cover.
  • Place a mulch of dried leaves at the base of the mizuna cabbages to protect them from possible frost.

Mizuna cabbage contains vitamin A and C but also calcium. It is eaten both raw and cooked.

Smart tip about mizuna cabbage

When plowing, bringing nutrients to your soil (fertilizer, compost) will stimulate growth and improve your harvest!

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