While all the other greens I planted, at the same time, are growing really well (see 3rd photo) ... this Mache is not growing very fast. It is still so small !!
The darker leaves in the 1st and 2nd pictures.
The reason I have planted Mache is because it was highly recommended for our cooler winter weather in Dallas.
I hope to hear from somebody that did try this variety.
my grandparents grew it in their garden in Italy, only they called it something that translates like "sheep's mouth" lettuce. They used it as an edible border, but they do say it takes forever to grow, and it doesn't tolerate heat very well before bolting. I seeded a container in November and have only three little "heads" popping up now.
It's too bad it's so time-intensive, because it is delicious! I make a mache salad with avocado and red onions, but I buy mine from Whole Foods if and when they have it. Three little rosettes are going to end up straight in my mouth, not the salad bowl!
I bought this variety also because it did look very similar to the one I ate growing up in Italy.
I remember my mom going to my aunt to pick up this small salad in her garden. I used to eat one bowl all by myself !
We did called "radicchio piccolo".
I was born in Padova. Where do your family come from?
Trieste is a fantastic city and also very windy sometimes.
Thanks for your information.
Padova is a great city. The weather is much colder than Dallas.
I hope my Mache' will grow faster ... that is the area where I will transplant my tomatoes in about one month !
Prego, drthor! Here is how my mache is doing - I seeded it ages ago! Last summer, I planted it too late and it bolted before I could even get to it. This time, I tried starting it in a container. We'll see!
I have never been to Pavoda, but I've heard wonderful things. I have been a bad granddaughter and not been to see my Nonnina in a few years, but it's hard to get to Trieste, lovely as it is. I want to get back, though, I remember such wonderful things about it there.
I have starting to harvest MACHE'. It really is not growing very much ... so I am harvesting the whole plant, it looks like a rosette.
It is so good and its taste is just like I remembered growing up in Italy.
I will need to eat all of it real soon, because that is the area dedicated to tomatoes this year.
I will plant Mache' again. Maybe I will start Mache' earlier next year, in September.
you might be right. This Mache is growing sooo slow.
Try the Grumolo Biondo and let me know, please.
I have learn in my first year of growing tomatoes that San Marzano don't do well here in DFW.
No worries ... I have found a lot of tomatoes varieties that grow just amazing. I normally can have tomatoes for 3,5 months a year ...
im so jealous..u all in southern states..sigh..
i love so many of the greens.. and incorporate them in all
my lettuce plantings..season appropriate..
if our weather holds..nites mid 20sF days low 40sF ..i'll get
my cold frame up and going..and start some lettuce,spinach,musclin
yea !!! fresh salads !!!!
keep posting your pics .. again..im jealous..:)