5 Great Greens to Try this Spring

Spring Greens

It is officially gardening season in Northeast Missouri, and each day I dip into my large seed storage container and start a few varieties indoors and direct sow a few more in the garden. I’ve sourced most of my seeds this year from Baker Creek Heirloom SeedsI love that their entire collection of seed is non-GMO and non-treated, and their variety is amazing (not to mention the added bonus that they are a Missouri-based company)!  I was introduced to their seed catalog last year and spent many, many hours pouring over their incredible selection, carefully deciding which varieties to plant.  I was particularly smitten with their heirloom melons, and wrote about my five favorite Baker Creek varieties here.

Right now, I am focused on growing greens. When spring rolls around, I am almost certain to plant lettuce, kale, swiss chard, and collards.  But this spring, I’m feeling a bit sassy, so I’m throwing a few more favorites into the mix.  Baker Creek’s selection of greens is just as impressive as their melons or tomatoes. In addition to standards such as lettuce, mesclun, or kale, you can find more unique seeds such as Salad Burnet, Pepper Cress, or Red Orach.

I’ve selected five of my favorite spring greens to share with you today.  These five greens are easy to grow, and will add a little diversity and flavor to your salad blend. Baker Creek has also generously donated a spring seed assortment that I will be giving away to one reader, so be sure to enter the giveaway below!

MIZUNA

Mizuna 001

Mizuna is a delicious and tender Japanese green that you can eat raw in a salad blend, or cook like spinach.  I love to graze on it straight out of the garden. I have both green Mizuna and Red Streaked Mizuna started in my garden.

CORN SALAD

Corn salad forms small rosettes of greens, as is one of the first greens of the spring. Some sow corn salad seeds in the fall, but I have been sowing starting in mid-winter, hoping for a nice mid-spring harvest.

DANDELIONS

dandelion greens

A 6 month old Ella Rose munches on dandelion greens.

You’ll probably think me crazy, but I am actually starting dandelion seeds this spring!  Our property has plenty of invasive fescue, but not a single dandelion.  I miss their gorgeous blooms, and Brian loves their slightly bitter greens. Dandelions are high in iron, calcium, and potassium, and wonderful in salads.

PURSLANE

Portulaca oleracea stems

A low crawling and spreading “weed,” purslane is high in Vitamin E and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. It also makes an amazing salad.  Last summer, our neighbor Julia brought over a salad made of purslane, tomato and feta.  I was instantly hooked on this combination, and for the rest of the summer, I bought purslane by the pound from a local organic farmer.

ARUGULA

Arugula has to be one of my favorite greens. I love the somewhat spicy flavor, and use it in salads and pesto.  It even tastes great cooked – I’ve been to several gourmet pizza restaurants that serve up arugula-proscuitto pizza.  Yum!

 

Baker Creek has donated this beautiful selection of early spring greens for me to share with one lucky reader.  Please enter in the widget below (US addresses only, please).  Happy spring planting!

Heirloom seeds from Baker Creek

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Love garden green!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I feel really silly now. And I don’t see a way to delete my comments and start over. My favorite spring greens are spinach and that speckled lettuce. I didn’t see the instructions for the comment until after I first commented.

  3. Sarah Auzina says:

    Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

    I’m a beginner gardener and would love to give growing some greens a try!

  4. Sarah Auzina says:

    Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

    I’m a beginner gardener and would love to give growing some greens a try!

  5. I love dandelion, violet greens, chickweed, and lambs ear. :) I nibble on my yard and watch the neighbor’s goats get jealous! :)

  6. Haven’t tried corn salad, sounds interesting. have you tried tatsoi, it’s a favorite of mine.

  7. Hello! I understand if you can not answer my question, but are you near Memphis MO? We have friends that live there that we visit often and are thinking of moving there as well. We have looked in Greentop, Gorin, and around the Kirksville area for acreage. So far, no luck….. We want a small home and 5 or more acres.
    Thanks for your time, Heather

  8. Ed Brown says:

    Don’t forget Lamb’s Quarter! My purslane has been wonderful this spring; I have some regenerating in a large pot and get a salad’s-worth just by trimming the tops.

  9. Some of my favorite spring greens are colorful lettuces and violets. I love Baker Creek seeds and had great success with my tomato and zinnia seeds I purchased there when I visited during one of their festivals in MO last year. Thanks for the chance to win and try some new varieties. :0)

  10. Never thought to eat dandelion greens! I’m a big fan of arugula myself, but I’ve never had any others of these. Going to have to try them out some time. :)

  11. Spinach and lettuce but have been wanting to try something different.

  12. Our favorite greens are kale. spinach and dandelions. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Suzanne B says:

    Our favorite greens are spinach & kale.

  14. norma mccomas says:

    we are so ready for wilted lettuce! we like the black seeded simpson for this, but love all types of greens. love your page!! :)

  15. My favorite spring greens are dandelions.

  16. Katy Lamb says:

    Spinach and kale are my favorites, but I can honestly say I’ve never tasted a green, either raw or cooked, that this Grandma didn’t like.

  17. Emily Rose says:

    Baker Creek is wonderful, I got the majority of my seeds from them this year. :-) My favorite greens come from the lawn down on the acreage I do chores at. Chickweed grows there, and dandelions, and violets, and wood sorrel, too, and it is purple!! I love when they are all flowering at the same time! I think I’ll be starting some garden seeds tomorrow, yay spring!

  18. Patty Topp says:

    I lve baby romaine and baby spinach!

  19. Christina says:

    I like spinach. After reading your post I’d really like to try purslane!

  20. This would be an amazing win. Thanks or the contest!

  21. Donna Danna says:

    Spinach is my all time favorite!

  22. Why can’t I make myself like Mizuna?! That’s a great list and I thank you for sharing it at Green Thumb Thursday – hope you’ll join us again tomorrow!

  23. We eat a lot of spinach and are going to grow arugula for the first time this year. So glad I discovered your blog through the hop!!

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