How do you grow dandelion greens?


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To grow dandelion greens, choose a sunny location, and mix compost into the prepared garden bed. Sow the seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep and 2 to 3 inches apart. Do not cover the seeds with soil. Keep the top 1 inch of soil evenly moist, but do not overwater the seeds. After the first set of leaves appear, thin the plants to every 10 to 12 inches. Harvest the leaves before they reach 10 inches in length.

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Plant dandelions in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. To produce leaves with a milder flavor, grow the dandelions in a shady location, or choose cultivar that produces mildly-flavored leaves. Harvest the leaves before flowers appear to ensure the flavor is mild.

Dandelions are invasive. To contain the plants, remove the flowers before seeds appear. Further limit the plant's growth by watering only when necessary.

Harvest the leaves by cutting the leaf off near the crown. At the end of the growing season, dig the plants up to use the roots, or preserve the plants for the following year by covering them with a cold frame. When growing dandelions in a container, choose a container that is at least 12 inches deep to allow room for the taproot.

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