Mesclun is a mixture of lettuces and greens and most growers start a mesclun bed from seed. Preparing the soil and gardening area helps with gardening success. Select locations that offer partial sunlight and have a soil pH range between 6.2 and 6.8. Harvest mesclun between 45 and 55 days from the original planting date.
Break up the ground to a depth of 4 inches with the gardening hoe. Spread a 1-inch layer of manure compost over the entire area. Work it into the soil with the gardening hoe.
Level the soil with the gardening hoe. Rake the soil to create grooves for planting the mesclun seeds. Scatter the seeds over the seed bed by hand.
Cover the seed bed area with a fine texture potting soil mixture, recycled potting soil from indoor pots or sand. Only use 1/4 inch deep covering soil for the seed bed area. Lightly pat the area with the palm your hand.
Water the mesclun seeded area with a fine mist of water from a watering can, to get the ground very moist but not wet or soggy.
Cover the mesclun area with a plastic ground cloth to hold in moisture and protect from wildlife in the yard.
Uncover the mesclun garden when seedlings emerge. Cover the area with bird netting to provide air circulation, access to water and protect from wildlife.
Harvest when mesclun is several inches tall by cutting with sterile scissors. Resow additional seeds in the gardening area for continual mesclun harvests.