How to Plant Mesclun


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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Cover the mesclun area with a plastic ground cloth to hold in moisture and protect from wildlife in the yard.

Step 6

Uncover the mesclun garden when seedlings emerge. Cover the area with bird netting to provide air circulation, access to water and protect from wildlife.

Step 7

Harvest when mesclun is several inches tall by cutting with sterile scissors. Resow additional seeds in the gardening area for continual mesclun harvests.

Tips and Warnings

  • Examine plants daily to control pests and reduce consumption by wildlife.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hoe
  • Manure compost
  • Mesclun seeds
  • Fine-textured potting soil, recycled potting soil or sand
  • Watering Can
  • Plastic ground cloth
  • Bird netting


  • USA Gardener: Lettuce Mixed Mesclun
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About this Author

Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.