We have been growing and enjoying Mache for the last three years. It was only recently that I figured out an easier way to harvest this early green. Kneeling and bending over for extended periods of time are not pleasant for an old codger such as myself. I recently had an “Ah Ha” moment as I was about to harvest some Mache. Instead of getting down on one knee and harvesting one stem at a time I opted to use my
straight bladed shovel and skimmed up a full shovel full of Mache in one swoop. I placed the shovel full of Mache in my potting tray and proceeded to pull the stems off while standing erect. By skimming just below the surface I was able to shear the roots half way, making it easier to pull the stems away from the dirt. I then pinched off the remaining root and any bottom leaves that didn’t look appetizing.

SKIMMING A SHOVEL FULL OF MACHE

SKIMMING A SHOVEL FULL
OF MACHE

THE MACHE DEPOSITED IN MY POTTING TRAY

THE MACHE DEPOSITED IN
MY POTTING TRAY

PINCHING OFF THE REMAINING ROOT AND BOTTOM LEAVES

PINCHING OFF THE REMAINING ROOT AND BOTTOM LEAVES

When I finished pinching off all of the roots I brought the Mache into the house and gave it a bath in the sink. The dirt sinks to the bottom and I run the mache through the salad spinner to get rid of excess moisture.

MACHE BATHING IN THE SINK

MACHE BATHING IN THE SINK

If you have an even better way of harvesting Mache please send it along so
I can share it.
All the best,
Greg Garnache