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Planting cold crops

Postby Jewel1065 » Apr 18, 2008 2:28 pm

I got my veggie bed all ready this week and planted my greens last night. Romaine, swiss chard and mesclun mix are all planted. Can't wait to taste it all!!
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Re: Planting cold crops

Postby Durgan » Apr 18, 2008 4:48 pm

Jewel1065 wrote:I got my veggie bed all ready this week and planted my greens last night. Romaine, swiss chard and mesclun mix are all planted. Can't wait to taste it all!!


I have planted potatoes, peas, carrots, beets, and radish. I have found if the carrots germinate during the warm spell in April, that they are superior to those planted later. Carrots take about 7 days to germinate if the temperature is right. By planting the radish early , I hope to defeat the flea beetle, also they like cool weather. Being located in Zone 5b has it advantages, when it comes to gardening.
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Postby butterfly » Apr 18, 2008 8:10 pm

You won't get frost and they be killed off?

Wish I could. Never heard of a garden being planted this early
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Postby A Closet Canuck » Apr 18, 2008 8:23 pm

butterfly wrote:You won't get frost and they be killed off?...


Some greens and root crops are cold-hardy; they can tolerate some frost without collapsing. In fact, carrots taste better after going through a cold snap.

This year, I'm going to plant spinach for the Fall and then try to overwinter it in the garden for next Spring (or at least until December).
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Postby Durgan » Apr 18, 2008 8:28 pm

butterfly wrote:You won't get frost and they be killed off?

Wish I could. Never heard of a garden being planted this early


http://Planted2.notlong.com 24 May 2007 Garden Planted Pictures are annotated.

This is last year 2007 on the 24 of May. Look what is up and thriving. I planted most of the stuff that is up in April, some plants are bedding plants. I have been doing this the last two years, and getting away with it, with rare exceptions. But I do choose which seeds to plant. Many vegetables can withstand some frost without damage, also sometimes the frost isn't right at ground level.
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Postby Paul zone5 » Apr 19, 2008 7:03 am

One of the advantages of raised beds is that they will dry and warm sooner in the spring. Sandy soil would also help of course.
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