Saturday, September 8, 2012

got greens?

There is a time each year when greens are impossible to grow. There are some lettuces that are billed as able to withstand heat, but that has not been true here on the farm. Maybe in a spot where there is dry heat with irrigation, but not around here!

Greens: lettuce, spinach, collards, kale, mustard...they grow for a bit in the summer heat and then poof* seed stalks are produced, the leaves do not taste very good and the unpicked crop goes to the chickens and pigs.

Then in mid-August or so we can replant. The heat helps the seed to germinate and the tiny plant to grow. As the greens are filling out the temperatures cool off at night until it is cool, and even into the cold weather. Last year we grew and ate greens all winter, this year as the beds empty the beds are being refilled with glorious greens!

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