[Market-farming] Hot weather crop suggestion/chard bitter question

Kim Martin ki_martin at mindspring.com
Mon Aug 11 14:09:03 EDT 2008

At 12:21 PM 7/26/2008, you wrote:
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>Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 21:13:28 GMT
>From: "cjmaness at juno.com" <cjmaness at juno.com>
>Subject: Re: [Market-farming] seed sources & sympathy
>To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
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>all of my cantaloupes have sunburned. We didn't do watermelons this 
>year since the coyotes do more damage than its worth. We do southern 
>peas too, and the squash/zucchini/cucumbers. Just wishing there was 
>something to add to the mix.

Hi Carla,

This is kinda belated, but maybe it can still help you. We're in NE 
Texas near Dallas and are experiencing the same scorching hot 
temperatures you are. If you haven't tried vegetable amaranth as a 
crop for hot weather you might consider it. It's considered a hot 
weather spinach replacement. Small leaves work in a salad mix, that 
is, if you can get lettuce to grow. In theory you can also grow it 
out for the edible seeds. We also have successfully grown Malabar 
spinach (requires a trellis) in summer too. Supposedly New Zealand 
spinach will work well in the heat, but we had poor germination 
results and moved on to another crop.

We've got chard growing now but it's extremely bitter due to the hot 
weather. Anyone know for sure if it really outgrows the bitterness 
when it cools off or should I pull it and re-seed?

Kim Martin
Barking Cat Farm
barkingcatfarm at mindspring.com

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