[Market-farming] Farming the back side of the calendar
alison.wiediger at hart.kyschools.us
Thu Aug 9 08:22:38 EDT 2012
You are right about spinach in the summer here, but we are within a few weeks of planting it for our high tunnel winter sales. At that time, the soil in the tunnels is still too warm for good germination, but the timing is perfect for our fall/winter crop. Hence the extra effort we put into getting it up and going.
Alison Wiediger, Au Naturel Farm
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Spinach, being a cool season crop, is not likely to be a success in the south in summer
even if it germinates when planted, which leaves a few alternatives:
Make plantings at above 8000ft elevation where it is much cooler.
Grow substitutes like chard, lambs quarter, leaf beet, or tetragonia.
Put up a greenhouse and install enough air conditioners to keep soil and
air at +- 50F.
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