[Market-farming] Farming the back side of the calendar

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Fri Aug 10 09:33:11 EDT 2012


Allan,

Any chance you did any irrigation on the spinach after it was up?  I am wondering if that might help the crop after it germinates, to improve survivability.

Kurt Forman
Clearview Farm
Palmyra, NY 14522
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

--- allan.balliett at gmail.com wrote:

From: Allan Balliett <allan.balliett at gmail.com>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Farming the back side of the calendar
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:20:34 -0400

I believe Johnny's was advertising that you could grow spinach all
season if you used their varieties at appropriate times. I tried it. I
got similar results to others. What amazed me was that I got
germination in pretty high heat. I was also amazed a couple of weeks
later when there were only 2 or 3 plants left. Another two weeks and
they were all gone. -Allan in WV

On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 8:11 AM, MAsteveINE <MAsteveINE at 207me.com> wrote:
>
>
> 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.
>
> MAsteveINE
>
>
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