[Market-farming] cold + celery (Burke Farm)
jaysleichter at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 25 14:59:13 EDT 2013
I am glad to hear I am not the only one out late into the night digging and picking when frost/freezing weather is here. For me this year, it was sweet potatoes.
Jay's Jellies, Produce and More
Clay Center, Kansas
On Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:34 AM, Aaron Brower <aaronbrower at yahoo.com> wrote:
With celeriac, a lot depends on the condition of the plant and on the soil temps. This time of year there should still be some warmth in the soil and I assume the celeriac still has a decent green canopy. If this is the case, the canopy should protect it from anything but a severly hard freeze. I hesitate to give you a real number, but I've never worried about it or had a problem with it even in mid to late november when we consitently get mid 20's. I tend to wait as long as possible to harvest storage crops so they get as much growth as possible and so they last deeper in to the winter.
Another factor with your celeriac is if you have managed to keep soil from building around the roots. This, of course, makes the roots more marketable but a bit less hardy.
However, if I was worried about a crop, I would be harvesting deep into the night as we had to do with
our winter squash this year when a frost was coming before I was ready.
From: Pam Twin Oaks <pam at twinoaks.org>;
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>;
Subject: [Market-farming] cold + celery (Burke Farm)
Sent: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 2:27:00 PM
In my experience, Ventura celery with rowcover and hoops will die at 15F. Celeriac (no rowcovers) will die at 20F.
Author of Sustainable Market Farming, Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres
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