Fall greens

I sowed some fall greens in the hoophouse this morning, while temps were still in the 60s.

Lettuce:
All Year Round butterhead 53 days — Pine Tree Seeds
Red Summer Crisp Batavian 48 days — Johnny’s
Oakleaf 40 days — Harts Seeds
Regina di Maggio 50-60 days — Franchi Sementi
Other greens:
Indigo Radicchio 69 days — Fedco
Broadleaf Batavian Escarole 80 days –Botanical Interests
Tres Fine Maraichere Olesh  Endive 42 days — Fedco
Arugula — 40 days
Cimi di Rapa 28-33 days — Franchi Sement

Dan pulled cukes and thoroughly weeded the hoophouse last week, but then we had our heatwave, with daytime temps over 100°F, so I held off on sowing in the hoophouse until this morning (I did sow some purchased lettuce seedlings on 8/24 which are doing ok).  Hurricane Earl will hopefully miss Maine, but leave cooler weather in his wake for next week.  Keep your fingers crossed!

I will sow some spinach, more lettuce, the Rapa 2-3 times more, and maybe will try some Napoli carrots yet again.  And maybe some mache and mizuna.  What else should I try for late fall? Suggestions, anyone?

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9 Responses to “Fall greens”

  1. vrtlaricaana Says:

    I sowed cauliflower, broccoli, few kale varieties and parsley. But I need to sow some winter lettuce. You have a great selection of lettuce.

    • Ali Says:

      I’m glad you mentioned kale, I have one plant growing in my hoophouse, but I want to sow some more. It is so hot here, 96°F (36°C) that my brain was melting and I forgot.

      I wish I’d started more cauliflower and broccoli, but I didn’t and I’m afraid it is too late now sigh.

  2. Debbie Says:

    How about some swiss chard and maybe some bush sugar snap peas, or if you have the height some vine ones?

    • Ali Says:

      Yes, I think I will start some new Swiss chard, maybe it will overwinter. I’ve got some snap peas going in the main garden. Thanks!

  3. upinak Says:

    Strat the Cauli and the Broc now. Just stick the seeds in the ground and let them grow. They do well to sow in hot weather but when it starts to cool, that is when they begin to leaf. Sowing Cauli, Broc and cabbage now while hot is the best before the fall harvest for you all down there.

    I am totally jealous (not of the hurricane) my gardening has been poor at best due to the rain. Good Luck!

    • Ali Says:

      I am going to give some brassicas a whirl. What’s the worst that could happen, they die? Been there, done that! I might get lucky and get some yummy fall broccoli and cauliflower.

      No need to be jealous, it will be your turn soon…

  4. Daphne Says:

    I sowed some fall greens at the end of last week. Just in time for the heat wave to try to kill them off. I watered them every day. They seem to be doing OK. Struggling but surviving. I’ll welcome the cooler weather, but not Earl.

  5. Angela Moll Says:

    Thanks for the reminder, time to sow fall greens. Good luck, may they grow to provide you with a plentiful supply of greens all winter long.

  6. Matron Says:

    I’ve just planted a tray of seeds for Winter and Spring. Spinach and chard germinated well, but lettuce germination can be difficult if it’s too hot. I might try some small turnips too, they grow really well and last through frost.

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