Category Archives: Oh, the Weather
That would be the spinach that isn’t a fan of the crazy weather!
This is the ‘Bloomsdale’ spinach that was supposed to be more bolt tolerant…or not. To be fair though, when the temperatures bounce around like they have been this spring, it does tend to initiate blooming/bolting in leafy greens more often than not. When we harvested last week, I saw that some of the leaves were starting to get more pointy, which is often an early sign of bolting. This week there were a couple of the plants in full flower, like shown here.
We harvested the good leaves off of both patches of spinach this week and then removed the plants. We also harvested the rest of the romaine lettuce and a good bunch of the mustard greens!
You didn’t actually think we were done with winter, did you? I know, I was hoping too. Here in the Wichita area we were greeted with a dusting of snow this morning, and the forecast for overnight low temperatures are ranging from 25-28 degrees.
The difficult thing is that there is a huge difference in the damage you can expect in that range. 28 degrees will cause a little damage to fruit trees in bloom and cool season vegetables. 25 degrees can kill most of the flowers on a fruit tree and cause more severe damage to vegetables.
Of course, if you already have tomatoes, peppers, or other warm season vegetables planted outside, you had better have them covered already. Otherwise, they will probably be dead. Honestly, you would be better off bringing them back inside.
Here in the Demo Garden, we only have cold tolerant things out right now. (Well, except for maybe that poor rhubarb…) We were planning on planting beans and a few other things tomorrow, but we are going to push that back at least one more week. Beans need warmer soil, and I think that our soil is going to need to warm up again after this weather.