Tuesday, November 21, 2006

November Gardening

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A row of young lettuce plants thrive in their fiberglass-covered raised-bed today, in mid-November, at 6,750' elevation. We currently have 2 beds of lettuce and 4 beds of spinach, a bed of chard, and a bed of kale in various stages. This is the largest of the lettuce from our fall planting and, in just a few weeks, could be providing us with fresh winter salad greens.

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Blogger Madcap said...

Lord, I've been absolutely desperate for fresh greens this week. And here you are, flaunting your leaves - Jim, you wicked man!

What's the temperature, by the way? We're going down to -24C within the next couple days. That's about -12F.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

We're having an extremely warm November, the lows lately have been in the lower 20s or upper teens Fahrenheit. I believe that's about 15 degrees above average for this time of year.
I can remember many days (or nights) of 16 below zero Fahrenheit but I don't think it gets much colder than that here.

My lettuce babies wouldn't be looking so spry at 16 below, even under fiberglass. But they do survive, growing right up through the snow in early spring when we take the covers off.

...and you know what they say, "If you've got it, flaunt it."


8:40 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Covered lettuce? Why didn't I think of that? I planted some lettuce under mulch in July, and it germinated but the ground squirrels kept it mowed for the rest of the summer. As the rest of the garden turned brown, I noticed that it was still struggling along. Now if only I'd covered it, I might have greens even now!

8:30 AM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

lovely to have fresh greens, I wasn't so organised this year, I had some chard today which is still growing out in the open, I have a nice row of wine bottles protecting it on the windy side. must get working on providing enough empty bottles for all the way round. . . .

9:03 AM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

I am smacking my lips over those fresh greens too. i didn'tsafe any lettuce seeds duringthe summer. My november is very warm also. We didn't get any frost on the ground until yesterday. i am so kicking myself.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

I planted some spinach and lettuce in September under cover of a hoop house. However, I don't think the ends are closed in enough, and it gets really cold here, so while it's still very much alive, it's still very tiny. I'll tend it over the winter though, and have early greens in the spring!

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