Heat Wave

Observation Date: April 21, 2016

Temperature 70°F, Low 61° overcast with light rain.

baby spinach ready to munch
baby spinach ready to munch
radish almost ready for picking
radish almost ready for picking
arugula ready for a salad
arugula ready for a salad

The early spring greens are up! The Arugula, lettuce, and Spinach are all doing nicely even though it has been a warm and fairly dry mid-April. We reached a balmy 82° this week and dipped down as low as 37°.

The carrot leaves are still small but will need to be thinned once the April showers arrive. The broccoli survived the sub-freezing nights earlier in the month and are looking strong. The lettuce is looking lush. Lettuce is fairly heat tolerant but will bolt (begin to flower-a process that causes the leaves to become bitter) if the weather continues to be this hot. To keep a constant supply of greens, use succession planting ­– plant new rows of seed every two weeks.

Garden teachers, have you been able to get any seeds or seedlings in the ground? Let us know by commenting below or emailing us at youtheducation@civicgardencenter.org

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