Morning Light: The Fetchland Gardening Wire

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16 Aug
9:10am, 16 Aug 2022
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Rosehip
I hope your forecast is right, Hann!
16 Aug
9:42am, 16 Aug 2022
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3M (aka MarkyMarkMark)
Hanneke, the last lot of "replacement" lettuce I planted didn't even sprout. Is it getting too late in the year or something? Do they want cooler temperatures? (I always thought succession planting lettuce was a thing, but it hasn't worked for me!)
16 Aug
9:58am, 16 Aug 2022
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Fragile Do Not Bend
We just had a pathetic rainfall that I wouldn’t even call light drizzle. Hopefully we will get something more substantial.
16 Aug
10:08am, 16 Aug 2022
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Garfield
Yes, we had a measly few drops FDNB around 9am. It's muggy here...even when I ran before 7am.
16 Aug
10:54am, 16 Aug 2022
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GimmeMedals
I had the same problem, 3M, with carrots as well as lettuce.
16 Aug
11:29am, 16 Aug 2022
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Ocelot Spleens
Perhaps enough moisture rather than temperature.
16 Aug
11:46am, 16 Aug 2022
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3M (aka MarkyMarkMark)
Maybe - I did water them though. Fairly religiously (but not just on the Sabbath!)
16 Aug
12:42pm, 16 Aug 2022
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alpenrose
I just checked my 2 water butts by the house - small ones, linked. The first one's full and I realised that I'd left the tap open on the second when I emptied it the other day. It's on it's way folks. :)
16 Aug
1:30pm, 16 Aug 2022
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Hanneke
3M (aka MarkyMarkMark) yes! I have had the same problems. They like it cool. Consistent temperatures over 25 and the won't even germinate! Then they do, after it cools and we have a bit of rain, but the slugs wake up too and eat the small seedlings!
In the past, when I grew for the shop, I would put a tent frame over them, with shade netting and watered every morning at 4 am... If you water then, the slugs don't come out and munch over night...
16 Aug
1:34pm, 16 Aug 2022
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Hanneke
Regarding lettuces: now is the time to sow your winter lettuces, kales like curly kale and cavolo nero and leeks.
Choose a variety of lettuce that has sturdier leaves. They will withstand cold temperatures. I have dug lettuce leaves out from under a blanket of snow. I prefer a loose leaf type and pick the bottom leaves of each plant rather than a head.
Chinese leaves do well too, like mizuna, mustards, pak choi, bok choi. They can be eaten as salad leaves and bigger leaves are good stir fried or blanched.

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