Did you know that your fall planted lettuce can stalk up in the fall if it gets too warm continually in your cold frame or hoop tunnel? And you sure don’t want that at this early stage of the game.
When it’s bright and sunny outside and temperatures rise to the upper 40s or higher — it helps to uncover your lettuce. This can extend your lettuce until the late spring — which is what you want. The more you winter garden — the more you’ll get a feel for just the right balance.
The forecast for my area is calling for upper 40s, 50s and 60s for the next ten days with temps in the 40s at night. I plan to roll up the plastic on my hoops and leave my stuff uncovered until temperatures go back to the 30s or at least the lower 40s in the day.
If the lettuce your started in August or September does stalk on you — hopefully you also started lettuce in late September and October. That should be seedling size about now. And with this information under your belt — it should be fine all way through Spring. (It’s called back-up and sure keeps me happy. If one thing fails — I have a back-up.)
Stalking isn’t the only reason to uncover your lettuce from time to time. If you keep lettuce tightly covered without ventilation when temperature are above freezing and especially on warmer days —you’re asking for problems with aphids. Air circulation is one of those universal principals that you want to stay in tune with.
Everything needs good air circulation if it’s to stay healthy. Make sure you and your plants get enough fresh air and you’ll see a difference in both of you. 🙂
Organic gardening is easy, effective, efficient —– and its a lot healthier.
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