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Jayne09-Aug-04 06:03 AM EST 2b   
Patricia14-Aug-04 06:20 PM EST 5   
Nancy20-Aug-04 01:32 PM EST 5   


Subject: autumn planting
From: Jayne
Zone: 2b
Date: 09-Aug-04 06:03 AM EST

I would like to try planting some veggies such as spinach, lettuce, snow peas, etc. this fall. When is the best time to plant the seeds? I know my grandma always did this and had fresh spinach in the early spring, but my mom doesn't remember when she planted. Any tips or suggestions would be great.


Subject: RE: autumn planting
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 14-Aug-04 06:20 PM EST

In Ottawa, you can plant now (mid August) for spinach at Thanksgiving. A late planting, let's say end of September, might just sprout and then get covered with lots of fallen leaves, then uncovered early spring and within a few weeks, a great spinach crop! I have never tried sowing lettuce or snow peas in the fall. Lettuce can certainly be pre-started in spring indoors, in those little peat pellet things. Then, as soon as you are more or less frost free, pop the little pellets with young lettuce into the ground. Lettuce can take a light frosting, no problem. Snow peas, I would wait till frost free, then plant right away.


Subject: RE: autumn planting
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 20-Aug-04 01:32 PM EST

Hi Jayne,

I grow a lot of sugar snap peas and have always been told that they should go in as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. They germinate better in cool soil. I sow twice, half as soon as I can get the bed worked, and the other half two or three weeks later to spread out the harvest. I would assume the same for snow peas.


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