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Overwintering arugula

Overwintering arugula

I'll admit that I'm unimpressed by the lettuce this spring in the cold frame. I suspect the issue is temperature extremes (too hot when I forget to open the glass, too cold when I forget to close the glass) combined with moisture extremes (too dry most of the time, then swamped when water gushes off the roof and onto the baby plants). The over-wintering arugula, on the other hand, is going gangbusters.

Actually I planted this arugula's parents in October 2015. The plants grew, went to seed last spring, then self-sowed replacement rosettes. I picked leaves off and on all winter and am now harvesting the rapini heavily to fill spring omelets. At some point, I'll let the poor plants go to seed and repeat the cycle...but I'm enjoying the meals too much to let them go quite yet. Instead, I'm just enjoying seemingly endless arugula, all from one small packet of seeds sprinkled on the ground eighteen months ago.

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Harbor Freight sells one of those cold frame opener/closer thingies (that's a technical term) for a reasonable price. Don't know how good it is because the one I bought years ago was from a catalogue. I attached it to my cold frame and it's really helped to even out the temperature differential. The only thing I have to remember is to water the plants inside.
Comment by Nayan Sun Mar 26 09:55:08 2017
I'm glad yours has done so well! The arugula I had growing in our hoop house bolted in February because it got so warm in there. :(
Comment by Leigh Tue Mar 28 06:16:03 2017

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