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Snow - do I need to replant lettuce and spinach?

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Snow - do I need to replant lettuce and spinach?

Post  jillschmill on 3/30/2013, 1:35 pm

Well, I went on vacation recently the day after I planted my spinach and kale. While I was gone, we got 12 INCHES OF UNEXPECTED SNOW! Crazy snow for St. Louis for this time of year. My question for you is... do I need to replant my spinach and kale? They weren't covered at all. The snow finally melted away yesterday and today I see no signs of sprouts (it's now been two weeks since I planted). Thoughts? I know they are cold-weather plants, but is snow too much??

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Re: Snow - do I need to replant lettuce and spinach?

Post  jmsieglaff on 3/30/2013, 4:44 pm

I would say no, you'll be fine. Those seeds got covered with snow and likely brought the soil temperatures into the 30s. It probably took a while for the snow to melt, but when it did you had very wet cold soil. As the soil warms back I think they'll sprout just fine. I often sow things like spinach and peas very early in Wisconsin and some years get a layer of snow on top before sprouting. It slows things down, but they always sprout. Soil temperatures are your driving force right now.
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Post  jmsieglaff on 4/14/2013, 8:54 am

So how are your spinach and kale? Poked through yet?
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Post  jillschmill on 4/14/2013, 10:09 am

They took an extra week or so, but they have poked through and are looking good! Thanks for asking. I guess Mother Nature knows what she is doing!
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