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What veggies tolerate temps differently than advertised?

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What veggies tolerate temps differently than advertised?

Post  boffer on Fri 26 Jun 2015 - 12:08

In your personal experience, have you found veggies that surprise you because  their temperature tolerance is different than what is commonly suggested?

For instance, Marc and I have gotten good snow pea production in summer heat, yet they're advertised as a cool crop that can even be planted with snow on the ground.

With broccoli, a cool crop that can handle temps into the twenties, I've had more plants bolt from the right combination of cold temps, than I have had bolt from temps in the eighties.

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Post  Marc Iverson on Fri 26 Jun 2015 - 18:59

I also found tomatoes to produce very far into fall, especially cherry tomatoes but regular ones too. Ripening can be a problem, but I get much better fruit set after the hottest days of summer are over anyway. And I've gotten so many tomatoes after others have pulled theirs that to me it's worth growing whatever I can and taking them inside to ripen. Also I use green tomatoes so either way, the real estate in my garden isn't poorly utilized if I leave tomatoes in longer than I "should" instead of replacing them with fall/winter crops.

I was also very surprised by how rugged kale can be. Last year at the school garden I volunteer at, a number of kale plants were going like gangbusters even when the temps were in the high 90's and higher in July and August. The leaves were sweet and very nice.

Last year my own dino and winter kale plants lasted through the winter nicely and are still producing this summer. They are flowering, but I've read here on these forums of people having kale produce good leaves for them for two or three years running. I'm leaving the leaves on so as to make sure the seed pods get maximum nutrition. Once I've picked all the pods I need to start another crop, I'll start eating the leaves again. Kale is quite prolific when it has found a spot it likes and pretty pricey in stores, and never seems to stop putting out leaves, so I think it's a crop I'll never stop growing.

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Re: What veggies tolerate temps differently than advertised?

Post  sanderson on Fri 26 Jun 2015 - 22:24

Swiss chard seems to survive through 100 degree summer to produce 2-3 years.

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