Here (zone 5.x, central NY), I get really poor germination rates on
seeds (radishes, kale, beets) that I start after early July. And, thos
that do germinate just languish - they never get their 'growth spurt'.
This year, a woodchuck cleaned out our kale, and I thought that was
that. But, at the market today, a guy who I know grows kale, said he
still hasn't planted it yet. All he'd say is, "You just have to know
what you're doing."
I'm going to give it another try; but, any thoughts would be
I stick to transplants for fall crops. Too many bugs (crickets, woodlice,
earwigs et al.) that love those tender young sprouts, along with all the
birds hopping around after the bugs and seed, pecking and trampling the
(Yes, really, my garden often has several dozen birds of various species
feeding and/or loafing in it. They seem to have glommed on to the fact
that the fence keeps them safe, or something.)
Transplanting is easy with kohlrabi, kale and other crucifers, chard, and
lettuce, not so much with radishes and beets.
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