I have just bought some young plants (tomatoes, red chilli, swee
pepper, courgette, french beans) directly from the growers o
www.plantconnection.co.uk, but have a dilemma. We live 1000 foot abov
sea level and are facing the incoming atlantic winds.
How much should we delay planting the plants outside as nature up her
seems to be lagging a few weeks behind the valley.
If you can provide protection for your plants from excess wind/heat/
cold you should be able to plant out immediately. If you will be
having overnight lows in the 40s, peppers and courgettes may not
appreciate that too much.
I am using the "tomato cages" you can buy - the 3 foot ones that taper
out at the top - as mini-cloches for my peppers. I have had overnight
lows in the 40s and my plants have been out a week. They are doing
well and look terrific. I stick the cage in over the plant and wrap
it with plastic - open at the top. Keeps the winds out, we had gusts
to 30 a few days ago, all day - old news for your location I'm sure.
That's advice that many people overlook for way too long. Ask the old
timers what works and what doesn't.
But don't always believe everything they say. The homesteaders out here
said we're too high in elevation to grow raspberries. Then a bunch of
Old Believer Russians moved into the neighborhood and immediately
planted big raspberry patches that thrived. Now everyone grows them.
I planted a couple of apple trees last year. The old timers say we're
too high for apples. We'll see...
Jan in Alaska
USDA Zone 3
The stories I look for are experiential and real. I usually take them as
cautionary, not prohibitive.
Anything that hasn't been tried is open to being tried. Anything that
has failed, might work with a little ingenuity.
Yup. That's what makes gardening so interesting : )
A Yellow Transparent and a Norland. Both varieties do really well down
in town, at the lower elevations. I'm up at 1600' and pushing it, so the
trees are tucked into warm little microclimates in my yard.
Jan at 59N, 151W
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