Fall Crops Planted Early - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA
Question by yogilyngar
August 17, 1998
I have started my fall seeds a bit too early and am wondering if you have any advice on how to protect them from the heat of the rest of the summer? Should I cover them with a burlap or cheesecloth cover and stakes? I have lettuces, bok choy, radishes and kale. I just got a garden plot in the city and in my enthusiasm to begin gardening I neglected to take the very warm weather into consideration. I have wanted the plot for quite some time. Should I restart my seeds in a month?


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Answer from NGA
August 17, 1998

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You can try to save the early planting by using shade cloth, and mulching the soil to keep it cooler and preserve moisture. You can try to use cheesecloth, but it tends to get heavy in the rain, and stretches out. I recommend using a gardening shade cloth, which is made of polyethelene, and doesn't absorb water. It works best if supported with wire hoops. Best of luck!

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