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Taos, New Mexico
Jun 11, 2020 6:23 PM CST
Hi folks. I live in Taos, New Mexico, which has a high desert climate at 7500 feet. I got a late start this year and would like to plant cool season crops (e.g. spinach, lettuce, pak choi, beets, etc.) later than it is ideal. Daytime highs are in the low 80s now and nighttime lows are in the low 50s. I am thinking that the best approach is to plant containers and put them in spots that get a mix of sun and shade--maybe a few hours of sun per day. Of course plants need sunshine to grow. How little sunshine can these cold season plants handle? Or am I completely off base? Thanks. Jeff
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jun 11, 2020 7:18 PM CST

Yes, completely off base. Smiling Cool weather veggies will bolt before they even grow secondary leaves. Beets might be ok.
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Taos, New Mexico
Jun 12, 2020 1:05 PM CST
Dang! I was hoping for a different answer. Thanks for your perspective.

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