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Apr 16, 2018 10:06 AM CST
Southern IL
I've got an 8'x8' raised bed. I just planted it with seeds (radish, carrot, turnip, spinach, kale) last Thursday. Just looked outside and it's snowing. It's April 15th and it's snowing.

Am I gonna need to replant everything? If so, how long do I wait?
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Apr 16, 2018 10:17 AM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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rayden54 said:I've got an 8'x8' raised bed. I just planted it with seeds (radish, carrot, turnip, spinach, kale)


All of these are cold-weather crops so in theory none of them will be harmed by the snow. If in a week you don't have sprouts, sow again. But I'd bet you a dollar that they'll be fine.

P.S. I used to live on an Air Force Base in Belleville. It's a beautiful area. Welcome to Garden.org. Please stick around! Smiling
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Apr 16, 2018 7:46 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Jai, Scott AFB?
As Yogi Berra said, β€œIt's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Apr 17, 2018 5:30 AM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Yep!

I realize it's not technically "in" Belleville but I think nobody observes that distinction except tax collectors.
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Apr 17, 2018 9:47 AM CST
Cleveland, OH (Zone 6a)
rayden54 said:I've got an 8'x8' raised bed. I just planted it with seeds (radish, carrot, turnip, spinach, kale) last Thursday. Just looked outside and it's snowing. It's April 15th and it's snowing.

Am I gonna need to replant everything? If so, how long do I wait?


I grow radish, spinach and kale. They love the cold and can stand a little bit. In fact kale likes it so much I have decided to do a fall harvest this year. The frost helps its flavor they say. And the best spinach I ever had was a patch that over-wintered (Cleveland Ohio!) I also would be surprised if they don't come right up. Let us know!
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Apr 17, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Southern IL
Cool Thanks very much you guys.
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May 21, 2018 4:45 PM CST
Southern IL
They bolted. Of course they did. It went from freezing to 90s almost overnight. I try every year and I have never gotten a crop of radishes.
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May 21, 2018 5:16 PM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
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I have had the same problem in Illinois, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Springtime is too short and it gets hot too quickly in these areas to grow radishes to maturity without them bolting.

However, one thing I have found that works reasonably well is to harvest them at half the final size. This way they are small, but if you go into it with that in mind you can also plant them a lot closer together and it doesn't take as long.

In my view, small radishes are better than bolted radishes. Some years I also plant some the second week of September. Depending on how the weather is that year they may or may not do well as a fall crop.

Buy the seeds when they go on clearance at the Dollar Tree in about a month. lol
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May 21, 2018 7:31 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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Sorry for my ignorance, but what is "bolted"??
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May 21, 2018 7:40 PM CST
Name: Amanda
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It's when the veggie sends up flowers before fully mature or when near the end of it's growing season. It sends up the flowers to make seed heads for the next year and at that point is basically inedible unless you like tough, non flavorful veggies.
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May 21, 2018 7:42 PM CST
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Here's a link explaining it better. https://www.growveg.com/guides...
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May 21, 2018 8:40 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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Thank you pepper 23 both for your explanation and the link. I hear bolt and I think of horses 🐎 bolting lol. But I learned something new today. Can't get better than that!!!

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May 22, 2018 6:47 AM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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@rayden54, here are some that I harvested (early, on purpose) this year.

Each one was about the size of a nickel.

Thumb of 2018-05-22/Jai_Ganesha/c453c9

I also left four in the ground so that I could collect seeds once they bolted and one of them was eaten by a rabbit but I still have 3. lol
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May 22, 2018 7:09 AM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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Those are so pretty!! They look like jewels!!

πŸ˜€ Bite size lol

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Jun 16, 2018 6:33 PM CST
Southern IL
My turnips actually made turnips. I pulled a decent sized one today. Maybe a little bit hot, but nice and tender. The others still need some time.

Carrots seem to be doing well. Unfortunately I seem to have gotten my diagram mixed up and half of them wound up in the radishes.

The spinach just...I think it got to hot for it. Something keeps eating my kale, collard, and turnip greens.

My second planting of radishes seems to be doing much better. Planted maybe a week after I posted the OP. Maybe I'll get a radish or two.
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Jun 17, 2018 7:44 AM CST
Name: Sally
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Kale, collard and everything else in the cabbage family, are usually plagued by green caterpillar of the white cabbage butterfly. Or another striped caterpillar (name forgotten) But all caterpillars can be killed by a Bt spray for them, which is non toxic to people or other insects. I've given up on cabbage things in spring. I may try in fall when they keep growing after it's too cold for the caterpillars.
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