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"Bill Litchfield" wrote:
"Betty Lane" wrote in message
I live in a cold, cold, area of upstate New York, near BUffalo.
What do you find are the best varieties of kale and Romaine lettuce,
particularly Romaine that withstands frosts?
Thanks a lot.
My candidates a Redbor Kale, which actually gets sweeter after a good
frost, and Winter Density Romaine type lettuce.
Get seed catalogs from Pinetree Seeds, Johnny's Seeds, Vermont Bean Seed
Co. and others in New England, and you'll find wonderful short-season
varieties. Lots of Alaskans order seeds from those companies.
We grow a red Russian kale up here that thrives. We kick the snow off of
it and harvest it.
If you can ever get to the beach after a good windstorm, haul every bit
of seaweed you can carry home, and just lay in on your garden beds (in
the off-season). Seaweed lowers the temps that frost will hurt/kill your
plants. I don't know why, but it works. Or use those seaweed fertilizers
that you can buy on your plants.
And there's always Remay and PVC pipe half-hoop frames...
Jan in Alaska
USDA Zone 3/4, depending on who you ask