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Aimee Trayser
I live in the Virgin. Islands and have had a hard time growing any kind of salad green as the temperature is too high. Any suggestions?
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tsudhonimh
Aimee ... If I can grow lettuce in Phoenix, AZ in July you can do it. I was growing it in the shade of a tree, but it was tasty.

Read the seed catalogs and look for heat-resistant strains, "slow-bolting" strains. Thicker-leaved crops, like spinach and chard, hold up better to heat than fluffy lettuces.

And there are heat-tolerant plants that can be used instead of the common lettuce, etc. "Malabar Spinach" for leaves, "Armenian cucumber" for the cucumbers, "Purple Hyacinth Bean, or Lab-Lab" for beans and leaves.

Put the European crops where they will get afternoon shade, mulch well and pay attention to watering. Plant successions of crops so when one batch bolts and goes bitter you have young ones coming along.
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kkl5

I want to put in a plea for sprouting, especially using a sprouter with levels (stacked sprouters.) Perfect for busy people. Especially healthy. Even good for mesclun. Lots of choices, besides mung beans and alfalfa, like broccoli and many beans, organic, interesting blends. Available seeds to sprout are available everywhere including amazon. Great on sandwiches or for a salad or even tacos.

Sprouts that are "old" can be tossed into bread, other veggies, and soups.

If you don't use a container of spinach, you lose several dollars. if you toss a tray of sprouts, you maybe lose a nickel.

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