|Lettuce now bolting|
The cool season crops will quickly wane with hot weather. Spinach bolts and goes to seed at high temperatures especially under long days. High temperatures cause lettuce seedstalks to develop and quality to decline quickly as this photo taken a few days ago shows.
|'Indian Red Giant' mustard starting to bolt -|
photo taken two days before post
Once bolting begins, salvage leaves immediately before quality declines further. Choose bolt resistant varieties next time or use bolt-prone varieties as cut-and-come-again seedling crops to avoid the bolting issue.
Low humidity and drying winds of 10 to 30 mph this week will make conditions difficult for young vegetable plants and seed germination in progress. Frequent, light waterings and wind protection if available are in order.
Photo credit: Lettuce bolting and 'Indian Red Giant' mustard bolting - both Carl Wilson