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By Don McManman
for The Sentinel 

Farmers’ Market salad greens like the cool


Contributed: Don McManman

GROWING FOR THE MARKET: Tobiah Israel in his garden.

Even in a windy, cool spring, you can grow your very own salads at home.

Just ask Tobiah Israel.

But in case you haven’t bothered, you can buy bags of salad greens from Israel at Goldendale Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in Ekone Park.

Cool weather is the best time for salad greens. They’re relatively immune to light frost. (Israel has picked lettuce when there’s snow on the ground.) It’s the heat that can end the harvests. Your plants will stop producing leaves and bolt toward the sunlight.

“What you want is warmth at night and coolness in the daytime,” Israel said. To achieve the goal, Israel uses poly-spun fabric on his garden beds, held off plants by wire...

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