Spinach and west exposure
I've mentioned in a previous post that I recently acquired a condo with a nice balcony, on which I'll be growing some veggies.
Already I'm having issues with my spinach! I started seeds indoors in a windowbox a few weeks ago. Everything germinated just fine and the seedlings looked healthy. Since the weather has been getting better, I decided to move everything to the balcony. I bring them back in on nights that have a frost warning but otherwise, they stay outside. Well, yesterday I noticed that most of my seedlings have died. Looks like they dried up, but the soil is still moist. Did they get sun scorched?
A few seedlings survived but most died. I planted some more seeds but now what do I do to prevent the same thing from happening again? I don't have any mature plants to provide shade. Right now the plants are inside in front of a window. They're getting some direct sun but I'm not sure how much. It's not as much as they would get on my balcony. I'd rather keep them outside if I can. The balcony faces west and is not covered.
My other plants (tomatoes, eggplant, jalapeno, beans, and several herbs) are thankfully all doing fine, so far, on the balcony. My assumption is that the spinach, being a cold weather plant, is getting too hot out there. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!