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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/6/2012, 1:51 pm

Some of my seedlings are going outside on the basement stairs for the 1st time today!
It's c. 60F and clear, south wind c. 16 mph with 24mph gusts!


The cabbages seem to be taking it in stride. cheers



My lettuce and brussels sprouts may not like the strong Sun. Rolling Eyes


The broccoli doesn't seem to like it at all! affraid
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Post  Furbalsmom on 3/6/2012, 4:07 pm

Poor babies,

When acclimating your plants to the outdoors, you do want to protect them from direct sunlight at first, then later allow them only an hour or so in direct sun, gradually increasing the direct sun everyday until they can stay out all day without stressing.
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Post  quiltbea on 3/6/2012, 4:51 pm

I can't believe your area is having such warm weather. I'm hoping we have an earlier spring than normal, like last year. Right now my gardens are still covered with over a foot of snow. Lucky you.
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/6/2012, 5:35 pm

@Furbalsmom wrote:Poor babies,

When acclimating your plants to the outdoors, you do want to protect them from direct sunlight at first, then later allow them only an hour or so in direct sun, gradually increasing the direct sun everyday until they can stay out all day without stressing.
Looks like they'll be okay since they went into the shade IMMEDIATELY when they started drooping. Very Happy
Here's my broccoli a few hours later:


The cabbage, lettuce and brussels sprouts are all perked up, too!


As their neighbors were "stepping out", the sweet peppers and artichokes were screaming "Let us go out, too!
Well, what's a parent to do???
A few hours later, while turning the compost pile, I remembered they were still out and rushed back expecting the worst!
affraid

Although they're a little parched they look fine. So everyone's gettin' a drink and then sawing logs sawing logs sawing logs
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Post  RoOsTeR on 3/6/2012, 10:57 pm

You have great looking seedlings there wp! They look happy to be back inside and ready for a nap Wink

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/7/2012, 11:56 am

@quiltbea wrote:I can't believe your area is having such warm weather. I'm hoping we have an earlier spring than normal, like last year. Right now my gardens are still covered with over a foot of snow. Lucky you.
You're right about the mild Chicago Winter, quiltbea. Here's hoping it holds up. Hope your weather takes a turn for the better, soon!

So far, Today looks great for more outside work and acclimating (thanks Furbalsmom!) seedlings.

nKedrOoStEr wrote:You have great looking seedlings there wp! They look happy to be back inside and ready for a nap Wink
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They all look a bit better this a.m. and will be "stepping out" in an hour or so! They'll need protection from some pretty strong and gusty winds, though!


Soooo... I'm headed out to the garden now to work on my first hoop house experiment...
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Post  Furbalsmom on 3/7/2012, 4:08 pm

Your little plantlings look well recovered and very sturdy.

Love the idea of them "stepping out"
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/7/2012, 7:59 pm

@Furbalsmom wrote:Your little plantlings look well recovered and very sturdy.

Love the idea of them "stepping out"

After yesterday's scare the broccoli stayed in the doorway and was only allowed to look outside. No
Plus, I'd decided to try my hand at constructing a hoop house for those "plantlings", so I wouldn't be able to keep such a close eye on them today.

I'm sure they had a great laugh, as did my DW , watching me try to lay plastic over the hoop frames while the wind was gusting near 30mph.
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/11/2012, 3:27 am

Finally got the hoop house/cold frame kinda completed! Now I can set out my brassicas/cabbages and lettuces.
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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/11/2012, 3:42 am

your seedlings look cheers awesome!!!

thanks for sharing their day with us albino love the pics!

hubby bought the p-c pipe and plastic for our hoops.....i made the mistake the other day when hardening off my lettuce and kale babies...

....i for got about them until 3 am affraid and now they have a bit of frost bite to them....i think the lettuce will be ok...but the kale turned white-ish color Sad it has some dark green new growth....so we shall see....

hoping to get the hoops up soon....we are suppose to have really high winds on monday Shocked

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/11/2012, 8:40 pm

@FamilyGardening wrote:your seedlings look cheers awesome!!!

thanks for sharing their day with us albino love the pics!

hubby bought the p-c pipe and plastic for our hoops.....i made the mistake the other day when hardening off my lettuce and kale babies...

....i for got about them until 3 am affraid and now they have a bit of frost bite to them....i think the lettuce will be ok...but the kale turned white-ish color Sad it has some dark green new growth....so we shall see....

hoping to get the hoops up soon....we are suppose to have really high winds on monday Shocked

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Thanks, Rose!
Here's hoping for total recovery from old man winter's nip on your plants.
I can imagine you heard their cries for help in your deepest sleep! bounce , ran outside to rescue them without your feet touching the ground while in bedclothes !

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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/11/2012, 9:17 pm

Lee i sat straight up in bed What a Face and said *oh no the babies* Sad

hubby went to the rescue Laughing

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/11/2012, 9:23 pm

Laughing Rose,
Hope I'll be able to sleep tonight, though!
This beautiful day ends with my having mixed emotions.
Half my broccoli, all my cabbages and brussels sprouts, and all my lettuces (save one)



are ALL spending their first night in the new hoop house/cold frame I built for them.

I hope they like it!
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Post  walshevak on 3/11/2012, 9:37 pm

At least you have cold hardy plants out there. Last night I had to put half of my tomatos out in the cold greenhouse heated only with Christmas lights and a grow light spotlight. No room at the Inn. But they came through like champs. Outside temp 34 inside temp 41. They will probably be slowed way down, but they are alive.

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BTW, I lived in Downers Grove for 2 years and put starts out in a unheated plastic plant house successfully. It didn't freeze but was still too cold to put into the ground.

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/11/2012, 11:06 pm

@walshevak wrote:At least you have cold hardy plants out there. Last night I had to put half of my tomatos out in the cold greenhouse heated only with Christmas lights and a grow light spotlight. No room at the Inn. But they came through like champs. Outside temp 34 inside temp 41. They will probably be slowed way down, but they are alive.

Kay

BTW, I lived in Downers Grove for 2 years and put starts out in a unheated plastic plant house successfully. It didn't freeze but was still too cold to put into the ground.
Kay,
Although I've been acclimating/hardening off some of them, my "Inn" space has gotten scarce, too! So it just seemed like the right time (mid 40's forecast for tonight) to move the cold hardy ones out like you say.

While living in the Chicago area you likely became aware of the often "freaky" microclimate near Lake Michigan! My outdoor thermometer reached 80 deg. this p.m. in my "unheated plastic plant house". The instrument read 68 deg. at 5 p.m., and I decided to close up and leave the "starts" right where they were.

If all goes well, they'll get some company tomorrow.

Row 1, Chard; Row 2-3 Leek; Row 4-5 Red Onion & Artichoke; Row 6-7, Endive & Sea Kale

And if our mild weather continues, others may go in the ground!
Oops, I should've said Mel's Mix!
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/29/2012, 12:48 pm

Seedlings are growing well!
Problem with my artichokes, though! (see earlier pics above) I've been fighting this pest for several days but damage continues. Any help would be welcome!

In the foremost plant, the tip of the smaller, center leaf has been eaten away. See the hole in the seed leaf of the other plant?


Here's a close-up.

Something's eating the leaf edges, too!
Hhhhhheeeeeellllllllpppp!
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Post  GWN on 3/29/2012, 8:46 pm

Is that "something" the thing that is on that leaf, Looks like the teensy snail that someone else had a picture of from their worm farm.

I have in the past had issues with bug on artichokes and the advise given to me was to wash them off with a gentle spraying of water.

Glad to see someone else growing artichokes
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 3/29/2012, 8:59 pm

@GWN wrote:Is that "something" the thing that is on that leaf, Looks like the teensy snail that someone else had a picture of from their worm farm.

I have in the past had issues with bug on artichokes and the advise given to me was to wash them off with a gentle spraying of water.

Glad to see someone else growing artichokes
Thanks for the feedback,GWN.
That "something" is a hole in the artichoke's seed leaf. I think it was made by a slug, but I can't find it on or near the plant. Maybe somehow I got rid of what's eating my plants. The cool weather might help, too!
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Post  GWN on 3/29/2012, 10:13 pm

I have been living in Oregon where the slugs are HUGE, but up here, they can be quite tiny, and I would agree, you might have a teensy weensy slug problem.
I have been hardening my artichoke plants out in the cold to see if that might induce them to flower this year....
So I have really left them out in the cold, they have been out on many sub freezing nights one night down to 22 farenheit...
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 5/7/2012, 3:08 pm

Today, many of those same seedlings are thriving outside in the garden!bounce
Birds or squirrels uprooted 4 Endives that never recovered. A Brussels Sprout was bitten off at the stem and killed, too! Evil or Very Mad
It's May 5th and the carrot box is full of sprouts!
A couple of days later this warm and damp Spring, and most plants are doing well in the garden.

Leaf Lettuce surrounded by Artichokes.

Red Giant Mustards which overwintered, also Red Onions, Leeks, Mustard Greens, Sweet Peppers, and Tomatoes.

Broccoli is showing some tasty growth!
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