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Mid-Atlantic - 3/27/12 - Cold snap

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Mid-Atlantic - 3/27/12 - Cold snap

Post  sfg4uKim on 3/27/2012, 7:56 am

How is everyone in the Mid-Atlantic (DC, MD, PA, DE, Far East OH, NJ & Lower NY) faring through this cold snap?

How many of you had already planted? (I did - mostly because I teach SFG at my house and needed a little something to show at my first class on 3/17. Besides we teach that the beauty of SFG is that you can extend the season.)

Were you able to protect your crops? How? (I used a poly tunnel but because of the high winds I had to also put towels on top.)

My compost guy said he expects there will be another cold snap around Easter. Do you agree? (Yep.)

So far so good for me - the lettuce in the flower boxes on my front patio even seemed to enjoy it.

I'm still concerned because Gurney's sent my dwarf trees a couple weeks ago. Thankfully I was heading on vacation when they arrived & only had time to heel them into one huge pot so they were easy to cover. If they die, I'll be having a chat with Gurney's about this.

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Post  Mikesgardn on 3/27/2012, 10:07 am

I planted peas, lettuce, spinach, and radishes directly in the garden over the last two weeks. All of them sprouted thanks to the warm weather. I covered them last night by draping row cover over the boxes, but I didn't get a chance to remove the cover before leaving for work this morning. I'll check on them tonight.
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Post  Tuxdad on 3/27/2012, 5:19 pm

I only had onions and carrots planted, and I'm pretty sure they're fine.. I checked them yesterday before tucking them in and I think all of my carrots had sprouted successfully, and my onions were growing like crazy !!affraid
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Post  asilcox on 3/28/2012, 8:01 pm

This is my first SFG (my first garden at all, really), and I worried I wasn't doing it right. I have chicken wire cages over each of my two 4 x 4 plots, and I stretched and weighted a tarp over that, so the plants were basically in a tent. I don't have any of the white plastic (poly?) that everyone seems to have in their pics. The plants seemed to be okay. I have 4 strawberry plants (a gift; I am waiting a bit longer to plant more), and they look unscathed.

I also got my bareroot plants WAY early. I planted large row of berry bushes (sweet cherry bush, elderberry, goji berry, gooseberry, blueberry, juneberry, and josta berry) and I covered each of them with a plastic grocery bag weighted down. One of the elderberries suffered some wind damage, but we'll see how she does.

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Post  sfg4uKim on 3/28/2012, 9:09 pm

I LOVE your enthusiasm Amanda. Very Happy

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Post  gillenkl on 3/30/2012, 9:57 am

This is my first sfg and I'm learning a lot from my mistakes. I have radishes and peas holding up well. Cayenne peppers too - for these I cut off the end of 2-liter bottles and put one over each plant - sort like their own private greenhouse. I've been watering them with warm water.

I also have a lot of seeds sprouting indoors and am wondering if I could put the carrots outside (with a bottle greenhouse over each for protection)?
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Re: Mid-Atlantic - 3/27/12 - Cold snap

Post  sfg4uKim on 3/30/2012, 3:56 pm

@gillenkl wrote:This is my first sfg and I'm learning a lot from my mistakes. I have radishes and peas holding up well. Cayenne peppers too - for these I cut off the end of 2-liter bottles and put one over each plant - sort like their own private greenhouse. I've been watering them with warm water.

I also have a lot of seeds sprouting indoors and am wondering if I could put the carrots outside (with a bottle greenhouse over each for protection)?

I've only ever direct seeded my carrots, so I'm probably not a good one to ask.

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Re: Mid-Atlantic - 3/27/12 - Cold snap

Post  moswell on 4/1/2012, 11:18 am

It's looking like we're back to typical mid-Atlantic spring weather, 50s and wet. Not that I'm complaining - the only reason I look forward to summer now is for growing things. Smile I didn't put anything in the ground yet that can't survive some slightly chilly overnight temps.
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