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Post  philct on 3/31/2012, 11:35 pm

I admit it... I am one of "those" people... This is my first year trying to garden. I built a nice 4x8 box (and thinking of building 2 4x4 or 1 4x8, opinions??) in the next week or two... But...

On March 20th, it was like summer here in CT. Awesome daytime weather and mild nights... So I planted some spring crops, thinking I could get a jump a week or two early so I had more summer time for my summer crops...

I planted:

4 boxes of snap pea seeds (8 per box)

12 broccoli plants (we love broccoli!!!)

6 lettuce plants (I left spots for more staggered planting)

4 boxes of sweet onion sets (9 per box)

4 boxes of carrot seeds (16 per box)

5 potato cuts in a whiskey barrel

Since the 20th, 4 pea plants have sprouted, 4 onion sets. The broccoli and lettuce, with some row cover love (and a sheet on the night of the hard freeze), have survived with only 2 lettuce leaves turning black.

Should I be concerned that my seeds havent all sprouted? Just how much of a sap am I for planting so early? Should I just dig up my taters and replant later in the season??

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Post  shannon1 on 4/1/2012, 3:23 am

I don't know about the taters but the rest will sprout if you keep them moist.

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Re: Tricked by the weather...

Post  camprn on 4/1/2012, 7:21 am

Everything that you planted should come up in it's own time according to the weather conditions. It is rather early for our gardens here in New England so no worries; when the weather begins to warm up, you will want to make sure your mix stays moist, but not sopping wet.

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Post  martha on 4/1/2012, 9:21 am

I, too, think you will be fine. As long as the soil isn't too wet (which isn't going to happen on its own, that's for sure Sad ) I think your seeds will germinate, just not quickly. In the back of ANSFG, there is a chart that outlines germination rates at different soil temperatures.

And you do know that there are tons of people like you - who could resist that weather?

I planted tomato seeds, inside, that week. I am banking on the weather being warm and frost-less earlier than usual. So, you see, I, too, am one of "those people" ( Very Happy ), I'm just flying lower under the radar than you are!

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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 4/1/2012, 10:18 am

@martha wrote:
I planted tomato seeds, inside, that week. I am banking on the weather being warm and frost-less earlier than usual. So, you see, I, too, am one of "those people" ( Very Happy ), I'm just flying lower under the radar than you are!

+1 okay

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Post  shannon1 on 4/2/2012, 12:59 am

yes moist NOT WET

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