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Post  happy232 on 5/23/2012, 12:36 pm

i am so behind in my gardening. the cedar box that shipped was chemically treated and i'm waiting for another box. i will only be able to start the week of June 11. if i start with seed is there any hope of having any vegi's? i live in baltimore. thanks. i didn't realize how much 'work' gardening is =)
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Post  Squat_Johnson on 5/23/2012, 12:47 pm

Not at all. I have lots of luck with fall gardening. I start several cool weather crops in mid July. Beans, squash, broccoli, spinach, radishes, lettuce.

It might be a bit late to do some summer veggies that take a while (like an 80 day tomato). It depends on what your last frost date is. Find this date, and count backwards. Good luck!
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Post  philct on 5/23/2012, 1:10 pm

@Squat_Johnson wrote:Not at all. I have lots of luck with fall gardening. I start several cool weather crops in mid July. Beans, squash, broccoli, spinach, radishes, lettuce.

It might be a bit late to do some summer veggies that take a while (like an 80 day tomato). It depends on what your last frost date is. Find this date, and count backwards. Good luck!
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Grab transplants, should have more than enough time with them!!
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Post  walshevak on 5/23/2012, 1:42 pm

Noticed in the other post that you are going out of town and starts are not going to be available because the store is discontinueing them in a week. Problem is nobody to water right. Do what I did. Buy a timer for the hose and sprinkler. Put the starts in a concentrated area and set up the sprinkler to water once a day for 15 min. Solo cups, the big drink cups from McD or other fast food, or pot up to a bigger something than the starts are in now unless they are in pretty big pots already. Then what the heck, seeds are not that expensive and you can plant some and see what you get after you get back.

I left my garden beds for 4 months last year and actually had some plants left when I got home.

You will be starting your fall garden in Aug anyway.

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Post  sfg4uKim on 5/23/2012, 2:04 pm

June 11 will be week 8 after our average frost date. According to Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook the following can be sown:

Anytime: Radish, carrots

June 10: Mesclun, Spinach

July 1: Spinach (shade through summer), Buckwheat, Kale, Parsley (for indoor use), Leaf Lettuce (shade) & Root Crops

July 8: Carrots

Mel says that at week 8 (and some of them after), you can plant cauliflower, beets, cucumbers, peas & bush beans.

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Post  CharlesB on 5/23/2012, 2:42 pm

I am near Philadelphia and I did a large planting of various seeds last year the third week of July.

In many ways planting later can work in your favor. One of the big ones is planting when the bugs aren't at their peak. What I liked about growing carrots, kohlrabi's, cabbage, etc. in to the fall was it seemed I had less little pests to deal with.

With a 4x4 box it isn't difficult to make a shade cloth top dome or plastic sheet dome/mini green house for it and garden all year round. Your not going to get much growth over the winter under a plastic dome in Maryland but you can over winter many things that will simply go dormant for a couple months then take off when it starts to warm up.

I had carrots, cabbage and wheat under mine without heat and they all just got back to growing in March. Was very nice.
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Post  happy232 on 5/23/2012, 4:16 pm

if i buy the plants, can i keep it in the house by a window and have someone water them? or can i just set up the wicking system?

bottom line question: buy plants and get them a babysitter/ wicking system or start seeds mid june =)

thanks all, your replies are greatly appreciated =))
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