Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» In between
by newbeone Today at 4:45 pm

» Hello from San Antonio, Tx.
by newbeone Today at 4:28 pm

» Plantoid' s going into hospital ....
by plantoid Today at 3:13 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in September 2016
by Kelejan Today at 2:57 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by Kelejan Today at 2:52 pm

» What's a good type of lettuce to try for some one who doesn't like lettuce?
by landarch Today at 2:30 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:40 pm

» Tomato Mystery Mix
by sanderson Today at 11:26 am

» Easy and Fabulous Crockpot Marinara
by trolleydriver Today at 11:03 am

» newbeone
by Cajun Cappy Today at 8:59 am

» The Research Journey:free-The Gardener’s Guide TO PERFECT GARDEN SOIL
by has55 Today at 6:40 am

» parsnips in square foot garden?
by sanderson Today at 2:57 am

» The SFG Journey-Cover crops
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 9:45 pm

» Oh no! My hibiscus moscheutos plant has some roots exposed!
by RJARPCGP Yesterday at 9:37 pm

» Tryst with my first DIY SFG
by Mimi2 Yesterday at 8:12 pm

» New England September 2016
by sanderson Yesterday at 7:50 pm

» Soil Blocks: Tutorial In Photos
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:57 pm

» Compost
by camprn Yesterday at 8:13 am

» Hand Pollination ?
by camprn Yesterday at 8:11 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by Scorpio Rising 9/26/2016, 8:33 pm

» The Research Journey:SELF-WATERING SALAD GARDEN COURSE
by has55 9/26/2016, 6:58 pm

» Admin back! Classic cars
by AtlantaMarie 9/26/2016, 5:38 pm

» Kale & Parsnip Question
by countrynaturals 9/26/2016, 3:09 pm

» compost thermometer
by sanderson 9/26/2016, 1:58 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson 9/26/2016, 12:37 pm

» EXPERIMENT: Tomatoes to Powder
by trolleydriver 9/26/2016, 11:00 am

» N&C Midwest: September 2016
by Scorpio Rising 9/26/2016, 9:29 am

» The Research Journey:what to plant now, fall gardening in Dallas-Ft worth
by sanderson 9/25/2016, 9:55 pm

» Medical Topic...may be helpful to some folk....
by sanderson 9/25/2016, 9:50 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by Scorpio Rising 9/25/2016, 9:04 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

February 2013 New England

Page 1 of 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

February 2013 New England

Post  quiltbea on 2/1/2013, 11:38 pm

I'm still enjoying the lettuce from my shallow wide pot under the lights.

The variety is Anuenue and I've had a couple of salads in Dec and Jan and tomorrow I'll have another salad.
The Thom Thumb head in the foreground doesn't seem to be coming back but I'm happy with the leaf lettuce.

Outside there's garlic under snow that was planted last Oct and the Asparagus bed which is a few brown fronds and my strawberry bed resting under a bed of leaves and snow. There's also some parsnips I left in the ground to harvest this spring. I'm sure my chives, brown now, will come back again, too. They did last year.

Late this month I'll be starting some cool weather crops indoors for the A-frame and the cold frame later. I'm looking forward to a better year this year.


Last edited by camprn on 2/2/2013, 7:10 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : expanded title)

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4610
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  mollyhespra on 2/2/2013, 12:28 am

@quiltbea wrote:I'm still enjoying the lettuce from my shallow wide pot under the lights.


The variety is Anuenue and I've had a couple of salads in Dec and Jan and tomorrow I'll have another salad.

(snip...)


drooling Oh, I LOVE that variety! At least, that's what I was told it was by the farmer who sold it to me, but IIRC, it was more of a head lettuce than a cut & come again leaf type...or will it "head' up as it matures? Forgive my ignorance, but I've never grown "head" lettuce before, only eaten them. hungry

mollyhespra

Female Posts : 800
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 50
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/2/2013, 9:13 am

I'm still eating salads from my winter garden that I shut down 2 days ago - beet green, pak choi, chard, carrots, etc. My garlic, kohlrabi and walking onions are still green out there, and probably some missed leaf covered beets and carrots.

Seedlings for broccoli, onions and cabbage have been started and are in the window. Today I'll plant spinach, peas and maybe some kale, kohlrabi, collards and mustard. Not sure about the latter 4 yet but from what I'm seeing so far we may have an early spring warm up again. sunny

CC

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5212
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  NHGardener on 2/2/2013, 10:22 am

Yay - February thread.

Seeds are on order for most things, but today starts Operation Germination to see if my saved seeds from last summer will germinate. Onions, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, differing varieties. 5 seeds will go into each seed starter soil cup, on heat mat, greenhouse cover on. We'll see.

Edit: Are we supposed to post our self-photos? I see everyone is doing that. I must've missed something.

Edit edit: OH! We are. Okay. I'll try it.

NHGardener

Female Posts : 2298
Join date : 2011-02-25
Age : 55
Location : Southern New Hampshire

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  camprn on 2/2/2013, 10:25 am

@NHGardener wrote:

Edit: Are we supposed to post our self-photos? I see everyone is doing that. I must've missed something.
In the avatar thread, I post a copy of the photo being used because once you change your avatar there is no viewing the previous one............ does that make any sense?
thinking

____________________________

40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books

Outlander is outstanding!


camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13981
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  quiltbea on 2/2/2013, 10:56 am

Molly......I don't know if anueanue heads up. I never let it grow big enough. I use it as 'cut and come again' lettuce. I cut it back and it keeps regrowing several times.

I got a notice that johnnys order has been mailed out. Yippee!

I don't change my avatar. I like the one I have and its easy to track back on a long thread and find my last post with this one. Some folks change them each month. Too much techy stuff for me. Very Happy

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4610
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  NHGardener on 2/2/2013, 12:23 pm

I never even had an avatar before today so don't feel bad. Smile

NHGardener

Female Posts : 2298
Join date : 2011-02-25
Age : 55
Location : Southern New Hampshire

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  mollyhespra on 2/3/2013, 11:15 am

@quiltbea wrote:Molly......I don't know if anueanue heads up. I never let it grow big enough. I use it as 'cut and come again' lettuce. I cut it back and it keeps regrowing several times.

(snip...)

I looked into it after I posted and it does appear that if you let it be, it will form a nice head in time.

Whenever I'd see that variety in the farmstand I'd snag me one because I liked using them as green bowls for a rice-salmon salad I make. They added a nice 'look' to the dish as well as a yummy flavor & texture.

I think I need to get me some seeds...I'm starting to salivate just thinking about it... drooling

mollyhespra

Female Posts : 800
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 50
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/3/2013, 1:16 pm

I looked up anueanue, too, and apparently it's bold resistant. That's great, especially if we have a summer like the last one.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/98647/

QB, where did you get yours?

CC

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5212
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  quiltbea on 2/3/2013, 1:42 pm

CapeCoddess....I got my Anuenue lettuce from johnnyseeds.com in 2009. Its still viable as you can see.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4610
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  camprn on 2/3/2013, 2:35 pm

Today it's as warm as it's been in a while @ 28*F. We had snow until that warm front moved through like a freight train a few days ago. It was a freak thaw for about 15 hours.

I'm trying to overwinter some leeks, only time will tell if this batch will make it. In the background the boxes with the grey shallots. I planted 23, fingers crossed those make it as well. Hardneck garlic I put in about 50, softneck garlic I planted about 120.



Compost doing the NH in February compost thing.


Too cold for the girls to come out and do their thing.


And finally, the wily red squirrel that has been plaguing me these past 5 months is caught and sent out of doors.

____________________________

40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books

Outlander is outstanding!


camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13981
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  llama momma on 2/3/2013, 2:51 pm

Camp - I am impressed that you caught that squirrel. I have raccoons that are bold enough to use the swinging cat door in the llama barn and go to sleep up in the hay loft near the cats where they burrow down in loose hay. Maybe there is a raccoon size Hav a heart brand of cage that can do the same??

llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4584
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 59
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/3/2013, 4:51 pm

Camp, that squirrel was in your house??? Shocked ewww. Those red guys are so hyper compared to the grey ones.

I've been perusing old threads on the forum all afternoon and was just reading the 2012 New England threads. Not much happening back then in Feb except Camps count down til Spring. Laughing When I got to March and April, then it was like full speed ahead!

I'm also reading about all these light set ups that everyone is using right now, and there's one in the basement that my mom set up decades ago. I just never really paid attention to it. I know it's a long florescent, about 5 or 6 ft, on chains over a table. I think I'd better go scope out the sitch since I'm starting to think 'tomatoes'.

Still toying with the soil blocks idea...

CC

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5212
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/3/2013, 5:51 pm

OMG! I can't believe how blind I am to things I haven't had any interest in. There are 2 lights down in the basement on chains over tables - 1 is 4ft long, double bulbs; the other is 8 ft long, double bulbs. Then there's the one under the kitchen counter that is 2 ft long, double bulbs, no chains.

So, if I'm reading peoples posts correctly, the florescent bulbs are all the light that is needed once the seeds are germinated? If so, then Jiminy Crickets, it's a friggen green house in here. Or do I need to buy a certain kind of light bulb? (which may already be installed in these things...)

Now to figure out how to turn them on...

CC

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5212
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  camprn on 2/3/2013, 6:08 pm

CC I recommend getting new 'sunlight', 'natural light' or 'full spectrum' bulbs.

____________________________

40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books

Outlander is outstanding!


camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13981
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  walshevak on 2/3/2013, 10:24 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:OMG! I can't believe how blind I am to things I haven't had any interest in. There are 2 lights down in the basement on chains over tables - 1 is 4ft long, double bulbs; the other is 8 ft long, double bulbs. Then there's the one under the kitchen counter that is 2 ft long, double bulbs, no chains.

So, if I'm reading peoples posts correctly, the florescent bulbs are all the light that is needed once the seeds are germinated? If so, then Jiminy Crickets, it's a friggen green house in here. Or do I need to buy a certain kind of light bulb? (which may already be installed in these things...)

Now to figure out how to turn them on...

CC

And remember to keep them lowered to no more than 2" above the top of the seedling. That's why the lights on the chains may be the better place. If the basement is too cool, warm the soil with a heat mat until the seeds are sprouted.

Kay

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast

walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4301
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 73
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  quiltbea on 2/3/2013, 11:21 pm

As per lighting, the fluorescents are fine for starting plants for the short duration of 3-6 weeks. Nothing more is needed. I use the 'daylight' bulbs which are only about $3 each (4 footers) because they are available at our local Home Depot. The ones Camprn mentioned are ideal.

Once the seeds have germinated on the heat mat or other source, they can go into a cooler spot for growing. As long as its around 60*F they will grow well. They don't need the heat any longer. Mine go into our furnace room which stays at approx 60-62* day in and day out.

Keep the fluorescents about 1-2" above the tops of the growing plants and keep them on from 14-16 hrs a day.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4610
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/6/2013, 8:27 am

Say it ain't so...

Friday Night
Overcast with snow. Fog overnight. Low of 25F with a windchill as low as 10F. Winds from the NNE at 60 to 70 mph. Chance of snow 90% with accumulations up to 18 in. possible.

Unheard of for Cape Cod... Sad

CC

CapeCoddess

Posts : 5212
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 60
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  NHGardener on 2/6/2013, 8:50 am

18"????

No wonder they've been mum on totals so far. Didn't want to scare us.

Okay, Operation Get Ready. The soils are going to get a good soaking this spring, in this area anyway.

NHGardener

Female Posts : 2298
Join date : 2011-02-25
Age : 55
Location : Southern New Hampshire

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  Goosegirl on 2/6/2013, 9:33 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:Say it ain't so...

Friday Night
Overcast with snow. Fog overnight. Low of 25F with a windchill as low as 10F. Winds from the NNE at 60 to 70 mph. Chance of snow 90% with accumulations up to 18 in. possible.

Unheard of for Cape Cod... Sad

CC

Saw similar forecast for New England this morning on the news. Sorry in advance for the pounding in store! Shocked Keep warm, keep safe! Have emerg. supplies ready in case of power outages. We are thinking of you!

GG

____________________________

GG   geek 






COMPOSTING:  The only time 'Garbage In' does not equal 'Garbage Out'!

Goosegirl

Female Posts : 3399
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 51
Location : Zone 4A - NE SD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  quiltbea on 2/6/2013, 10:20 am

In Maine we expect 12" and more starting Friday nite and Sat, IF it keeps on track. I'm hoping it swings out to sea like one of the last ones we missed. I'll be ready for it with bottles of water to drink, buckets of water in the bathrm for flushing, candles and flashlights ready, sandwich foods, lots of bread and canned meats and fish in case of power outages. Feb is always a tough month for us. No trips to the garden for me.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4610
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  GWN on 2/6/2013, 10:21 am

CC
Did you say something about planting something......
stay warm, i am cold just reading your weather. lots o

GWN

Posts : 2719
Join date : 2012-01-14
Age : 60
Location : british columbia zone 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  donnainzone5 on 2/6/2013, 10:45 am

I still attribute your horrid weather to last summer's Greenland ice melt, plus that sudden stratospheric warming that began last month, together with unknown factors.
Please stay warm there in New England!

donnainzone5

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 1861
Join date : 2010-03-02
Age : 69
Location : Bend, OR (Zone 5-6)

View user profile http://www.amway.com/DonnaKBecker

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  camprn on 2/6/2013, 12:12 pm

Hello!?! It is February and there are Mother Nature's :read the rules
This is actually normal winter weather. lots o

40 day's until Spring.... frustration screm

Despite my cabin fever, it seems such a short time. But I will be ready in 4 weeks. sfg smile

____________________________

40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books

Outlander is outstanding!


camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13981
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  quiltbea on 2/6/2013, 12:58 pm

donnain......Nah, this is normal for us here is Maine. Bitter cold with ice storms in Jan and snow, snow, snow in Feb. We've had over 21" in a single Feb storm and its normal for 2 or 3 good ones a year. I had a friend who, for years, would go on a cruise near the end of Feb just so she could miss 2 good storms that week. And she did.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4610
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February 2013 New England

Post  Sponsored content Today at 4:46 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum