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Re: February 2013 New England

Post  quiltbea on 2/28/2013, 11:02 pm

I chose this greenhouse cover for a couple of reasons.
I wanted to make a hoop house, but I can't transport 10 ft long pcs of PVC from store to my house.
Also, I wanted something to use not only to warm the soil in spring and extend the fall season, but to keep the bugs off. This rig has a layer of netting when you unzip the plastic cover in the two topsides. Hopefully the crops will be warm and cozy without being too hot.
I don't know how it will work for me here is Maine, but I'll keep you posted to let you know if it was worth the $68.99 it cost me from Frame-it-all (free shipping over $50).
I plan to have just about every square a different crop so that will be a way to see what works well inside. I just love experimenting.

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Post  NHGardener on 3/1/2013, 8:33 am

Quiltbea - that is beautiful. Whoever came up with that idea is clever, since 4x4 raised beds seem to be so popular now.

And I see they have them for $50 now on amazon, with 1.99 shipping. Probably won't last, since regular list price is $85 it says.

I don't know how long the thin plastic will last, but if you could figure out how to replace the plastic if it rips, with a thicker quality, at least you have the frame there. I really like the lined fold-up flaps and the zippers. Nice. Will be anxious to hear what you think of it.

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Re: February 2013 New England

Post  quiltbea on 3/1/2013, 9:33 pm

I use plastic vinyl over my A-frame and that's easily bought at Walmart in different gauges so I know I can always cover the greenhouse frame if the current plastic is damaged.

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Re: February 2013 New England

Post  cpl100 on 3/11/2013, 9:31 pm

@camprn wrote:February Garden Chores from Margaret Roach is a good place to start. Secondly, if you have not yet read the All New Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew, I highly recommend it. Thirdly, see this LINK, plug in your own zip code and it will give you best planting dates for your town based on historical weather data.

Thank you so much for this link. I see I am not behind (except in shopping for seeds!) by much after all.

http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/zipcode/01867

I thought I'd read that you all are starting spinach now but the link above says I should plant seeds outside on March 23rd. Is that what you experienced gardeners think is correct?

Thanks!

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Re: February 2013 New England

Post  camprn on 3/11/2013, 9:33 pm

@cpl100 wrote:
@camprn wrote:February Garden Chores from Margaret Roach is a good place to start. Secondly, if you have not yet read the All New Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew, I highly recommend it. Thirdly, see this LINK, plug in your own zip code and it will give you best planting dates for your town based on historical weather data.

Thank you so much for this link. I see I am not behind (except in shopping for seeds!) by much after all.

http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/zipcode/01867

I thought I'd read that you all are starting spinach now but the link above says I should plant seeds outside on March 23rd. Is that what you experienced gardeners think is correct?

Thanks!
I am no where near planting outside. If things dry up some, er, after the snow melts, I may get lucky and get peas and spinach, beets and carrots planted by the end of March. I do have to plant my summer plants, tomatoes, aubergine, peppers and such, soon and indoors. cpl, what town are you in again?

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Post  cpl100 on 3/11/2013, 9:48 pm

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