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Post  sanderson on Fri 3 Mar - 8:04

YS, My hear aches for you. Too bad you can't build a small "swimming pool" and collect rain water. Your water costs are plain highway robbery. Evil or Very Mad

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Post  countrynaturals on Fri 3 Mar - 14:50

Yardslave wrote:As usual, I'm getting a late jump on the beds as the weather and life's diversions get in the way of getting some soil under my nails. I miss it! The rains have kept my gardening to a minimum and my compost pile is down to nothing but all of last season's compost- I really fell behind. Just this month, the the corporate water demigod (CalAM) received permission from the state water board to jack up the price of water 25 % -we already are paying a 100% increase levied by the board to offset the corporations' loss of revenue from voluntary cutbacks and state mandated cutbacks. So now we are paying more and using less.... going to be watering my garden with tears!
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Post  countrynaturals on Sat 11 Mar - 15:55

On the 9th I planted everything! Peas, beans, tomatoes, radishes, melons, squash, cilantro, oregano, cukes, zukes, peppers, sunflowers, pumpkins, and even cat grass to sell at the shop. Whew! I ran out of space inside and had to get creative. I double-stacked some on the heating pad, and the long-term seeds went into larger peat pots around the base of the brandywine tomatoes. This morning I checked the bottom level of Jiffy Pellets and MY YARD LONG BEAN SEEDS HAVE ALREADY SPROUTED!  Shocked (Picture taken before they sprouted.)
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Post  Mellen on Sat 11 Mar - 16:45

Look what I just saw!  I can move my plants outside now.  Guru Sanderson said so (a few years ago)!!  Yea...I get my dining room table back!!!   cheers

"sanderson on Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:10 pm
 I permanently moved my seedlings outdoors yesterday since the nights are 40*F or higher. Some of my beds don't received enough sun and are still too cold to direct seed. I will be seeding okra, maybe pole beans in their warm beds.
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Post  countrynaturals on Mon 27 Mar - 22:39

I'm planting Dundale peas in the Rescue Garden, using a modified BTE method (not enough compost or wood chips). Since I use peas to improve the soil and don't expect much else from them, it should work out okay. geek
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Post  sanderson on Tue 28 Mar - 1:01

Mellen, Did you bring the seedlings in during the rains?

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Post  countrynaturals on Tue 28 Mar - 2:09

Mellen wrote:Look what I just saw!  I can move my plants outside now.  Guru Sanderson said so (a few years ago)!!  Yea...I get my dining room table back!!!   cheers

"sanderson on Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:10 pm
 I permanently moved my seedlings outdoors yesterday since the nights are 40*F or higher. Some of my beds don't received enough sun and are still too cold to direct seed. I will be seeding okra, maybe pole beans in their warm beds.
I'm still bringing most stuff back in at night. I leave the celeriac out, but not the beans anymore (since the weatherman lied and it got down to 35 and killed some of them). I definitely bring in the spaghetti squash and lemon cukes. looks like the beans can go in the ground next week. cheers My daikon seeds were planted on the deck, but only 2 have sprouted so far. Our nights are even too cold for them. Sad
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Post  countrynaturals on Tue 28 Mar - 2:23

countrynaturals wrote:I'm planting Dundale peas in the Rescue Garden, using a modified BTE method (not enough compost or wood chips). Since I use peas to improve the soil and don't expect much else from them, it should work out okay. geek
YIKES! I bought these because they were drought tolerant, worked my butt off getting them planted, then went looking for ways to cook and eat them. NOTHING! I just planted pig food and I don't even have pigs. 
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Post  sanderson on Tue 28 Mar - 2:54

Eat the young green pods like snow peas?

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Post  countrynaturals on Tue 28 Mar - 3:41

sanderson wrote:Eat the young green pods like snow peas?
I'm gonna try that. Also, I had more compost and mulch than I thought, so this is a nice 15" wide, protected, 8' long bed with the peas planted at the back. So that leaves me 8 nice unexpected squares to plant something else in front. Right now I'm too pooped to think about it, but I'll figure out something for it, soon.  Rolling Eyes
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on Tue 28 Mar - 3:46

countrynaturals wrote:
countrynaturals wrote:I'm planting Dundale peas in the Rescue Garden, using a modified BTE method (not enough compost or wood chips). Since I use peas to improve the soil and don't expect much else from them, it should work out okay. geek
YIKES! I bought these because they were drought tolerant, worked my butt off getting them planted, then went looking for ways to cook and eat them. NOTHING! I just planted pig food and I don't even have pigs. 
One site called them a snow pea, so Sanderson's suggestion is a good one. And if you don't like them that way,
let them mature, harvest the dry peas, and sprout them. "Dundale peas are very yummy when sprouted and the young shoots are eaten fresh.": http://sustainableseedco.com/compost-cover-crops/dundale-pea.html
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Post  Mellen on Tue 28 Mar - 15:05

sanderson wrote:Mellen,  Did you bring the seedlings in during the rains?
 Whew!  I've been to-ing & fro-ing ever since I wrote that.  I put them out to catch a few rays and bring them back in for the night.

I spoke too soon.  I still don't have my table back.

So....will I ever been able to plant them?  I expected half to germinate and probably 90% did.  I've lost about 10% of those (because I still don't know what I'm doing).  Mostly those I lost can be direct seeded whenever things warm up enough.

I love this rain, but I really would like to get my garden planted.  It's APRIL for crying out loud.

(Stop Mellen!  Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!)
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Post  countrynaturals on Tue 28 Mar - 17:03

Mellen wrote:
sanderson wrote:Mellen,  Did you bring the seedlings in during the rains?
 Whew!  I've been to-ing & fro-ing ever since I wrote that.  I put them out to catch a few rays and bring them back in for the night.

I spoke too soon.  I still don't have my table back.

So....will I ever been able to plant them?  I expected half to germinate and probably 90% did.  I've lost about 10% of those (because I still don't know what I'm doing).  Mostly those I lost can be direct seeded whenever things warm up enough.

I love this rain, but I really would like to get my garden planted.  It's APRIL for crying out loud.

(Stop Mellen!  Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!)
I share your frustration! Mad The worst of it is that it means a very short growing season up here, because triple-digits will start July 1 with or without spring. Then everything comes to a screeching halt until fall. Sad
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