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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  sanderson on 2/22/2014, 9:42 am

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  boffer on 2/23/2014, 10:51 pm

So...I've direct seeded a few squares of bok choy, lettuce, radishes, chard, and carrots, all under hoop houses.   I planted some peas today in a big pot in the greenhouse.  

Based on past years, by planting this early  I don't gain much time getting the first fresh harvest of the season, but it's always feels good to play in the dirt.   

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  Marc Iverson on 2/23/2014, 11:02 pm

A seller at the farmers market hereabouts told me he can get his crops a month earlier by direct-seeding under row covers and hoop houses.

I suppose weather must make a difference. Our winters here tend to be relatively mild, so covers may be just the little extra he needs. In colder climes, maybe a little extra is not enough.

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  boffer on 2/23/2014, 11:09 pm

I think sunshine, or lack of it, has a lot to do with it, too. We've had Februarys where I never saw the sun, but I still optimistically plant early just in case we have an unusually sunny month.

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  FamilyGardening on 2/23/2014, 11:17 pm

so far until we get our chickens we have waaay to many slugs, that eat away all of our seedling if we  try and direct sow them under hoops....I know slugo works really well....but boy is it exspensive to use and we cannot use it year around because of the cost....plus...we are lazy and don't like having to go out when its cold and rainy  Razz 

our babies under lights and in the green house are doing really good....

inside our sugar snap peas just came up today, the celery and bok choi came up a couple days ago..... sunny im really surprised and happy to see the celery didn't take to long

so far we have seedlings growing of :

cabbage    red and green

spinach     all of the reds are up and only 2 out of 18 of the Olympia's.... they sure are giving us a hard time again this year....and this is new seeds ....ugg

cauliflower
broccoli
bok choi
celery
lettuces
green onions
kandy onions
leeks
bulb onions
sugar snap peas

and potatoes that have sprouts growing that REALY need to get into the ground....sure hope we get a few dry days this week!

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  boffer on 2/24/2014, 3:01 pm

I came across this picture while looking for another pic.  My first SFG boxes, 2008.



6 years later



I think I'm done expanding.

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  Marc Iverson on 2/24/2014, 3:38 pm

Pretty sweet!

Is that an arbor for grape vines, at the top right?

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  sanderson on 2/24/2014, 4:11 pm

Amazing!

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  boffer on 2/24/2014, 7:39 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:...Is that an arbor for grape vines, at the top right?

It started out to be a summer greenhouse for squashes, in an attempt to eke out every  possible GDD during a cool/wet summer.  I forget why the greenhouse didn't get finished!  Fortunately, it was still standing there when my corn needed a helping hand during a rain/wind storm.



Last year, I used it as a frame for a squash trellis.


And now it's been removed from the garden, and is waiting to be re-purposed.

Grapes, you say?  Hmmm...

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  sanderson on 2/24/2014, 8:10 pm

Let no material go to waste.  DH keeps wanting to throw scraps away and I keep telling him no, I'm sure there is someway I can use that 14" piece of . . .

About grapes in WA. Are there any vineyards? I'm thinking they would have to be a white wine grape like Semillion, Chenin Blanc. A new hobby for you! My Dad made wine for a couple years. I can still see him stomping on the grapes in his waders.

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  FamilyGardening on 2/24/2014, 11:20 pm

what a great shot of your garden boffer!!!

hugs
rose.....who is hoping to get some nice grapes this year....its their third year after planting them....we did get about 5 grapes last year....just enough for us to give them a small taste......yum!

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  Kelejan on 2/25/2014, 12:38 am

What kind of grapes, Rose? I am hoping to start some this year.

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  Marc Iverson on 2/25/2014, 1:14 am

Went to a grape-pruning seminar this Saturday. That was right after we had spent half a regular Thursday class on grape pruning and followed up with pruning grapes during our greenhouse lab hours. It was very cool to see how thick some of the old grapevines were; they looked like short gnarled trees.

Sometime this week I'm going to go to my neighbor's and ask him what type of grape vines he has. He used to be big into wine-making, but he's too old now and it got to be too much for him. Once I find out what type they are, I'll read up on how that particular variety likes to be pruned. Since the vines are already mature, we may well get a crop this year, so long as I tend to them.

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  camprn on 2/25/2014, 2:09 am

Marc, good luck with that! Please do post some photos if you do get that opportunity. Very Happy 

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  Marc Iverson on 2/25/2014, 4:03 pm

Will do. I've got a camera around someplace; just have to charge it and remember to take it along. I've never posted a picture here but imagine it must be like posting one on any other forum and a photobucket account will work fine. I'll look that up too.

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about slugs

Post  kauairosina on 2/25/2014, 7:01 pm

My neighbor says putting copper wire on the ground around plants that snails like will deter them.  I haven't had slugs yet this year so haven't tried it but it is an interesting idea.

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  boffer on 2/25/2014, 8:39 pm

I can't speak to snails, but there are a lot of videos on YouTube showing slugs crawling across copper wire, copper pipes, copper tape, and ... old pennies! None were effective.


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oh phooey - another myth busted!!

Post  kauairosina on 2/25/2014, 8:49 pm

I hadn't tried it myself yet.  Thanks for saving me the trouble.

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  camprn on 2/25/2014, 9:03 pm

@kauairosina wrote:My neighbor says putting copper wire on the ground around plants that snails like will deter them.  I haven't had slugs yet this year so haven't tried it but it is an interesting idea.
There are a few previous threads about slugs. The best slug trap I ever use is a thin board  in the garden. The slugs go under there as the sun comes up and they are easily removed after lifting the board.

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  FamilyGardening on 2/25/2014, 11:39 pm

Camp that's a great idea!!....I want to try this when we get our chickens.....we plan on feeding them the slugs Shocked ....eeewww.... Shocked I no worms will do this but didn't think about slugs..... Razz 

but hey the board will make that really easy to catch them!!

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Post  Kelejan on 2/26/2014, 12:38 am

@FamilyGardening wrote:Camp that's a great idea!!....I want to try this when we get our chickens.....we plan on feeding them the slugs Shocked ....eeewww.... Shocked I no worms will do this but didn't think about slugs..... Razz 

but hey the board will make that really easy to catch them!!

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Post  sanderson on 2/26/2014, 3:01 am

Using a board is pretty effective and inexpensive. At the price of copper, who can afford to even experiment with copper!

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  Marc Iverson on 2/26/2014, 10:44 pm

It's so unseasonably warm around here. Is anyone planting peas yet?

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Post  kauairosina on 2/26/2014, 10:49 pm

yep.  super sugar snap.  Or are they beans?

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  happycamper on 2/26/2014, 11:06 pm

Marc, I planted peas this last week and some spinach as well. The spinach is sprouting already. We will be getting more freezing weather but the peas and spinach will survive even if the temperature dips down to upper 20's.

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