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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  Marc Iverson on 2/26/2014, 11:39 pm

I was thinking it might be a good time, happycamper. My peas looked like they had survived even our 15 degree weather, but I think they were just frozen in place. Now they're all brown. But it won't be too costly a gamble to try replanting, I suppose. It's hard to imagine this warm weather -- in the 60's -- going on forever, but then again, we're getting closer to spring every week.

Which makes me wonder how hot it's going to be this summer -- 200 degrees?

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Post  boffer on 2/27/2014, 9:11 am

I always start some peas this early. But they don't reach maturity much sooner than the peas I'll be planting in the next month or two.

I had to mow for the first time yesterday. There's something that just doesn't feel right about finishing up mowing and then going inside to put another log in the wood stove!

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Post  camprn on 2/27/2014, 9:28 am

@boffer wrote:I always start some peas this early.  But they don't reach maturity much sooner than the peas I'll be planting in the next month or two.

I had to mow for the first time yesterday.  There's something that just doesn't feel right about finishing up mowing and then going inside to put another log in the wood stove!
That sounds pretty normal to me. Shocked 

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Post  Marc Iverson on 2/27/2014, 11:29 pm

I was just reading that in the "little ice age" a few hundred years ago, Cotton Mather said that the sap dripping from burning logs froze while dripping.

Went to the MG class today. Half the day on pesticides, half on lawn care. I'm not a lawn guy, but we need to learn everything we can rather than have preferences, if we are going to represent the university extension program and the MGs. There's no way to predict what someone will bring in and ask questions about, or call in and ask about, so you have to do your duty to try to be well-rounded. I'm under no illusions that my memory will not be far better for the things I'm interested in -- which in my case is almost entirely vegetables, with a bit of interest in fruits and veggie-garden-friendly flowers -- and markedly worse for everything else.

Great speaker on the lawn care part of the day, especially. A Mentor at the back of the class whose family the speaker knew asked him a question about killing some unwanted invasive weeds, and the speaker told him that he could ask his wife to play her accordion until the weeds killed themselves. Very Happy He was very quick-witted throughout.

Also, I got my Alisa Craig giant onion plants today! They were in a bundle of about 30, as promised in our class's big group order. The Red Zeppelin's didn't come in yet. The woman sitting next to me was absent during the onion order a while back, and somehow never heard further about it, so she missed out. She saw my handful of onion plants, bound by a rubberband, and asked about them. I told her they were supposed to be able to get to be up to six pounds each and half a foot wide. Oooh, I want those!, she said. But it was too late for her to order. So just as she was turning back to her book, I fished a few out and gave them to her, and let her copy what she needed from the instruction sheet that came with the onions.

Oh, and I uncovered my container garden yesterday and my elephant garlic looks faaaaabulous! Some stalks a good five inches high. They really took to the MM and being under row cover this winter ... and I guess to our rapidly increasing unseasonable warmth. Never eaten it before, and am crossing my fingers that they'll be good! I guess I've got a bit of a love of giant stuff ... first giant garlic and now giant onions. Oh, and of course my radishes have to be daikons. Can trying to grow giant tomatoes be far behind?


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Post  Marc Iverson on 2/27/2014, 11:51 pm

@boffer wrote:I always start some peas this early. But they don't reach maturity much sooner than the peas I'll be planting in the next month or two.

That's good enough for me, boffer. I think I might be able to get them pretty early, what with the row cover and our warm days lately. A few years ago we had snow right up through the end of May, and now we're getting in the mid-60's in February! But I did read that the polar vortex is starting to come back again ...

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Re: PNW: Winter 2014

Post  FamilyGardening on 2/27/2014, 11:56 pm

Marc your class sounds wonderful and how thoughtful you are giving another student some of your prized onions!

great to hear your garlic is doing so well!  I love elephant garlic! You will have to share some pictures when you harvest them  Very Happy 

happy gardening
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Post  FamilyGardening on 2/28/2014, 4:11 am

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

we planted:

Interlaken white seedless grape

Glenora deep blue black seedless grape.......this is the one we had a tiny taste from last summer  Very Happy 

Suffolk Red a red seedless grape

happy gardening
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