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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  Goosegirl on 12/20/2013, 10:12 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:(HEY! Anyone know what happened to the snow-head emoticon?  I used to use that one alot...)

I couldn't find it a few days ago when I wanted to use it, had to use the dog sled instead.

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  sanderson on 12/21/2013, 2:21 am

Forecast for Christmas week in Central California is 60's in the days and 33-39* in the nights.  But for all of you in the path of the freezing rain (TX to NE), drive carefully and stay safe, warm and dry.  I simply cannot imagine living under those conditions.  Much less gardening!

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  camprn on 12/21/2013, 3:47 pm

I took advantage of the warm weather this afternoon. At 50*F I checked in on my bees. Cleaned out the entrances, swapped the homasote boards and put insulation and a plywood cover over both. Next check up will be in 4-6 weeks for these girls.



I was also able to dislodge ice plugs in the gutter downspouts.   

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Post  camprn on 12/21/2013, 5:10 pm

Sander, it's all good, we chat about almost anything in the New England monthly forum. Thanks for the info links!

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  mollyhespra on 12/21/2013, 8:14 pm

You know what, though? It probably *should* have it's own topic. Is there any way to move parts of the discussion onto it's own thread?

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  camprn on 12/21/2013, 8:24 pm

I'll see what I can do.

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  sanderson on 12/22/2013, 12:20 am

Are we talking about my post on cats and garden toxics??

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  camprn on 12/22/2013, 7:37 am

@sanderson wrote:Are we talking about my post on cats and garden toxics??
Yes I separated the posts from this thread and put them in the Pests forum.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t16965-insecticide-use

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  CapeCoddess on 12/22/2013, 12:13 pm

Excellent! Thanks, Camp. I, too, think this is a very important topic.

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  CapeCoddess on 12/22/2013, 2:11 pm

Now this is what I'm talkin' about!  
 Very Happy I had the doors & windows open up until 10 minutes ago when it dropped to 58. (yes, I still have an 'old fashion' TV)  

C'mon little hellebore, 3 days left:
you can do it...

...but not if this guy has anything to say about it:
YUK!  This IS end of Dec, right???

I checked the SFG greens but didn't see a growth spurt for tomorrows harvest.  Maybe they'll grow tonight.  Laughing 

You're all OK with no ice storms, right?

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  quiltbea on 12/22/2013, 4:04 pm

While Cape was reaching for 60 we were only 28 earlier today and the roads and trees were still ice-covered.
Happily tomorrow will not as cold.

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  CapeCoddess on 12/25/2013, 9:24 am

Who ordered the snow???
Whatta surprise!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day and a very

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  mollyhespra on 12/25/2013, 1:12 pm

LOL!  You've got a White Christmas, CC!  I hope you & the rest of our forum pals have a great holiday!!!

P.S. How's Miss Lilly doing?

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  CapeCoddess on 12/25/2013, 4:17 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:P.S.  How's Miss Lilly doing?
 She's just perfect despite the pyrethrin episode...probably a little bored at having to stay indoors today. 

Once there was an admission that we had snow here, the weather forcast was for flurries off and on all day, but someone forgot to install the 'off' switch.  Wink  Actually, it's been beautiful watching the gentle flakes whenever we look out a window.

Thanks for asking.   santa

Only one Roma tomato left growing in the bay window.  After seeing all those photos in the 'coeur de boeuf' thread I finally got a hankering to bite into a fresh tomato.  I'm keeping it!
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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  quiltbea on 12/26/2013, 3:13 pm

Its Boxing Day (Dec 26th) and more snow on the way here in Maine.  Over the ice-covered roads and snowbanks, we're getting more snow.

See the snow piling up on Penny's back.  She has a thick double coat so the snow sits on top of her coat.  But notice, too, my Rosemary bush is doing great even after all the freezing days and nites we've had.  Its a survivor.
I can't get the next picture to post so I'll be back.
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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  quiltbea on 12/26/2013, 3:17 pm

On a more pleasant note, I have two very red Redskin sweet peppers from the plant I brought indoors in the fall.

They'll go good with a a rib eye steak that I got for Xmas.  Would you believe my good friend gave me some lovely rib eyes for Xmas.  Since I'm a beef and potatoes type person, it was a pleasant surprise.  I'll be harvesting these babies in the next few days.
Hope you are all indoors and warm during this cold New England Winter.

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  quiltbea on 12/26/2013, 3:19 pm

For my good SFG friends,  be sure to check out the thread I posted today "Free seeds 2014 from Ray at Praxxus (utube)"
He's giving away free seeds once again and you'll have to send in your envelope before the end of Jan. to get them.
He does this every year.  Free seeds.  Enjoy.

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  Marc Iverson on 12/26/2013, 8:05 pm

Miss Lilly is so pretty!

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  camprn on 12/26/2013, 8:10 pm



Photo by Tod Stevenson - Hillsborough, NH 12/26/13
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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  walshevak on 12/27/2013, 5:59 pm

I remember Hillsborough. I used to live in West Hampstead.

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  CapeCoddess on 12/29/2013, 11:33 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:Miss Lilly is so pretty!
 I love you   She thanks you for the compliment, Marc.

Tod's photos are fantastic, Camp. Thanks for the link.

QB, your peppers - WOW!  Isn't is fun to have summer veggies growing now?!? I have one Roma left that I plan on biting into for New Years.

What a beautiful day today here on the Cape - humid & no breeze at all, so it feels even warmer than it is:


This is the calm before the storm apparently.  So I got a lot of errands done this morning & decided to hit the beach on the way home - SCORE!
Three buckets of seaweed!  I dumped it all onto my compost pile but haven't mixed it in yet...maybe later...or not:

Then I harvested these kale & collards from the outside kitchen garden for my lunch time smoothie: Everyone at work is so sick that I need all the nutrients I can get!  Rolling Eyes

The SFG continues to grow here and there despite not being covered.  It's no less than amazing to me!  What a Face 
There's quite a bit of Swiss Chard in there but since I'm eating raw lately I don't want it since it has to be cooked.  So I'll let it grow some more, if that's possible with the freezing weather coming.

There are 3 squares of carrots left.  Here are 2 of them:  
I'm thinking I should cover them with a transparent tray, like a lettuce container or something, to try to keep the MM from freezing.

The old school SFG's under woodchips are snug as a bug in a rug:
The left side has the experimental taters - Yukon Gold, Red Bliss, Russet -  in it to see if they'll grow come spring despite being in there all winter.

And here are the strawberries, covered a bit with leaves and pine needles.  They look so pretty in their fall colors:
 
 Very Happy

Well, that's all I got, kids.  Whatcha all up to?

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  quiltbea on 12/29/2013, 12:30 pm

Cape, I envy you your green garden but since I don't care for kale or collards, I'm not depressed.  I just like seeing the green.
I'm waiting for another 7" plus of more snow today.  Where is it all coming from before the new year.  I'm flabbergasted with all this cold and snow we've been having.
I'm hibernating for the rest of the day.  I hope everyone is snuggled in.

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  camprn on 12/29/2013, 1:41 pm

I too am waiting for inclement weather. The plan is to do a bit of work on my bee school plans then I am going to give my new pasta machine a whirl, and maybe take a gander at my first seed catalog from Territorial Seeds. Wish my FEDCO catalog would show up...  What a Face

I also need to make yogurt.

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  mollyhespra on 12/29/2013, 8:16 pm

Is it just me or do we here in the NE sub-forum have the weirdest variation in weather patterns for one region?  I mean, QB is getting my snow, I'm getting someone else's RAIN, and CC is still growing veggies outside?!!   thinking   

Ah, well...I'm making ice-cream as we speak, so who am I to comment?  Wink   

Here's to Winter!    

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Re: New England, December 2013

Post  camprn on 12/29/2013, 8:53 pm

It's ok by me. Those days of severe cold can stay away. Snow is ok, but not more than a foot at a time. Sleet and freezing rain, I don't like at all.

I love my new pasta machine! Making cranberry, orange chocolate chip cookies now.

Molly, what flavor ice cream are you making? I so love homemade ice cream and sorbet and gelato and italian ice...  What a Face 

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