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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  camprn on 2/15/2014, 4:00 pm

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CC - who's tablet is going to drive her to drink
You love it! I know you do. What a Face 

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Post  Marc Iverson on 2/15/2014, 4:17 pm

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Okay, so I learned about roof raking and ice dams, and throwing salt filled pantyhose into the gutters. If the winters here continue on like this one I guess I'll have to start wearing Leggs again. Razz

Wait ... what's this with the salt-filled pantyhose in gutters now? What's that about?

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  camprn on 2/15/2014, 4:33 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:
@CapeCoddess wrote:
Okay, so I learned about roof raking and ice dams, and throwing salt filled pantyhose into the gutters. If the winters here continue on like this one I guess I'll have to start wearing Leggs again. Razz

Wait ... what's this with the salt-filled pantyhose in gutters now?  What's that about?
To melt ice dams on the roof.

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  NHGardener on 2/15/2014, 5:03 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:NHG, I was up north a long time ago during black fly season to help some friends build a driveway. My H & I immediately jumped back into the car and drove home to the Cape.
LOL! "We love you, but not that much"

Never heard about the salt sock in the gutter. Hmm.

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  camprn on 2/17/2014, 7:48 pm

HEY!!! GUESS WHAT! It's going to snow tomorrow.


Fabulous! Shocked 


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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  NHGardener on 2/17/2014, 7:59 pm



"What New England is, is a state
of mind, a place where dry humor
and perpetual disappointment
blend to produce an ironic
pessimism that folks from away
find most perplexing."  
~ Willem Lange

 darn funny 

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  camprn on 2/17/2014, 8:12 pm

Very Happy 

you can't keep trouble from coming but you don't have to give it a chair to sit on.

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  quiltbea on 2/18/2014, 11:37 am

NHGardener....I enjoy Willem Lange and his Windows to the Wild on Sat mornings here on our Maine PBS station.  I love the nature of the woods, lakes, mtns, and streams of NH and Maine.

I bought seed starting mix yesterday at Walmart.  It looks pretty good.  No big pieces in it, by NK Lawn and Garden, 4-qt bags of organic mix for only 2 bucks each.  I hope its good.  I'm not bothering to make my own this year so I also bought cell packs.  This light mix won't work for soil blocks.

I'm going to get my lights set up in the furnace room again this year and have lots of little greenery babies as usual.  I find I'm just not ready to cut back on that after all.

In the meantime, we're on the dividing line here at the lake so we could have anywhere from 2" to 7" of snow today.  Ugh.

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  NHGardener on 2/18/2014, 11:50 am

I didn't know about that program, quiltbea. I'm a woods person too. Keep your cities and your affluence, just give me a view of the woods and my garden and I'll be happy.

It's hard to get into seed starting when I can barely even walk out to the shed without freezing to death or dropping into a snowbank and getting lost. (Not to be confused with complaining - haha) It is right now snowing, another 4-10" for today and another plow $$$. Buried another old cereal box filled with kitchen scraps in the snowmound over my garden bed this morning.

Have to find and print my planting schedule table again. Peppers and tomatoes should be real soon.... 

And you reminded me quiltbea. Farmer's market this weekend at the greenhouse where I buy my starter soil. Thanks!

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  camprn on 2/18/2014, 11:54 am

The snow banks around my house are so wide now I cannot get as close to the house as I need to rake more snow off the roof. And I won't be using a ladder to reach higher Mad 

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  NHGardener on 2/18/2014, 12:10 pm

I fear for our roofs with this extra accumulation. I expect to start seeing collapses in the news.

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  hruten on 2/19/2014, 1:13 pm

Remember that temps are supposed to rise next week! Very Happy 

(Of course, as I'm typing, those big New England snowflakes are falling in the background)

I planted impatiens, lavender, pansy, leek, and some tomato seeds today. Winter won't last forever!

Warm thoughts everyone  What a Face

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  quiltbea on 2/19/2014, 7:32 pm

Our snow is petering out and tomorrow should be in the 40s here.  I hope for lots of snow melt.

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Post  snowjay on 2/21/2014, 12:08 pm

Hey, The impatients are okay this year? Last year we were told not to plant them because of a fungus??

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  hruten on 2/21/2014, 1:04 pm

I don't know about fungus, I just had some old seed that I thought I could use. Embarassed

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  camprn on 2/21/2014, 5:01 pm

I'm not counting on impatiens being viable this summer. I am looking at planting some tuberous begonias instead.

In other news we still have plenty of wet heavy snow and the rain is moving in. Spring is on the way!


Last frost date is in 83 days!

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Post  camprn on 2/21/2014, 5:46 pm

@snowjay wrote:Hey, The impatients are okay this year? Last year we were told not to plant them because of a fungus??
It's still going to be a problem, especially if you had some afflicted plants last year.
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Post  quiltbea on 2/22/2014, 12:31 am

Has anyone been following the drought in California predictions?  The cost of produce at the stores will skyrocket, when you can get it. 
That means I'll be putting in more crops than I intended this year and once again replanning my garden areas. 
And here I thought I was going to slow down along with my old bones.  Can't see that happening this year after all.

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Post  NHGardener on 2/22/2014, 2:41 am

Yes quiltbea, I was thinking the same thing. Sometimes it's said that gardeners don't really save that much money when you consider how much we spend on our gardens, but I think this year that will be a different story. I'm planning on planting more as well.

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  sanderson on 2/22/2014, 3:31 am

QB,  Yes, I live in California and it breaks my heart.  Acres and acres of west farm land are fallow. Pumping water is expensive and will add to the cost of ag products, organic and non-organic. For those with established boxes and their own compost, growing produce ourselves will be saving money. Who would have thought that SFG Victory gardens would be so valuable.

I actually wrote something else but decided to save it as a draft until I could calm down and rethink it! Living in California can be frustrating. I love the State, but don't agree with the elected leaders.

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/22/2014, 8:58 am

NHG, you really called it on the roof collapses in news. I hear about a new one almost everyday. 

I used the last of my canned tomatoes and frozen collard greens in the soup pot this week and just finished it off last night. So sad.  the only garden vegetables I have left are the carrots and onions in the canned split pea soup.

What exactly will we be missing that grows in California? There are so many things we can buy locally at the farmers markets...

meanwhile, there are signs of spring inside the house: 

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Post  NHGardener on 2/22/2014, 8:59 am

Sanderson - Is it dry in your area where you are? Do you think it's impacting backyard gardeners, or just the larger operations? If the backyard gardeners are going to have enough water there, then I sure hope more residents will do that.

There could be a big push towards backyard gardening there, if prices become too prohibitive at the stores.

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Post  NHGardener on 2/22/2014, 9:01 am

Wow, CC! Such color! Beautiful!

What's that painting behind the flowers?

We ARE lucky to have our farmers markets, and here anyway, there are many in the summer. They may just get extra busy too.

Usually I've only gone to winters farmers markets, and mostly for locally raised beef. I'm going to try growing broccoli again, but those boiled caterpillars are still in my memory....
But most people rely totally on grocery stores, or at least have.

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Re: New England ~ February 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/22/2014, 10:05 am

NHG, caterpillars are so good for you!

The painting is an abstract that my mother did many years ago.
I love it!

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Post  snowjay on 2/22/2014, 10:19 am

Thanks for the info on the impatients!

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