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Re: New England ~ March 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 3/17/2014, 3:23 pm

QB, success! cheers   Yay!  Interesting about them sprouting so quickly without a heat mat.  Wonder if it was the presoaking?   I didn't presoak anything.  I think I'll presoak some Fordhook chard seeds and see if that helps them sprout.  How long?

I was reading the Victory Garden book last nite (the old one) and Crocker mentioned putting his seedlings in the cold frame to harden them off.  So this morning I put a thermometer in my plastic covered bay window.  It was 44 degrees, and probably colder during the nights.  I'm wondering if that would be considered hardening off...?

Hi lyndeeloo!   happy hi  Welcome back.  Can't wait to see your beautiful bounty this year!

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Post  camprn on 3/17/2014, 7:25 pm

Brrrrrrrr............


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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/18/2014, 4:09 pm

Today my bay window thermometer reads 78+.   Shocked 
It's 36 outside & 60 inside the rest of the house.  I'm concerned about bolting seedlings but I want them in the sun.  What to do what to do....?

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Post  quiltbea on 3/18/2014, 4:43 pm

Can you place a lace curtain on the window or tape some cheesecloth between the glass and the plants to tone down the heat a bit?

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/18/2014, 5:02 pm

Oh yes!  I could put up a bit of a lacy curtain!

Thanks, QB!

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Post  camprn on 3/18/2014, 6:03 pm

@quiltbea wrote:Can you place a lace curtain on the window or tape some cheesecloth between the glass and the plants to tone down the heat a bit?
this may make the seedlings a bit leggy.

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Post  quiltbea on 3/18/2014, 11:36 pm

It might work for a temporary 'fix' for a short time.  One can but try.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/19/2014, 12:46 pm

I was hoping to plant out this weekend under windows but...

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So far next week is frigid, snowy, or frigid & snowy. What's that March saying? In Like a Lion, Out Like One Of These




I LOOK LIKE ONE OF THOSE ABOUT NOW!

Last year I had spinach planted & sprouting already by this time.  I know, I know...2 weeks behind.  Got a huge case of denial here...

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Post  NHGardener on 3/19/2014, 1:40 pm

CC - LOL!! That's exactly how I feel.

Today I indoor seeded peppers and eggplants. Last year I had too many eggplants, so I'm cutting back this year, only seeded 6. Seeded 18 peppers (assuming several won't germinate) (I have 12 in my garden plan).

For the peppers (and eggplants) I'm using seeds I already have in the fridge, several packets from the past few years plus some seeds I saved myself. But the ones I'm really excited about were the freebies from Ron (THANK YOU RON) for sweet cubanelles. I'm not much of a pepper connoisseur (thank you google for that spelling) but looking up cubanelles, these look fantastic.

For potting soil I'm using Coast of Maine Bar Harbor blend (peat moss, perlite, compost, seaweed) - 1 cu. ft. for $7.

The tomatoes are already growing due to the science fair project - we're trying 5 different additives: seaweed, chicken manure, hay, coffee grounds, and kitchen scraps to see which grows the best plants. If there are any remarkable results, I'll post them. So far all 5 (and the control plain potting soil) seem to be about neck and neck. Smile 

Oh, also picked up one of those plastic-covered 4 shelf porch greenhouses at Job Lots for $18, worth trying out (assuming it gets assembled...).

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Re: New England ~ March 2014

Post  camprn on 3/20/2014, 8:50 pm



The garden is finally emerging from the long slumber.

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Post  sanderson on 3/21/2014, 12:31 am

How long before you can plant seedling? direct sow?

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Re: New England ~ March 2014

Post  camprn on 3/21/2014, 6:30 am

@sanderson wrote:How long before you can plant seedling?  direct sow?
That is unclear. The snow needs to go and the frozen ground has to thaw. 3 weeks, maybe... the temperature continues about 20 degrees below normal. We are more than two weeks behind right now.

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Post  jimmy cee on 3/21/2014, 8:05 am

I have a thermometer in my cold frame, it reads 35 deg. F 3 inches down, below that it's not frozen.
However, in my open beds it reads the same, but frozen solid 3 inches down, although the sides are starting to thaw.
Compost beds have a 2 inch thawed area on top, then 3-4 inches of frozen solid, below is good.

I couldn't believe what I saw yesterday, A batch of compost just laying on the ground was also frozen, I tossed it around a bit and found 2 red wigglers alive and squirming...
If I find more I'll take some pics and measure the temps, should be interesting

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Post  NHGardener on 3/21/2014, 8:29 am

camprn - what are those boxes in your beds, particularly the large one, bottom right? Almost looks like a compost bin.

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Post  camprn on 3/21/2014, 9:07 am

@jimmy cee wrote:I have a thermometer in my cold frame, it reads 35 deg. F 3 inches down, below that it's not frozen.
However, in my open beds it reads the same, but frozen solid 3 inches down, although the sides are starting to thaw.
Compost beds have a 2 inch thawed area on top, then 3-4 inches of frozen solid, below is good.

I couldn't believe what I saw yesterday, A batch of compost just laying on the ground was also frozen, I tossed it around a bit and found 2 red wigglers alive and squirming...
If I find more I'll take some pics and measure the temps, should be interesting
Jimmy if you find more and have pics please be sure to post them in a compost thread.

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Post  camprn on 3/21/2014, 9:16 am

@NHGardener wrote:camprn - what are those boxes in your beds, particularly the large one, bottom right? Almost looks like a compost bin.
That is a stack of upside down small empty boxes. I think there are 3 of them. There are a few upside down empty boxes on the left too. As soon as I can release them from the ice I will move them off the beds.


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Post  NHGardener on 3/21/2014, 12:57 pm

I'm freezing. Trying to make the heat last to the end of winter, pretty much out of wood, almost out of oil, and I'm using my electric blanket a lot.  Evil or Very Mad    

Anyway, I figured out why my 2 or more plantings of carrot seed never produced last summer. I have a burgeoning problem with voles. I found a dead one in the snow recently so I know they're voles, I'd rather have moles. Even tho moles eat earthworms, they also eat grubs and aerate the soil. Voles like roots and seeds, and they've taken up residence in my raised asparagus bed. The garden is fenced so they're pretty much a protected species, altho hopefully garter snakes eat them.

I've found 2 ways to deal with them so far: A certain kind of caster oil mixed with dish detergent, and you're supposed to spray it around (after the ground thaws). Supposedly it's non-toxic. I don't really like the idea of oils in my garden tho.

The other way is getting a box trap. You somehow wind the button and put birdseed in there, then set it on their trails at night, because they mostly come out to eat your seeds at night. Then I guess you catch several and take them to your worst enemy's yard and set them loose. (just kidding)

They seem to reproduce like crazy because everything likes to eat them, just like mice.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/21/2014, 1:05 pm

Voles?  Gruesome.  We have lots of moles but after a month into the season Lilly has cleared the neighborhood of them (& brought them all home, of course). 

This weekend I'm going to plant spinach seeds I think, along with chipping off pieces of my compost to toss into the SFG.  Rolling Eyes 

I want to plant out the greens seedlings next weekend, thru hook or crook, as I don't want to pot them up.  Meanwhile they are sitting behind plastic in the window in low 40's at night, hi 70's day,  with the occasional romp outside in the sun and March winds.

I also had to start more chard as the germination rate of the first 30 was awful.   I got 2 from last years pack, so I bought a fresh pack yesterday.  Here are the 18 newly seeded chard cells on the heating pad:

The Super Beefsteak, Super Sonic & Roma tomatoes have to be potted up soon:
The Black Cherry & Sungold Cherry & Boxcar Willie are still small enough to be left in the cells for a while longer.

Sooo...spring is TRYING to spring...as least inside the house:
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Post  camprn on 3/22/2014, 12:33 pm

I'm on my way, finally. Aubergine and poblanos are sown.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/22/2014, 12:54 pm

I accidently dumped over the cell pack with the Boxcar Willie seedling in it this morning. And there may have been one little baby sprout coming up, but I'm not sure what it was yet. Whatever it was it probably won't continue growing now. So I re planted them into the cell pack and we'll see what happens. I'm so mad at myself!

Sunny and crazy windy here today! I want to plant spinach and pea seeds out in the garden but not sure I can stand the wind. and I'm sure not going to put the windows on with that storm coming Wednesday!  I also need to get out to the compost pile and dump these containers of compost I'm collecting. I don't know...the older I get the more I don't want to go out in crummy weather.  But the spring seedlings are out there catching some rays and wind...the little troopers.

Camp, are you two weeks behind on starting your summer crops or is this normally when you do it?

NHG, where are you at with your planting?

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Post  NHGardener on 3/22/2014, 1:28 pm

Well CC, I have my tomato, pepper and eggplant seedings planted now. I need to get celery seeds and I'll do those. 

Storm on Wednesday? I'm only seeing 1-3" on wunderground right now, and I hope it stays that way! I had heard rumblings of a "big one" and it did look like to our south, if you could occupy it down that way I would sure appreciate it. Smile 

The garden is still completely under snow.

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Post  quiltbea on 3/22/2014, 1:36 pm

In my neck of the woods, Maine 5a, I don't start peppers, and then later aubergine (eggplant) til after the tomatoes.  Eggplant around here is so iffy for me.  It needs warmth to thrive.  Since I don't eat it anyway, I'm thinking of forgetting it this year.  My family can buy it at the local Farmer's market when they want it.

I'm thinking I might start some tomato seeds this weekend just because I can. Very Happy
I'm wanting to see those under the lights soon.

My yard is still under lots of snow and the wind is so bad, like Cape's I guess, I don't want to go out in it.  It may register 30s but its feeling a lot colder.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/23/2014, 3:06 pm

I composted most of my boxes today with the exception of the garlic bed and the fall planted spinach bed. What a mess it is out there!  
Some of the cupboards are coming apart so I had to prop flagstones up against them until I can build new boxes.

Then I planted spinach and peas.

the garlic bed looks good. Maybe almost 100% germination. The shallots coming up also. I left the leaves on because of the storm coming Wednesday.

I have two questions about the garlic. Should I trim the winter tattered leaves? And do i compost them after the storm or do I wait for a while?

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Post  NHGardener on 3/23/2014, 3:59 pm

Winter tattered leaves on garlic? Hmm. I don't remember that. Would that damage your scapes at all? 

Wow. You are so ahead of us.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/23/2014, 6:01 pm

well I broke down and put a window over the spinach and peas. I don't know if it will stay on during the coming storm or not. We'll just have to wait and see. But at least they'll stay a bit warmer for a while and hopefully that will encourage germination.

Meanwhile the tomatoes and peppers (far left) grow on...

QB, what's that poem we made up last year that I'm trying to forget? Taller than the cup, pot it up?

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