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Post  quiltbea on 2/1/2015, 11:52 am

Its the shortest month of the year and around my neck of the woods, the snowiest.  Its proving to be a white winter here.  To date I've had 57" of snow which is more than double the usual amt.  And more coming late tonite into tomorrow.  Maybe up to 8-10" more.  Yikes.  I'm eager for spring but I know its not just around the corner for us in Maine.  I'll have to settle for my little pot of arugula and lettuce growing under the lights.  I'll take a picture later today and post it.  I'm happy about it.
I hope my fellow gardeners are bearing up well under this latest onslaught.

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Post  quiltbea on 2/1/2015, 12:26 pm

Arugula is around the outside circle of the pot and black-seeded Simpston lettuce is in the center in this pot.

At least something is growing in my house besides houseplants.

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Post  camprn on 2/1/2015, 12:47 pm

February Garden Chores... Do not jump the gun, you may regret it.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/1/2015, 4:29 pm

Thanks for the info about the Honey Crisp apple trees in the NE Jan thread, ladies.  I called Agway and they are going to try to get one for me.  Since all my other fruit trees & vines have come from there, and I'm very happy with them, I may as well stick with local if possible. 

Adorable babies, QB! 
My bay window still has the parsley, ginger, stevia & turnip going strong:
The little thing in the front left poking up is the ginger - slowest plant I've ever grown.  But at least it's growing.   Rolling Eyes

Meanwhile, in the bathroom right now:

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Post  quiltbea on 2/1/2015, 6:28 pm

CapeC.....Your orchids are just beautiful.  I used to have a couple but they got too bothersome or else I just didn't have time to give them when I was going full tilt at my outdoor gardening.  Lost them to sorry neglect. 
Love yours.

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Post  martha on 2/1/2015, 8:56 pm

CC, which one is the ginger? I've been wanting to grow it - I tried a couple of time unsuccessfully, but I do want to try again.

I have sage, rosemary and thyme in pots in my basement. I hope they don't suffer from the lack of dormancy. The sage I'm not attached to, but I have 7 largish rosemary plants, so if I lose them, I'll be sad. I know they live in areas where they grow year round, so hopefully, they'll be fine.

I have a small, newly purchased basil plant on a seedling heat mat, but I might be asking a lot of it to be ok down in the cold basement. I just want it to grow and thrive enough that we have some to use!

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Post  sanderson on 2/2/2015, 2:43 am

@CapeCoddess wrote: Meanwhile, in the bathroom right now:
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 Great photo - nice and colorful orchids (with someone looking on!)

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/2/2015, 7:43 am

Like your orchids, CC.  My FIL was great at growing them!  Had a whole greenhouse full of them.

Me?  I kill them... Sad

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Post  camprn on 2/2/2015, 10:03 am

It's snowing. lots o

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Post  sanderson on 2/3/2015, 1:04 am

Thinking of you guys.

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Re: New England FEB 2015

Post  quiltbea on 2/3/2015, 10:36 am

We got another 10" yesterday but its sunny today.  I've GOT to get out for birdseed.  The poor little critters don't even have a place to find gravel so that's on my list from the pet dept, too.

sanderson.....Love the picture. Very Happy

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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/3/2015, 1:08 pm

@martha wrote:CC, which one is the ginger? I've been wanting to grow it - I tried a couple of time unsuccessfully, but I do want to try again.

First photo above - ginger is bottom left.  I think it took about 3 mths to sprout.  I was going to give up but I'd read that they are slow. They weren't kidding... Shocked

Sanderson, that photo is so funny! I've felt like that back when I used to ride. Lips so numb I couldn't talk. Never had icicles though.

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My seed potatoes are sprouting (too soon)!

Post  mollyhespra on 2/4/2015, 10:37 am

Yesterday, I checked on my bag of designated seed potatoes.  I grew two kinds last year: Yukon Gold and All Red.  The last time I checked the bag (just a brown Kraft paper bag) stored in the (mostly) dark laundry room in the cellar where it's coolest, there were just a few little eyes starting to bulge on the All-Reds.  I want to say that was about a month ago but I can't say for certain.

Anyway, so by now those little bulges are sprouts about 1" long and the Yukons aren't far behind.  As I look out at the 3' of snow outside and click off the weeks on the calendar, I'm at least 4 months away from the first conceivable planting time, and that's IF the weather cooperates.

So, should I stick them in the crisper drawer of the fridge and just keep them moist?  They've woken up, and they're not going back to sleep, I just want to slow them down a bit.  Not the best thing for the plant, I know, but better that than have 2' long sprouts by planting time, I think, though I could be wrong. Maybe it doesn't matter how long the sprouts are come planting time.  The tubers aren't shriveled or anything, just starting to sprout.  I could also just keep them in their bag, I suppose, and just wait it out.

I went online and saw where someone uses small Kraft-paper lunch bags as grow pots when their spud-sprouts get to be about 6" long.  Then they just plant the whole bag into the ground.  Should I bother with this?

Any advice? When do your potatoes start to wake up in this region?

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Post  camprn on 2/4/2015, 12:04 pm

Mine are doing the same. I just keep them in a large brown paper sack in a cool location. Last year I kept them in a bucket and when I planted my homegrown seed potatoes the sprouts were quite long and overgrown. The still grew great potatoes. I think there are photos of them here.
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Post  mollyhespra on 2/4/2015, 3:23 pm

I remember your post from last year, Camp, though the pic isn't showing up now for some reason. I had some Purple Majesty that had really long sprouts last year, but I wound up running out of room in the beds and so I just threw those in the compost pile. I'm glad to hear that long sprouts don't seem to affect too much, though. thanks

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Re: New England FEB 2015

Post  quiltbea on 2/5/2015, 3:05 pm

I just wanted you to see that we have snow in our backyard.

I doubt this will melt by April.  With today's 4 inches, we've had 71" this winter.  Yikes.  That's my garden bench you see mostly hidden here.  And I had to shovel away snow from around the feeder area so it wasn't too close to the snow.

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Post  sanderson on 2/5/2015, 3:18 pm

Neat photo!

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Post  yolos on 2/5/2015, 5:56 pm

Good grief Quiltbea, I don't know how you guys can stand it.  We have had a colder than normal winter but it will start moderating at the end of this month.  I don't think I could survive with a winter that long or cold.

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Post  camprn on 2/5/2015, 8:54 pm

It's wicked cold! Shocked

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Post  mschaef on 2/5/2015, 9:41 pm

I miss the snow but that's even more than I would care for. Jeeze lots o my kids would have to swim through it, lol.

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Post  quiltbea on 2/5/2015, 10:40 pm

I probably shouldn't complain.  In Eastport Maine, a lot of miles northeast of me, they broke a snow record of 76" in just ten days.  Yes, the last 10 days.  And remember, we've been having snow since October this year.  The record for our state before that was at Ripogenus Dam Maine with 71" in One Month in Jan 1962.

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Post  mollyhespra on 2/5/2015, 10:59 pm

@yolos wrote:Good grief Quiltbea, I don't know how you guys can stand it.  We have had a colder than normal winter but it will start moderating at the end of this month.  I don't think I could survive with a winter that long or cold.

It's hard, Yolos, but you get used to it (sorta). I never in my life imagined that I'd be living up here by choice, but here I am. I drove up in Feb 2001 from "Sunny South Florida"--what was I thinking--to the snowiest winter in recent memory (at the time). It really makes you think about what you want to do during the warm months because if you blink, they're gone.

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Post  sanderson on 2/6/2015, 1:44 am

Camp, -6*F , yep, it's cold there.

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Re: New England FEB 2015

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/6/2015, 1:06 pm

The only garden I'm growing outside right now is my Jack Frost garden:




For those of you who don't kwow what that is, it's the icey formations on the windows.  They can really be amazing sometimes!
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Post  sanderson on 2/6/2015, 2:20 pm

Pretty!

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