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Post  Eric Lingo on 2/23/2015, 8:44 pm

so today went out and picked a nice head of cabbage some black seed lettuce a head of iceburg and some bell peppers for a nice simple green salad tasted awesome I am kinda happy my first cabbage and lettuce harvest. hoping the rest of the cabbage comes in for saint paddys day
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Post  meatburner on 2/23/2015, 9:13 pm

Sounds good Eric.  My garden has melted down to about 3" of ice so it may be awhile for us.  Spring is on its way for us....I think.
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Post  sanderson on 2/23/2015, 9:36 pm

Only 3" of ice! I really admire those of you with freezing, snowy, icy, windy, etc. winters.

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Post  meatburner on 2/23/2015, 9:54 pm

I feel very lucky compared to our gardening friends in the NE.  They have been hammered.  I think I heard somewhere that some areas of the NE might be thawed in time for their normal spring planting.
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Post  Eric Lingo on 2/23/2015, 11:32 pm

I am glad I live in southern California grow year round..but I might be moving to north Dakota soon minot to be precise
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Post  sanderson on 2/24/2015, 1:50 am

Eric Lingo wrote: minot to be precise
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Post  Eric Lingo on 2/24/2015, 9:47 am

ya a friend of mine has a plumbing remodel business in north Dakota that he wants me to come out there and help, the city is Minot its kinda in the center northern side of north Dakota its like 1-2 hours away from the Canadian boreder. so when I move there my growing season is going to go all sorts of whacky on me..like only 4 months of growing actualy have to worry about frost and critters coming to eat my yummies.
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Thanks for clarifying. I can't imagine having a short growing season! But, you may end up falling in love with the area.

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Post  Eric Lingo on 2/24/2015, 2:39 pm

ya I looked into to it some already I get to start all over from the beginning new beds and all and I have always loved the more rural area to live. I had lived in Livingston Montana for 2 years and loved it.
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Post  has55 on 2/24/2015, 8:33 pm

we have been sharing our winter greens with other families that don't garden. so their greens comes from the local store. They have rave about the taste/flavor. To us it taste great, but we're used to eating or own organic product, so it's seem normal. It been a while, many years since we ate greens from the store, even the health food store, because we pick it and cook, juice or whatever immediately. what I figured  out, I probably would not be a good candidate for a food taster among organic greens.. It would need to be an outsider. Yes the food would taste good, but they could really see the difference among the greens.
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Post  littlesapphire on 2/24/2015, 9:48 pm

Yay, glad you enjoyed your greens, Eric!  It's nice to read about others who are out there gardening.  February is my worst month, because it's the coldest and snowiest here in NY.  My garden is under four feet of snow right now! 

Has, I'm sure it's something to do with my gardening methods or maybe my expectations after having been raised on iceberg lettuce, but my garden lettuce always tastes slightly bitter to me.  Some kinds of lettuce don't have much bitter, like cos types.  Most of the time it's just a low level bitter that I can usually cover up with dressing, but later on in the season, when it starts heating up, it gets too bitter to eat raw (although I have made lettuce soup out of bitter lettuce!  Good eats Smile ).  And that's my 2 cents on my garden lettuce!  Maybe I need to add more compost to my lettuce!
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Post  Eric Lingo on 2/25/2015, 12:20 am

I heard about this snow thing before..luckly here in southern California I don't have to deal with it.
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Post  plantoid on 2/25/2015, 4:01 pm

littlesapphire wrote:Yay, glad you enjoyed your greens, Eric!  It's nice to read about others who are out there gardening.  February is my worst month, because it's the coldest and snowiest here in NY.  My garden is under four feet of snow right now! 

Has, I'm sure it's something to do with my gardening methods or maybe my expectations after having been raised on iceberg lettuce, but my garden lettuce always tastes slightly bitter to me.  Some kinds of lettuce don't have much bitter, like cos types.  Most of the time it's just a low level bitter that I can usually cover up with dressing, but later on in the season, when it starts heating up, it gets too bitter to eat raw (although I have made lettuce soup out of bitter lettuce!  Good eats Smile ).  And that's my 2 cents on my garden lettuce!  Maybe I need to add more compost to my lettuce!

Try sowing lettuce thickly in a short one foot row in a square then harvest almost daily as a cut and come again . Don't let it get much taller than 4 inches  cut and compost if needed & keep it well watered and fed with a compost tea almost daily if needs be .

Last year in just one test square foot square we did a row of mixed lettuce a row of thickly sown, a mixed radish row thinly then another row of thickly sown mixed lettuce seed and another row of mixed radish seed last year . For we also foun d that the individual lettuce were too big too soon & too many too .

 A tip for sowing the lettuce and radish thickly in a straight one foot long row .
 Fold a one foot long 2" wide strip of corrugated cardboard into a vee along the corrugations from end to end  or  Find a bit of right 1 " angled aluminum , plastic etc . turn it upside down so it will run between two seed [labels set edgewise to run along the line of the row .
press one edge of the guide 1/4 inch or so in the line , lift the guide ,set it on the MM so the depressed line in the MM is at the edge of  the guide edge  and then slide/sprinkle the seed on the angled side  so it slips down it in to the depression , now gently sprinkle MM over the sown seed to cover it . It  lays a great narrrow  straight row of seed .
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