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Post  NHGardener on 3/11/2015, 7:12 pm

Wow, Molly. That's actually great news.

I'm going to see if I have any older onion seed packets, just to try. 

Anyone else have any?

Great melting today, but still hardly making a dent. But it sure was good to see that water trickling off the roof all day.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/12/2015, 9:27 am

Molly, I agree.  They just want us to buy new seeds every year.  After all, how else would they make money...?

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Post  mollyhespra on 3/12/2015, 9:55 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Molly, I agree.  They just want us to buy new seeds every year.  After all, how else would they make money...?

LOL! Good point, AM!

And to be fair, my seeds are kept snug, dry and cool in the bottom of the fridge year-round. Those viability charts may well be skewed low to take into account folks who just stash their seeds in the garage with the rest of their lawn equipment, with no consideration for heat or moisture regulation.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/12/2015, 10:11 am

I have a packet of old globe onions somewhere in the back of the fridge.  I think I'll dig them out at lunch today.  Never had any luck getting them to grow big, but then my onions (& turnips & beets) never grow big.  Any ideas why?

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Post  NHGardener on 3/12/2015, 10:54 am

Just a note, I've been hearing lately the importance of not over-watering tomatoes. Something to keep in mind.

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Post  mollyhespra on 3/12/2015, 10:54 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:I have a packet of old globe onions somewhere in the back of the fridge.  I think I'll dig them out at lunch today.  Never had any luck getting them to grow big, but then my onions (& turnips & beets) never grow big.  Any ideas why?

Day-length variety incompatibility with your area?

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/12/2015, 11:17 am

Thanks for the reminder. I'll check it, but I'm pretty sure I got the long-day.  Altho even the potato onions are too small to use.  I'd say that something for roots is missing in my MM but I can grow great carrots and daikon.
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Post  mollyhespra on 3/14/2015, 9:12 am

CC, my Green Mountain Multipliers were very small the first year also. Last year they grew bigger.  It may work a bit like garlic where each year the individual bulbs have a chance of growing bigger because their parents were bigger.  Don't give up on them yet!

OH!  And I meant to ask: any of you ever try growing celeriac?

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Post  camprn on 3/14/2015, 9:40 am

@NHGardener wrote:Just a note, I've been hearing lately the importance of not over-watering tomatoes. Something to keep in mind.
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Post  NHGardener on 3/14/2015, 12:58 pm

Glad to hear you concur, camprn. I was surprised at the extent of what I heard about tomatoes almost being a desert-y plant. But I can't verify that on google, so I'm not going to spread that info.

Today I bought Daikon radish seeds (I want to try using them mainly for soil fertility) and Fortex pole bean seeds - they only had packets of 50 bean seeds, I could probably use around 150, but it's a start. (For $3.95 a package I wasn't ready to splurge on more.)

I'm also interested in the kalettes - the brussel sprout/kale mixes. Anyone trying those? I didn't see the seeds for that when I was out, maybe only certain places sell those at this point. I think they're new.

Haven't gotten the seedlings going yet - making a birthday dinner today so I'm thinking Monday I may get to brass tacks. Have to look back in these archives and see when I started seeds other years. Are you all thinking it may be one of those springs when everything will be delayed due to snow cover and then cold soil temps?

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/15/2015, 4:52 pm

Yum...love diakon, especially the seed pods.  I grow them in spring just for the summer pods. Pretty aster-like flowers, too.  Then I grow them in fall for the root.  

My boxes have broken thru the snow quite a bit, but it's snowing to beat the band again now soooo...what EVer.

I saw what looked like they could be 'kalettes' in a store the other day but didn't buy them because I wasn't sure what they were or what to do with them.  They were so pretty though.  Looked like mini tight...kales I guess...or fluffy brussels.   Adorable.  I've thought about them a lot since so maybe I'll go back and get some now that I have an idea of what they probably are.  Thanks, NHG.

Molly, last years potato onions are at the ready as soon as a box thaws out.

My greens & lettuce seedlings are very happy in that bloody cold window.  The peppers & leeks are still on the heating pad - day 5.  I'm expecting them to pop any minute now so I can get the tomatoes going.

omg, there's a couple of kids outside batting at a tennis ball in the middle of the road in the pouring snow.  Guess ya can't hold em back anymore.  

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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2015, 1:20 pm

Kids and snow! Your seedling look adorable. Very Happy

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/17/2015, 5:18 pm

I covered one box with clear plastic yesterday and was surprised that the MM was thawed about 3 inches down. Yea!

Isn't is amazing how fast seedlings grow!?  When I look at the above photo from 2 days ago and can see such a difference compared to today. 

Peppers sprouted finally - 6 days.  So at lunch just now I planted 5 varieties of tomatoes - 4 seeds of each, 2 per cell -  and will grow only 2 of each.  I'm backing down on toms because they inflame my arthritis. Sad I'm hoping it's only the red ones that do that, so I planted yellow Brandywines and the usual Black Cherries so I can test this theory. I taste tested orange ones last year and didn't like them.

Has anyone grown and/or tasted Yellow Brandywine?  How were they?

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Post  NHGardener on 3/17/2015, 5:37 pm

Ouch about the tomatoes, CC! Are you sure it's them? My husband is allergic to tomatoes, so I don't grow a ton, but we still eat tomato sauces occasionally, etc.

I haven't grown brandywines, but I did grow some sort of yellow cherry tomato the first year, and those were excellent. I forget their name, I think I got them from tomatofest. 

No seedlings here yet. I'm applying around for jobs and that's taking a lot of time. But I do see it's very windy out and we're not scheduled to be above 32F until Friday. BLEH!!!!

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Post  camprn on 3/17/2015, 5:58 pm

Wicked windy!!!

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/17/2015, 6:39 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:.....  I'm backing down on toms because they inflame my arthritis. Sad I'm hoping it's only the red ones that do that, so I planted yellow Brandywines and the usual Black Cherries so I can test this theory. I taste tested orange ones last year and didn't like them.CC

Any of the nightshades can inflame arthritis:  Peppers, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Potatoes.   I have found for me that Russets really set off my joints but Yukons and Klondike Rose  are very tolerable for me.  Waxy type potatoes seem to work better for my inflammation, and peppers do not set me off at all.  I have not had obvious issues with tomatoes, but I also do not eat them in the same quantity as I do potatoes!  geek Let us know how your experiment goes with the different varieties of toms with Arthur...

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Post  sanderson on 3/18/2015, 1:49 am

You poor New Englanders - freezes, snow storms and now winds. Yet you still have wonderful gardens. thinking Very Happy

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Post  NHGardener on 3/18/2015, 6:57 am

Well, they're not so wonderful at the moment.

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Post  camprn on 3/18/2015, 7:00 am

I still cannot see my garden. Sad

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/18/2015, 12:41 pm

I may not be able to see mine again come Friday - 5 more inches a'comin. Sad   Well, at least I got plastic on one.  That should protect it. 

Yes, I'll update on the tomato/Arthur experiment, GG.  I'm glad to hear that different types of taters affect you differently.  I'd never heard that before so I was going out on a limb with this mater experiment.

I want to use Borage this year in my gardens.  I think they have a tap root.  Has anyone started them inside with success? 

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Post  NHGardener on 3/18/2015, 12:56 pm

"5 more inches a'comin.    "
 
What?! You keep that up and I'm not reading any more of your posts.

Go away, you bearer of bad news!

I'm pretty sure that does not apply to this area.....

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/18/2015, 1:07 pm

darn funny
Thanks for the laff, NHG...I needed that.

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Post  camprn on 3/18/2015, 2:11 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I may not be able to see mine again come Friday - 5 more inches a'comin. Sad   Well, at least I got plastic on one.  That should protect it. 

Yes, I'll update on the tomato/Arthur experiment, GG.  I'm glad to hear that different types of taters affect you differently.  I'd never heard that before so I was going out on a limb with this mater experiment.

I want to use Borage this year in my gardens.  I think they have a tap root.  Has anyone started them inside with success? 

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Just scatter the seeds outside as soon as you see dirt. Soon enough the borage will be taking over the entire garden. Borage

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I've had good luck with starting borage in seed pots and transplanting outside.

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Post  NHGardener on 3/18/2015, 2:49 pm

Ooh! Pretty, and a pollinator plant! And it spreads!

Is borage a perennial in our zone, or an annual?

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