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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  NHGardener on 5/20/2015, 10:05 am

Beautiful radishes!!!! 

Maybe you could think "outside the box" with your broccoli, CC, just plant them around the edges of the box as ornamentals? Smile

37F tonight!!!!! 39F on Friday night. Jeesh, at this rate I'll never get the transplants in... but as you say CC, looks like a flip is switched on Sunday, I hope so!!!

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/20/2015, 10:17 am

@NHGardener wrote:, looks like a flip is switched on Sunday, I hope so!!!
hahaha! Dyslexic much? It takes one to know one, I do it too.

The broccoli has to be covered from that foolish white butterfly. They are everywhere. I just don't have a large enough area to cover. I've tried covering individual squares with tool but, I don't know, it really never works out well for me. I need QB to give me some lessons.l figure something out. Wish I could give them to someone.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  NHGardener on 5/20/2015, 10:30 am

LOL CC, I didn't even notice that one! Jeesh.

Well, another thought, if you have seedlings and no box, is just to create a place in the yard and plant them without a box, and then cover them.

I have to drag out my agrabon and wire hoops and clothespins so I can transplant the broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cabbage plants. It's the one thing holding me up. The kale is already out there and will have to fend for itself.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  quiltbea on 5/20/2015, 11:10 am

I transplanted my my broccoli on 4/27.  The cool nites don't help with them having nice growth spurts, but they are out there.  They can be transplanted out 5 weeks before the last frost date so get them out there Now.  As for the Brussels sprouts, put them out when the soil hits 60*.  For me that was the same time as the broccs.  A bit of frost won't hurt them either.

CapeC.....That's why I plant all my broccoli in one bed together so I can cover them over with a big piece of Agrabon clipped to wire coat hangers to defeat the cabbage moth.  Putting them in different squares was too much of a workload for me, covering each individual square.  The same for cabbages.  I always had flea beetles devouring the cabbage leaves, but not so with the Agrabon covering. 

I'm expecting a drop to the mid-30s tonite so am considering whether or not to put out a few tomatoes.  Its overcast and a good day for transplanting, but maybe I'll wait til the Mem'l weekend after all.  That's the usual date when I normally put out the warm-weather crops anyway.  One just can't fight Mother Nature, but I'll see how active I feel today.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/20/2015, 1:27 pm

Ok, I got the 10 broccoli seedlings planted out in every nook and cranny I could find and then piled each one with grass clippings to keep it out of the sun. Maybe the grass smell will keep butterfly away too? After that whatever happens happens. 

I have my beans soaking right now. I made a mistake earlier when I mentioned Calypso beans. They aren't Calypso that I'm planting but Tiger's Eye, and also Kentucky Wonder. Are we supposed to soak beans before planting? I can't remember...

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  NHGardener on 5/20/2015, 4:03 pm

CC, it will be interesting to see how your broccolis do. I don't know about soaking beans, I haven't done that, but maybe some do.

FROST ADVISORY TONIGHT. I can't believe it. Now I have to drag the sprinkler all over creation and get that buckwheat well watered for tonight. If the buckwheat dies NOW when it's 4" tall I will surely crumble into an inconsolable heap.

Kinda late for a frost, but May 13th was only a 50% end of frost. Still. Bleh. Glad I never got around to t'planting anything else out there.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/20/2015, 4:15 pm

I just saw the frost and freeze reports on TV. That rots! Only 40's here but still heading out to put clam packs over my new little 2" tomatoes.

NHG, how come you planted buckwheat? Do you eat it? I like it okay but not enough to grow it. I have quinoa that I want to plant but I need to find the space. Somewhere there's space...

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  NHGardener on 5/20/2015, 5:00 pm

Eating buckwheat would be interesting, you'd have to get a grinder and grind it first. People make buckwheat pancakes with the flour. But we grow buckwheat for 3 reasons: the bees and other pollinators LOVE it, and it blooms the entire summer, so that even in mid-July when there's a dearth of nectar sources, they are all over the buckwheat, and it's a relief to me. Also, it is a way to clear the land to make use for something else - buckwheat is a smother crop, and will choke out the weeds, so it kind of holds the soil in place until you're ready to use it. And then because it's also a green manure, and when the fall frost comes and it dies (it can't handle frost at all), it lays on the ground all winter, and you just kind of rake it under in the spring and it mulches like any other mulch. Oh, and also because it's pretty to look at. The spouse is into how things look (believe it or not Smile ) and he likes to have the buckwheat blooming next to his wildflower/yellow daisy patch.

Apparently buckwheat used to be a major crop, it only grows in cooler regions like the northeast, not down south, but when they found how to grow other grains up here (or maybe just grew enough of them in the midwest, I forget), buckwheat lost favor. But it's a great plant.

My husband, who really hasn't been into the whole growing edibles thing, has recently expressed interest in using parts of the buckwheat field areas next summer to plant a ton of dried beans. Proof that miracles do happen.  Laughing

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  sdugas164 on 5/20/2015, 6:36 pm

Here are some pics of things. Having issues getting them here. I lost the strawberry one
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My little farmer with his beans from school. 

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Peas, a couple beans and future squash

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Bean teepe 

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2 4x8 need to get more wood chips and hubby wants to build a box along the fence for corn.

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Lettuce area

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  NHGardener on 5/20/2015, 7:02 pm

Nice, sdugas! And boy, is that bean grower cute. Wish I had me one of them.  Laughing

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/20/2015, 7:06 pm

Lucky you, sdugas, to have a cute little farmer helper! Looks like you're moving right along there. I love those beds up against the house. They look so protected which will be great for lettuce .

If you put the corn up against the fence will it be in groups rather than a long row? I think if they are all in a row it makes it difficult for them to pollinate each other.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  sdugas164 on 5/20/2015, 7:43 pm

I'm not sure what's happening with the corn. Not sure how much materials we are getting to build the box( old decking from my dad) it said something about groups of 4. I haven't pulled that pack of again to read, end of school is keeping me busy. 

That bean farmer is my middle. I'm sure to get pics of the others as the summer progress.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  sanderson on 5/21/2015, 2:00 am

sdugas, I'm so sorry but in trying to clean up your post, I wiped out the photo of your cute helper. Can you repost his photo. Again, I'm sorry.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  sdugas164 on 5/21/2015, 7:39 am

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  sdugas164 on 5/21/2015, 7:41 am

See no idea why it's posting double:x
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I'll have to fine my normal camera next time I take pics

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  sdugas164 on 5/21/2015, 8:41 am


 
testing from my laptop... the strawberry patch...

Still had double but easier to clean up the junk on the laptop than the tiny iphone screen.

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Post  Cherbear on 5/21/2015, 8:48 am

Hi there! Your garden looks great! Cute little helper. What is the spacing your use for your broccoli? Is it one per square? I have the book somewhere, but it is lost in the chaos that is my room. Your strawberries are really far apart. Mine are all crammed together. I hope mine do as well as yours...
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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  NHGardener on 5/21/2015, 9:09 am

The thing about strawberries is they s-p-r-e-a-d. So if you plant them far apart, before long they'll be taking over the place. Which is great if you love strawberries. Smile

I just found out my breadmaker makes jams. I've had this for years and didn't realize until I saw it in the recipe book yesterday. 3 cups crushed strawberries, 5 cups sugar (gack), put it in the machine, and voila. Can't wait to try it.

I guess you still have to boil the canning jars though. It didn't mention that.


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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  sdugas164 on 5/21/2015, 9:13 am

The strawberries were pre square foot gardening. reason why they are spread apart. they are actually running away... i have a couple that got in the grass. I'm not sure if i'll be moving these(they are four years old)  or restarting new ones when i can get a new spot for them. depends on hubby's travel schedule if he can remove more tree stumps and build me new space. i might build boxes where the teepe is and move some there. 

CC had the broccoli. every time i try to grow it i lose it to the worms. easier just to grab a head from the farmers market. 

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  sdugas164 on 5/21/2015, 9:15 am

@NHGardener wrote:The thing about strawberries is they s-p-r-e-a-d. So if you plant them far apart, before long they'll be taking over the place. Which is great if you love strawberries. Smile

I just found out my breadmaker makes jams. I've had this for years and didn't realize until I saw it in the recipe book yesterday. 3 cups crushed strawberries, 5 cups sugar (gack), put it in the machine, and voila. Can't wait to try it.

I guess you still have to boil the canning jars though. It didn't mention that.
If you look online there are recipes that use honey for the sweetener vs all that sugar. i have honey peach from last year that i loved.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  NHGardener on 5/21/2015, 9:26 am

Ooh. Honey as sweetener. Thanks!

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  quiltbea on 5/21/2015, 11:14 am

SDugas.......Thanks for posting some pix.  Cute gardener's helper.  I could use one of those. 
If you give your son a couple of squares for himself, to grow things that are easy like radishes or greens or even a sunflower or two, he'll be more apt to keep up his interest in helping in the garden.  
We're still waiting on another cold nite tonite and then maybe Sat. nite as well and after that I think its done.  I won't transplant any tomatoes as planned just quite yet.  The tiny ones in the covered greenhouse are doing well but I close that up at nite.  Last nite I brought in all the trays with the seedlings hardening off just in case.  One never knows about those unexpected dips in temps.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  lyndeeloo on 5/22/2015, 7:16 am

SDugas, Your little bean farmer is so cute! It's nice to have a little help with the gardening. 

Seeded corn, and additional green beans, carrots, beets and dill yesterday. Planted the purple tomatillos and the little fingers eggplant. It is really starting to look like a veggie garden!
 cheers Yahooooo! 

The strawberry plants are loaded with berries, soon the battle with the chipmunks will begin.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/22/2015, 1:43 pm

My FedEx guy just told me that he's mucking out his goat pen next week and I can pick up the poo/hay mix afterward.  What a Face

So I went online and found this:
Goat Manure – This manure is drier than other manures, so it’s easier to use. It has a low odor and is a richer source of nitrogen and potassium than cow and horse manure. It doesn't burn plants, but can have weed seeds.

I'll have to ask him about shots the next time I see him.  Don't want my worms killed.

Nice rain here last night.  Guess I won't have to water until Sunday. Yay.

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Re: New England, May 2015

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/22/2015, 7:25 pm

Heads up, New England...temps are heading south again tonight. Hopefully this is the last time I'll have to cover my tomato seedlings with clam packs and the squash seedlings with mowed grass. 

Also, here's the results of those 3 peppers I beheaded after their first set of leaves

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