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Re: New England, March 2016

Post  CapeCoddess on 3/27/2016, 2:23 pm

Ahoy Fruitees... Look what I did today:
I grafted a Honeycrisp onto a Red Delicious. Yes, that's duct tape. I read that duct tape is great for doing this kind of thing. It's an experiment. Let's keep our fingers crossed. 

Also planted more spinach today trying to get a larger Savoy type than what I have been able to grow in the past
The difference this time is that I planted them in the shade of another box that will also have sugar snap peas shading the spinach later on.  Hopefully that help them grow a bit longer before they bolt.
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Post  NHGardener on 3/27/2016, 3:03 pm

Fruitees - LOL!

I grafted some apple trees a few years back and I believe it was tape we used, wasn't duct tape but probably the same effect. Only mine were grafted onto root stock, I haven't seen a branch grafted to a branch so that's interesting - where did you see that?

Supposedly getting a batch of polar vortex a week or so from now.... 

My 2011 onion seeds are starting to pop up, but I'll see if they actually survive. If they do, I'll take a photo and show you all.
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Re: New England, March 2016

Post  CapeCoddess on 3/27/2016, 4:18 pm

@NHGardener wrote: I haven't seen a branch grafted to a branch so that's interesting - where did you see that?

hmm...In my brain?

@NHGardener wrote:
Supposedly getting a batch of polar vortex a week or so from now....

I know...hard to believe.  But it's so far off that anything can happen.  Maybe it'll go away.
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Post  camprn on 3/27/2016, 6:25 pm

I'm finally getting some garden time. Peas, bok choy, and rapini sown.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/27/2016, 7:06 pm

Super fun! Rapini?

Duct tape, the base of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs....truly.

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Re: New England, March 2016

Post  cpl100 on 3/29/2016, 3:39 pm

CC (and anyone else planting now):  Are you only planting under glass or out there in the open?

My garlic has sprouted and also some of my daylilies.  I was considering planting some spinach seeds but not sure if I should.....and maybe some peas.

What do you all think?
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Re: New England, March 2016

Post  CapeCoddess on 3/30/2016, 1:33 pm

Hi cpl100!

Mine are out in the open, but I will cover the leaf lettuce with screens or row covers this Sunday night if the temps head into the 20's.
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Post  cpl100 on 3/30/2016, 1:44 pm

I just have seeds, not pre-started plants.  Okay?  Thanks!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/30/2016, 3:11 pm

The veggies that I direct seeded that have sprouted already are spinach, mustard spinach, radish, daikon and sugar snap peas.  The ones that haven't budged yet are beets, chard, pak choi and more lettuce - all planted within the last couple of weeks.  

There are germination temp and percentage charts in the back of the ANSFG books so you can get an idea for your area of what to plant when.

If you haven't planted peas yet, remember this tutorial?
http://www.almanac.com/video/easy-pea-sey-how-plant-peas
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Re: New England, March 2016

Post  NHGardener on 3/30/2016, 4:04 pm

It's hard to get sugar snap peas this year (from our local vendors)! Johnnys says they had a crop failure, and Fedco, maybe for that reason, is sold out. I googled and found that there's a problem with the sugar snap genetics - snow peas started showing up in the yields to too large a degree. Doesn't apply to super sugar snap tho, just plain sugar snap.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/30/2016, 4:54 pm

@NHGardener wrote:there's a problem with the sugar snap genetics - snow peas started showing up in the yields to too large a degree.

What does that mean?  You mean I'm going to get a huge yield from my peas?  Or is that a typo?  Mine are Burpee from last year, 50% off at Job Lot.

OOOOhhhhh....I just figured it out! I could get some snow peas mixed in. Yeah, I think that happened last year and I was like, what? How'd snow peas get over here? I planted them 3 boxes away....
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Post  cpl100 on 3/30/2016, 5:03 pm

Thanks.  I'm going to find my peas and spinach seeds and put them in my box tomorrow.  

I hope I can get by to see your garden this year CC!
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Post  NHGardener on 3/30/2016, 5:30 pm

Yup, it means that the genetics are drifting some over to snow peas instead of snap peas. I was reading something about 30% snow peas somewhere, I think it's an overall problem. I guess when you're growing them, because they're a strain that was created, you have to really be aggressive in yanking the plants that are not growing true to snap peas, for seed supply. So yeah, Johnnys didn't carry them at all this year.

MEANWHILE, my 4 year old (2011) (figuring this year's seeds are 2015?) yellow onion seeds are sprouting just fine, which is not something one would expect. I don't know germination rates because I just put the remnants of 4 packs of seeds in the tray. When they get a little bigger and more obvious, I'll post a photo.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/30/2016, 6:07 pm

Interesting about the genetic drift in the peas. I have never grown any type of pea before, but got Super Sugar Snaps from Superseeds (Pinetree) this year and direct sowed them a week or so ago. I am not a big snow pea fan, I like them in stir fry, but that's it. We like regular peas, and LOVE sugar snaps out of hand (or with hummus--
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AS far as seeds I put out radishes, and peas. Next up, carrots, beets, chard, spinach to fill in where the hail took it out, and turnips. I am zone 5-6. Seems like more like 5 to me.
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Re: New England, March 2016

Post  camprn on 3/31/2016, 10:18 am

I live in zone5a and planted my peas last weekend. I will be doing another planting sometime within the next week.

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Post  cpl100 on 3/31/2016, 10:55 am

Thanks everyone!
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