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Spring in the Intermountain West

Post  Turan on 4/23/2016, 9:21 pm

Spring arrived early this year.  My crocus started blooming about February 21rst, a full month earlier than normal.  Right now the Nanking and other bush cherries are blooming, and they usually bloom on Mother's Day.  How much to venture in early planting is a constant itch in my brain.

I planted snow peas on Good Friday in late March and htey are up now so I planted the sugar snaps. 
There are not wild mustards coming up in yet so I am hesitant to plant out my broccoli starts.  I did seed some pak choi though, it will probably come up wen its wild cousins do.
The cilantro that self seeded from last year is sprouting, or something very similar looking, and I saw a couple orach sprouts.  That suggests planting carrots very soon.  I have 3 types for this year, a late purple and a late orange and an early red. 

The greenhouse has lettuce seeded and sprouted on the side that will house Tomatoes and peppers this year.  Tomorrow I plan to tidy up and prepare the other side for beans.  All my beans are going to be planted in hte greenhouse this year.  That seems a good rotation with the tomatoes.

How are the other gardens in our region faring?

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Post  sanderson on 4/24/2016, 2:26 pm

Hi, Turan! happy hi

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Post  Kelejan on 4/24/2016, 2:33 pm

Interesting report, Turan.  I see you plant by  what the wild things do. I try to do that as much as I can but it take times to learn these things, especially when never having thought about it much before.

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Post  Turan on 5/4/2016, 12:36 am

I figure the plants have better ideas of soil temperature and other conditions for sprouting than I do.

Encouraged by the cilantro and orach self seeded sprouts I went ahead and seeded carrots.  First I had to dig out the tasty, invasive ginger mint that got in that bed.  (I put it there, years ago, and fight it now but it is a very tasty pest).  Usually I mix carrots types ( colors and length of time to mature) and radish seeds.  That mix then sort of thins as I pull radishes and then early carrots.  Any rate, this year I was out of radish seeds and so I am trying that dwarf pakchoi.  The seed is hte same size and it sprouts and matures fast.  We will see.

The apples are starting to bloom and the lilacs will be fast behind them.  Every thing seems 3 weeks ahead of itself this year.  Everything but me. 
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Post  Turan on 5/6/2016, 7:06 pm

The weather keeps on pretending it is June.  I have apples in bloom.
Feeling a bit behind I got the tomatoes and peppers planted in the greenhouse.  The lettuce is growing fast, by next week I will start harvesting.  I could tonight actually,  some thinnings would be tasty with chives. 

My son turned the other bed in the greenhouse for me.  I'll plant the beans in that bed tomorrow. 

In a 4x8 outside bed I planted 10 broccoli starts this morning.  I usually plant 8 plants in a 3x8 bed and that fills it to over flowing.  I am wondering what to plant in the central area.  In the past it would be potatoes.  Maybe I should just let the cilantro come up. 

Next on the schedule is to start rutabagas in soil blocks and squash in some 6" pots.  The bed the rutabagas will go in is full of self seeded cilantro.  I guess my first cilantro harvest will be hte planting of rutabagas. Very Happy

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Re: Spring in the Intermountain West

Post  Turan on 5/10/2016, 12:29 am

It is snowing.  Temps are supposed to hover around freezing the next couple days.
I put a second layer of sheets over the tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse and put a space heater in there. 

You know those foundation vents that open and close dependant on temperature.  4 years seems their limit, they do not close any more when it gets cold. 

The rutabagas in the house have sprouted.

The broccoli is under a cover and usually handles these snow storms well, if covered.

So now to wait until Wednesday to see if I will need to go on a tomato/ pepper plant  buying spree.
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Growing in the Western Plains and Mountains 2016

Post  Turan on 6/11/2016, 12:41 am

A month has gone by and boy things sure grow when they get going! 

Here are some pictures from a week ago.

A garden panorama showing the arch with peas growing on it.



The greenhouse with beans on the right and tomatoes/ peppers on the right.  My sons spent a good bit of time stabilizing it even more.  It did not flap during the wind storm today.



I scattered lettuce seed back in March.  Then in May I transplanted the tomatoes and peppers into that bed.  The lettuce is a bit over whelming but delicious.  The tomatoes have started blooming.



A garden cat.


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Post  sanderson on 6/11/2016, 5:04 am

I was just thinking about your spread and hoping you would post photos! Thanks for reading my mind. Wink

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Re: Spring in the Intermountain West

Post  countrynaturals on 6/11/2016, 1:15 pm

Great pics, Turan. What a challenge to garden where the weather is so unpredictable. WOW! Here we just deal with "hot" and "dry."

My eye caught your tires on black plastic (weed cloth?) Can you imagine what the pioneer farmers could have done with big rubber tires and rolls of black plastic?  geek

We have a cat that looks just like yours. His name is Spider. His momma was a pregnant feral rescue. Spider was her first-born. When he was only a few minutes old, he spread those long black legs over the entire all-you-can-eat-buffet and dug in (while she was still trying to deliver his siblings) and basically named himself. Rolling Eyes

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/11/2016, 1:28 pm

Lookin' good Turan.  I like your greenhouse!

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Post  landarch on 6/13/2016, 10:17 pm

looking good...killer area you live in for fly fishermen.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/13/2016, 10:30 pm

Your cat is gorgeous! Sorry! Plants looking good, but kitty got it goin on! Cool

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Re: Spring in the Intermountain West

Post  Turan on 7/6/2016, 8:13 pm

I had a battle with my camera and could not get the pictures to load to the laptop, then today I tried once more and it was smooth sailing.  Go figure.

Here are some pictures from the end of last month.  Things grow so fast now everything is much bigger.

The greenhouse~ 
I just pulled most of the lettuce and used it as mulch.  We just could not keep up with it and it was too hard to get at as the tomatoes grow big. The beans and tomatoes are flowering.  I never did the toothbrush thing this year, maybe that explains why the tomato set is late.



Winter squash in a hopefully protected from thunderstorms spot.




A robin watching me watching him.  He is perched on the pea arch.  That whole 3x8 bed is peas.




Golden snow peas.  We have had a a couple big pickings of peas now.





Tomatillos growing.  They are in a cold frame in WoWs.  They have out grown the coldframe so I put the lid away.  This is hte earliest I have had the fruits set.




Beds and asparagus trees.  lol





Jasmine being patient.  The cat was stalking her.




Oriental poppy.


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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/6/2016, 8:48 pm

Very nice, cute dog, and love the greenhouse!

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Re: Spring in the Intermountain West

Post  Turan on 7/6/2016, 9:52 pm

I love the greenhouse as well.  It broadens what I can grow so much.

Here is our new puppy.  Another thing for Jasmine to be patient about.  Laughing


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Post  sanderson on 7/8/2016, 12:46 am

Turan, thanks for sharing the great photos.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/8/2016, 7:01 am

"the toothbrush thing?" WHAT is that, Turan??

Everything looks great! New pup is a cutie...

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Post  trolleydriver on 7/8/2016, 8:57 am

Nice spread you've got there Turan.  And that dog is gorgeous.

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