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Re: New England March 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:02 am

Yeah, I had to scrap my errands for today. Mad It was supposed to be rain since it's over 35 degrees out there, which is why I planted peas and spinach yesterday. But so far only wind blown snow.
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  bigdogrock on Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:56 am

(My computer just started to act up, lost a post that was just about done. Major bummer.)
We still have over a foot of snow on the ground, and it is above freezing. But, the term "raw" applies. It is spitting snow. The birds and the squirrels are having their way with the feeders and it is very enjoyable to watch. I am not going anywhere other than to the barn for some "Pre" spring cleaning organization. It is nice to be putting snow removal tools back in order so that when it is time to put them away they have been inspected and anything that needs oil, sharpening, repainted, or bent back into shape, etc. is done and I can just put them away and bring out the summer stuff! The ground is frozen solid except where the snow has been cleared away, and then it is frozen about 3"-4" down. We haven't had much sun lately, but that will probably soon change and I can "work" the soil, I am thinking spring.
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Re: New England March 2017

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Re: New England March 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:19 pm

Heads up, New England:
Seed packets are 50% off this week at Job Lot!!!
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Meanwhile, the little one's are coming along nicely.

Seven varieties of lettuces:

The three varieties of kale are ready for some Neptune:

Stevia was cut back for spring.  The new growth is looking good:

Onions:

Overall, they seem pretty happy:

Will probably start tomatoes and peppers this weekend.
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:31 pm

Nice, CC!  I too am hoping to get some tomatoes in this weekend, and ground cherries.  Might check out the beds, if I can, I will stick in sugar snap peas and radishes...hopefully it won't be frozen.  

Marvel of 4, and a butter leaf: what varieties of lettuces?  And what is the dark red kale?
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  quiltbea on Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:58 am

CC:    Lookin' good.
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:59 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
Marvel of 4, and a butter leaf: what varieties of lettuces?  And what is the dark red kale?

Let's see...(bottom to top) Butt Crunch, Little Ceasar, Grand Rapids, Lolla Rosa, Marvel of the 4 Seasons, Rouge d' Hiver and Red Velvet.  The Grand Rapids and the Butt Crunch are 5 yr old seeds which is why they are sparce.  I'm glad to get ANYthing from them.

The red kale is Baltic Red, a new comer for me.
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  yolos on Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:03 am

You have a lot of good looking seedlings just waiting to go outside when the weather permits.
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:15 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:
Marvel of 4, and a butter leaf: what varieties of lettuces?  And what is the dark red kale?

Let's see...(bottom to top) Butt Crunch, Little Ceasar, Grand Rapids, Lolla Rosa, Marvel of the 4 Seasons, Rouge d' Hiver and Red Velvet.  The Grand Rapids and the Butt Crunch are 5 yr old seeds which is why they are sparce.  I'm glad to get ANYthing from them.

The red kale is Baltic Red, a new comer for me.
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Nice!  Baltic Red...frickin beautiful!  Let me know..I am not a kale fan, and in fact said I would not grow it...it is just soooo good for us, and I love every other plant related to it...cruciferous veggies....
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:47 am

Sunny right now and cold & windy, but it's supposed to get cloudy this afternoon, rain tomorrow and then a nice stretch of weather after that. I've got it in my mind that I want to plant something out in the garden today. I haven't even hardened any starts off yet so I put these babies out this morning to see if I can get them prepared -  Kale, collards, lettuces. They were watered with half strength Neptune yesterday  to feed them but it should also ease any transplant shock. Their twin packs are still inside to grow a little bigger and be planted out later if this doesn't work.  

I think I'll also plant some onion sets and maybe some onion seedlings. And probably the potatoes that are sprouting under my kitchen counter.
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:12 pm

Once it clouded over I really felt like I needed to get my hands dirty. These poor little baby kales and collards are probably cursing the day I was born.

Grocery bought organic sprouted gold potatoes are planted here:

I was surprised to see beautiful new growth rising above the fall debris that is laying atop the inground strawberry bed behind this box

Garlic:

No photo of the lettuce box as the plants are too small & dark to show up against the mm.

Time for a rest now. I may smell like Neptune but I feel sooooooo good!!!

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Re: New England March 2017

Post  quiltbea on Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:10 pm

CapeC....Thanks for the visuals.  Love seeing how the new babies are doing.
Just cover over the new outdoor plants just before the sun goes down to trap a little heat undercover.  Maybe they'll do just fine.
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:27 pm

Nice!  I put my leaves outside in the overcast day yesterday for not even an hour and they looked like they were being sunscalded....grrr...
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Re: New England March 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:37 pm

Went home at lunch today and plopped the windows over the 2 planted boxes as it was snowing. Shocked Now it's raining but I think over the next 24 hrs it may go back and forth. Better safe than sorry.

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