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Re: New England May 2017

Post  sanderson on 5/9/2017, 3:23 pm

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Re: New England May 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/9/2017, 4:30 pm

Grandpappy Bumble was pollinating the strawberry flowers today.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  quiltbea on 5/9/2017, 4:40 pm

Today I picked up another pot, 4 tomato cages, and some stakes for my tomato plants.  I even bought a 6-pack of leafy lettuce plants and 2 seed packets of radishes; French Dressing and Cherry Belle.  I checked the weather for the coming week and no frosts expected, but lots of rain.
When my tom plants and thyme arrive from Territorial Seed, I can start planting.  The lettuce and radishes will be in tomorrow.  It'll be so nice to be 'gardening' once again, even in such a small way.
This morning while on my walk, spotted a very fat bee working on the pink tree blossoms.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  bigdogrock on 5/9/2017, 6:51 pm

A question for "Y'all" (Momma's kin were from Georgia, just sayin'), is it better to soak radish seeds (and for how long should they soak?) before you plant them?
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/9/2017, 10:04 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Those little garlic sprouts are adorable, Rock.   I love you
It really doesn't matter if they don't make big bulbs because they'll be so full of flavor anyway.    I have garlic of all different ages all around my gardens, in and out of the SFGs.  Last year I planted some cloves in spring to use as grid markers after getting tired of retrieving my grids blown away by wind. This year there are multiple plants coming out of each those spots, like all the cloves in each bulb sprouted.  I'll be digging them up this year once the leaves die back and we'll see what's under there.  Wonder if it will be like a multiplier onion and have multiple bulbs.

OK folks, I'm thinking of trying zucchini and Delicata again.  dangit  
BUT...this time I'll grow them in a hoop tunnel SFG just like this greens box:

If I can keep them protected thru the SVB season, then afterward I could uncover and trellis the Delicata.  The thing is, the opening on this netting is about 1/4+" and I'm wondering if SVB moth would be able to crawl in with folded wings.  
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OK, I think they lay eggs in the dirt and the larvae are what bore into the stems.  Soooo.  In my opinion, the holes are too large if you have had issues in the past.  However, has it been a while since you grew squash?  When I moved my squash from my front perennial bed to the SFG, I had 1 pest free year, and last year I lost one of the 2 patty pans, but the other was untouched.  So I think some if it is "did they have a reason to stick around?"  If not, you might be OK....but IDK.

To err on the side of caution, I say add some tulle.  Maybe not 100%, ya know?
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/9/2017, 10:05 pm

@bigdogrock wrote:A question for "Y'all" (Momma's kin were from Georgia, just sayin'), is it better to soak radish seeds (and for how long should they soak?) before you plant them?
I don't soak 'em.  They germinate fast and reliably!  I only soak spinach and pole beans.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 5/9/2017, 10:13 pm

@bigdogrock wrote:A question for "Y'all" (Momma's kin were from Georgia, just sayin'), is it better to soak radish seeds (and for how long should they soak?) before you plant them?
I soak them 4-6 hours in plain water, but I don't know if it's better. It makes them slippery and harder to sow.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  quiltbea on 5/10/2017, 10:36 pm

I transplanted my leafy lettuce to pots today.  They are lookin' good.  Planted radish seeds right along with them.

The French Dressing in the rectangular container and Cherry Belles in the round pot.  I don't soak the seed first.  I've tried them both ways over the years and I didn't see any difference.  I just make sure the soil is damp when I sow them so the seed doesn't float out on top.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/12/2017, 11:35 am

Nice, QB!  Gonna go to the store later today and get a few more containers, as I am putting my herbs on the deck so they are close by for convenience.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  bigdogrock on 5/13/2017, 8:47 am

Fantastic QB!
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  bigdogrock on 5/14/2017, 6:18 am

New England, if you don't like the weather wait five minutes. It will change. 
Woke up to this after the power went off. I just planted my tomatoes and dill. 4" of snow on May 14th, Happy Mothers Day.

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Re: New England May 2017

Post  camprn on 5/14/2017, 10:58 am

Yup,we got a little bit of the cold white stuff as well.

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Re: New England May 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/14/2017, 12:56 pm

Wait...WHAT??? Shocked Those photos are horrifying!

Rock, did you plant your tomatoes outside or in?

Meanwhile, back on Old Cape Cod, the basil, Cosmos, zinnias and marigolds started in pots inside and out have sprouted.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  bigdogrock on 5/14/2017, 2:13 pm

Yup, outside. I was completely blindsided by this one. Two tomatoes and a dill plant. It is about 37 degrees, so I pulled the snow away from the plants, maybe they will make it. I seem to find a lot of success when I plant a store bought bigger tomato plant, I get the tomatoes earlier, especially if I get an early tomato plant. I still have not found the way to raise from seed indoor and let them grow big. I always get a VERY spindly and tall, so fragile. So I got two for five bucks, and they usually grow to a huge major producing tomato plant giving me the earlier fruits.
I'll let ya know how this plays out. At this point, I feel optimistic that this may have not helped them any, but only about 1/4 of the tomato plants are above ground. We'll see.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  quiltbea on 5/14/2017, 7:11 pm

Oh, Big Rock, what a mess.  When they said we'd get a nor'easter, I was happy ours was only rain, rain, rain.

I got nice big tomatoes from seed.  Started them in a cell pack and then transplanted them to 3-liter plastic Pepsi (was my favorite drink at the time) bottles cut to about 6-8" tall.  I used some 2-liter bottles as well but not as big a transplant.
Kept them under the lights in a tray I watered from the bottom.  Those beauties grew large and strong before they had to go outdoors.
I wish I had pix, but when my old computer died, so did all my garden pictures.
Maybe they are somewhere on here in the history but I don't know how to find them.

It CAN be done, you just need the right container.  And I cut bout 4 or 5 slits in the lower half of their sides of the bottles so they could air-prune.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  quiltbea on 5/14/2017, 7:52 pm

BigRock....I found some pix that might give you an idea of larger air-pruning pots making larger tomatoes.....

Here are some on the garden bench hardening off.  Notice the large plants in the center and on the right in their larger soda air-pruning bottles.  They are healthy and larger than the ones I had transplanted into Solo cups.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  bigdogrock on 5/14/2017, 7:55 pm

Thanks Bea, 
I am a little worried about the 100 year old Lilacs, I will get them supported and gently try and stand them up. I have done it before with lots of success.

I took a "after" pic of my little tomatoes and my garlic/dill bed. This morning I cleared the snow away from the dill and tomatoes. Lots of prayers please.

I am going to plant a few radishes around the dill, they will be done before they have any negative effects on the dill.

It is not supposed to freeze, only getting down to 40° tonight. Oh yeah, I am using the same weather forecasters that failed to mention the 4" of wet, heavy snow we got last night. Shocked
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  bigdogrock on 5/14/2017, 8:04 pm

Thanks for the tips Bea, I will give them a try next time.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  quiltbea on 5/14/2017, 9:07 pm

BigDR....Here's a pic of the same tomatoes under the lights when they were smaller.


Good luck with your garden.  If the temps didn't drop below freezing I think they'll be ok.  The snow is just like a blanket so maybe not issues down the road.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/15/2017, 6:40 pm

YIKES!!!!  But honestly, the tomatoes look pretty good I think.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  sanderson on 5/16/2017, 3:01 am

Snow in May! The tomatoes look like they may make it.

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Re: New England May 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/16/2017, 2:57 pm

OK, so it's almost 80 degrees and I'm sweating here in the office.

Rock, are you participating in the 'heat wave'? Is your snow melted now?
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  CapeCoddess on 5/17/2017, 4:04 pm


I've had my starts - tomatoes, peppers, ground cherries, parsley and basil - out in morning sun only now for two days.  Then the house shades them for the rest of the day but they still get the wind, which they need to get used to, then they come in at night.  I guess tomorrow I'll move them further out onto the porch for the day and they'll get a bit more sun.

The annual flowers are on the back patio in full sun.  They are just sprouting so I figure it's OK to leave them there.
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Re: New England May 2017

Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/17/2017, 9:20 pm

Perfect!  You guys are getting what we are just now getting weather-wise...summer!  Instant summer!sunny
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My meager harvest

Post  quiltbea on 5/18/2017, 2:38 pm

You probably know I planted leaf lettuce in pots for this season. 


Here are my 2 containers.


since I had to trim off some brown leaves after the rain, I also cut off a few nice leaves for my sandwich the next day. So nice to have really fresh veggies.
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