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Post  Aub on 12/28/2010, 10:59 pm

I just got about a half dozen seed catalogs today as well as a Chicken Catalog (who knew)! I'm ready to get this party started! I already have most of my seeds but I keep finding more to buy. I can't wait to see my garden all full of veggies and some little chickens playing in the Sunflower forest.
Now I just have to plan it all out on paper. And start some seeds pretty soon. Can you start seeds too early?

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Post  Selandra on 12/28/2010, 11:09 pm

@Aub wrote:Can you start seeds too early?

Yes says the person who killed a very large amount of seedlings because she just couldn't wait until Febuary to start... Embarassed Very Happy

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Post  Lavender Debs on 12/29/2010, 9:13 am

Awww!

I am in the North West. Last year I found out that you can start seeds on time and it can still be too early. "Burr" was the most common way to great the day last year.

This year, before it is time to plant, I am working on cloches made of plastic pipe and that "shrink to fit with a hairdryer" storm window stuff. If I measure correctly they should fit right into the grids (we don't drink milk). It may help with the early start seeds. But I don't live in central Illinois where I hear you get something called lake effect snow.

Deborah....all excited that I woke up to a skiff of snow this AM! Burr!

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Post  camprn on 12/29/2010, 9:27 am

@Lavender Debs wrote:This year, before it is time to plant, I am working on cloches made of plastic pipe and that "shrink to fit with a hairdryer" storm window stuff.
ooooooooooh! Do let us know how this works out! Very Happy

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Post  Lavender Debs on 12/29/2010, 9:38 am

@camprn wrote:
@Lavender Debs wrote:This year, before it is time to plant, I am working on cloches made of plastic pipe and that "shrink to fit with a hairdryer" storm window stuff.
ooooooooooh! Do let us know how this works out! Very Happy
I have camera and I know how to use it. (variation on "have a gun” in case it doesn't translate)

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Post  boffer on 12/29/2010, 10:07 am

@Lavender Debs wrote:...Deborah....all excited that I woke up to a skiff of snow this AM! Burr!

Is skiff a valley girl word? Google is no help unless you mean a flat bottomed boatload of snow! If that's the case, I'm bummed I didn't get some too lots o

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Post  Lavender Debs on 12/29/2010, 10:20 am

Humm, might be an island girl thing (Whidbey Island before it became chic and the Norwegians were still growing loganberries for wine).

We don't usually call our small flat bottom boats skiffs but the amount of snow I am talking about doesn't have a lot of freeboard. It is snow that you can still see blades of grass through. Maybe it is one of those hybrid Norwegian words that I grew up with.

Deborah….who used to hear the uncles say, “Yust when I learn to say Yelly it changes to Yam”

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Post  boffer on 12/29/2010, 10:46 am

It just got light enough to see...I got a dusting of snow! cheers

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Post  Aub on 12/29/2010, 10:51 am

I strongly dislike waiting! I want to do something, anything. All these catalogs are such teasers.

Boffer- I think we got your "flat-bottomed boatload" of snow. I think we have had 6 inches or so on the ground for a week now. It's not the 2 feet that that some places got but it's more than enough for me.

Is it really bad that I didn't put plastic over my beds? I have garlic in one and strawberries in another. The rest are empty.

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Post  boffer on 12/29/2010, 11:04 am

@Aub wrote:Is it really bad that I didn't put plastic over my beds? I have garlic in one and strawberries in another. The rest are empty.

Most folks don't cover their beds. The garlic will be OK. I don't know about the strawberries.

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Post  camprn on 12/29/2010, 11:07 am

@Aub wrote:

Is it really bad that I didn't put plastic over my beds? I have garlic in one and strawberries in another. The rest are empty.
I wont be starting any seeds until March, and then I am going to start the leeks, which are very long growing. I will probably not start the rest until the end of March or the beginning of April. I am in zone 5a.
As to covering beds, it is a matter of personal preference. Mulching is ideal for the garlic and strawbs.
I didn't cover my beds either. Very Happy

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Post  Lavender Debs on 12/29/2010, 11:16 am


This is a skiff of snow. A little more than a dusting but not quite an inch.

Aub I cannot speak for Boffer, but when I put plastic over my PNW garden it is to protect it from our famous excessive (Seattle) rain.


Deborah....sure glad I left the lights up!

Wind rolling in from the Bearing Sea. More snow is a coin toss (50%) Bringing in a load of wood, it might not get up to 40 degrees. Two dogs and a husband to stay warm tonight. Traffic is already nutz!

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Post  Aub on 12/29/2010, 2:29 pm

I guess I'll wait. I may start the artichokes early since they grow for a long time. I got a see-through garden thing "for the kids" and we planted carrots, radishes, and green onions in it yesterday. That will just have to get me through for now.

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Post  camprn on 12/29/2010, 4:47 pm

@Aub wrote:I guess I'll wait. I may start the artichokes early since they grow for a long time.
A R T I C H O K E S ? Shocked I may need to revise my schedule....

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Post  Furbalsmom on 12/29/2010, 5:44 pm

My Violetto Artichokes package indicates you need to start seed in January lots o and transplant when soil has warmed. (no temp given). This variety is hardy in Zone 6 and Higher.

Transplant after all danger of frost is passed, but when seedlings can still receive 10 - 12 days of temps under 50 degrees to induce earlier budding.

Direct sown outdoors, only after soil has reached 65 degrees, in which case they may not mature the first year in zones 6 and lower. (and may not be hardy enough to perennialize)


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Post  camprn on 12/29/2010, 6:46 pm

I have heard of a variety that will bud in the first year and I hope this is true. I am on the hunt!

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Post  Aub on 12/29/2010, 10:07 pm

I got mine from Burpee.
http://www.burpee.com/vegetables/artichoke/artichoke-imperial-star-hybrid-prod000566.html
It says it will produce in the first year, which is good for me because it won't live through our winters.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 12/29/2010, 11:14 pm

@camprn wrote:I have heard of a variety that will bud in the first year and I hope this is true. I am on the hunt!

What ever it was that Ray got me for Mothers Day made two buds in its first year.

From the TSC Catalog:
Start indoors in late January or early February
Sow seeds thickly, 1/4" deep, 4" pots, sterile seedling mix.
Maintain soil temp between 65-75 degrees F

Of the seedlings that emerge about 20% will not produce high quality plants. Cull out the small and the albino plants. Fertilize transplants with a good all purpose liquid fertilizer (2-1-1 )

Transplant after the danger of frost has passed but when the seedlings can still receive 10 to 12 days of temperatures under 50 degrees F, which induces earlier budding. The period of cool temperatures needed to stimulate growth and flowering varies with location and variety.

Space transplants 3 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart (Big big section of your SFG). Work in 1 cup of complete fertilizer or a shovelful of composted chicken manure per plant.

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Post  davidclubb on 12/29/2010, 11:20 pm

You can subscribe to a seed planting schedule at www.gardenate.com. It is tailored to your specific temperature and hardiness zone.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 12/29/2010, 11:23 pm

Kewl Dave, thanks!

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