Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by sanderson Today at 8:25 pm

» Today's Harvest
by LizDTM Today at 7:08 pm

» First Frost!
by brianj555 Today at 5:49 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by sanderson Today at 4:33 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 3:00 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Today at 1:16 pm

» The Winter Journey and greenhouse plastic
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 11:14 am

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 Today at 11:07 am

» Senseless Banter...
by AtlantaMarie Today at 5:39 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 5:37 am

» N&C Midwest; November Already? 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:34 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY #5 - ENDS 11/17/17
by brianj555 Yesterday at 4:12 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by Kelejan Yesterday at 3:30 pm

» My new compost heap
by Kelejan Yesterday at 3:20 pm

» What I learned this year
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:45 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:26 am

» First Tromboncino female flower
by countrynaturals 11/17/2017, 5:51 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 11/17/2017, 1:59 pm

» Free lunaria seeds
by hammock gal 11/17/2017, 10:12 am

» Plastic containers / trash cans?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 10:33 pm

» Mels book
by Scorpio Rising 11/16/2017, 7:04 pm

» Mid-Atl - Nov 2017 - Warming Up AGAIN?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 4:17 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:59 pm

» Goodbye to my SFG Raised Beds
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:41 pm

» Pickle recipes
by sanderson 11/15/2017, 4:12 am

» What variety of avocado would you recommend?
by dstack 11/14/2017, 9:12 pm

» Saffron?
by plantoid 11/14/2017, 3:32 pm

» Free Sunchoke Tubers
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/13/2017, 6:36 pm

» who has chickens
by AtlantaMarie 11/12/2017, 10:40 am

» Huge Box of Seeds from 2003!
by countrynaturals 11/11/2017, 10:17 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

February Gardening

View previous topic View next topic Go down

February Gardening

Post  Old Hippie on 2/6/2011, 3:09 pm

Let's see if I can get this done before my internet connection drops out again. Third time lucky perhaps?

Gardening in Zone 3b has it's challenges. So far the snow is still much to deep to even see anything out there. Right now almost all I can do is look at seed catalogues and dream. It is always so easy for me to get carried away by all the lovely pictures in the seed catalogues and go really nuts. BUT I have set myself a goal to stick to as many heirloom varieties as I possibly can as well as to deal with companies that promote saving your own seeds. Some companies have patented their seeds and actually have printed on their seed packages that it is illegal for you to save seed to use the following year. I am not in favour of any company having a patent on our food source so these are seed companies I am using.

www.westcoastseeds.com
www.saltspringseeds.com (this one only ships in Canada)
www.heritageharvestseed.com

To relieve the itch to grow SOMETHING, I have some herbs indoors in small pots in the kitchen. They have started to grow in the past couple of weeks since the daylight hours have increased. It shouldn't be too long before I can start snipping bits of them for cooking. There is nothing like fresh herbs for cooking. Our final frost date here is about June 12 so it is still a bit early to start tomatoes, etc. indoor but
some plants that I put in the basement for the winter are showing signs of growth so it won't be long now.

Late in the fall I planted some things in the cold frame to give them an earlier start in the spring. I haven't tried that before. Once the snow has melted enough for me to get to it, I will check and see what things are like inside it.

I am excited about the plan for everyone to start a square or two of carrots on April 15. What a lovely idea. Hopefully, we can all take part in this as it should be fun to compare results. I usually still have a frozen garden at that point but have decided to start mine in 5-gal pails filled with MM. I don't see why it shouldn't work as a book I have on potager gardens recommends growing carrots in buckets of sand if your soil is mostly heavy clay. I have never tried it so this will be a fun experiment.

What is everyone else doing while waiting for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw? Have you all started things in doors yet? What are your favourite seed companies?

Hope this finds you all dreaming of SFG.

Gwynn
avatar
Old Hippie
Regional Hosts

Female Posts : 1156
Join date : 2010-08-12
Age : 66
Location : Canada 3b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February Gardening

Post  Blackrose on 2/6/2011, 5:53 pm

I have planted herbs indoors as well. My lovely Mother lent me her baker's rack to use for my seedlings. I hung a grow light from the shelf above, plugged it into a timer and put my herbs in soil blocks underneath. I'm liking this setup much better! I can adjust the height as needed and am able to get the light much closer to my seedlings to combat legginess.

Middlemamma sent me some artichoke seeds thanks , so I'm going to start those either tonight or tomorrow. I bought a heat mat to place them on so I can regulate the temperature to try and got the highest germination rate possible. I hope it works!

My last frost date here in 5a is around May 15th. I created a Seed Starting Chart so I know when to start certain seeds indoors. After the artichokes, my next starts will be peas and peppers on February 20th. bounce

I'm itching for !!!
avatar
Blackrose

Female Posts : 710
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 44
Location : Aurora, Ontario, Zone 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February Gardening

Post  Old Hippie on 2/6/2011, 7:13 pm

@Blackrose wrote:
My last frost date here in 5a is around May 15th. I created a Seed Starting Chart so I know when to start certain seeds indoors. After the artichokes, my next starts will be peas and peppers on February 20th. bounce

Ohhhhh a last frost date of May 15th. That is a whole month more than I have. I can only dream.

I would love to try growing artichokes but since I am the only one that eats them it doesn't seem like a good use of space. However they are such a unique plant that I may try growing one in a pot just for the novelty.

The seed starting chart sounds like a great idea. How are you setting it up? Are you doing it one computer and how do you figure it all out?

Here's what winter gardening looks like in Zone 3b



The garden is under there somewhere in front of the apple tree. Back against the garage to the right of the apple tree is where we plan to put the greenhouse.

Gwynn
avatar
Old Hippie
Regional Hosts

Female Posts : 1156
Join date : 2010-08-12
Age : 66
Location : Canada 3b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February Gardening

Post  Blackrose on 2/6/2011, 7:23 pm

@Old Hippie wrote:
I would love to try growing artichokes but since I am the only one that eats them it doesn't seem like a good use of space. However they are such a unique plant that I may try growing one in a pot just for the novelty.

To be quite honest with you, I'm not sure if you would get any artichokes from it in your zone. I could be wrong, so please don't quote me, but I'm under the understanding that even I am pushing it in 5a. As it is, I won't be able to save the plant as a perennial and will have to start new ones each year as it won't survive our harsh winters. Can anyone else with more knowledge on growing artichokes pipe up on this one?

@Old Hippie wrote:
The seed starting chart sounds like a great idea. How are you setting it up? Are you doing it one computer and how do you figure it all out?

Actually, Camprn posted a link to a spreadsheet in this post (on page 3): http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t4913p30-seed-starting-and-spacing-indoors

I downloaded the spreadsheet to my computer and modified for my garden. It seems to be the perfect thing to keep track of when to plant what.

@Old Hippie wrote:
Here's what winter gardening looks like in Zone 3b



The garden is under there somewhere in front of the apple tree. Back against the garage to the right of the apple tree is where we plan to put the greenhouse.

Gwynn

That's about what my backyard looks like right now. We've had so much snow lately!
avatar
Blackrose

Female Posts : 710
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 44
Location : Aurora, Ontario, Zone 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February Gardening

Post  Goosegirl on 2/20/2011, 5:52 pm

I have 2 baker's racks and had already decided to hang my lights on one of them and set it up as a plant nursery. I'm glad to hear that someone else is already trying it and likes it!
avatar
Goosegirl

Female Posts : 3412
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 52
Location : Zone 4A - NE SD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: February Gardening

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum