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  1. #1111
    The only thing to do with green stuff right now is make a few Christmas wreaths, got all the supplies but is either been too cold or too stormy to do it outside, it can get messy fast.
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    Actually made the wreaths this afternoon.
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    No wreaths here , but I did pick 2 cabbages and 2 broc heads today, that may be the last of those unless temps stay above 30F for a couple of more weeks. There are still a few more of both growing but that temp dip to down 20F for 2 nites 2 weeks ago made them hit the breaks. The collards are still going good, the spinach is doing fair, and the carrots like being underground. Taking seed inventory and ordered a few more for next season.

  4. #1114
    Just realized this thread been around for nearly a decade. But starting to think of stuff I can do outdoors again before the snowfalls come there is always brush that needs disposing, or there is an old tractor path that needs clearing, plenty of things to do, not allowed to start plants until February or March.
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    Picked the last of the turnips yesterday. That leaves collards, carrots, and spinach growing well and pickable until the temps drop into the teens. There are a few broccoli and cabbages left but I doubt that they time to mature.

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    Picked the last (almost) of the carrots today. We're expecting a lot of rain tonite and they may have split open since temps are warm enough here to encourage unwanted late growth. Still picking collards and spinach too, both should be either dormant or long gone by now. Several warms days ahead for trimming some fruit trees now and I'm hoping this warmer than normal winter (so far) doesn't wake them up too early. No bud swell showing yet but the cherries and blueberries aren't to far off from that stage.

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    Amazing! Picked enough broccoli for dinner! These plants should be a frozen mush by now, I've never picked broccoli in Jan much less Feb. This mild winter is keeping us stocked in collards too which should also be kuput as should everything other than the last of the carrots which were also picked today. Temp hit 72F today, sunny with a sweet Virginia breeze going on, a perfect hammock day. Fruit trees are all pruned now and a few of them are waking up, esp the plums which are near bud swell stage. Daffodils are 3" high now and the grass is greening up, it's way too early guys, sloooooow doooown!

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    It is almost time to think about starting seeds, drove by the greenhouse and they had seeds in the other day. Some plants can take about 6 months from start to picking so it is almost time.
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    Again another good picking of broccoli, amazing, the florets are stir fry size but plentiful enough for dinner every 10 days. Been growing autumn broccoli for about 20 years and this has never occurred this late. All due to the warmish winter where we still have not dipped below 20F. Collards still going strong too. I cleaned up and side dressed with compost the rows of overwintered spinach and it may be pickable in another week. This was the seed I planted in late Nov, it was expected to survive ok but it did better than normal. One plum tree is in full bloom now and the local honeybees are busy pollinating it. The pear trees are close to blooming, now watch temps drop into the teens in March, ugh.

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    Planted the peas yesterday, the timing felt right and long term temps appear to be moderate, we never did drop below 20F all season, so far. Stil picking collards although some plants are bolting now. The Fall planted Spinach looks great and pickable in a few days. Plum trees are in full/past bloom and the pears are ready to bloom. Daffodils and Forsythia are looking pretty, a blazing yellow. Will be prepping the new broccoli, cabbage, and lettuce beds soon. March came in like a lamb, hope it stays that way and doesn't turn baaaaad.

  11. #1121
    Right now trying to decide whether to go out in wind and cut some small trees that have to go so the area can be cleaned up or to go and some seed and starting soil.
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    Peas popping up today, it was 75F here yesterday, a gorgeous day. I planted the lettuce and radish seed then and planted the broccoli transplants today, will plant the cabbages tomorrow. That will take care of the early veggie planting, will start the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants inside in about 10 days. Long range looks like smooth sailing, no more below freezing temps expected. Plums past bloom and pears now in full bloom, peaches too, the Honey bees and Mason bees are very busy. Cherries, apples, figs, persimmons, and pomegranates still asleep. Blueberries almost at blooming stage. Could use some rain, maybe tomorrow night?

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    I actually decided to do some pruning of the cherries.
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    The icicle crop is coming along quite nicely.
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    Our crop wasn't that good this year.
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    Finished off planting the cabbages yesterday, a few cool and cloudy days ahead (50'sF) which will help the new transplants cope with any shock. But it's expected to be in the mid-80's by Friday. I'm glad it's planting time now to keep us busy at home, we're all stocked up for a long term isolation concerning recent matters.

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    Really should go and my first round of seeds soon before everything shuts down.
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    Just got some of the gardening stuff out the storage shed outdoors, some water got and some of the stuff is frozen in. The garden might be needed more this summer than other summers.
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    A good 3 days of soaker rains have really greened things up here, a total of 2" which was nicely spaced out. The broccoli and cabbage transplants are doing great and love this cool wet spell. The seeded lettuces, peas, and radishes are up good now and the fall planted spinach is pickable almost daily as the collards start to fade away as they bolt (bloom to set seed). Just before the rain came I prepped the coming plots for carrots and beets to be seeded later this week. Also started the tomato, peppers, and eggplant seed indoors yesterday.

    The plum trees did set fruit even though temps in the 20's hit while blooming. The pears are past bloom now and also set a heavy load of tiny fruits. Blueberries, peaches, and cherry trees and now in bloom while the apples, persimmons, figs, and pomegranate are still waking up. A very cooperative Spring so far, no excessive rains or temps. Now that I'm home bound I can get a lot done outside, might go a bit nutz if we lived in an Apt.

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    Me trying to video me starting some seeds this afternoon, should of moved the plast bag a bit further from the phone.
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    Nice, I used to use peat pots too but for years now I use recycled cell packs that my transplants come in, mainly from broccoli and cabbages bought at the nursery. I also use bagged seed starting mix and find it helpful to add about a liter of warm water to the bag and let it set overnite with one or two flips. By doing this the electrostatic dust factor is eliminated when filling the trays with a slightly moist mix, and when watering for the first time it absorbs the water faster rather than beading on top.....my rambling garden tip for the day ;-)

  22. #1132
    I use old plastic cell packs as well. I just find it easier to get some of the plants out of the cells easier in the peat pots plus you can just bury then with the plant it you have to, I tried the coconut fiber pots and there a to tough and take to long to break down in the soil, transplanted some broccoli right in the ground in the coconut ones and there were still there in fall and the broccoli didn't do well.
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    When I used to use peat pots some of my plants also got root bound, and sometimes the top of the peat pot would act like a wick and dry out the roots if it wasn't buried deep enough. So when planting I'd tear off a collar around the neck of the pot and also carefully pinch a few holes around the bottom to give the roots a little help finding their way out into the soil. I'm all geared up for the garden this year, way ahead of schedule thanks to self isolation. Beginning to think that I shouldn't have reduced its size last fall. After I turned 60 the garden started shrinking like me ;-)

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    Well last summer I got a new bag of chemical fertilizer and got a few extra bags of cow manure because I didn't know what my financial situation would be in the spring. Plus there is a big bag of potting soil in the storage shed, frozen but it will thaw out. It just seeds and I wish a new tiller, the transmission in the old is pretty much shot, there is a fix but you have to tear it apart to fix.
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    The pine trees here are 2 weeks ahead of last year in producing their yellow blizzard of pollen, I checked last years post and pine pollen wasn't thick until mid April here. The fruit trees are also ahead of blooming time by about 2 weeks and it's all probably due to the extra mild winter, it never did drop below 20F and that's never has been recorded before now. Just hope there is no sucker punch deep freeze in April, if the warming trend persists there will be earlier than normal harvests.

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    Well with ample time on my hands these daze being self isolated the Spring garden prep and planting is ahead of schedule. Now picking radishes and spinach while the broccoli, cabbages, peas, and lettuce are growing nicely. Yesterday I took a gamble that our last frost is behind us and planted the first plot of early corn and also the bush beans. Today I will prep the plots for the future planting of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, watermelons, cucumbers, and cantaloupes all of which are now inside growing in their planting trays. I did buy 2 adult tomato plants 2 weeks ago which are also inside waiting to be planted, both are blooming and hopefully will give us a few ripe tomatoes before July.

    The fruit trees are doing great as temps haven't dropped below freezing for some time now and they are loaded down with tiny peaches, pears & plumbs, while the apples and cherries are now in full bloom. The persimmon and fig trees are waking up and the pomegranate has buds ready to bloom. We're not quite at the time where nite time temps remain above 50F but getting there.

    ETA - I've seen in the news where nurseries are selling out of veggies due to people being worried about their food supply and/or going out to shop for food. Maybe this thread will see some more action soon? It gets a little lonely around here doesn't it Backroad Astronomer ;-)
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    ^ Well I usually read this thread when I visit this board.

    I've debated whether to start a vegetable garden this summer. I did grow food years ago - both at my present home and an earlier one - but I was just too busy with work in the summers to do a good job of it, and the deer were the last straw, so I turned it to mediocre lawn.

    My more recent reluctance to have a garden is the summer trips I've been doing. This year might see me home more, but maybe I'll just try to have a lawn as beautiful as my brother in law's. Hmm.

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    Been shuttling some plants back and forth from indoors to the cold frame the last couple of days.
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    Finally the first few drops of rain since basically march 13th. With hope of some real rain today and the coming days. My lawn is looking like august already.
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    We are witnessing frequent rain in our area, which is not a seasonal rain. The weather is not stable, some days rainy, some days cloudy and some days too high temperature.

    Well, the high temperature is not disturbing the farming activities in this season but the unseasonal rain is not good at this time, mainly for the wheat crops, which is being harvested.

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