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Steve Mills

Is it gardening time or WHAT?!!!

Posted Sunday, March 1, 2009, at 9:30 AM
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  • Tell me about it. 70 on Thursday, snow on Sunday, back to the 60 by end of the week. If the weather will cooperate I should have my first plants in the garden by this coming weekend. Wide rows of broccoli, cabbage, and other cool season crops.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Mar 1, 2009, at 1:36 PM
  • Are these seeds or plants?

    How long ago did you start your seeds for these. I always try to push the season but my starts are only 3-4" tall right now.

    Will you cover them?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 1, 2009, at 3:14 PM
  • Steve,

    I put out plants for Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce seeds for spinach, carrots, leaf lettuce, mustard greens and onion sets. I get my plants from my siser's greenhouse. I usually don't cover them. I usually like to have my cool season plants in by mid March.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Mar 1, 2009, at 6:01 PM
  • Steve,

    Well I got busy today and planted 4 wide rows in the garden. First row in 36 broccoli, and 10 Everlast cabbage, second row has 24 Stonehead and 24 Early Jersey Wakefield plus 2 more Everlast cabbage. Third row has 6 Savoy cabbage, 12 Cauliflower, 6 Brussel sprouts, 6 Iceberg lettuce, 3 types of leaf lettuce and Icicle radishes and red radishes. The fourth row has Spinach, Carrots, and Turnip greens. I picked up some Potatoes, just so I don't miss out on them this year and have to wait for another shipment. Gave all the transplants a good watering in with some Monty's joy juice liquid fertilizer. I'll send you some pics soon.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sat, Mar 7, 2009, at 5:16 PM
  • We were talking about the potatoes tonight at our garden club meeting. When do you plant them to avoid a late frost?

    As fast as summer seems to come in, how do the brussel sprouts do in Spring? I think of them as a fall crop. Same goes for cauliflower and heading cabbage.

    We were also talking Iceberg lettuce tonight. Everyone grew loose-leaf but no one grew head lettuce. You must have a great micro-climate for cool weather crops.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 7, 2009, at 7:50 PM
  • I wouldn't say I have a great micro-climate. I just like to push the season a bit with cool season crops. Most people don't plant cool season crops until about the first of April. I like to get them out early.

    I have good luck with heading cabbage, and cauliflower, brussel sprouts are a gamble. Last year a frost bit my potatoes back but they put back up very soon afterwards. A light frost isn't too bad but if temps drop down into the mid to low 20's that can cause problems.

    I'll probably plant my potatoes in about 2 weeks or so. Last year my Iceberg lettuce didn't do to well, we had cool weather that slowed it down and when we did get good weather it went from developing heads to bolting. But I had a geat crop of leaf lettuce.

    I have grown a variety of vegetables over the years. I just don't enough useable space currently to have a big selection of crops.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sat, Mar 7, 2009, at 9:38 PM
  • Bolting is the big problem I have with spring crops. Then comes insects. I am stingy when it comes to buying repellents or insecticides and then I only go for natural ones that are insect specific, not broad-based. (Just a hang-up of mine)

    I have all the space I could use, however finding a level spot is a challenge. Instead I have to terrace most of the gardens.

    Then finding decent soil depth between LARGE rocks scatters the beds out across the yard. I could go in back of the house, but it would be out-of-sight and therefore probably out-of-mind.

    Besides, the deer come right up to the house as it is. For some reason, they don't bother the garden much, but there is nothing stopping them, so I am not sure why they refrain.

    Makes me wonder if we have some type of "understanding". We don't allow hunting and they don't eat our garden. My father used to put a few deer in the freezer each year and they continue to ravage the gardens, long after he has passed.

    They were out there this morning grazing right next to the beds with sweet, tender bok choy plants just inches away. Of course, our dogs were only 20 feet away napping, but there was no harm being done, so....

    Actually our dogs cause more damage to the garden than the deer. They only seem to chase the deer when we come outside. I guess it then becomes a point of honor.

    I plan to start most of my warm weather crops today with a projected set-out date in 6 weeks. I have always wanted to test the "wall-of-water" but my stingy side holds me back. I may try some home made experiments. That is always fun.

    Same with one of these upside down, hanging growers for tomatoes. Debbi would not let me hang a 5 gallon pail from our patio, bu if I can make it look nicer, she might win.

    Barbara from our garden group just bought a real one from the Dollar General in town. I will follow her experiences closely and post them here.

    In case someone wonders why I rarely, if ever post the last names of people I refer to, it is because of privacy and the internet. Too many people can read this who are not local and I believe in the old saying "an ounce of prevention".

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 8, 2009, at 9:49 AM
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