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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Gardening fever is starting to rise. Will you join us?

Posted Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 10:20 AM
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  • The sun is shining bright today, so my gardening fever was high. I planted 2 wide rows in the garden today, one that has 2 types of greens and the other has green peas and snow peas. If the weather is nice next weekend then more veggies will be planted then. See you at the meeting next week.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 4:15 PM
  • Of course I am envious. I played with my cold-frame and PITA tried her best to undo it, but most of it remains.

    Then I noticed something I wish I hadn't, but.... I had to take care of it. My pond water flow was really slow. The solution was working in the cold water to clean the pump intake. It might have been only 40 outside but my hands felt warm when I came out of the pond.

    Now it is time to feed the cats. Boy the day went fast.

    How long before you expect those pea seeds to sprout? Maybe mine would do better if I got them in the ground now.

    Do you expect to protect them at all?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 4:25 PM
  • I don't expect them to need protection, but if they do I have some floating row cover. Green peas/English peas can be planted early like this, since they don't like the heat of early summer. I'd expect about 10 days to germinate.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 6:08 PM
  • I live in an apartment so my gardening is limited to containers for my herbs and a small space oked by my landlord for tomatos. I had plenty of both last year. This year I want to hunt for mushrooms called morels. I am wondering if anyone in Bedford county does this and if they have any pointers for a newbie? I've done lots of research but would love to talk to a pro. Any help is appreciated.

    -- Posted by ZNanny on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 5:35 PM
  • We have a member or two who have some experience in this. Since you have done research you already know, but I have to say it or others sake.

    PLEASE be sure you KNOW FOR SURE the mushrooms, etc. are safe!

    You are correct in wanting to talk with someone in-person and recommend you have someone out with you the first few times you go searching for them. Pictures and descriptions are great but up close and personal are even better.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 6:35 PM
  • Are we still meeting Saturday night? Just checking haven't seen it in the paper.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 7:03 PM
  • Yes.

    It should be in tonight. Not sure what happened since I sent it in on Thursday, but....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 8:55 PM
  • Steve, on this cold frame, would a double pane be better than a single pane? Im considering building one.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 9:07 AM
  • Yes double panes would be better.

    These are recycled windows I have had for a while and they are single pane. I can place the smaller of the pair on top of the larger and seal it, but that will reduce the amount of direct sunlight, so I have to make a decision.

    I could also put this plastic sealing film on the inside and heat it with a hair dryer to tighten it up.

    I have some double pane sliding glass doors, but if I want my wife to be able to open it, it needs to be lighter, OR I need to build a stronger frame so I can put springs on the glass to help lift.

    I could also place those smaller panes on at night to create more insulation and I have Styrofoam sheets I could retrofit on the smaller panes for even more insulation. In fact, that is the way I think I will handle this for now.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 11:22 AM
  • Lowes has light weight plastic panes. I may go with that for the outside and plastic sheets for inside. I can hinge the top with a car hood type bar to hold it open when needed. Thanks for the help.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 6:53 PM
  • I like that idea of car hood hinges. I need to look at how they are mounted, but that sounds neat.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 8:19 PM
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