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Steve Mills

Today, March 1st is Spring!? Well, kinda sorta

Posted Friday, February 28, 2014, at 7:22 AM
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  • Getting lots of seeds started indoors.

    Had a lot of vole activity in some of my outdoor beds, so about the only thing left outside is a few over-wintered carrots and some spinach.

    Looking forward to getting a lot of stuff growing for some fresh eating!

    -- Posted by mg.mark on Fri, Feb 28, 2014, at 8:40 AM
  • Moms birthday is the 20th so I always remember that first day of spring...Saturday being the first Saturday of the month is doughnut day at the Swiss Pantry in Belvidere, just the other side of Winchester so I'll be headed that way for sure...They are better then a hot Krispy Kreme!..it's going to be a beautiful day to get out for a ride with that reward at the other end...I'm starting a pepper mix this week from all those pepper plants from the last couple Weed em and Reap meeting, I dried them all out over the winter....it's going to be a spicy one for sure....How about those meetings are we ready yet?

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Feb 28, 2014, at 9:27 AM
  • Sounds like after Doughnut Day you will be needing to work int he garden BIG time and eat veggies until the next Doughnut Day.

    I have purposely stayed away from promoting Weed'em & Reap until folks started asking, like you. When I mentioned it earlier it looked like it might be me, you and Mg.Mark so I wanted to wait until more spoke up.

    I know I keep saying this MgMark but I want you to to rest assured not a kernel is missing from your red dent corn. You might not be as sensitive to it as me, but that cornbread was soooo good that I would protect those seeds carefully.

    My new cherry tomatoes are up, along with two types of eggplant and all the other things I've mentioned. They are in the greenhouse but I am pleased to say that all my bathtub, cold-frame and winter sown jugs seem to have survived the 10 degree jolt we got the other night.

    We still have more "jolts" ahead but I suspect (hope dearly) none will be as low as 10. I probably should not have said that.

    In almost every post (for a while) I am going to be asking for gardeners to visit with and hear their garden stories for zone 7. Write to me at Steve@mybedfordcounty.com and I will explain more.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 1, 2014, at 9:26 AM
  • I just added a photo of Black Cherry tomato seedlings and two types of eggplant seedlings just breaking the surface in some milk jugs.

    On the other side of the jug from the cherry tomato there are a few bell peppers coming up as well. This method is not being used to "winter sow" but instead it is giving me a manageable. micro-climate to start the few seedlings I need.

    The surface of the soil stayed moist but since I leave the top off the jug, warm air can escape when the sun is bright, so I don't "cook" them, nor does it get too humid.

    This may be the way I start many other seeds since my daily schedule does not allow me to watch them close to avoid drying out the surface and killing the newly sprouting seeds.

    On a side note, I was actually weeding today! Some strays were coming up in my bath tub bok choy bed. While doing that I noticed what may prove to be GREAT news for my Rosemary.

    This winter has been pretty tough of several big plants I had outside. I made a few cuttings and most did not seem to take, but there are some green needles on one in the bathtub garden. Maybe I will be back in rosemary.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 1, 2014, at 10:16 AM
  • Lucky you, Steve.... I lost all of my rosemary....Even the one in the house.

    Tomatoes are doing very well...... Even the ones from 2010 seed packets. Very few have not burst through the surface. I am still waiting because I have noticed that the very old ones are small and dried out but seem to ( with coddling ) eventually come up. The early risers are producing their first true leaves and have gotten their sip of sea kelp tea.

    The basil, on the other hand.......particularly the older seeds even though on the heating pad, is laboring. A few types are up and ready to be divided ( no clipping here, they are too precious ) but I am getting anxious about the rest. Last year I wasn't able to start from seed so this year has to make up for what I spent on potted plants last year. BTW.... I, as usual, will have extra tomatoes to share.

    The only seeds that I have winter-sown are very old Poppies and they have not come up. I do know that the seeds are not viable too many years so that is probably the reason. Perhaps today I will start some fresher seeds and see it they do any better. Dang..... I need more consistency.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, Mar 2, 2014, at 1:50 PM
  • As I recall, my poppies took their good, old time germinating last year. They may just be waiting for the right weather.

    I've heard of that word consistency before. Don't think I ever found it though.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 2, 2014, at 9:00 PM
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