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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/19/2017, 10:02 am

Yeah, I had to scrap my errands for today. Mad It was supposed to be rain since it's over 35 degrees out there, which is why I planted peas and spinach yesterday. But so far only wind blown snow.
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Post  bigdogrock on 3/19/2017, 11:56 am

(My computer just started to act up, lost a post that was just about done. Major bummer.)
We still have over a foot of snow on the ground, and it is above freezing. But, the term "raw" applies. It is spitting snow. The birds and the squirrels are having their way with the feeders and it is very enjoyable to watch. I am not going anywhere other than to the barn for some "Pre" spring cleaning organization. It is nice to be putting snow removal tools back in order so that when it is time to put them away they have been inspected and anything that needs oil, sharpening, repainted, or bent back into shape, etc. is done and I can just put them away and bring out the summer stuff! The ground is frozen solid except where the snow has been cleared away, and then it is frozen about 3"-4" down. We haven't had much sun lately, but that will probably soon change and I can "work" the soil, I am thinking spring.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/23/2017, 3:19 pm

Heads up, New England:
Seed packets are 50% off this week at Job Lot!!!
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Meanwhile, the little one's are coming along nicely.

Seven varieties of lettuces: New England March 2017 - Page 3 02510

The three varieties of kale are ready for some Neptune: New England March 2017 - Page 3 02710

Stevia was cut back for spring.  The new growth is looking good: New England March 2017 - Page 3 02910

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Will probably start tomatoes and peppers this weekend.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/23/2017, 9:31 pm

Nice, CC!  I too am hoping to get some tomatoes in this weekend, and ground cherries.  Might check out the beds, if I can, I will stick in sugar snap peas and radishes...hopefully it won't be frozen.  

Marvel of 4, and a butter leaf: what varieties of lettuces?  And what is the dark red kale?
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Post  quiltbea on 3/24/2017, 10:58 am

CC:    Lookin' good.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/24/2017, 12:59 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
Marvel of 4, and a butter leaf: what varieties of lettuces?  And what is the dark red kale?

Let's see...(bottom to top) Butt Crunch, Little Ceasar, Grand Rapids, Lolla Rosa, Marvel of the 4 Seasons, Rouge d' Hiver and Red Velvet.  The Grand Rapids and the Butt Crunch are 5 yr old seeds which is why they are sparce.  I'm glad to get ANYthing from them.

The red kale is Baltic Red, a new comer for me.
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Post  yolos on 3/24/2017, 1:03 pm

You have a lot of good looking seedlings just waiting to go outside when the weather permits.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/24/2017, 10:15 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:
Marvel of 4, and a butter leaf: what varieties of lettuces?  And what is the dark red kale?

Let's see...(bottom to top) Butt Crunch, Little Ceasar, Grand Rapids, Lolla Rosa, Marvel of the 4 Seasons, Rouge d' Hiver and Red Velvet.  The Grand Rapids and the Butt Crunch are 5 yr old seeds which is why they are sparce.  I'm glad to get ANYthing from them.

The red kale is Baltic Red, a new comer for me.
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Nice!  Baltic Red...frickin beautiful!  Let me know..I am not a kale fan, and in fact said I would not grow it...it is just soooo good for us, and I love every other plant related to it...cruciferous veggies....
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/26/2017, 9:47 am

Sunny right now and cold & windy, but it's supposed to get cloudy this afternoon, rain tomorrow and then a nice stretch of weather after that. I've got it in my mind that I want to plant something out in the garden today. I haven't even hardened any starts off yet so I put these babies out this morning to see if I can get them prepared -  Kale, collards, lettuces. They were watered with half strength Neptune yesterday  to feed them but it should also ease any transplant shock. Their twin packs are still inside to grow a little bigger and be planted out later if this doesn't work.  New England March 2017 - Page 3 Img_2094

I think I'll also plant some onion sets and maybe some onion seedlings. And probably the potatoes that are sprouting under my kitchen counter.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/26/2017, 2:12 pm

Once it clouded over I really felt like I needed to get my hands dirty. These poor little baby kales and collards are probably cursing the day I was born. New England March 2017 - Page 3 Img_2096

Grocery bought organic sprouted gold potatoes are planted here:
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I was surprised to see beautiful new growth rising above the fall debris that is laying atop the inground strawberry bed behind this box

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No photo of the lettuce box as the plants are too small & dark to show up against the mm.

Time for a rest now. I may smell like Neptune but I feel sooooooo good!!!

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Post  quiltbea on 3/26/2017, 3:10 pm

CapeC....Thanks for the visuals.  Love seeing how the new babies are doing.
Just cover over the new outdoor plants just before the sun goes down to trap a little heat undercover.  Maybe they'll do just fine.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/26/2017, 7:27 pm

Nice!  I put my leaves outside in the overcast day yesterday for not even an hour and they looked like they were being sunscalded....grrr...
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/31/2017, 4:37 pm

Went home at lunch today and plopped the windows over the 2 planted boxes as it was snowing. Shocked Now it's raining but I think over the next 24 hrs it may go back and forth. Better safe than sorry.

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