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Post  trolleydriver on 5/12/2018, 8:18 am

@sanderson wrote:I'm surprised Mrs. TD hasn't given you the ultimatum, "Me or those squash.  Only one can stay in the house."  Any female flowers yet?
Just the one male flower on the two tall squash plants so far and no female flowers.  The smaller plants in the small containers have had several male flowers and no female.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/12/2018, 8:20 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:TD, did you put holes in the clampacks lids?  If so, how many, where and what size?
If I recall correctly I just poked a whole bunch of holes in the lid and the bottom using an awl. 

I'll check next time I am out in the garden.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/12/2018, 1:28 pm

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@CapeCoddess wrote:TD, did you put holes in the clampacks lids?  If so, how many, where and what size?
If I recall correctly I just poked a whole bunch of holes in the lid and the bottom using an awl. 

I'll check next time I am out in the garden.
There are 16 holes in the top and I guestimate them to be 3/16" diameter. Similar holes in the bottom and a few on the lower part of the sides.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/12/2018, 1:33 pm

Thank you!  I use clampacks for so many things and have been wondering since last year how I could do this.  Easy peasy!  
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/14/2018, 3:03 pm

More on Winter Sowing. During the period February through April I put out 42 Winter Sowing (wintersown.org) containers with flower and vegetables seeds.  So far I have various degrees of success in 33 of the 42 containers. Vegetables are doing better overall than flowers. Here are some photos that show the ones that have not yet germinated and some (not all) of the containers that do have seedlings. Looks like I need to start transplanting soon. The none germination seeds are Swamp Milkweed, Blood Flower, Aster, Cosmos, Canna, Rose of Sharon, Calendula and another container of Aster. I am pleased with the results. And I think I have more plants than available garden space.












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Post  Kelejan on 5/14/2018, 10:16 pm

Well done! TD.  I would consider that a great success. Better than Mother Nature. Very Happy
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Post  sanderson on 5/15/2018, 2:51 am

Shocked Wow!

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/15/2018, 7:54 am

Goodness! Hope you kept good notes on germination, etc...
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/15/2018, 5:35 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Goodness!  Hope you kept good notes on germination, etc...
I am trying to keep track but at this time of the year it is not easy with so many gardening things to do.

I completed transplanting my indoor started leeks and bunching onions. Also planted yellow onion sets.  So that 4x4 bed is fully planted with garlic, bunching onions, yellow onions and leeks. I also found a dreaded cutworm in that bed which I dispatched immediately.

In a regular soil part of the garden I planted a store bought blackberry bush and a store bought hydrangea for Mrs TD.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/15/2018, 9:20 pm

Three days ago I started squash seeds on damp paper towels. The towels were put into plastic bags. The bags were put into a plastic box and the whole thing put on a heat mat. Good results. Tonight I did some transplanting into Solo cups.





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Post  yolos on 5/15/2018, 9:26 pm

Wow TD, do you have room for all that squash.
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/15/2018, 9:34 pm

@yolos wrote:Wow TD, do you have room for all that squash.
Absolutely not  Very Happy

I'll be giving most away if I can find any local gardeners who want them. Or maybe I'll plant them all over my front lawn and let them have at it. 

BTW I am also starting melons and cukes the same way. I have really gone overboard with my seed starting this year. Just cannot help myself.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/16/2018, 7:57 am

That loofah WILL take over everything, lol! My vine grew something like 30 feet!
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/16/2018, 9:58 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:That loofah WILL take over everything, lol!  My vine grew something like 30 feet!
Maybe I will try to train it to go under or over the cedar hedge into the neighbours' backyard where they have a soil row garden.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/16/2018, 10:31 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:That loofah WILL take over everything, lol!  My vine grew something like 30 feet!
Back in the day, I was going to grow loofahs to harvest and sell. I planted about 60' of them along a fence. Since our "soil" is awful, I planted them in almost pure, aged horse manure. The plants grew huge and gorgeous. I had dollar signs floating in my head about how rich we were going to be. What I didn't know back then is that horse manure is rich in nitrogen, which produces leaves, not fruit. My 60' of vines produced 2 stunted little loofahs. End of story.  Sad
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/16/2018, 7:03 pm

I must be crazy ... More squash plus melon and cucumber.







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Post  trolleydriver on 5/18/2018, 9:16 am

Some of my indoor started pepper plants (not yet transplanted outside) are bigger than those I had last year after they were outside for two months in the SFG. Granted last year I started them later indoors and then we had a wet cool late Spring and early Summer if I recall correctly.  Haven't had a good pepper crop for a couple of years so I hope things will be better this year.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/18/2018, 10:20 pm

I transplanted snow peas and sugar snap peas into an old style SFG bed today. The peas were started indoors in toilet paper tubes.

My Winter Sowing has produced some good results for flowers and vegetables.

For Mrs TD I planted store bought honeysuckle today and a few days ago hydrangea and blackberry. Also removed an old cranberry bush.

Don't tell sanderson the following:
1. Finished conditioning straw bales which are now ready for planting.
2. Bought 2x8 lumber to make a border around an experimental lasagna bed.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/18/2018, 10:24 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
Don't tell sanderson the following:
1. Finished conditioning straw bales which are now ready for planting.
2. Bought 2x8 lumber to make a border around an experimental lasagna bed.
You're safe. She's out of town.  Razz
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Post  sanderson on 5/19/2018, 12:20 am

I haven't even been gone 48 hours and look what's happening . . . Shocked

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/19/2018, 7:48 am

@sanderson wrote:I haven't even been gone 48 hours and look what's happening . . . Shocked
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/20/2018, 5:38 pm

A curse on all squirrels!!!  I transplanted two squares of snow peas and sugar snap peas. A squirrel decided to do some digging for the seeds and in the process broke most of the stems.  Mrs TD has been kind enough to build plastic hardware cloth "fences" around the squares and I will try direct seeding them.

Now for some photos of things started indoors and things started outdoors (Winter Sowing) including both flowers and veggies. Lots of transplanting coming up.






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Post  trolleydriver on 5/21/2018, 11:38 am

Mrs TD is so happy today. The Canada Crookneck Squash that I have been growing in the living room window have gone outside. These are two photos of the same plants. The vines on the tall plants are about five feet long.


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Post  yolos on 5/21/2018, 4:32 pm

Wow those are huge for potted squash.  Looks like the bamboo pole holding them up will make it easier for you to transplant if that is what you are going to do.  But maybe you do not have to transplant them if the pot is large enough. ????????????????????
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/21/2018, 5:41 pm

@yolos wrote:Wow those are huge for potted squash.  Looks like the bamboo pole holding them up will make it easier for you to transplant if that is what you are going to do.  But maybe you do not have to transplant them if the pot is large enough. ????????????????????
I think they need a bigger container. 

On another subject (not for sanderson's eyes) I put a frame around my experimental lasagna bed.  The cardboard still needs to be trimmed. The lasagna layers did not break down (compost) as much as I hoped when I started it in the Fall. But something must have happened because it was three feet high when I started it. The long term goal is for this bed to become an old style (not MM) SFG bed.



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