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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/14/2018, 8:36 pm

OK, just started my super hotties:  melons, cukes, squash in peat pots...they dislike handling as far as transplanting is concerned!  I am leaving them outside...

It is warm here!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/14/2018, 8:46 pm

Uncomfortably on the heating pad...no lights.  Once these things sprout. They are in the sunlight!sunny
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/15/2018, 3:44 pm

Something has been eating the spinach and radish tops.  Both types of lettuce, however, have no damage.  Slug bait has not deterred this mysterious muncher. 

The peas really like the warmer weather and are putting on a lot of growth as are tomatoes.  One of the marigolds has its first blossom.  Direct seeded squash, zucchini, watermelon, cucumbers, and lima beans have all sprouted.  Hooray for spring!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/15/2018, 7:26 pm

I wonder if it’s pill bugs, fgd?  Sometimes they do significant damage to seedlings.  Yes, the heat has really punched things up a notch!  We got some rain yesterday and today.  Weeds and grass are growing like, well, weeds!
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Post  sanderson on 5/16/2018, 3:33 am

Pill bugs do a number on my little seedlings unless I sprinkle with Sluggo Plus.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/16/2018, 6:27 pm

Sugar snaps up about 6”, other spring stuff up, we will see.  It went straight from cold to hot, so this stuff may not be much good, especially the spinaches.  

The Romanesco broccoli/cauli???  Again, all dead.  These supposedly can take some cold.  Maybe I’m wrong.  2nd year no go.  

Strawberry bed; about 60-70% made it from dormant state.  Pinetree is offering a partial refund, no replacements available.  I will probably get some live plants, really want the Earliglow, and it is not doing so great.

Chicago Hardy Fig trees showing life.  Concord grape vines look dead; 2 out of 3 rhubarbs are alive.  One maybe.  

Grass—oh my.  It’s out of control.
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/16/2018, 8:14 pm

sanderson, Sluggo Plus is on my shopping list.

Spring thunderstorms have been rolling through.  We had hail with today's storm.  I haven't checked the garden yet.  Hope there's no damage.
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Post  Goosegirl on 5/17/2018, 10:52 am

Surgery done and successful, 2 weeks ago today.  4 more weeks of no work, no lifting.  A friend surprised me on Sunday by showing up to our congregation meeting with gardening clothes to change into, and drove separately from her husband (they live 20 miles outside of town) so that she could come over after our meeting to 'clean out your beds and plant whatever you need planted.'   Very Happy  I had cleaned out the beds before my surgery, BUT there were 4 dwarf bare-root fruit trees in buckets of water waiting for me to guide my non-outdoor Hubby on how to plant them.  SO, my friend dug 4 holes where I pointed and planted my apple and pear trees for me!   BIG hug
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 5/17/2018, 1:29 pm

This hive (see avatar) is holding honey, but alas haven't seen any...
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/18/2018, 9:29 pm

@Goosegirl wrote:Surgery done and successful, 2 weeks ago today.  4 more weeks of no work, no lifting.  A friend surprised me on Sunday by showing up to our congregation meeting with gardening clothes to change into, and drove separately from her husband (they live 20 miles outside of town) so that she could come over after our meeting to 'clean out your beds and plant whatever you need planted.'   Very Happy  I had cleaned out the beds before my surgery, BUT there were 4 dwarf bare-root fruit trees in buckets of water waiting for me to guide my non-outdoor Hubby on how to plant them.  SO, my friend dug 4 holes where I pointed and planted my apple and pear trees for me!   BIG hug
That is so cool!  What great friends,GG! I love you
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/18/2018, 9:31 pm

@Windsor.Parker wrote:This hive (see avatar) is holding honey, but alas haven't seen any...
Here, it has been really cold...give it some time, I think...

Hope your babies come back!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/18/2018, 9:35 pm

Honestly, my spring stuff will not have a chance...

So, I am making some difficult decisions, I have a week or so for getting my tomatoes and peppers in.  But i still have baby sprouting radishes, turnips, and the spinach, in my experience just goes BOLT.

What a spring???? Winspring?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/19/2018, 10:45 am

Not sure what winspring means...auto-correct?

Here is my current state of potted ups and starts in peat pots.  Some unlabeled peppers just to keep it real!

https://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/19/25/77/83/17696d10.jpg

Will get a picture of the beds later here...
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Post  sanderson on 5/19/2018, 1:14 pm

Winspring, winter-spring? like "brunch"?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/20/2018, 9:46 am

@sanderson wrote:Winspring, winter-spring?  like "brunch"?
I think that is what I meant!  LOL!  Nothing like needing your own post interpreted!  A hyphen would have been helpful!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/20/2018, 3:34 pm

Oooof!  Just got more than half of my legacy beds (old window boxes). Cleaned out.  Puffed up.  Composted.  And trellised!  Planted 16 blauhilde (purple) pole bean seeds after soaking for 24 hours.  Loves my pole beans, do NOT like the Japanese beetles....Evil or Very Mad

Also got 3 Yukon Gold seed potatoes in!

My next door neighbors are putting in raised beds!!!!

I lent them my ANSFG book,  they had no idea about the plant spacing!  They said they were copying me!cheers
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Post  DorothyG on 5/21/2018, 12:01 am

Spring sprung like a mouse trap!  It was so dry that I had to water to even get the peas to sprout.  Then it turned off so hot.  Now it is absolutely pouring, some wind, some small hail, and more rain.
I don't have an official rain gauge out but looking at a couple of buckets that were blown from upside down to right side up it looks like we have had around 9" since  Thursday evening. 

Between downpours this morning I went to the hoop-house to water it.  Hadn't even been in it since Thursday evening when I used the soaker hose.  Last Tuesday there was a big ole snake laying in the doorway to greet me.  Needless to say today I tiptoed in looking all around for her/his friends.  Didn't see any.  The radishes and spinach have gone to seed. The three tomatoes are blooming and in need of being tied up again.  The squash, well that probably was not a good place to plant it.  Carrots look excellent. 

I sat down in my chair to just take it all in and heard a funny noise to the left and just behind me.  There was a snapping turtle half in and half out of an empty fruit tree planting tub!  DH again said he isn't sure my knees hurt as bad as I let on.  Shocked
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Post  sanderson on 5/23/2018, 12:54 am

SR, Another convert?

Dorothy, It's amazing what a good shot of adrenaline can do!

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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/23/2018, 8:24 am

I've returned from vacation and am scurrying to catch up on your garden news.  TD, I have a friend who has gardened in straw bales for years.  It surprises me what will grow in that environment.  GG, glad all is well... what a great friend to help you with your gardening!  SR, I totally get "winspring."  

As for my garden, the peas are in bloom and the squash, zucchini, and watermelon are growing well in the planters.  The dill has finally taken off.  Nasturtiums have sprouted in planters and the marigolds are in bloom.  Although the radishes bolted, the lettuce has not.  The tomatoes need to be pruned.  I planted cherry, Better Boy, and Mortgage Lifter which are all indeterminate.  The roma tomatoes, however, are determinate.  This is the first time I've planted determinate tomatoes.  Do I prune out the suckers on them like I do indeterminate?
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Post  Goosegirl on 5/23/2018, 6:21 pm

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@Goosegirl wrote:Surgery done and successful, 2 weeks ago today.  4 more weeks of no work, no lifting.  A friend surprised me on Sunday by showing up to our congregation meeting with gardening clothes to change into, and drove separately from her husband (they live 20 miles outside of town) so that she could come over after our meeting to 'clean out your beds and plant whatever you need planted.'   Very Happy  I had cleaned out the beds before my surgery, BUT there were 4 dwarf bare-root fruit trees in buckets of water waiting for me to guide my non-outdoor Hubby on how to plant them.  SO, my friend dug 4 holes where I pointed and planted my apple and pear trees for me!   BIG hug
That is so cool!  What great friends,GG! I love you
Absolutely the best!  Now I am just waiting for signs of life from the 'sticks' to see if they are really alive!  
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/23/2018, 10:42 pm

Yay! 

There is great stuff, happening!

Depending on our location, just super skittish about any predictions.
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/23/2018, 11:01 pm

Disregard my question above.  I found Turan's awesome 2017 post about pruning determinate tomatoes.
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Post  farmersgranddaughter on 5/24/2018, 8:48 am

With all the rain and warm temperatures we've received, mold has grown on the top of the soil.  We were gone for a week and it's worse under the lettuce and spinach.  I'm hoping that by cutting off the outer leaves (salad time!), and turning off the irrigation for a few days, the soil will dry.  

There are buds on the tomato and pepper plants.  I'm so looking forward to picking fresh tomatoes from the garden!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/24/2018, 6:27 pm

@farmersgranddaughter wrote:With all the rain and warm temperatures we've received, mold has grown on the top of the soil.  We were gone for a week and it's worse under the lettuce and spinach.  I'm hoping that by cutting off the outer leaves (salad time!), and turning off the irrigation for a few days, the soil will dry.  

There are buds on the tomato and pepper plants.  I'm so looking forward to picking fresh tomatoes from the garden!
NICE!!  I am way behind you!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/24/2018, 9:48 pm

My tomatoes and peppers and eggplant are getting ready to go in, probably next weekend.  Peat pots are doing well.  Cukes, melons, and squash germinating.  Had to re-seed my beloved Minnesota Midget muskmelon.  tiny yet powerful   Did not germinate.  So planted the harvested seed I gathered.  I have never done that!!!bounce

Anywho, big weekend, oldest turning 25 (!!!) tomorrow, so trying to get things in order for that.  He is coming in from Nashville.

No annuals in , which is crazy.  It has just been so cold and wet....

I am just maintaining.  Will need to do major work to get tomatoes and peps and eggplant into beds.  

By the way, this Ping Tung (or Ring Tung) eggplant from Pinetree is super vigorous!!!  I am excited, and am thinking of puttin it in the legacy SFG (deep) bed vs the south Annex...love eggplant.
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