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Post  ralitaco on 5/17/2019, 10:51 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:...with 4 babies ready to plant and a good, strong root system you can't see very well in the pic.

I have never grown potatoes so I am completely ignorant
What do you mean with 4 babies? Are you saying you will cut that one into 4 or is it the one in the photo plus 3 more?
Also, how deep does the MM need to be and how deep do you plant them?

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/17/2019, 11:40 pm

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@countrynaturals wrote:...with 4 babies ready to plant and a good, strong root system you can't see very well in the pic.

I have never grown potatoes so I am completely ignorant
What do you mean with 4 babies? Are you saying you will cut that one into 4 or is it the one in the photo plus 3 more?
Also, how deep does the MM need to be and how deep do you plant them?

It's just like cutting the eyes out of any potato, only you cut out a bigger chunk with each one. Each plant is just a sprouting eye. There's a big one on the left in the pic, a smaller one on the right, and 2 little ones just barely visible  in the front down below. Once I start performing surgery, I may find more and still be able to plant what's left of the mama plant -- that's what I did last year.

Here are my pics from last year. I think I just buried them down to where the roots started, but I forgot that I potted them up, first. Their final home was in a bottomless raised bed, but then the deer got them, so I don't know if they would have been right or not, but my bed was 10" deep down to yard dirt, and I didn't use MM. Hopefully someone else will have a better answer on this part.
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PS -- I found this to be a fun project, and would definitely be a good one for kids. Also, you can get a dozen or more plants from a single sweet potato.
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/18/2019, 6:09 pm

As I get into preparing the garden and hardening off starts for my fifth year of SFG, it is evident that I do not have the energy and stamina that I had five years ago. As well, starting plants indoors has been a challenge this year with the plants not doing as well. So I'm thinking next year (Lord willing) I will reduce the size of the veggie garden. As well I will buy transplants for tomatoes and peppers rather than starting them indoors. The question is, will I have the discipline to do it.

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Post  OhioGardener on 5/18/2019, 7:33 pm

@trolleydriver wrote: As well I will buy transplants for tomatoes and peppers rather than starting them indoors. The question is, will I have the discipline to do it.

Don't know 'bout you, but I've said that the past two years and it hasn't happened yet! Very Happy   I say to myself, "Next year I am going to just buy transplants instead of growing my own from seed!',  then February or March rolls around and the urge to get seeds started gets stronger and stronger and stronger.....
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/18/2019, 7:37 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:As I get into preparing the garden and hardening off starts for my fifth year of SFG, it is evident that I do not have the energy and stamina that I had five years ago. As well, starting plants indoors has been a challenge this year with the plants not doing as well. So I'm thinking next year (Lord willing) I will reduce the size of the veggie garden. As well I will buy transplants for tomatoes and peppers rather than starting them indoors. The question is, will I have the discipline to do it.
I bought transplants for peppers, but I grew my 'maters from seed.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/20/2019, 6:38 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:As I get into preparing the garden and hardening off starts for my fifth year of SFG, it is evident that I do not have the energy and stamina that I had five years ago. As well, starting plants indoors has been a challenge this year with the plants not doing as well. So I'm thinking next year (Lord willing) I will reduce the size of the veggie garden. As well I will buy transplants for tomatoes and peppers rather than starting them indoors. The question is, will I have the discipline to do it.
I didn't start tomatoes and peppers this year, or anything else for that matter, and ended up buying two tomato plants at the nursery today. But the best thing I did do was leave everything in and let it go to seed last year so most of the lettuces and greens that I have growing this year are from last year's seed dropping or wintered over plants. They're all beautiful plants! It sure makes life easy to just let nature handle everything.
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Post  ralitaco on 5/20/2019, 8:09 pm

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@trolleydriver wrote: As well I will buy transplants for tomatoes and peppers rather than starting them indoors. The question is, will I have the discipline to do it.

Don't know 'bout you, but I've said that the past two years and it hasn't happened yet! Very Happy   I say to myself, "Next year I am going to just buy transplants instead of growing my own from seed!',  then February or March rolls around and the urge to get seeds started gets stronger and stronger and stronger.....

I'm just the opposite, well when I actually do plant something. I have never started them from seeds. I always seem too busy and just buy transplants...usually late in the season too.
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Post  sanderson on 5/21/2019, 3:27 am

@trolleydriver wrote:As I get into preparing the garden and hardening off starts for my fifth year of SFG, it is evident that I do not have the energy and stamina that I had five years ago. As well, starting plants indoors has been a challenge this year with the plants not doing as well. So I'm thinking next year (Lord willing) I will reduce the size of the veggie garden. As well I will buy transplants for tomatoes and peppers rather than starting them indoors. The question is, will I have the discipline to do it.
I hear you on the energy and stamina.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/22/2019, 7:56 am

My tomato seedlings have put on a growth spurt and are looking healthy now. The peppers are still quite small. As usual I have too many starts so some will be donated to neighbours or find other homes.
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Post  yolos on 5/23/2019, 9:18 am

Starting to look good.  Will you be planting soon or is it still too cold up there.
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Post  Luvslions on 5/23/2019, 10:04 am

Those look really good. I tried starting California wonder pepper seeds multiple times back at the end of April/early May and none came up...last week I started a final attempt to get some growing this year. I wonder what I do differently than you because those all look great. (I built an indoor mini-greenhouse with grow lights and a seed heat mat which I used.)
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Post  Luvslions on 5/23/2019, 11:49 am

ok, the peppers made me a liar. After I posted, I went to check on the greenhouse seedlings and look what came up! Fifth Year SFG in Canada - Page 6 F8a9c910
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/23/2019, 3:28 pm

@yolos wrote:Starting to look good.  Will you be planting soon or is it still too cold up there.
The weather is finally warming up. I'll be getting the tomatoes transplanted in the next couple of days but will wait to the start of June for the peppers to give them a better chance. All the seedlings now are spending the days outside and the nights in my mini greenhouse.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/23/2019, 3:30 pm

@Luvslions wrote:ok, the peppers made me a liar. After I posted, I went to check on the greenhouse seedlings and look what came up! Fifth Year SFG in Canada - Page 6 F8a9c910

Good for you. Always nice to see new life.  I like your cool innovative pot.

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Post  sanderson on 5/25/2019, 3:51 am

To both of you, your seedlings look good. Here's to good weather for Canada. :canada:

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/27/2019, 9:37 pm

This year's Winter Sowing (WS) was a success with 43 of 50 containers sown with flower and veggie seeds producing results. I transplanted WS Kale, Swiss Chard, Pak Choi and Spinach into the Square Foot Garden.
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Post  Luvslions on 5/27/2019, 11:04 pm

@trolleydriver when you say winter sowing, can you explain what you mean?

The pot is a plastic bottle converted to a self-watering pot. I’m not innovative enough to come up with the ideas, but I can follow what I find on the internet and Pinterest which is where the idea came from. I’m too cheap to spend money on anything I can make or re-use.
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/27/2019, 11:39 pm

@Luvslions wrote:@trolleydriver when you say winter sowing, can you explain what you mean?

The pot is a plastic bottle converted to a self-watering pot. I’m not innovative enough to come up with the ideas, but I can follow what I find on the internet and Pinterest which is where the idea came from. I’m too cheap to spend money on anything I c27.05.2019an make or re-use.
It's best explained by the person who started it at www.wintersown.org

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/29/2019, 7:38 am

Transplanted some indoor started tomato plants including Big Beef, Bonny Best, Rapunzel, Campari and Orange Strawberry. Also some Basil.
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Post  sanderson on 5/29/2019, 6:30 pm

Fifth Year SFG in Canada - Page 6 3170584802 Right now my veggie plants are beautiful. In 2 months, yours will be beautiful and mine will be struggling and whimpering.

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/3/2019, 5:53 pm

This has been a terrible Spring ... Cool and wet. The farmers are several weeks behind schedule. My veggie garden is only partially planted. On Sunday we had tornadoes in the area. Today was cold, wet and windy. Tonight we are going down to 3C (37F). Feeling frustrated.

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Post  yolos on 6/3/2019, 6:01 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:This has been a terrible Spring ... Cool and wet. The farmers are several weeks behind schedule. My veggie garden is only partially planted. On Sunday we had tornadoes in the area. Today was cold, wet and windy. Tonight we are going down to 3C (37F). Feeling frustrated.
UGH !!!!!
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/4/2019, 11:52 am

@yolos wrote:
@trolleydriver wrote:This has been a terrible Spring ... Cool and wet. The farmers are several weeks behind schedule. My veggie garden is only partially planted. On Sunday we had tornadoes in the area. Today was cold, wet and windy. Tonight we are going down to 3C (37F). Feeling frustrated.
UGH !!!!!
Last night was the coldest June 3 overnight since 1964.  Will somebody please send me some global warming so that I can get this garden planted.

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Post  countrynaturals on 6/4/2019, 12:34 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
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@trolleydriver wrote:This has been a terrible Spring ... Cool and wet. The farmers are several weeks behind schedule. My veggie garden is only partially planted. On Sunday we had tornadoes in the area. Today was cold, wet and windy. Tonight we are going down to 3C (37F). Feeling frustrated.
UGH !!!!!
Last night was the coldest June 3 overnight since 1964.  Will somebody please send me some global warming so that I can get this garden planted.
Absolutely! We're getting our first 100 degree day. I'd be happy to split it with you. Razz
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Post  sanderson on 6/4/2019, 6:50 pm

TD, I'm sorry that your weather is not cooperating with getting your garden planted. I know your season is short, and even with the long days, it still needs a certain length in the ground.

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