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Post  madnicmom on 3/1/2012, 4:32 pm

Well, March is upon us. Many of us will be able to get some spring veggies in the ground.

I was going to plant today but ended up shopping today for more seeds and found another store that carries coarse vermiculite cheaper than others in my area. cheers

For the folks in the lower portion of this region - What have you started, planted etc? Has your weather been exceptionally wonderful? The northern portion is expecting some severe thunderstorms with possible hail tomorrow. Frost is still a danger in some parts but with spring crops, they can handle a lite frost.

Topic I would like to hear more about is - row covers. What do you use for protection? Does anyone water the plants before the sun hits them in the morning?

Thank you and lets see what great stuff we can discuss to help each other out.

Kim
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Post  madnicmom on 3/2/2012, 9:24 pm

Just wanted to make a note saying I hope everyone faired well during these tornadic storms. NKY, SE IN and South Central Ohio were hit really hard. Prayers to those families.
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Post  madnicmom on 3/7/2012, 1:08 pm

Can you believe this weather? I'm hardening off some more broccoli today. Going to the Civic Center tonight for a composting class. Working on my girlfriends farm tomorrow ( Some of her horse manure will be coming home with me Very Happy ) then back to work on Friday night.

My peas have done nothing else since they poked thru the MM so I'm re-planting some more on St.Patty's Day. Hoop house plastic has been taken off for the season.

What are you all doing?
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Post  madnicmom on 3/11/2012, 10:22 pm

I got some kale,red romaine, kohlrabi, broccoli and beets planted. The kohlrabi,peas and beets are repeats since my dog ruined the beets and the peas/kohlrabi didn't do well with the Feb planting.The broccoli are plants my dad started, so I'm up to 32. My 16 were hit pretty hard from the last frost and some of the leaves turned yellow BUT I do have new growth on most of the plants, so I just trimmed the yellow leaves off. Fingers crossed they survive and produce. The carrots from the Feb planting are up about 1/4inch. You can barely see them but they are there. cheers


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Post  RoOsTeR on 3/15/2012, 9:19 am

Kim, sounds like you're off to a great start Very Happy

I seem to be getting farther and farther behind everyday Shocked

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Post  madnicmom on 3/16/2012, 9:11 pm

About 40% of the peas are up. I saw some beets and kohlrabi breaking thru today. Kane is my biggest issue at the moment.. He has been caught lying in the broccoli bed AGAIN!!!! Evil or Very Mad
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Post  braim5 on 3/19/2012, 8:14 am

I had a very productive weekend. The weather was great! I got some lettuce starts in the SFG. I also managed to get 28 each of yellow onions and red onions planted in my cinder block holes. 4 blueberry bushes into pots. 26 assorted (Jersey Giant, Purple Passion, and Mary Washington) asparagus crowns in the ground. All of my pepper seeds are sprouted and looking good. All of my tomato seeds are sprouted except for 2 of the Virginia '63. I'm giving them a few more days before giving up on them. I still need to get my broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and kale seedlings in the ground. Peas are up and reaching for the trellis.

I built a homemade tumble composter from a food grade 55 gallon barrel and filled it. The last temperature check yesterday morning was 148 degrees! My DH also bought and helped me assemble a 65 gallon tumbling composter. I also filled it (we did quite a bit of yard work as well). The temperature in there yesterday morning was 154 degrees! I added a 5 gallon bucket of chicken litter to each composter. I'm very happy to be getting such high temps since I added quite a few bags of yard clippings containing tons of Henbit. I want to make sure those seeds are killed. The pile that I've been working all winter is now distributed as far as it would go to fill my new beds. I'm hoping for a quick cook in the tumblers to continue the filling. I also started a new pile to feed to the tumblers as they finish.

All of that said, it was pretty difficult to get moving this morning. And my DH just asked if I was going to work, so I better get going... Smile
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Post  TejasTerry on 3/19/2012, 8:54 am

We also had a productive weekend here in the Lower South. This is our first garden, so last month we had to have a fence installed around the back yard to keep the deer out. We have been wanting this privacy fence for years and just never got around to it, so the new garden was motivation...

We also had to clear out a bunch of cedar junk trees to give more sun to the garden. We had most of those done by a contractor last month, however this weekend we invested in a small chainsaw on a pole, and did a lot more trimming to bring in more sun for the boxes.

I've also been reading up on attracting bees and butterflies to your garden, so bought some native plants and flowers....Lantana, Mexican Sage, etc...and have been getting those in the ground. Additionally I got more of my seedlings in the boxes...so now i have tons of peppers, tomatoes, greens beans (both bush and pole), a few tomatillos, squash, chard, and beautiful lettuce, all doing great They are also all from heirloom seeds I started.

We are supposed to have severe weather tonight, so are figuring out what to do to protect from possible hail.

Here is a pic of my cute little Tom Thumb lettuce. I'm so excited:

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Post  madnicmom on 3/20/2012, 2:44 pm

Good to hear ya'll having big success! Gotta love this weather! I'm going to cut some spinach and buttercrunch lettuce tonight for a salad for one of my patients at work. He was an avid gardner until recently. Hope it cheers him up some.
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Post  braim5 on 3/20/2012, 6:59 pm

@madnicmom wrote:Good to hear ya'll having big success! Gotta love this weather! I'm going to cut some spinach and buttercrunch lettuce tonight for a salad for one of my patients at work. He was an avid gardner until recently. Hope it cheers him up some.

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Post  madnicmom on 3/23/2012, 10:05 am

anyone else enjoying this cold front that has came in? It will be here for another 7 days per my weather man! cheers
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