Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
New England ~ May 2014 Toplef10New England ~ May 2014 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

New England ~ May 2014 I22gcj10New England ~ May 2014 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
New England ~ May 2014 Toplef10New England ~ May 2014 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

New England ~ May 2014 I22gcj10New England ~ May 2014 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 11:04 am

» Hello from Surrey
by sanderson Today at 12:29 am

» Prefab compost question
by sanderson Today at 12:11 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:50 pm

» Kitty Control
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:49 pm

» Western Mount/High Plains: Seed Planting Dates
by Turan Yesterday at 4:07 pm

» Jjean59 first SFG - 2024
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:00 am

» N&C Midwest January & February 2024
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:56 am

» Winter Lag - Waiting for Sprimg
by sanderson 2/21/2024, 4:36 pm

» TDs 2024 SFG
by Turan 2/21/2024, 12:09 am

» Hello! From GA! Newbie
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 9:53 pm

» Kiwi's SFG Adventure
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 9:45 pm

» Sweet Potato Slips - Buy or Grow?
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 1:27 pm

» Seeds 'n Such Free Shipping
by sanderson 2/20/2024, 1:09 pm

» Mark's first SFG
by markqz 2/19/2024, 11:25 pm

» Ohio Gardener's Greenhouse
by OhioGardener 2/19/2024, 5:46 pm

» Hi from Central Oregon
by donnainzone5 2/18/2024, 5:50 pm

» Mealybugs?
by OhioGardener 2/17/2024, 11:02 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by OhioGardener 2/17/2024, 10:59 am

» Second Life for Determinate Tomatoes?
by OhioGardener 2/16/2024, 7:35 am

» Calling all juice bar waste composters...
by KiwiSFGnewbie 2/12/2024, 12:14 am

» Recommended store bought compost - Photos of composts
by sanderson 2/9/2024, 10:52 pm

» Now is The Time To Take Seed Inventory
by sanderson 2/5/2024, 5:34 pm

» Homemade Seed Starting Mix
by sanderson 2/4/2024, 4:05 pm

» Stop warping in pine planks
by sanderson 2/4/2024, 3:56 pm

» Here's my purple cauliflower.
by markqz 2/1/2024, 11:40 pm

» Alfalfa Pellets and Epsom Salt for Tomatoes?
by sanderson 2/1/2024, 12:24 pm

» Bokashi
by sanderson 1/27/2024, 3:24 pm

» What can I do to fix my Mel's Mix?
by OhioGardener 1/24/2024, 8:23 am

» Re-Starting My Gardens
by Scorpio Rising 1/23/2024, 9:15 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

New England ~ May 2014

+16
walshevak
sanderson
llama momma
Marc Iverson
AtlantaMarie
Mips
boffer
yolos
NHGardener
quiltbea
RJARPCGP
mollyhespra
CapeCoddess
cpl100
lyndeeloo
camprn
20 posters

Page 1 of 14 1, 2, 3 ... 7 ... 14  Next

Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty New England ~ May 2014

Post  camprn 5/1/2014, 5:31 am

It it still cold and raining. I am hoping for warmer days soon. It has been so chilly for so long that we are still about 3 weeks behind.

I am thankful for the raised beds in that I know they will warm up sooner than an in ground garden. The peas are starting to poke up through the MM surface. I will be doing trellis set up and maintenance this coming weekend.

____________________________

43 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



New England ~ May 2014 WxBanner?bannertype=wu_clean2day_cond&airportcode=KEEN&ForcedCity=Keene&ForcedState=NH&zipcode=03431&language=EN
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 61
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  lyndeeloo 5/1/2014, 6:50 am

Nearly 3 inches of rain since yesterday morning. Still lightly raining and 47 degrees. It is supposed to warm up to the low 70's, in between possible showers and maybe a T storm. I definitely won't need to water the MM. Laughing Hoping to get out in the garden today and get some more plants in. Yahooooo!
lyndeeloo
lyndeeloo

Female Posts : 433
Join date : 2013-04-14
Location : Western Massachusetts Zone 5b

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  cpl100 5/1/2014, 10:23 am

I erroneously thought there would be sunshine today.  Was corrected by my husband to learn that tomorrow is the sunshine day.  

So tired of this rain and dreariness and it makes me sluggish enough that I get nothing accomplished but the absolute necessities.  UGH!

Come on SUMMER!!!!
cpl100
cpl100

Posts : 420
Join date : 2012-06-25
Location : MA Zone 6a

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  CapeCoddess 5/1/2014, 11:02 am

I think we will see the sun today, cpl100...later this afternoon or early eve in my case.

I'm going to do an early tomato planting experiment this weekend.  I want to plant one of each heirloom type in the old school SFG beds & either let them sprawl or make some cages out of concrete reinforcement wire - but the bottom line is no pruning will be involved.  I want to see how the yields and timing compare to the ANSFG/trellised ones.

Meanwhile, all the toms are chomping at the bit to get outside!  New England ~ May 2014 Photo136
I'll put them out when I go home for lunch today.  QB, the shorter ones on the left side of the white tray are the Box Car Willies you sent me.  They were started much later than the others & 2 sprouted - about 3 wks apart!  It was weird.  I figured each must be from a different batch of Ray's.

See the flower buds? All the plants have them now except the little Box Cars.New England ~ May 2014 Photo221
Once real tomato weather come (Memorial Day here) and it's time to plant them I think I'll leave flowers on half of each type and remove them from the other half.  Then I'll know forever more what to do. 
 okay 

CC
CapeCoddess
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6824
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 67
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  mollyhespra 5/1/2014, 12:10 pm

Yes, it's a bit gloomy, isn't it?  Cloudy & rainy for the next 10 days.  It looks like I might have a small window of (rain-less) opportunity on Saturday morning to get out and move the strawberries to their new bed and put up the trellis for the peas.  Mine are starting to poke out of the ground, too.  Two of the four garlic varieties I planted are about 1-2" tall now.  Still no sign of the asparagus.  At least there's no frost in the forecast.
mollyhespra
mollyhespra

Female Posts : 1087
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 58
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  CapeCoddess 5/1/2014, 3:59 pm

Shocked Gee, Molly...you live on another planet!  (says the one with no room to talk)
My forecast is sunny & hi 50's for the next 10 days with one exception - Sun nite I think.
CapeCoddess
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6824
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 67
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  cpl100 5/1/2014, 4:12 pm

CC are you zone 6 or 5?
cpl100
cpl100

Posts : 420
Join date : 2012-06-25
Location : MA Zone 6a

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  CapeCoddess 5/1/2014, 4:22 pm

Spring is 6b, fall is 7a.
CapeCoddess
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6824
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 67
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  RJARPCGP 5/1/2014, 7:18 pm

New England ~ May 2014 May_1_10

My basil, marigolds blooming and my spider plant blooming Wink
RJARPCGP
RJARPCGP

Male Posts : 352
Join date : 2014-02-10
Age : 43
Location : North Springfield, Vermont

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  quiltbea 5/1/2014, 8:30 pm

CapeC.....My Boxcars are only about 3" tall.  I started mine rather late due to the cold and the snow and not thinking I could get them out early this year.   Yours are looking great.
I like your ideas of experimenting.  That's the way to learn.
quiltbea
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4712
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 81
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  NHGardener 5/1/2014, 8:34 pm

It ended up getting sunny and warm here late this afternoon!

Like you CC, I'm doing an experiment with my tomatoes. First of all, I don't see any frosts in the forecast for the next 10 days, so I'm crossing my fingers.

Since my tomato plants weren't doing well in their molding biodegradable cups, I transplanted 16 of them into the SFG! I still have another 16 to spare so no biggie if they don't make it, but I don't think they would've made it anyway the way they were suffering. These were seeded the first of March for the science fair.

So it will be interesting to see how they do. 

I got my 2 peach trees planted! Smile Maybe tomorrow I can find that darn camera charger cord.
NHGardener
NHGardener

Female Posts : 2305
Join date : 2011-02-25
Age : 63
Location : Southern New Hampshire

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  mollyhespra 5/1/2014, 9:13 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:Shocked Gee, Molly...you live on another planet!  (says the one with no room to talk)
My forecast is sunny & hi 50's for the next 10 days with one exception - Sun nite I think.
Yea, I know.  The mountains create their own weather.  It's often gloomy & cloudy up here and then we drive 30 mins South through Franconia Notch and it's sunny & bright on the other side.  On top of that my house is situated in a cold micro-climate, so it's particularly challenging to grow edibles.  I don't know how the old timers did it with only about 90 days between frosts. 

BUT, on a positive note, the sun actually did shine for a bit this afternoon, so instead of the housework & bills I'd planned to work on, I went outside & worked in the garden.  I managed to move a few of the strawberries into their permanent bed but I didn't realize what a mess of runners & babies I've got on my hands.  I'm going to have to put in quite a bit more work than I thought to get them transplanted.

So until I've got any green worth showing, I'm living vicariously through you-all.   New England ~ May 2014 3170584802
mollyhespra
mollyhespra

Female Posts : 1087
Join date : 2012-09-21
Age : 58
Location : Waaaay upstate, NH (zone 4)

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  NHGardener 5/1/2014, 10:58 pm

I don't know how the old timers did it either. What a hard life that must've been. So many farmhouses w/attached barns up there.
NHGardener
NHGardener

Female Posts : 2305
Join date : 2011-02-25
Age : 63
Location : Southern New Hampshire

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  cpl100 5/2/2014, 1:27 am

CapeCoddess wrote:Spring is 6b, fall is 7a.
I don't understand that.   We have different zones for fall and spring?  Really?
cpl100
cpl100

Posts : 420
Join date : 2012-06-25
Location : MA Zone 6a

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  camprn 5/2/2014, 6:27 am

cpl100 wrote:
CapeCoddess wrote:Spring is 6b, fall is 7a.
I don't understand that.   We have different zones for fall and spring?  Really?
Nope. Hardiness zones are about winters coldest weather.

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

http://www.plantmaps.com

____________________________

43 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



New England ~ May 2014 WxBanner?bannertype=wu_clean2day_cond&airportcode=KEEN&ForcedCity=Keene&ForcedState=NH&zipcode=03431&language=EN
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 61
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  NHGardener 5/2/2014, 7:16 am

camp, I didn't realize you were in zone 5a and I'm in zone 5b. I guess it's being closer to the coast that does it.
NHGardener
NHGardener

Female Posts : 2305
Join date : 2011-02-25
Age : 63
Location : Southern New Hampshire

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  RJARPCGP 5/2/2014, 10:40 am

camprn wrote:
cpl100 wrote:
CapeCoddess wrote:Spring is 6b, fall is 7a.
I don't understand that.   We have different zones for fall and spring?  Really?
Nope. Hardiness zones are about winters coldest weather.

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

http://www.plantmaps.com
IIRC, it's based on average winter night temps.

This winter was a cold one, even when it don't look like it got as cold as 2003 and 2004. But, even 2003 and 2004 for the weather records look like the same type of thing. Didn't 2003 and 2004 have like almost -40 F?
RJARPCGP
RJARPCGP

Male Posts : 352
Join date : 2014-02-10
Age : 43
Location : North Springfield, Vermont

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  camprn 5/2/2014, 11:03 am

NHGardener wrote:camp, I didn't realize you were in zone 5a and I'm in zone 5b. I guess it's being closer to the coast that does it.
Yes I think that's right.  How far are you from the sea, as the crow flies?

____________________________

43 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



New England ~ May 2014 WxBanner?bannertype=wu_clean2day_cond&airportcode=KEEN&ForcedCity=Keene&ForcedState=NH&zipcode=03431&language=EN
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 61
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  NHGardener 5/2/2014, 11:08 am

Probably 20 miles.
NHGardener
NHGardener

Female Posts : 2305
Join date : 2011-02-25
Age : 63
Location : Southern New Hampshire

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  CapeCoddess 5/2/2014, 4:22 pm

l can't believe it but it rained here all morning. So I did electrical work and cleaned the basement. By the time I was finished the sun came out but my back was so sore I couldn't get out into the garden accept a walk around and look at everything, and even that was difficult. Crud.

When I went by the hardware store to pick up an electric socket this morning I stopped and looked at the concrete reinforcement sheets. I was thinking of using them for tomato cages in the old skool SF G. Has anyone tried them before? I'm wondering how long it would last. They're rather expensive by the sheet and the nearest roll is at Lowes witches off cape in where ham.

(oh good grief...)
CapeCoddess
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6824
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 67
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  RJARPCGP 5/2/2014, 4:49 pm

I have 61 F on my thermometer out front. (Never mind my banner, ATM, major discrepancy once again, because there's no stations in downtown)
RJARPCGP
RJARPCGP

Male Posts : 352
Join date : 2014-02-10
Age : 43
Location : North Springfield, Vermont

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  yolos 5/2/2014, 5:38 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:l can't believe it but it rained here all morning. So I did electrical work and cleaned the basement. By the time I was finished the sun came out but my back was so sore I couldn't get out into the garden accept a walk around and look at everything, and even that was difficult. Crud.

When I went by the hardware store to pick up an electric socket this morning I stopped and looked at the concrete reinforcement sheets. I was thinking of using them for tomato cages in the old skool SF G. Has anyone tried them before? I'm wondering how long it would last. They're rather expensive by the sheet and the nearest roll is at Lowes witches off cape in where ham.

(oh good grief...)

I used cages made from the concrete reinforcing mesh in my old row garden.  They lasted for years and years.  But I did not like the looks because of the rust.
yolos
yolos

Female Posts : 4152
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 74
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  boffer 5/2/2014, 5:45 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:I stopped and looked at the concrete reinforcement sheets. I was thinking of using them for tomato cages in the old skool SF G. Has anyone tried them before? I'm wondering how long it would last. They're rather expensive by the sheet and the nearest roll is at Lowes witches off cape in where ham.

(oh good grief...)

"and the nearest roll is at Lowes witches off cape in where ham."
Are you going to blame that on your tablet?   Razz 

This is a pic of a basket that Quiltbea made.  Mine look similar.  I love the stuff-very versatile.
New England ~ May 2014 06-07-18

I figure the rust adds a little iron to the soil!  Wink
boffer
boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 70
Location : yelm, wa, usa

http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  quiltbea 5/2/2014, 6:52 pm

I used the reinforcement wire to make two cucumbers cages.  Works good and will last forever probably but like yolos, I dislike the look.  The fact that is rusts also gives me pause that it could be dangerous if one gets a cut on their hands and uses it.   I'd rather string my tomatoes or even use stakes instead of that rusty stuff.
quiltbea
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4712
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 81
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  CapeCoddess 5/2/2014, 7:11 pm

boffer(oh good grief...) wrote:
"and cthe nearest roll is at Lowes witches off cape in where ham."
Are you going to blame that on your tablet?   Razz 

I'm not even going to blame my tablet anymore because it's so obvious that that's exactly what it is. I'm sure everyone's getting tired of hearing me say it and we'll just understand that that's what's going on.

is a pic of a basket that Quiltbea made.  Mine look similar.  I love the stuff-very versatile.
New England ~ May 2014 06-07-18

I figure the rust adds a little iron to the soil!  Wink
this is interesting because my mother told me once that she had red that when metal is used in a garden it adds some kind of energy from the air and puts it into the soil. And the other night I was thinking about one particular trellis I have that goes directly into the Mel's mix. I have had such great success with anything I have put on that trellis that I'm beginning to wonder if there may be some truth to what my mother read. Which makes me believe that these reinforcement wire cages could be excellent seeing as I can't find  cattle panels anywhere nearby or far away. Now if I were to post this exactly is it came out nobody would understand a word I said.even ignoring the fact that I can't get it out of the quote box.
CapeCoddess
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6824
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 67
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

Back to top Go down

New England ~ May 2014 Empty Re: New England ~ May 2014

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 14 1, 2, 3 ... 7 ... 14  Next

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum