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Post  TSHRED 1/11/2015, 5:25 pm

It rarely freezes here in Encinitas where I live. I've just completed building my beds for the most part and I want to plant.

I'm thinking kale, lettuce, carrots, spinach, beets, and ...??

I get a lot of shade this time of year with the sun obstructed by my two story house. That will change later and it will be tomato time. Smile

Do you all start from seed or buy plants? It's a bit cool to try and germinate outdoors now (Jan 11) so I'll get plants to start out and buy lights, germ trays, heating pads, etc later.

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Post  sanderson 1/11/2015, 8:11 pm

The dining room nursery last winter:  Cheap PVC frame supporting cheap fluorescent lights from HD.  Cheap HD 10" x 20" solid drip pans.  No heating pads. The heating pad is for me!!  Free yogurt cups, reused pony packs and eBay purchased 2" x 3 1/4" seedling cups.  The free cups for transplanting larger tomato seedlings were plastic 44 oz. soda cups, cut down a little shorter.  
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PS:  The light should be way closer to the seedlings and then raised as the seedling get taller.  And, yes, that is Mel's Mix.  The only change this year will be to put more than one beach towel under the trays, to get them off the cool floor tiles.
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Post  TSHRED 1/11/2015, 11:35 pm

Nice!
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Post  has55 1/12/2015, 6:50 am

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Post  Chopper 1/24/2015, 3:32 am

I planted all the cool weather crops a month ago up here in Warner Springs (4200')and they all germinated. They even got snowed on - but they were up by then. I have a hoop house going but the plastic often blows off. I am thinking you can probably sew right in the dirt and maybe cover temporarily or just keep adding seeds weekly until you see green. Encinitas should be warm enough.

The most touchy of the cold weather crops were peas. They died in the freeze but the lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and oddly enough, cilantro seem to be in hog heaven.
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Post  has55 1/24/2015, 9:11 am

"but the lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and oddly enough, cilantro seem to be in hog heaven."
they loved the cool weather. hog heaven is right on target.
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Post  seamammal 3/1/2015, 2:14 pm

Chopper wrote:I planted all the cool weather crops a month ago up here in Warner Springs (4200')and they all germinated. They even got snowed on - but they were up by then. I have a hoop house going but the plastic often blows off. I am thinking you can probably sew right in the dirt and maybe cover temporarily or just keep adding seeds weekly until you see green. Encinitas should be warm enough.

The most touchy of the cold weather crops were peas. They died in the freeze but the lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and oddly enough, cilantro seem to be in hog heaven.
went to a organic gardening presentation and the presenter had a great idea. She put strips of 1x1 about 3 in from the top of the bed. Then she just clamped the cover to it.
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