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Post  trolleydriver 6/4/2019, 7:17 pm

Luvslions, sorry to here about your first year problems. Keep going and you will have success. Lost of good advice already provided.  It's been a slow start here in eastern Ontario. I am only about half planted due to the cold wet Spring. I heard that the farmers are several weeks behind as well.

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Post  Luvslions 6/4/2019, 9:19 pm

Thanks for the feedback! Looks like I’m on the right track with the hemp seedlings then. Over the weekend I gave my 8 year old a pair of scissors and she happily cut the tops off of hemp seedlings for almost an hour. I went through and cut off hundreds as well.
The fires are still going but the smoke has shifted away from us for now and we had a few mm of rain today. Unfortunately, as I posted on another thread, now the night temps are below 50F consistently and below 40F several nights this week are forecasted.

Oh well! Pressing on. So far:

potatoes - have really started going now. Lots of pretty green leaves. I’ll mulch them again as suggested above.

carrots - are all a good 1-2” and I succession planted new squares

strawberries - got one strawberry but then many problems, including little bugs I’m betting are aphids and I tried to wash off, don’t look like they are going to produce much (if they even make it through the cold).

peas - All three varieties look great and are 6-12” tall

lettuce - I’m having mixed results due to the hardening off not going great, but some look really good and are now well established outside.

squash - looks great today but we will see after these cold wet nights this week

cucumbers - sprouted but are two leaf seedlings so the cold will probably take them

broccoli - Both varieties look to be stalled in growth

scarlet runner bean - is about a foot and a half tall but I read it doesn’t like cold either so not holding my breath

basil - sad panda! Luckily I only planted two outside and still have several indoors growing though not the dark opal variety.

chamomile, dill, thyme, lemon balm - all look good at the moment.

Raspberries - Must be happy because they are growing up little sprouts everywhere! I’m sure they will go crazy like the last few years and maybe even get some that make it inside this year before they are consumed.
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Post  Kelejan 6/5/2019, 12:14 am

Luvs, strawberries; if they are first year, do not expect much from them, they will do better in the second and third years.

Keep going. There is always something that comes up good short of flood, fire or drought.  Very Happy
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