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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/2/2020, 5:44 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:Sounds great, SR!  Fire rings make excellent beds for perennials like Rhubarb and Asparagus. They are easy to keep clean, easy to harvest from, and the open bottom allows the roots to grow as deep as they want.

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I remembered seeing your pics, OG, and thought, hey, why not?  This would be a super quick way to get another bed up for 2020!  Plus had the discount coupon!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/4/2020, 7:08 pm

Suddenly cold and seasonal here, rainy/sleet/mix with snow.  Should have sited the cold frame during the warm snap...oh well.  Sorting seeds still!
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Post  OhioGardener on 2/4/2020, 7:53 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Suddenly cold and seasonal here, rainy/sleet/mix with snow.  Should have sited the cold frame during the warm snap...oh well.  Sorting seeds still!

Strange weather, isn't it SR?  In the mid-60's the past few days, and tonight down into the high-20's with highs the next few days in the mid-30's.  We started out the day with it at 58°F, and by mid-afternoon is was down to 35°F.   The past few days the automatic opener has had the lid of the cold frame open to let some cool air in, but today it locked the lid down tight against the cold.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/5/2020, 6:16 pm

Yes, very strange winter weather!  Hope my “manual” version of the cold frame doesn’t hose me....
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Post  nrstooge on 2/8/2020, 10:32 pm

I've started a few seeds.onions, chives, herbs, pansey.. more to follow in a few weeks and at the end of the month.  Trying using the moon phases to plant by.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/9/2020, 2:22 pm

@nrstooge wrote:I've started a few seeds.onions, chives, herbs, pansey.. more to follow in a few weeks and at the end of the month.  Trying using the moon phases to plant by.
I am setting my sights on next weekend...
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Post  nrstooge on 2/9/2020, 8:54 pm

I'm using the Moon Sign Book to plant by.. for more growth/production you want to do in between new and full moon, as our ancestors did.  We will see how this works..
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/10/2020, 6:33 pm

@nrstooge wrote:I'm using the Moon Sign Book to plant by.. for more growth/production you want to do in between new and full moon, as our ancestors did.  We will see how this works..
Yes, I will be interested to hear how this works out!  The old original Farmer’s Almanac always had the moon phases and planting instructions accordingly...
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/15/2020, 10:08 am

I am going to start my celery seed this weekend, I am excited to try some new things this year!
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Post  CitizenKate on 2/15/2020, 9:11 pm

Out rummaging around in the garage today, for all the pieces of my seed starting rack. If I'm going to have lettuce and kale this year, I'd better get going! Hard to think about it when we had snow this week.
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Post  OhioGardener on 2/16/2020, 2:45 pm

Started seeds for Lacinato Kale, Vulcan Swiss Chard, and Perpetual Spinach today. They'll be ready to transplant in the beds by the 3rd week of March.


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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/21/2020, 5:38 pm

I have nothing under lights on heating pads at the moment...I did seed in some celery seeds, we will see!  Apparently a finicky germinator?  I spent 100 seeds into 7 4 inch pots...whoops. 

Plan for weekend is to get cold frame seated...we will see.  I don’t have the composts....dang it.  There’s time!  

What is everyone else doing, thinking about?  I definitely thought about what I like to eat/will eat...to plant this year.  I actually threw stuff out, which is a real shame.
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Post  nrstooge on 2/21/2020, 6:29 pm

This is a week ago, but they aren't doing too bad.  Tomatoes, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, kale, etc will be started this weekend. 

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/26/2020, 5:35 pm

Nice!  Looks like things are up!  I got zero done last weekend (shoulder issue) but still plenty of time for that!  Cold, snowing here, we have an inch now but slated to get a couple more.  Super wet too....

None of the celery is up yet, thinking I might add in a heating pad.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/27/2020, 5:05 pm

4 out of 7 of my celery containers are up!  So very tiny—like their seeds!  Under lights and on a low heating pad now in the basement...so excited!
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Post  OhioGardener on 2/27/2020, 5:27 pm

Thinned the seedlings today - Kale, Chard, and Spinach. They are forming their first true leaves, and growing nicely.

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Post  CitizenKate on 2/29/2020, 10:30 pm

Perfect time to get some pepper seeds started today. I've had a lot of challenges with getting peppers to grow from seed... we'll see how it goes this year. I've got a ton of seed I harvested from my tabasco pepper plants in 2017 and 2018. If I can get them to grow, I'll be in garden heaven!

More tomorrow... lettuce and kale, at the very least, maybe some more of that awesome broccoli and cabbage I grew a couple of years ago.

I don't start tomatoes until around mid March.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/1/2020, 1:58 pm

@CitizenKate wrote:Perfect time to get some pepper seeds started today. I've had a lot of challenges with getting peppers to grow from seed... we'll see how it goes this year. I've got a ton of seed I harvested from my tabasco pepper plants in 2017 and 2018. If I can get them to grow, I'll be in garden heaven!

More tomorrow... lettuce and kale, at the very least, maybe some more of that awesome broccoli and cabbage I grew a couple of years ago.

I don't start tomatoes until around mid March.
When is your last frost free day, CK?
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Post  OhioGardener on 3/1/2020, 4:28 pm

Started the pepper seeds today - 6 each of Bell, Banana, and Jalapeno.  Also started a new tray of onion seeds, after deciding the first batch I started did not have enough plants.

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