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Post  Scorpio Rising 1/1/2021, 10:26 am

Welcome 2021!  I am looking forward to a new start for my SFGs, my health as a priority and our world.  

So many bad things happened and happening, but there is definitely hope in all this turmoil.  Our planet breathed a sigh of relief as human activities were reduced.  As a global people, we came together in our common experiences.  Let’s keep all these good things going!  

Today I will continue to heal from this COVID 19 infection I contracted.  It’s been rough, but I’m not in the hospital!  I do miss my sense of smell and taste, but I’m hopeful for recovery in all aspects.  

Take care, everyone!  Let’s make 2021 a great year!  Full of promise, like our sleeping beds!
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Post  nrstooge 1/3/2021, 9:40 pm

I've plotted out my patio garden, and am adding 4 potato bags that are 10 gallons (now to figure out how much mix for those).  Seeds and sets are ordered.  

Looking forward to seed starting time.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 1/3/2021, 11:03 pm

nrstooge wrote:I've plotted out my patio garden, and am adding 4 potato bags that are 10 gallons (now to figure out how much mix for those).  Seeds and sets are ordered.  

Looking forward to seed starting time.
Me too!

I have some new tomato varieties to try.  So excited!
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Post  OhioGardener 1/7/2021, 5:11 pm

I can't believe I'll already be starting onion seeds under lights in about a month. I usually start them early February, and transplant them into the beds in mid-March.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 1/10/2021, 6:50 pm

So do you start green onions, OG?  Like bunching?
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Post  OhioGardener 1/10/2021, 6:59 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:So do you start green onions, OG?  Like bunching?

Yes.  I start 150 to 200 seeds in a small flat, then I transplant them to the bed. I plant 16 per square, but I put 2 or 3 onion seedlings per hole then thin them as they grow. This gives me about 50 green onions per square foot.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 1/13/2021, 6:21 pm

I think I’ll try that this year!  I love green onions.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 1/31/2021, 2:29 pm

Huge snow here....probably 6 inches now and still coming down.  Hard to think about Spring but it is time if you want to start seeds!  My first will be 

Tango celery 
Green onions—what variety? 

They will be first, sometime in February!  

Still working on the rest.  Need to move my rhubarb into a 3ft. raised round from TSC.....

And redoing my strawberry bed 

Plus replace asparagus that didn’t make it—about half.
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Post  nrstooge 1/31/2021, 2:43 pm

I started the seeds for Onions - long standing bunching, shallots, zerburn and leeks.. american flag today under the plant lights.  Let the gardening for 2021 begin!
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Post  OhioGardener 1/31/2021, 3:33 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:Huge snow here....probably 6 inches now and still coming down.  Hard to think about Spring but it is time if you want to start seeds!  My first will be 

Green onions—what variety? 

SR, if you haven't ever grown the Nebuka Evergreen Bunching Onion, you should give it a try. They are absolutely delicious, both raw and cooked. I plant them 16 per square, with three onions plants bunched together in each hole - it takes 5 or 6 squares to hold all of the onion plants that grow from one package of seeds.  I start the seeds indoors the first week of February, and transplant them outdoors mid-March.

I also have some perennial bunching onions that I love because they are ready to start pulling before the new plants that I start from seed. They are Red Welsh Bunching Onions that I bought the original seeds from Baker Creek.  They are so neat because in early spring they form bunches of 6 to 8 onions. I pull out a bunch, pull one onion off the bunch and stick it back in the soil, and it is ready to form a new bunch. Each time we need fresh onions for dinner, I just pull a bunch, stick one back in the soil, and we eat the rest.

These are the seeds I get for the Nebuka Evergreen Bunching Onion, from Urban Farmer:
https://www.ufseeds.com/product/nebuka-evergreen-bunching-onion-seeds/

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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/2/2021, 7:55 pm

Thanks for the advice and link, OG!  Prices are good, too.  I am going to try the Nebuka version.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/7/2021, 11:30 am

Arctic blast well under way here.  It was 5*F when I got up and no power!  Restored after 2 1/2 hours, not sure what was up! 

We still have 6-8 inches of snow laying around.  Doubt it’s going anywhere soon!  Will start to think about starting celery and those onions I ordered!
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Post  OhioGardener 2/16/2021, 10:20 am

Not doing much with the raised beds today.....they are under about a foot of snow.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/21/2021, 8:59 am

Starting seeds today, guess we are in for a bit of a thaw!  Might order my strawberry plants...
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Post  JAM23 2/21/2021, 2:41 pm

What seeds are you starting today?
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Post  OhioGardener 2/21/2021, 4:06 pm

I had to cut the onion seedlings back to 3" today. It was either cut them back, or raise the lights again. I decided it was time to cut the onions, and put the cuttings in salads. Also picked some fresh Basil for this evening's spaghetti & meatballs.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/28/2021, 8:57 am

JAM23 wrote:What seeds are you starting today?
Tango celery and going to try green bunching onions again!

I had to order new strawberry plants, and get some replacement asparagus root crowns on the way, found both yesterday.   The shipping costs kill me though?!?!

Last day of February, March helps me emotionally get into gardening mood!
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Post  JAM23 2/28/2021, 10:32 am

I am so excited that it is the last day of February! I am trying to decide whether or not to start my pepper plants indoors today or if it is still a tad early. My last frost date in 5/5 so today would be about 9 and 1/2 weeks? I am a newbie and not yet ready for celery but that sounds exciting!
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Post  OhioGardener 2/28/2021, 12:43 pm

I never put out tender plants such as peppers and tomatoes until after Mother's Day, so I don't start the seeds indoors until around the 3rd week of March. I like them to have 6 to 8 weeks of growth on them before they are transplanted. Bunching Onion seedlings, on the other hand, are already growing and will be transplanted in the beds around the 3rd week of march.


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