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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/28/2022, 9:26 pm

It’s time to start seeds, think about hoop houses or cold frames, and plan warmer crops out! 

It’s been a strange, icy, coldish winter here…I’ve never seen this kind of winter with the freezing rain in Ohio.  When I lived in Tennessee yes, but that’s been a minute!  

What are you all starting?  I am starting lettuces and celery.  Spinach in my experience likes cold. Might try it under lights not on heat?


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Post  OhioGardener 3/1/2022, 8:34 am

Can you believe it is March already? Only 19 days until the first day of Spring? Won't be long before the trees will be budding, the Rhubarb and Asparagus will be popping out of the ground.

I have pepper seedlings started, in addition to the bunching onions, leeks, kale, and swiss chard. Still enjoying the fresh leaf lettuce and spinach from the cold frame, but looking forward to planting in the open beds. This year I have decided to put the tomato cages and plant in the ground instead of the raised beds in order to free up more room rotational crops in the beds.  Ah, I love planning....

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Post  OhioGardener 3/1/2022, 4:11 pm

Spring must not be too far off, the Daffodils are up.

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Post  nrstooge 3/1/2022, 7:19 pm

I've got several seedlings growing already - and will start basil, lettuce, greens, tomatoes and more flowers in a few weeks.  I need more room!
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Post  JAM23 3/5/2022, 8:55 pm

Hi! I am in zone 5b. Do you think it's still too early to start eggplant and pepper seeds indoors? I'm thinking these would go out possibly between May 21st-May 28th? 

Thanks in advance!
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Post  nrstooge 3/6/2022, 6:47 am

JAM23 wrote:Hi! I am in zone 5b. Do you think it's still too early to start eggplant and pepper seeds indoors? I'm thinking these would go out possibly between May 21st-May 28th? 

Thanks in advance!
Eggplant and peppers need 10 to 12 weeks - and about 7-14 for germination .. so count backwards from there.  I've got mine started and up already.  Tomatoes are next week.
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Post  sanderson 3/9/2022, 3:44 am

Peppers take longer to germinate than tomatoes, so go ahead and start them. A heat mat with a probe thermometer is a good way to help them along, says the woman who started the pots 3 weeks ago and is still waiting for the peppers to germinate. Embarassed

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Post  OhioGardener 3/11/2022, 1:47 pm

The Rhubarb plants are starting to send up shoots.  The arrows point to them since they are a little hard to see at this point.  Looking forward to fresh Rhubarb Pie! Very Happy

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Post  OhioGardener 3/16/2022, 6:41 pm

Took the straw off a couple of the beds today so the soil will warm enough to transplant the spring onions soon.   Last fall I covered the beds with a layer of Starbucks coffee grounds, including the filters, and then about 6" of wheat straw. Today, 5 months later, I took off the straw and put it in the compost bin.  But, there was no sign of the coffee grounds, and only tiny pieces of coffee filters left on the soil. The combination of composting and the earthworms got the beds ready for planting.  Very Happy

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Post  nrstooge 3/17/2022, 6:26 am

Well, seed starting is underway with tomato seeds pre-sprouted this past weekend.  Many of the seeds are now ready to be placed carefully in starting mix. I'm out of room under the grow lights, so the cold loving seedlings will have to go in the patio greenhouse soon.  Again, I have way too many seedlings.  Razz
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Post  Scorpio Rising 3/19/2022, 5:02 pm

I started all my cool weather stuff upstairs or not on the heating pad under lights.  They did fine!
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Post  OhioGardener 3/20/2022, 2:50 pm

Started hardening off the bunching onions and leeks today so that they will be ready to transplant into the beds next week. Have 144 cells of bunching onions and 72 cells of leeks, so that should keep me busy for a while.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 3/20/2022, 5:45 pm

Just got back in from amending the cold frame, replaced broken fiberglass, and added a bit of vermiculite and composts.  Planted radishes, OK, lots of radishes!  Love them!  Turnips and spinaches.  

A couple of my old legacy boxes look pretty bad.  I am having a friend build me a new 4x4 to make up for the loss.  But hey, it’s spring!


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Post  Scorpio Rising 3/24/2022, 4:14 pm

It’s cold!  That wind!  I’m going to close my cold frame here while the sun can still help a bit!
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Post  OhioGardener 3/26/2022, 9:43 am

Woke to an early morning snow today. The raised beds, and the wood chips around them collected the snow while the grass is bare.  Good thing the spring onions don't mind being covered with snow.

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Post  JAM23 4/2/2022, 8:37 am

I'm located in Northern Illinois and between the snow, rain and cold temperatures I haven't been able to get any of the cool weather crops in! I just have traditional raised beds that I SFG in without covers so that impacts when I can get things outside. Feeling like I am falling behind with sowing spinach, radishes, and peas! If I have to wait another week to get these crops in, will it be too late?? Ugh
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Post  sanderson 4/2/2022, 9:24 pm

Yes, my Zone 9A summer garden is planted. But, when all of you are enjoying your lovely green, healthy gardens, I will be fighting every pest known to mankind.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 4/3/2022, 9:23 pm

JAM23 wrote:I'm located in Northern Illinois and between the snow, rain and cold temperatures I haven't been able to get any of the cool weather crops in! I just have traditional raised beds that I SFG in without covers so that impacts when I can get things outside. Feeling like I am falling behind with sowing spinach, radishes, and peas! If I have to wait another week to get these crops in, will it be too late?? Ugh
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Not too late at all! I haven’t started my sugar snap yet.  Probably will this weekend!  Come on over to April and we can talk!
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