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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/12/2022, 5:24 pm

SR-Are you starting your Dragon Tongue beans indoors or direct sowing them? wrote:
I am toying around with the idea of starting summer squash and cucumbers indoors now to transplant in a few weeks or just wait and direct sow then. After this heat wave it will cool off next week, but fingers crossed that the threat of frost is gone.

And I also did nothing in the garden yesterday since it was near 90 degrees here.
I direct sow the Dragon Tongue beans, Jam23.  I start my “super hotties” (squash, cukes, melons) inside under lights on heat in peat pots as they don’t like to be transplanted.
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Post  OhioGardener 5/12/2022, 7:03 pm

We're supposed to have rain Saturday & Sunday, so I'm planning on getting the tomatoes and peppers planted tomorrow evening. I installed the tomato cages today, so they're ready for the plants.

The Swiss Chard was attached by slugs last night, so I put out some Sluggo Plus this evening to see it that will get them under control again.

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Post  JAM23 5/12/2022, 7:04 pm

OhioGardener wrote:We're supposed to have rain Saturday & Sunday, so I'm planning on getting the tomatoes and peppers planted tomorrow evening. I installed the tomato cages today, so they're ready for the plants.

The Swiss Chard was attached by slugs last night, so I put out some Sluggo Plus this evening to see it that will get them under control again.
I want to get my tomatoes and pepper in too but I'm worried about frost. Although, it doesn't seem likely.
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Post  OhioGardener 5/13/2022, 9:19 pm

Transplanted the peppers and tomatoes into the beds today, and then put rabbit guards around the beds.  Next week I'm planning on planting the first batch of Bush Green Beans.

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Post  OhioGardener 5/14/2022, 6:39 pm

Today I mulched the tomatoes, peppers, kale, swiss chard, and rhubarb with leaf mold compost from last year's leaves. We're supposed to get rain tonight and tomorrow, which will settle in the mulch if it does rain.

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Post  OhioGardener 5/15/2022, 12:56 pm

Today it is 90ºF with 65% humidity.  Too hot to work in the gardens! Supposed to have thunderstorms this evening to bring in a cold front, with highs in the low 70's this coming week. That will be good gardening weather!  Sad

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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/15/2022, 2:04 pm

Agree!  Way too hot out there!  Moved my houseplants out to various porches.  Hardening off things to plant!  

Went to our Master Gardeners plant sale yesterday.  Got a couple hostas, 2 native Columbines, a big Iris, and a viola.  My viola area was also infested with poison ivy.  I had to hire help to eradicate it!  But the violas also suffered.  At least they multiply fast.
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Post  JAM23 5/15/2022, 4:05 pm

It finally cooled off here to 68 degrees with light showers. I wasn't able to get much done in the garden this weekend, but I was able to plant my bucket tomatoes and a few herbs. It always seems like there are always too many other things to do! Ugh! Maybe tomorrow after work I can get a little bit done.
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Post  OhioGardener 5/15/2022, 8:37 pm

Planted 18 squares of Bush Green Beans, and a second planting of carrots and beets this evening.  Supposed to rain tonight, so thought it would be a good time to get some seeds in the soil.

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Post  JAM23 5/16/2022, 7:09 pm

Today, I was able to thin my squares of beets, carrots, kale and kohlrabi. I was hoping to get in 10 squares of bush beans, but I don't think I have the energy for it on a Monday after working all day Smile
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Post  OhioGardener 5/16/2022, 7:25 pm

JAM23 wrote:I was hoping to get in 10 squares of bush beans, but I don't think I have the energy for it on a Monday after working all day Smile

Just think, after you retire every day is a work day!  Very Happy

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Post  JAM23 5/17/2022, 4:25 pm

Got off of work a little early today and got 6 squares of bush beans planted along with some marigold seeds on the borders of my raised beds. Yeah!
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Post  OhioGardener 5/19/2022, 1:38 pm

Yesterday we had a full day of rain and, of course, that dissolved all of the Sluggo Plus that I had placed around my plants.  So, last night the slugs ate two of my Swiss Chard plants, and ate part of a third one. This evening I will have to reapply some Sluggo Plus to slow down the slugs so I can get some of the greens to eat!

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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/19/2022, 5:43 pm

I got my tiny Cleome, and nasturtiums in around the pool.  They will be happy!  

I planted my bunching onions in the cold frame (now just a 4x4) with some Gabrielle red leaf lettuce.  

Looking good—will get Dragon Tongue beans in this weekend, and starting melons, cukes, etc.  

Plans to plant my maters & peppers.  Gonna get hot here, at least for a few days.
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Post  JAM23 5/19/2022, 6:39 pm

That stinks about your chard! My chard is still really little...LOL

I got some cucumbers in today and more marigolds, sweet alyssum and some nasturtiums. I am going to wait a few more days for my tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos. This weekend it forecasted to be in the upper 50's and upper 60's for daytime temps with overnight lows around 44 degrees. Maybe they would be fine but I am nervous. Would you guys risk it??
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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/19/2022, 7:02 pm

JAM23 wrote:That stinks about your chard! My chard is still really little...LOL

I got some cucumbers in today and more marigolds, sweet alyssum and some nasturtiums. I am going to wait a few more days for my tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos. This weekend it forecasted to be in the upper 50's and upper 60's for daytime temps with overnight lows around 44 degrees. Maybe they would be fine but I am nervous. Would you guys risk it??
I’m risking it this weekend!  All maters and peppers going in!
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Post  JAM23 5/19/2022, 7:15 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:
JAM23 wrote:That stinks about your chard! My chard is still really little...LOL

I got some cucumbers in today and more marigolds, sweet alyssum and some nasturtiums. I am going to wait a few more days for my tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos. This weekend it forecasted to be in the upper 50's and upper 60's for daytime temps with overnight lows around 44 degrees. Maybe they would be fine but I am nervous. Would you guys risk it??
I’m risking it this weekend!  All maters and peppers going in!
I'll probably get mine in this weekend too. They are getting big and need to get in the garden beds!
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Post  OhioGardener 5/21/2022, 11:45 am

Had the first Spring Onions in the salad last evening.  They are really growing this year. The onions were planted 16 per square, and the leeks were planted 9 per square.

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Post  JAM23 5/21/2022, 12:18 pm

Wow OhioGardener those look great! How exciting! 

My gardening today has been put on pause. It's raining and it looks like it's going to stay that way all day! Boo!
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Post  nrstooge 5/22/2022, 1:16 pm

Whew.. half of the beans planted (1 square each) all but 4 tomatoes, the eggplants and peppers are transplanted.  Carrots, radish, turnip, parsnips are up.  Even a few of the potatoes planted a few weeks ago are starting to emerge.  It was 39 F last night.. so I put eggplant and pepper seedlings in the patio greenhouse.    

Due to wonky weather, I completely missed many of the cool weather crops but will plant for fall. 

Anyone else feel behind by a few weeks at least?
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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/23/2022, 7:00 am

Everything including me is behind!  I weeded the asparagus bed and the potatoes, and strawberry bed and applied mulch (straw).  Planted herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, parsely) and some flowers.  47* here now.  All sunflowers are up.  

Still need to plant tomatoes and peppers, they are ready to go in.  Maybe today after work.  And will get super hotties going (cukes, melons, squashes).
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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/25/2022, 8:45 pm

A couple of my super hotties are up, so put the lights on.  No idea what they are….my bad.
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Post  JAM23 5/26/2022, 7:02 pm

Finished up a new raised bed that will give me another 6 squares of growing space! I am going to eventually line it so I can utilize the entire space for SFG instead of the grow bags seen in the picture. I'm going to sow lettuce, chard, and radishes in this. I am excited! I also direct sowed some pole beans today and my cucumbers and bush beans are starting to pop up!

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Post  OhioGardener 5/27/2022, 2:07 pm

Picked up three 50# bags of Rice Hulls (7.5 cu ft each) while they were on sale.  Normally $9.38 per bag, but they were on sale for $7.50.

Haven't ever done it before, but I'm going to use the rice hulls to mulch the green beans, lettuce, spinach, beets, and carrots. Ran out of home made compost, so these rice hulls are going to fill in. It will be a new experiment or me to see how well they hold up, ad what they look like by the end of the season.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/28/2022, 11:36 am

Finally got my tomatoes and peppers in.  Amended the 4x4, so the direct sow stuff can go in.  Dragon Tongue beans, Tendersweet carrots, and for the first time in many many years, I am going to try a patch of corn in the ground!  I bought Sugar Buns from Pinetree.  If I am good, I will try another succession in a couple weeks.  

I love your raised bed, Jam 23!  

I will be interested in how the rice hulls do, OG.  I have never seen those (but I don’t think I was looking either).
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