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Post  DiscoGardener on 3/20/2011, 7:14 pm

I have my first boxes built and ready for the MM. Temps here in Central Cal. are above frost, but we will see heavy rains for the next 7-ten days. Should I hold off putting in the MM and transplanting hardened seedlings until we get some dry weather? I don't want the heavy rains to wash away, $$$ MM, nutrients, or damage my new plants.

Yes I could build the covers, but I am trying to save $.

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Post  boffer on 3/20/2011, 7:51 pm

Welcome to the forum. I agree with you about the damage that could happen. If your plants can wait that long, I would wait. I don't think there's much to be gained by planting now.

PS. My plants prefer Country to Disco!
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Post  Megan on 3/20/2011, 7:55 pm

I vote wait! There is no point in grabbing a few extra days. Save the time for planning and dreaming. Very Happy And....welcome!
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 3/20/2011, 9:20 pm

Agreed with the above. However, disco is only baptized by Earth, Wind, and Fire, right? There's nothing in there about rain to my knowledge. Maybe this is all a hoax and most of the rain misses your dance floor....errr garden.
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Post  DiscoGardener on 3/20/2011, 9:52 pm

The votes are in: I'll wait. I just wanted to see the boxes full of healthy soil and growing life. I guess between showers, I'll built more boxes and an arbor for the vines to grow on. Our indoor nursery has taken over our living room floor with trays, cups, and other containers of seedlings just waiting for the great outdoors. Its nice to have indoor plants. Hmmm, maybe I'll do a "Indoor Square Foot Garden"!

Usually in March, we get one last blast of winter rain, then dry and warm till late November; then the winter rains. Last night, we had 30-50 mph winds with rain. the cover would have been gone! My neighbor's nice aluminum and canvas gazebo was demolished!

To prove to friends and family we can do this, I'm installing a web cam to take photos of the garden's progress. In time-lapse mode, they should be fun to see!

Thanks all! Sunny California...can't wait!


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Post  Furbalsmom on 3/21/2011, 3:50 am

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Nice to "meet" you

If the forcast is for that much heavy rain, I agree, it would be good to wait if you can. Those winds that go along with heavy rain could also do some damage to your babies.

Keep us posted as to your progress and please post pictures, we I love you 'em.
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Post  AndreaHall on 3/21/2011, 12:08 pm

I vote wait as well... I didn't, and after yesterday's 4" of rain, my raised beds were raised pools. My seedlings were already struggling to overcome an overwatering episode, and now with rain forecast throughout the week, I fear I'll lose most of them. The soil in my beds has also compacted a good 3"!

Much better to wait a week, I'd think Smile
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Post  Lindacol on 3/21/2011, 2:05 pm

@AndreaHall wrote:I vote wait as well... I didn't, and after yesterday's 4" of rain, my raised beds were raised pools. My seedlings were already struggling to overcome an overwatering episode, and now with rain forecast throughout the week, I fear I'll lose most of them. The soil in my beds has also compacted a good 3"!

Much better to wait a week, I'd think Smile

Andrea, I'm not too far from you - Inland Empire San Bernardino-Riverside area. We got about 2 inches last night. I read your post before going outside this morning and was afraid of what I would find but everything is fine here. I planted last week as soon as it cooled off from the warm weather we had for a while. I even transplanted several of my little tomatoes and a cucumber into the SFG bed. I'm going to be gone for 3 days later this week and not sure whether the plants outside will be better off than what is inside.

All the little guys are still perky this morning and my bed is not real wet or muddy. But mine is 2 high cinder blocks. My smaller one, 1 high blocks, was also fine.
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Post  AndreaHall on 3/21/2011, 2:38 pm

I expected the worst this morning too... the last time I had been outside was last night, and I hadn't looked yet this morning when I posted. To my surprise, all seems to be well - no damage to the plants that I can see and if it weren't for the muddy waterline on the boxes, I'd have never known I had a lake in my yard all day yesterday.

I'm glad your garden didn't suffer any damage - it was a lot of rain all at once!

@Lindacol wrote:Andrea, I'm not too far from you - Inland Empire San Bernardino-Riverside area. We got about 2 inches last night. I read your post before going outside this morning and was afraid of what I would find but everything is fine here. I planted last week as soon as it cooled off from the warm weather we had for a while. I even transplanted several of my little tomatoes and a cucumber into the SFG bed. I'm going to be gone for 3 days later this week and not sure whether the plants outside will be better off than what is inside.

All the little guys are still perky this morning and my bed is not real wet or muddy. But mine is 2 high cinder blocks. My smaller one, 1 high blocks, was also fine.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 3/21/2011, 9:11 pm

Andrea, so glad to hear it was not as disastrous as expected. One of the marvelous things about Mel's Mix is how well it drains.

If you expect more heavy rain, you might want to consider a row cover of some type, just so the plants don't get beaten down.
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Post  DiscoGardener on 3/28/2011, 1:45 pm

Thanks to all you weather forecasters, I avoided a disaster with the 6 cold fronts, heavy rains and high winds. Anything planted would have been a fatality.
Excuse the debris and mud, here is the first box. The plan calls for another box opposite and reserved, so an arbor walkway enters the garden and three 4'x4' boxes in the the center. The "L" boxes are 13'x8'.

The premium redwood I used was from a $$$ play structure. I ripped the 4"x4"lumber to make 2"x4" sides. With the area prepped and the wood stacked, I get a full 8" of planting depth. The old roof section up against the fence you see will be the roof to the new chicken coop on the other side of the yard!

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