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Chronicles of a Noob Garden and Gardener

Discussion in 'About Me & My Garden' started by Ben E Lou, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. Feb 3, 2019
    baymule

    baymule Garden Master

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    That is adorable. "Happy with who I am" A profound statement....out of the mouth of babes. What she said makes me smile.
     
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    thistlebloom

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    Awww :love
    Another gardeners history has begun. :)
     
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    Collector

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    Another happy gardener is what this country needs. Children learn more by watching what you do than by hearing what you say.
     
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  4. Feb 4, 2019
    ducks4you

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    Even the adult children will mimic you. DD"s 2019 resolution: clean up the dinner dishes before bedtime...bc that is what I do. Guess the 3x I took care of their cats and cleaned up Their kitchen made an impression.
     
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  5. Feb 16, 2019
    Ben E Lou

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    I haven't posted in a while, but that doesn't meant I haven't been busy. Here's a quick catch-up on the last couple of weeks.

    THE GOOD
    • Laid straw bales to cover the cardboard in the walking paths.
    • The girls have planted carrot and lettuce seed in their gardens, and the younger transplanted three of the broccoli seedlings that she planted in peat pellets into her garden. (Lettuce is only in the older child's garden. She loves caesar salads so she asked to plant some romaine.)
    • A few lettuce seedlings have emerged in the older child's garden.
    • On 2/5, I planted lettuce, carrots, spinach, and onions in the ground in the main garden. No germination yet.
    • 63 of my 72 viola planted in a jiffy tray have germinated and are doing well. We had a particularly warm spell right at germination time for them, so they sprouted outside on the back deck in full sunlight and seem quite acclimated to it. I've been leaving them in the sun all day most days, so i'd imagine they're hardened pretty well.
    • In addition to the three broccoli transplants in the kiddie garden,I moved five to my garden on 2/11 and didn't cover them on the couple of nights we've had below freezing, and they appear to be thriving.
    • We've got a week-ish of rain in the forecast nearly every day coming up, and the current extended forecast is calling for only one night between now and March 1st with temperatures below 35. I'm going to check what else might be ready for transplanting and move more cool-season seedlings to the main garden this morning once we have daylight.
    THE BAD
    • My germination percentages on cabbage, spinach, and one of my kale varieties has been poor. I'm thinking I didn't water them enough in their peat pellets. The violas were watered much more and did so much better. I did a huge planted yesterday (2 x 72-cell peat pellet trays) and watered to the same level that I did with the violas and covered. We'll see if that improves things.
    • The spinach that did germinate got too hot in the greenhouse one day this week, it appears. I was stuck on a 3-hour call with a client watching the greenhouse temperature rise into the upper 80s on a day that was expected to be cloudy, but we ended up having direct sun. Nothing else seems to have been heavily impacted, but the spinach is still lying down on the soil after 2-3 days. (I guess the good news is that it's still green, so maybe it's still alive and could recover?)
    • Keeping the germination media moist has been taking up too much of my time when using peat pots. So yesterday I put them in trays without holes and filled the bottoms with around a half inch of water. Here's hoping that'll reduce my watering needs.
    THE UGLY
    • The kale that was doing so well is now almost all dead from a bad move I made. We had a morning where it was around 20 degrees. Given that the kale had been outside in temperatures as low as 35, I thought I'd give it a little exposure to super-cold temps so I could feel comfortable putting it in the ground. Oops. Only 40 minutes in 20-degree weather killed nearly every one of them. I had 15 seedlings almost ready for transplant. Only three seem to have survived. They're in the main garden and seem to be recovering well. One looks like it's starting to thrive.

    EXTENSION SERVICE CLASS TAKEN
    I attended the "Totally Tomatoes" class offered here on Sunday. Extremely informative and helpful, especially with regard to specific varieties that thrive here. I'm picking up some Celebrity seeds ASAP.

    CURRENT STATUS

    The spreadsheet I'm using to track planting dates, germination, etc. has entries for "estimated germination begin" and "estimated germination end" based on the planting date and the "7-14 days" or whatever the specific plant says. I have a total of 275 plants--plus some that I didn't count numbers such as the carrot seed scattered in my garden--with estimated germination end days between 2/15 and 3/1. In other words, the next two weeks will either be a ton of fun or a massive disappointment!
     
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    Sounds like u r having fun. If all was a success, there would b much less fun-almost boring. I’ve never been bored with my gardening technique..
     
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    I tried peat pots and had too much trouble with drying. Some gardeners are devoted to using them and the pellets, maybe there is too much dryness to the air, including indoors with our forced air heating.

    Freezing plant tissue can't be helping it.

    Survival is one thing. Thriving is something different.

    Steve
     
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    baymule

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    We all have failures and success. It is part of the process. You are doing exceptionally well!
     
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    @Ben E Lou

    soak the peat pots down well, leave enough water in the tray for an hour, check back and dump off any remaining standing water until the next day. not too time intensive and gets the job done. IME...

    sorry to hear about the frozen plants. all of gardening is a learning experience and not every year is a major success. diversity in plantings is where you will find more results and of course a lot more experience more quickly. :)

    hang in there Ben and family! :)
     
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  10. Feb 17, 2019
    ducks4you

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    WHO here said to check them 2x/day?
    I think that may help.
     

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