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Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:39 PM

How is seed starting/germinating going, gardening friends?

I just sent an all-time germination speed record - planted some basil and marigolds yesterday, and they germinated today - 1 day! For the most part, everything is coming up really well....but there are hours and hours of transplanting ahead!

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Reply How is seed starting/germinating going, gardening friends? (Original post)
NRaleighLiberal Feb 2012 OP
mopinko Feb 2012 #1
Denninmi Feb 2012 #2
JDPriestly Feb 2012 #3
HopeHoops Feb 2012 #4
shanti Feb 2012 #5
ge26252se Feb 2012 #6
wildeyed Feb 2012 #7
NRaleighLiberal Feb 2012 #8
wildeyed Feb 2012 #9
NRaleighLiberal Feb 2012 #10

Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:36 PM

1. have some beautiful lettuce and tons of basil.

some of those cute little purple peppers you sent me are poking their heads up. countin' on you for the tomatoes.

lots of work, but good honest work.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:38 PM

2. Too early here yet.

IF I do some things inside, I could start peppers and artichokes in about 2 -3 weeks. A little extra early lettuce and other cold stuff just to play around with in about 4 weeks.

I don't start in earnest until April, and it becomes warm enough to use my greenhouse without major (and EXPENSIVE) supplemental heat.

Honestly, I've found that things grow so much faster in the greenhouse than indoors under lights that it doesn't make a lot of difference.

The one thing I really SHOULD do indoors by mid-March for certain, though, are my extra early tomatoes, mainly 4th of July.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 01:39 AM

3. In Los Angeles, a lot of things are ready from lettuce to arugula to parsley and

dill to lots of radishes. My tomato seedlings are looking good, but I think my basil is very slow.

This winter was great for growing vegetables because it has been warm. We shall see what the summer brings.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 10:39 AM

4. Too early here.

 

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 08:33 PM

5. well, i just bought a cheapie greenhouse yesterday

put it together myself today, got some starting soil and planting units, and planted some seeds. since it's so early (although warmer than usual for late winter), i started two flats of peas (i looooove fresh peas), kale, lettuce, chard, and spinach. i was one of the lucky recipients of seeds of change's seed promotion last year, so we'll see how that goes.

looking forward to summer crops this year! last year's crops really sucked, except for my cukes and peppers. i never even got a zucchini! also, decided to do pole beans (kentucky wonder) instead of bush, as i've been told you can get a bigger crop.

oh, and i'm in northern cal, region 9.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Feb 22, 2012, 04:01 AM

6. nm

 

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 05:25 PM

7. Finally got a few maters and some peppers started in a flat.

Decided on Black Krim as my heirloom and nice variety of cherries. Will get the lettuce, parsley, leeks, kale and radishes started tomorrow or by the weekend at the latest.

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Response to wildeyed (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 05:33 PM

8. Here's what things look like right now for me....

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 08:18 AM

9. Looking good!

So you just grow the greens in the pots full time? I am going to do that! I have a well protected south facing wall on my deck. Bet I could grow almost anything there with little protection this time of year.

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Response to wildeyed (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 09:29 AM

10. I tried it this year for off season greens (the deer decimated my garden area) -

so it is a protected way to do so. I will be preparing the main bed and installing my motion activated sprinklers in a few weeks - we eat so many greens that I could never grow enough in pots - we plant 3-4 20 foot rows to fulfill our salad and stir fry addiction all spring long!

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