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the GreenHouse. Each white tab is a seedling

On March 27th I planted from seed peas & spinach. From root stock I planted four raspberry of two varieties. In the past I have gotten starter plants from my local high-end garden store, always successful. This time I bought from Lowes, I don't have a warm & fuzzy about it. I also planted more Asparagus root stock, wish me luck.

Today March 29th I plan to plant Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Lettuce, Radish, Arugula and maybe the Cabbage & Cauliflower.

This is where the  Fran's Victory Garden 2017 Plan Planting Dates on the GrowVeg GardenPlanner comes in super helpful. I was getting ready for the Spring planting March 15th. The ground hog saw his shadow and we are getting his six more weeks of winter. I can't see the ground for a half a foot of snow.  The forecast has a frost down in the teens at dawn on March 23rd, five days from now. The forecast is mild until then. I'll start planting later that day. Now I will sprinkle some BBQ ash on the snow to encouraging melting where planting is planned.

The planting will include more roots for asparagus and raspberry plants. Here is the list:

  1. Arugula from the starter trays, I will do this last in case planting takes me several days.
  2. Asparagus from roots I have to purchase. I will be adding to an existing patch.
  3. Brussels Sprouts from the starter trays.
  4. Cabbage (Summer) from the starter trays.
  5. Cauliflower from the starter trays.
  6. Lettuce (Leaf) from seed.
  7. Peas from seed.
  8. Raspberry from starter plants I have to purchase.
  9. Spinach from seed.

2017 Seedling Trays, yes, that is snow outside

Started germinating the first batch of seeds on February 22nd just before going to St Croix for six days, turned the house heat low, it was 62 when we returned, so a low temperature environment.

The following is transcribed from my ad hoc clipboard notepad I kept when I set the seeds in damp filter paper to start germinating February 22nd. The 'Started' date is when the sprouted seed is placed in the starting tray (above).

. Plant Note #
1 Cauliflower Germinating 2/22, Started: 3/1 7
2 Eggplant Germ. 2/22, Started: 3/6,3/8, 3/10 12
3 Arugula Germ. 2/22, Started: 3/6 7
4 Lettuce Old seeds, no germinating, will start in garden from seed 0
5 Cabbage Germ. 2/22, Started: 3/1 9
6 Brussel Sprouts Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/6 16
7 Marigold Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/6 8
8 Bell Peppers Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10 13
9 Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10 12
10 Peperone Corono Roso Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10, 3/15, ... Germ 3/10 (a) 10
11 Sweet Bannana Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/6,3/8 6
12 Tomato, Money Maker Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10, 3/11, 3/14 ... Germ 3/10 (a)   - Matures 75 5
13 Tomato, Glacier Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/14 ... Germ 3/14 (a) -  Matures 55 7
14 Tomato, Cherry Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/8 ... - Matures 65 6
15 Tomato, Plum Germ. 3/1, Started: 3/10 ... - Matures 80 6

Last year didn't get much blogging done. My excuse is I spent the Summer right up to the first frost relaying the patio's pavers. I am now attaching the patio to the paths. I'll add a pic when the snow is gone.

This year I am making some changes to the garden layout. The big plot with the diagonal paths is being enlarged by adding another foot in width by moving the path closer to the deck. Last year's smallest plot is being attached to the big plot by removing the path between them. These changes add about fourty more square feet to the garden. This additional space will be used to add another diagonal trellis in the large plot. I will try to grow eggplant and peppers on this new trellis.

I am using the GrowVeg Garden Planner for the third year, love it. Here is the plan.

This year the first sign of life was almost two weeks earlier. February 22nd saw the first rhubarb breaking the soil, this has been a mild winter, the next week+ looks tough tho.

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This is the second year planning Fran's Victory Garden with the GrowVeg Garden Planner.

The big change is the large plot by the deck will be filled with trellises diagonally situated so they face south. The garden is located on a squarish piece of land where the corners of the square point toward the points of the compass. With the trellises diagonal to the square they will be facing straight south. In the past, the trellises would be at an angle to the sun and the phototropic nature of plants would pull the plants to the southern corner.

Also, this year the cabbages and cauliflowers are going in tunnels right from the get-go. Yeah, lets beat those cabbage worms.

Another big improvement this year is edging for the plots, in the past the dirt had a way of migrating onto the pavers, dirty.

Today March 2nd, I put some late starting seedlings into the starter tray, they are:

  • Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers (1)
  • Burpee Sweet Bell Peppers (4)
  • Eggplants (5)
  • Pole Tomatoes (10)

I also set out a second batch of seeds to germinating, they are:

  • Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers (1a)
  • Peperone Corno Rosso (2a)
  • Sweet Banana Peppers (3a)
  • Burpee Sweet Bell Peppers (4a)
  • Eggplants (5a)
  • Cauliflower (7a)
  • Cukes (9a)
  • Pole Tomatoes (10a)

The first batch of germinating seeds were perhaps too wet and the temperature was kept at about 70 degrees F. The second batch is just damp and the temperature is being kept a little above 80. The method of maintaining the temperature is set the plate of seeds on the cable box.

 

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It's been as miserable a day as you could imagine. I'm about to set up the greenhouse, first thing I've done is gathered all the gear together, put it in a pile to see if I can insert a picture from the insert image feature of the wordpress app. I am using the WordPress app on my cellphone to voice input this page.

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The plan is to tie up the greenhouse frame a little better with some fishing line that I have.  After that I will put the cover on, then I'll carry it out and set it up. Earlier I went looked at the site in the garden.  It's not really the best site but its what I have and maybe next year I'll try to arrange things differently. Back in the corner formed by the pavers is where it will go.

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First I'm going to lash up.  This is about the fifth year of use. It is very flimsey,  so I try to tie it together

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Here I am with using the selfie stick together picture of me putting the cover on the green house in the rain and yes that's snow on the side.

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Turned out its done well.  I got the insulation in, got the site up, and got it stayed up three different places. Reember this surrrived hurricane sandy a few years ago. It was all stayed up like this. Let me go I finish up.  Still needs the the ballast and heatsink plastic bottles. That'll be it put there tomorrow.

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Yes that is a large Queen of Hearts. That's a poster board from the Sarah's middle school years ago.  It happens to be made out of styrofoam so I'm using it to insulate the north side of the greenhouse.

This entire webpage has been done so far using the voice feature of the WordPress app and taking pictures and inserting them in the Add Media function.

Okay, I will admit to a last editing pass on the desktop.

the starter trays in the window, snowing outside
the starter trays in the window, snowing outside

Great success with germinating seeds in filter paper and transplanting the sprouted seeds to starter trays. In some cases there was nearly 100% germination. Most of the seed packs were a year or more older. It is a bit tedious transplanting the sprouted seeds with tweezers tho. In previous years I would start many trays to get the plants I needed for the garden.

Well, it took 14 days, but, my favorite pepper the Corno Rosso (4) have germinated and I have put them in the starter tray. Started more eggplants (2a). Started more bell peppers (7a). In only 8 days I got germinations for my other favorite pepper, the Hungarian Hot Pepper (9a), started a bunch of these. Only about half the Sweet Bannana pepper (8) seeds germinated, they are in the trays now.

In a previous post I credited this method to Mel Bartholomew in his Square Foot Gardening book. In today's planting I varied the procedure and planted in a tray of Miracle-Gro Potting Mix instead of vermiculite.

On March 12th got the first germinations, 1 Red Siberian Pole Tomatos, 3 plum tomatos and 5 Cauliflower. Using tweezers placed them in vermiculite starting cups. Every starting cup has a sprout. Also got my favorite pepper seeds, Hungarian Hot peppers. Put some in the filter paper to germinate (9a) and some in the starting cups (9).

Today, March 15th check to germinating filter paper. None yet for the 9a Hungarian Hots, 8 sweet banana peppers, 4 Corno Roso (a favorite)   Planted in the starting cups 6 cabbage, 7 bell pepper, 2 eggplants, and more 3 plum tomatos.

 

I have been thinking about the coming gardening season. We got 8.5 inches of snow yesterday, March 5th, so it seems time to get started. Last year I started the seeds in starter trays in the greenhouse on March 17th, two inches of snow that day.

This year I will use the technique espoused by Mel Bartholomew in his Square Foot Gardening book on page 163 in a blurb titled "Presprouting Beats the Season".  Basicly, seeds are placed on a piece of filter paper, dampened, protected in a plastic bag until the root sprouts.  The successful sprouts are then placed in a starting tray. More about the trays as it happens.

 

Here are the seeds I am starting 3/6:

  1. Botanical Interests Red Siberian Pole Tomato. This is a cold tolerant early starting variety.
  2. Botanical Interests Black Beauty Eggplants. Fran & I like eggplants.
  3. Franchi Pomodoro S. Marzano plum tomatos, last year's seeds.
  4. Franchi Peperone Corno Rosso. These are long thick walled sweet peppers. Last year's seeds.
  5. Burpee Cauliflower. I have bad luck w/ cauliflower, but I love it. Last year's seeds.
  6. Burpee Cabbage. This a two year old seed pack, s/b still good.
  7. Burpee Pepper, Sweet California Wonder. Gotta grow some bell peppers.
  8. Sweet Banana Pepper
seeds in wet filter paper
seeds in wet filter paper

DespiteGlobalWarming
Gardman R700 5-Shelf Steel Frame Greenhouse. March 17, 2014 at 10am

I'm sure my search for a greenhouse is still fresh in your memory. My search led me to the Gardman Greenhouse line of products.  My choice was the Gardman R700 5-Shelf Steel Frame Greenhouse .

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