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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 07:39 AM

I had some piles of leaves waiting to put on the strawberry plants when they died off , never had to use them , the plants were green all winter so I just mulched the leaves up with the push mower . Cleaned off the raised beds and cut down the old asparagus plants . Maybe it would be a good year to plant peas on St. Patricks Day

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 08:08 AM

The temptation is Great!! Day time highs have been record breaking High 70's all week and they are predicting 80 degrees tomorrow. But in 88 we got a frost on April 10th, so I'm resisting temptation. I have resisted tilling the garden this week, because when I put a spade in the ground last Saturday it was dry down a 12" spade depth. No point in drying out the soil until I'm ready to plant. However weeds are popping up in the garden, so if it's not raining Saturday I may run the tiller a couple inches down to take out the weeds.
I told the boss, I was taking Good Friday off, and will plan to plant potatoes that day(it's traditional around here) but for a late potato crop June 10th works too.. I can get away with that and radishes and lettuce. Setting out plants will not be done until Mid April , and Corn will not be planted until around May 5.(whenever the leaves on an elm tree are the size of a squirrels ear) as the old timers say..

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 08:53 AM

I think we are about 2 weeks ahead temperature wise. I have plow up my garden and ready to plant but we can have frost in early April. I am thinking about planting sweet corn this weekend.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 10:06 AM

All I've done is start seeds indoors. We are having unusually warm weather, but I fear end of March and April may be rough.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 10:57 AM

I haven't started any seeds yet, but its getting really tempting to get out and play in the dirt. everything was plowed last fall and is ready for the disc.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 11:28 AM

Still got 6 inches of snow, but it's coming soon.....I hope!

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 11:58 AM

During the first week of April last year we had hail the size of softballs. I won't be planting seeds until mid-April, plants no earlier than a week after that. I've learned my lesson.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 12:15 PM

Still got 6 inches of snow, but it's coming soon.....I hope!

tractorbeam, you still have snow.To me your one of the lucky one's

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 12:39 PM

I thought I'd get an early start to my garden this year, but rain has really caused the soil to be too wet. I plowed about 5 weeks ago, but that was just to try out my moldboard plow/tractor combo. I was never really happy with the depth of the plow, so I want to go back and re-plow with my Gravely. Hope to do that today, as it is the third day of dry weather and more rain is on the way tomorrow. I suppose that with my trial "raised bed" I was able to start my potatoes a few weeks early, but it is still normal for this area.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 12:50 PM

73* yesterday and 60* today. When I started tilling the front lawn, so we can reseed as soon as possible, the rotospade kept jumping up and when I checked I found the ground is still froze about 4" down.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 04:40 PM

It was 82 here today helped my nephew load some scrap for scrap place we got a good sweat going.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 04:45 PM

We have been out spreading compost and tilling it in. Hoping to plant peas any day now once we get the bed prepared. Might even try planting potatoes early. It's worth a shot, I guess. All we got to lose is a few seeds and plenty to gain if it stays warm.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 04:46 PM

I've planted some radishes in big pots & a few Spring turnips in the garden. Too early to do any other planting yet! ~~ Lowell

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 09:17 PM

I was thinking on planting some potatoes that where left over from last year and are now sprouting big time , they wouldn't be good for eating anyway .

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 09:25 PM

Im not even close to spring plowing, garden still has snow in it.




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