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#1 melissa6246 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 29, 2012 - 09:11 PM

Here's something you won't see everyday. Friends of mine kept telling me about the year they had 13 pound turnips and 16 inch long parsnips. Their monster produce was the result of planting vegetable seeds after the ground was too cold for germination. The result is a serious head start in the spring. Really it is no different than the volunteer spinach growing in your garden in the spring.gettin ready to garden!.jpg
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Posted October 29, 2012 - 09:15 PM

A little chilly... but on the upside...no bugs, no sunburn.jpg No bugs! No sunburn!
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Posted October 29, 2012 - 09:17 PM

Days to germination? 180 - 210...depending on how early spring is!

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Posted October 29, 2012 - 09:25 PM

I thought seeds would just rot if you put them in too soon?
Maybe polymer coated seeds would be ok?
Why not? All you'd lose is the cost of the seed!
And anything to get a jump on the growing season right?

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Posted October 30, 2012 - 12:00 AM

While I'm far from an expert on the subject, when you stop to think about it, this is natures way...weed seeds do it all the time. Some vegetable seeds are not tolerant to this method at all. The brassica family are over acheivers and you can expect good results ( radishes, turnips, kohl rabi, kale, etc). Other candidates for this system are carrots, lettuce, seed onion, beets, swiss chard, and spinach. The odd biannual seed in a packet will be "tricked" into thinking this is its second year and go to seed, example carrots.

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Posted October 30, 2012 - 04:02 AM

Melissa,welcome to the forum.Glad to have you with us.

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Posted October 30, 2012 - 04:07 AM

I'd like to see the results of that growing where the veggies were that big. That's awesome. I honestly have never thought of doing this type of planting. Talk about preplanning. I think it's great. Thanks for shareing Melissa, and of course :welcometogttalk: , glad to have ya with us.....post some pics of your tractors, garden, etc...... :wewantpics: .....lol.

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Posted October 30, 2012 - 08:03 AM

Welcome Melissa!! That would be some big Turnips and Parsnips. I don't plant either, my family does not care for them.
We planted some broccli and califlower in August. With the drought they did not fare well until we got a frost and now are doing very well. There is a calliflower head about 5 inches across and the broccli is heading out.
We do plant garlic in the fall and harvest in late July early August.
Running a bit behind this year on the garlic. We got a lot of rain the last couple of weeks so it's been wet I have not been able to till. It is supose to be clear all this week so I hope to get the tilling done and plant late this week.

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Posted October 30, 2012 - 09:32 AM

Welcome aboard ! Some great thought provoking ideas you have provided. Thanks for sharing.




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