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Post Posted: Apr 21, 2018 10:39 am 
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A fairly complete list, CooknThyme. I would add to expand the direct seed in May list some:

root vegetables: turnips, carrots, radish
leafy vegetables: spinach, Swiss chard, leaf lettuce
peas: garden peas, snow peas, and pea pods

Definitely mid-June directed seeded outside:
beans - green beans, yellow wax beans
cucumbers - pickling and salad slicers

I do start most of my lettuce, all squash, pumpkins, and herbs inside to put out in June.

I also agree, if this is your first year, start small and expect a lot of learning experiences. Our properties up here have many "micro environments" that can vary widely in just 10 feet. The amount of sun, the tilt of the land, closeness of trees, depth to the bed rock, etc. all contribute to such different growing conditions.

I garden at 8,200 feet. If you're 1000 feet lower, you can start out about 2 weeks sooner. If you're higher, then your growing season may be even shorter. Only experimenting with your conditions will show you what you can and cannot grow.


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Post Posted: May 13, 2018 8:34 am 
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Do you believe this weather for May? Just got back from my morning walkabout and it felt like a June morning. The 15 day forecast at weather.com doesn't show any night time temperatures below 40°F but I'm not convinced. It's so tempting to put out my peas and potatoes but I have seen too many early June frosts to do so. But it is tempting....


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I've been planting seeds outdoors all week.
And some starter plants too. But I don't mind covering them at night.

A group of us planted seeds at the MRC pantry garden yesterday too.

But you are right TB, we will definitely see more freezing temperatures during the next 3 to 4 weeks. Has happened every year I've been up here.
We'll likely see some snow and hail too.

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I guess my gardens are too spread apart to do much covering. But, I'll bet this year, with your early start, you'll have the bestest gardens ever.


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I guess my gardens are too spread apart to do much covering. But, I'll bet this year, with your early start, you'll have the bestest gardens ever.


Thank you! May it be so! :praying:

May you also be blessed with the "bestest garden ever"!


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What seeds did you plant out?


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Seeds planted this week include:
Root vegetables (radish, carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips)
leafy greens (lettuce, arugula, kale, mustard greens, spinach, endive...)
green onions
snow peas
cilantro

I also planted kohlrabi by seed. I've only planted starters before so not sure they will mature in time. We'll see.

I'm planting outside as starters now:
Broccoli, cauliflower, kale

What about you TB?
When do you plan to plant your cool weather crops?

Okay lunch is over... back to the garden...


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I too have most my seeds planted and some starters transplanted into the garden. I have a few things to plant yet this week and then more planting in June when I don't need to worry about frost. This humid weather is great but I hope we get some rain out of it this week.

New items in my garden this year are turnips, mustard greens, radicchio, red russian kale (I usually just plant tuscan kale), and a Chinese cabbage. Also trying Mexican tarragon, curious to see what it is like compared to French.


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I guess I'll be one of the last to plant seeds out this year. I usually wait for the Aspens below the meadow where I have my vegetable garden to start leafing out before I plant my potatoes, peas, and spinach.

But the 15 day forecast has no frost/freezing so maybe I'm too cautious.


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Hi!

The last weekend in April we planted most of our seeds (in our small box)-- 2 different lettuce, rocket, spinach, peas, two types of beans, beets and carrots; and starter onions. Everything is up, but the carrots. I planted garlic in the fall, and this is the first year, it has not come up -- well only one has. But, I did not water them. . . Sigh. My bad.

First weekend in May we planted (in our big box) kale and chard seeds. Starters (that we started from seed in the house) of Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. And potatoes from what we had last year. We placed the tomatoes and the eggplant (which we also started in the house), in the greenhouse also. I planted the cuke seeds in the greenhouse last week, sometime.

This is the first year to grow eggplant. And the second time ever for cauliflower. Tried the cauliflower years ago and it did not produce. We will see.

Next weekend I will plant shiso (Asian mintish green) (just got them) and mizuna (Asian mustard greens) (need to get some from my friend).
First year for both.

Sometime in June, we will do another planting of certain veggies.

All are covered and stayed covered, with argibon. Until June.

Happy gardening!! Best of luck to all!!!!! Yay!!!!


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I planted garlic in the fall, and this is the first year, it has not come up -- well only one has. But, I did not water them. . . Sigh. My bad.


I never water my garlic over the winter, just heavily mulch the bed. Last fall I planted my usual hard neck variety and some garlic I picked up in the store (soft neck). Only a couple the soft neck came up this year, but all the hard neck came up and looks great. I don't know, but perhaps the hard neck varieties are hardier?

Re cauliflower, it grows well for me outside (8500 ft). I start it indoors, same as broccoli.


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I put in garlic last year that I got from a tour of a public demonstration garden called Pioneer Farmsteaders in Arvada last summer. I did not water it or mulch it and about 4 weeks ago, it started showing. The garlic is now about 10 inches high. This is the first time I tried garlic. I would guess that a lot depends on what species of garlic is planted as to how well it will do up here.

I too have grown cauliflower successfully in my outside vegetable garden several times.


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