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Post Posted: May 29, 2019 1:15 pm 
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The little shoot gives some hope. I like subarctics because they don't spend much time on vegetative growth and set fruit down to 45 degrees. But I do cover them every night. Two years ago I got about 5 lb. of medium-size tomatoes off 2 plants (determinate)--all green but ripened well on the counter. Two plants only take up about 6 sq. ft. in the garden. Odd thing is that I don't even like tomatoes. But we gotta grow them, not sure why. This year I'm leaning heavily on snow peas, broccoli, lettuce, radishes, carrots. YUM! Can't wait for that first salad! I like the varieties offered by Le Jardin du Gourmet--they are all petite ones so I can start scarfing them down by mid to late July through the rest of the season. The mixed greens in Marveille des 4 Saisons are melt-in-your-mouth butterheads that don't bolt with heat. Do you grow broccoli? I can't find a really good variety.


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Post Posted: May 29, 2019 1:23 pm 
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Do you grow broccoli? I can't find a really good variety.


I found some good varieties a few years ago and they are my mainstays now. Blue Wind & Belstar both from Territorial Seed Co.

The Blue Wind is very early. Then the Belstar are ready about 2-4 weeks later. Both have very productive side shoots (which are my favorite part).


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Post Posted: May 29, 2019 6:33 pm 
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CookN--thanks so much! I got a package of broccoli raab one year from Walmart. It had a small main head and then nothing but sideshoots for the rest of the season. which (as you know) is heavenly up here. I will order seeds of your recommendations ASAP, plant direct, and hope for a late season crop at least. The wet cool weather actually might be good for them--lots of flavor. P.S. Is it just my imagination, or does everything stop growing on Sept. 1 ?? Maybe it's the end-of-season blues that do it.


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Post Posted: May 29, 2019 6:47 pm 
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I normally start broc in the house and get it out to the garden in early to mid May. But not this year.

Direct seeding now would generally be risky (broc doesn't like warmth), but it might be fine this year. My broc usually slows way down in July. But then kicks back into gear as soon as temps start to drop again. They get sweeter after a frost or two.

Yep a lot of things stop growing in Sept as the temperatures drop. But some things (especially the cruciferous veggies) love the cooler weather! Root veggies usually continue too.

I've had years where I am still harvesting many things from the outdoor beds well into Oct. and sometimes Nov (parsnips, kale, arugula, spinach, etc)

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First asparagus from the new bed (year 3.) I have more coming; of 10 plants, 7 remain. This is Millennium.


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Yum!!!
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Anyone have extra delicata or buttercup squash starters? I had a busy spring and never got around to starting any.


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I didn't plan to put in any squash this year so didn't start any but I don't think, with this years crazy weather, you would be too late to start some now.


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Post Posted: Jun 12, 2019 7:17 am 
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I got a baby mater!
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This is a black cherry in my greenhouse.

This is very late for me. I normally have lots of baby maters by now. But better late than never.

I'm still working on prepping the outdoor beds. I have a couple done and have planted broc & kale starters, strawberry starters and direct seeded for salad greens and carrots. I hope to get some more stuff done over the next few days.

Normally I have everything planted outside by now with the possible exception of the outdoor maters. I've just had way too many set backs this spring.


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Post Posted: Jun 12, 2019 8:43 am 
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With the weather this spring I think we are all about a month behind in planting. Better late then never!


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Post Posted: Jun 12, 2019 10:00 am 
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Well let's hope Mother Nature gives us an extra month of frost free weather this fall. :praying:


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Apple tree blossoms!! 1-2 years ahead of what was expected!

I planted 2 apple trees in the Spring of 2016. They said I won't see blossoms for 4-5 years and probably no apples for 5-6 years.

Well just 3 years later and I have some blossoms on 1 of the trees.
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However, they won't make apples this year because the other tree has no signs of making any blossoms, just leaves. But that's okay.
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