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    Soil was dry & thawed enough to get the onion sets in
    6 Zucs 4" pots (by seed) started in the GH today.
    Getting warmer at night, (finally)
    Need to re-pot cab, brocc & lettuce in the next day or so.
    May be able to plant by the first of June yet
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    Tomatoes doing well in the GH
    Cucs starting to from 2nd leaf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Soil was dry & thawed enough to get the onion sets in
    6 Zucs 4" pots (by seed) started in the GH today.
    Getting warmer at night, (finally)
    Need to re-pot cab, brocc & lettuce in the next day or so.
    May be able to plant by the first of June yet
    I planted 120 White onion starts today also.. but I covered mine up with visqueen as soon as I got them planted, Just as I did last year with great results. The Garlic that I had ordered hasn't arrived yet or I'd have planted it as well. I can see where your soil boxes and heat tapes and the ability to cover your plants until it gets warmer is much better than my using 5 gal buckets..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old John View Post
    I can see where your soil boxes and heat tapes and the ability to cover your plants until it gets warmer is much better than my using 5 gal buckets..
    They last near 10 years or so.
    more room for soil & roots.

    The heat tape give a few weeks sooner thawed soil & ability to plant earlier.
    I use plastic & just cover the plants & boxes at night. Warm soil keeps them warm thru the night until we get above freezing temps.


    Have thought about some sort of plastic or synthetic deck boards, might last a long time.


    Do you monitor the soil temp of the covered onions on the warm sunny days?
    Might try that, but worry about cooking them ? Do you remove the plastic during the day ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    They last near 10 years or so.
    more room for soil & roots.

    The heat tape give a few weeks sooner thawed soil & ability to plant earlier.
    I use plastic & just cover the plants & boxes at night. Warm soil keeps them warm thru the night until we get above freezing temps.


    Have thought about some sort of plastic or synthetic deck boards, might last a long time.


    Do you monitor the soil temp of the covered onions on the warm sunny days?
    Might try that, but worry about cooking them ? Do you remove the plastic during the day ?
    So far I haven't uncovered the onions in the day time, but comparing the covered soil to the uncovered soil yesterday
    afternoon.. the uncovered soil box was warmer by a few degrees.. This morning the covered and uncovered soil boxes
    are the same temp.. 51

    Last nites low in my GH was 39.8 I'm still going to wait til next week before I move any tomatoes into the GH.. but I might risk one pot of cucumbers before then. maybe.

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    I think I'll lay some clear plastic on mine,
    I do have frozen soil, down 6" still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    I think I'll lay some clear plastic on mine,
    I do have frozen soil, down 6" still.
    I've had my beds covered with clear visqueen for quite some time now..
    no frozen ground down at least 9" Soil temp down deep is 41 degs
    today without the sun, the surface temp is the same.. about 46 - 48 degs

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    Not gonna plant beans anytime soon here.
    May throw in some spinach seeds, they're tough.

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