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    Default 2018 Mat-Valley, Alaska Garden

    Planted some Onion sets today

    Up to 55° today, even had a little sunshine earlier
    Cloudy , windy & spitting rain now

    Raised beds thawed ,
    but still frost down a few inches in the garden
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    Got all my garden starts, seeded in pots in the GH yesterday Brocc Cab.lettuce etc.....

    Onion sets are rooting in the garden, but no green tops showing yet.

    Im thinking mid June for planting
    with the weather we've had so far this Spring .
    Was 29° here last night

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    Seeing some green onion tops in garden
    Bird pulled an onion, forming good roots, re-planted
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    Checked soil temp°
    4" down I got 40°
    Another week at least.
    Maybe plant some spinach & peas seeds soon, they're pretty hardy .

    (I had ice in my compost pile )

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    The probe on my thermometer is 8" and I'm registering 46 to 49 degrees in my raised beds. I got tired of moving my brassica starts in and out so I planted them outside yesterday. This drizzle today will be good for them (I hope).

    The blossom on my Katja tomato plant has formed a tiny tomato and now I have 2 tomatoes formed on a Stupice tom. Which I suppose proves that both those varieties are cold tolerant.

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    Got my carrot & beets seeds in today.
    Getting the other beds ready,
    Weather to be in the high 40°s starting Friday night.
    Gonna start planting the garden plants this weekend.

    Green Beans, ??? gonna wait till last thing to plant.
    Be doing the Potato patch soon too.

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    all 3 species of pea has started sprouting
    just finished first thinning of the turnips, the radishes could stand some thinning also.
    the beans are planted and covered with visqueen
    the lettuce and brassicas are looking good

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    Planted some broccoli, cab, Brussels , lettuce , zucs , celery today.
    My thermometer in the shade says 70°

    Summer has arrived.


    bbbbbbuuuutttt
    have a thunderhead headed my way, hope it's not a hail storm

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    Potatoes in, more broccoli & lettuce

    Loving the sun

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    Beets, turnips, spinach radish are sprouting,

    No carrot sprouts yet, trying to be patient .....!
    ( I usually get nervous & plant new seed then a few days
    later the originals seeds sprout & I spend weeks thinning them )

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    Default Some garden. pics

    90% of the garden ohs planted:
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    Default 2018 garden

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    I was beginning to think I had a serious cutworm problem in the peas, but after scratching around looking for cutworms I discovered I planted a few peas too deep...

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    I had some peas cut off, soaked some more seeds & planted them yesterday .

    Hope to be picking peas in a day or 2.

    Thought I needed to
    plant more turnip seeds, as I was raking the soil, saw several turnips seeds sprouting.
    patience.. patience ...patience
    ( Cool nights slowing down sprouting time )
    Had 37° low temp last night

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    Have everything in.
    All seeds & plants in, all seeds sprouted ( except beans.)

    Beans in 2 days ago.
    Covered them with an Ag-cover to help stay warmer at night & sprout sooner.
    Temp inside was 85° when the sun is out

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Beets, turnips, spinach radish are sprouting,

    No carrot sprouts yet, trying to be patient .....!
    ( I usually get nervous & plant new seed then a few days
    later the originals seeds sprout & I spend weeks thinning them )
    my carrots are coming in very nicely now. Going to be a serious job thinning them where I spilled a whole pkg.
    my beets are not doing very well (yet ?) I keep thinking I'll buy one more pkg of beet seed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old John View Post
    my carrots are coming in very nicely now. Going to be a serious job thinning them where I spilled a whole pkg.
    my beets are not doing very well (yet ?) I keep thinking I'll buy one more pkg of beet seed.
    Starting to see lots of carrots . Watching for cutworms now.
    Waiting on the beans now.

    I soak my beet seeds a few hours before planting,
    ( a touch of Dawn dish soap & 1/4 pinch of MG plant food in the water.)
    Speed up sprouting time several days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Starting to see lots of carrots . Watching for cutworms now.
    Waiting on the beans now.

    I soak my beet seeds a few hours before planting,
    ( a touch of Dawn dish soap & 1/4 pinch of MG plant food in the water.)
    Speed up sprouting time several days.
    I'll have to remember to try that next time. I've always soaked my beans and peas.

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    Seeing a few beans sprouting.
    That was the last seeds planted,
    Garden is officially all in & sprouted

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    Radishes are delicious. Planted a mix of red & white.

    Got a few more row covers, they help with the wind , cut worms & hopefully slow
    down the flies from laying eggs.
    When the plants get bigger, I'll take them off.
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