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Old 03-07-2015, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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And here we are again... Amazing how time flys! I will be posting my garden updates here as I've done over the years. Thank You.

So we had another incredibly cold winter and start to Spring here near the CT coast. Historic cold February, Record deep snow depth and duration! Record below normal temp streak. Barely got above freezing for 40 days!.

Links to previous years.

My Garden Pics 2012

My Garden Pics 2013

My Garden Pics 2014

So here's a question... How am I supposed to till and when will this melt?



Will it look like that in 2 months??

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Old 03-07-2015, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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Holy crap, Cambium! I don't think some of our mountains even have that much snow! We have about 6" on the ground, but it should be gone in the next few days with highs expected close to 70 by mid-week. Can't wait to see how 2015 goes for you! I think it's gonna be off to a slow start for many of us, at least as far as getting things going outdoors!
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC (zone 7b)
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Cambium, just looking at those pics gave me a chill. I agree with NickMan7, it will be a slow start. That said, I put down my alfalfa pellets in the main garden today and will till it in tomorrow. Too bad very few of my tomatoes and peppers have germinated yet....ugh. Well, I'm sure everything will eventually turn out for us all!
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Old 03-07-2015, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Holy crap, Cambium! I don't think some of our mountains even have that much snow! We have about 6" on the ground, but it should be gone in the next few days with highs expected close to 70 by mid-week.
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Cambium, just looking at those pics gave me a chill. I agree with NickMan7, it will be a slow start.
Yeah, it's been nuts. 4 feet fell in 6 weeks. And to think Northeast of me has more snow on the ground is NUTS! Only once above 40 since mid January. We never had a thaw! It's barely passing freezing even now and normal is mid 40s.

But as a farmer would say... The snowpack is one of the best things for a crop. Problem is... I'm gonna need it gone to get the garden ready. LOL
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Old 03-07-2015, 03:33 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I feel your pain Cambium! I'm just a stones throw away from ya. It's cold, it's brutal, and it's too dang white out there!
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:30 PM
 
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OMG!!!! You won't even be able to till until the snow melts and the soil isn't saturated anymore!! I am so sorry for the winter you've had on the East coast.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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OMG!!!! You won't even be able to till until the snow melts and the soil isn't saturated anymore!! I am so sorry for the winter you've had on the East coast.
I love it from a preference standpoint, Farmers & home growers love it from another standpoint.. Long Lasting snowpack always helps keep soil from drying and the slow spring melt gets absorbed in. Every year we had a long lasting snowpack I noticed the soil would be softer and more moist longer into May and June. It just feels weird having this still around. Not common, in fact rare, for the coast here.

But todays Mid-Upper 40s and Strong sun got me moticvated. 10 weeks to Mid May. Eggplants and Peppers are in but will do another indoor seed sow in 2 weeks for everything.

Doing a test on the right with 4 different soils, same Tomato Type seed (Campari).



From the Roof today... The paths are 6" deep. lol. Still have 16" snowpack more in the drifts spots.

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Old 03-11-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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By this time in 2012 Strawberries were sprouting.

2013 I was tilling the soil.

Last yr this time only small piles were around and a 1 inch snowpack

This year.... an 11" snowpack

Been later and later every year since I can remember in 2010. Growing season has been getting cut shorter lately and its not long around here to begin with


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Old 03-13-2015, 01:21 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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And this my friends is why I moved to the south ... the growing season and the weather is a beauty in a few weeks in the middle of april it will be hot and I for one cannot wait . I know how you all have suffered with a monstorous winter on the east coast .
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Doing a test on the right with 4 different soils, same Tomato Type seed (Campari).
Miracle Grow Potting Mix
Organic Potting Mix
1/2 MG Potting mix on bottom & 1/2 Seed Starting on top
Seed Starting Only
And in 6 days look which starts to emerge.

The cells with just the seed starting soil. Curious how the results are in a week from now.

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