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Old 05-13-2016, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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The rains always perk my plants up. We have several rain barrels where we can save it
and use for watering them later on.
Sorry you can't get them in the ground yet Cam. Wow, up to 25 degrees below normal?
Maybe you'd better look at larger pots? JK, just hope you're able to get them in-ground soon enough.
lol @ the larger pots, my next post will relate to that comment I guess.


I tried that rain barrel thing and it didn't work for me for 2 reasons.
1. It rains enough around and even during droughts its #2 that gets me.
2. Two 55 Gallon Pales only lasted a few days in hot weather. So I learned I need a lot of water, like a well or something.. lol


Also I'm in the woods and the last thing I want is standing water around even with a cover.
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Old 05-13-2016, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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So not everything looks "amazing"


Because they cant get into the ground yet they are already depleting the soil nutrients in the cups. Leaves starting to get pale green/yellow. Notice a couple of leaves got sun scold even with just 1 hour only. Patience and Slow process.


So ....... instead of transferring to bigger pots .... time to feed ...







Don't yell at me. I try to do everything organic but because I have this on hand and its worked in the past, why not.

24-8-16. Hope not too strong.

Can you tell its raining outside?? 14 of last 22 days has had precip.





Nitrogen

Essential for foliage or blade growth
Produces lush, tender, green leaves (or grass blades)
Builds resistance to adverse environmental conditions
Deficiency results in a yellow-green color and little to no growth


Phosphorous (available as phosphate)

Stimulates root growth
Accelerates the maturity of plants
Promotes development of flowers and fruits
Remains in the soil quite well
Deficiency can result in slow or stunted growth


Potassium (water soluble potash)

Builds drought, heat and cold hardiness
Helps disease resistance
Deficiency can cause weak stems and/or slow growth
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:55 PM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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I'm certainly not against using MiracleGro. I've done it many times.

I bought one of those organic tomato fertilizers at Home Depot a few years back, the one called 'MaterMAgic.'
It's shaped like a tomato.
Anyway, upon opening, it turned out to be alfalfa pellets.
10.00 bucks for a fistful of alfalfa???? I'll never do that again.
So I just buy large bag of alfalfa pellets at farm store,
let them rot into my compost, and use that as fert. It works wonders.
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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10.00 bucks for a fistful of alfalfa???? I'll never do that again..
Yeah, that's the other thing. I'm not selling produce so there is no return on that expense. My Compost soil is organic and that's good enough. I really only feed once a year. The other thing I will do is spray for diseases if they happen and I would use non organic for that too.


Except Blight. All natural for that but has to be sprayed every week and on the underside of the leaves which can be a pain!


Early Blight Remedy


Step 1: Mix 3 tablespoons baking soda with 1 gallon of water.
Step 2: Mix in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. This helps the spray to stick to the leaves.
Step 3: Mix in 2 drops of dish soap to help emulsify (mix) everything.
Step 4: Spray on tops and bottoms of leaves till dripping
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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May 14, 2016


Left to Right.


Fava Beans, Broccoli Rabe, Cauliflower, Potatoes. Snap Peas in the back





Potatoes looking amazing. They are tall enough to start covering them back up now. You can bury them and they'll push through. I pushed the straw aside to let the sun warm the cool soil easier.





Done. I wonder if the rabbits will make a nest in there again





Garlic doing good from the top. Bulbs planted in November





Onions . Notice the big gaps. I filled them in with extra Onion starts I had left over


8am and the sun is coming higher into the sky. Temps in the upper 50s and everything is wet from yesterdays 0.36" of rain





Fig Tree Dead? I would of thought the Historic cold/snowy winter last yr would of killed it, not the warmest winter on record. LOL





Signs of life? Literally this is the only sign.


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Old 05-15-2016, 07:58 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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OH NO! {{{{cambium}}}}
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Tragedy.


Can I claim this as wind damage? Or just human flaw?

I was protecting the plants from the 30mph wind gusts and the board toppled over











Doing some surgery while the others chopped off are wait and see







Brought everything back inside.


I'm trying to get them used to outside, too Cloudy, Too Windy, Too cold. The Joys of New England and the variable weather.


Poor Eggplants. Not even 1 hour out there and it's been 7 days getting used to the outdoor environment.


TOUGHEN UP ALREADY! lol


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Old 05-15-2016, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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OH NO! {{{{cambium}}}}
Yeah, and it figures my most challenged plant (Eggplant) looks like it gave up. Fun Fun.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:04 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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They're talking about 30 temps for us tonight. Someone else on another site is saying it's snowing like crazy in upstate NY.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:39 AM
 
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They're talking about 30 temps for us tonight. Someone else on another site is saying it's snowing like crazy in upstate NY.
Coldest Air Mass in 3 decades over the region. It's impressive.


It's actually snowing in spots.. Check it out. Snowing in West Virginia this morning. Live webcam!


Snow in Ohio.


Snow on Mt Washington, NH


Radar Loop last 2 hrs. Keep in mind this is with the sun up. Lake Effect snows & scattered convection from instability in the region. You can see where the snow is falling.

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