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Old 05-06-2016, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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May 6, 2016 Weather Update


Historic... Nobody alive today experienced this type of cold first 5 days of May!


In Hartford the max temp has been 54! That's the lowest max temp in 111 yrs for first week of May. Usually we are hitting 60s and 70s!


Today is Day #6 in a row with clouds.


It's been a mess for hardening off or getting the plants going.


I saw it coming, my patience will pay off, but mother nature needs to help out though. In the end she always wins.


Nights aren't cold because of the clouds but daytime is. Feels like November outside.


11 of last 14 days had precip.
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Old 05-06-2016, 05:04 AM
 
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Looks as if the weather pattern will finally be changing in our favor tomorrow. Time to get some real dirt under your fingernails cambium! Heck I haven't even finished picking up last years leaves yet.
Not tomorrow. Cant do anything with wet soil. Monday is the next time the sun is coming out. Cant wait.


But then rain and clouds again mid next week. A pattern to remember.


I'm gonna start hardening off this weekend. Have to


The clouds are fine to hardening off for first couple days but it's been so cold so I haven't. Then you need them to gradually get used to the sun...what sun. lol
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Old 05-06-2016, 05:37 AM
 
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Taken this morning...


Garlic, Snap Peas, Fava Beans, Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe, Kale, Spinach, Lettuce all sprouting but growing slow. No sun in 6 days!


Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants still inside.




All this moisture days making weeds thrive already! Ugh


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Old 05-06-2016, 10:26 PM
 
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"Historic... Nobody alive today experienced this type of cold first 5 days of May!"

Really?

Garden looks great by the way.
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Old 05-07-2016, 04:36 AM
 
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"Historic... Nobody alive today experienced this type of cold first 5 days of May!"

Really?

Garden looks great by the way.
Thanks! The Weather challenge of this year is the constant clouds and November like temps. Today makes 7 days in a row now with clouds, not even a poke or peak of the sun.


Yes about the historic cold. Thats for first 5 days of May. Here is an update on Hartford for first 6 days of May. They finally broke mid 50s yesterday but ............ http://www.city-data.com/forum/43972755-post4165.html
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Old 05-07-2016, 04:59 AM
 
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Man, nickman knows what he's talking about. WOW!


2 weeks ago I snapped the top of the hot pepper by accident.. Looks like it is indeed beneficial.


Now the question is, is it too late to do more of them? Let this year be a trial run with this one at least. Season isn't long enough here to take chances but we'll see.





So it's day #7 in a row of gloom and doom.


HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO HARDEN OFF THE PLANTS when it's colder during the day outside then inside. The no sun thing is fine for first few days. The no wind is fine. The cold is not good but I will have to start today.


I simply roll out the cart onto the deck gradually getting them used to outside environment.



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Old 05-07-2016, 05:09 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Good morning cambium, I look forward to your posts every morning. I have one question tho: What type of bulb do you use in your florescent light fixtures. Are they grow lights, or just, off the shelf T 12's?
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:10 AM
 
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Good morning cambium, I look forward to your posts every morning. I have one question tho: What type of bulb do you use in your florescent light fixtures. Are they grow lights, or just, off the shelf T 12's?
Morning. Thanks. Just off the shelf bulbs. I like the KISS rule. No need to spend a ton of money on those "special" grow bulbs.


It's actually a mix in there.


10 T-8s(32 watts) and 8 T-12s (40watts).


The only thing I'm not sure about is the cool whites vs warm. I think there is a cool white in there but not sure the pro/con with it. It definitely stays warm under there.


The fixtures I got for free. From Neighbor and friends.


Actually, you are my favorite member of the day, just went to count them for you and noticed 2 bulbs were out.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:37 AM
 
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Actually, you are my favorite member of the day, just went to count them for you and noticed 2 bulbs were out.
Glad I could help. It's not often i'm a favorite anything.
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:37 PM
 
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