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Old 01-28-2016, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Wandered around the garden this morning, crunching on snow and frozen ground in 11 degrees f. Now with coffee looking at my garden plans for spring, which here planting begins June 1. Sigh...
I am still planting altho right now is probably as cold as its going to get this winter....at night in the high 30's and daytime temps around 72. We have had a heck of a lot of rain however.....must be el nino....because this is our dry season and everything is flooded. I just harvested some bok choy and some carrots yesterday.
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am still planting altho right now is probably as cold as its going to get this winter....at night in the high 30's and daytime temps around 72. We have had a heck of a lot of rain however.....must be el nino....because this is our dry season and everything is flooded. I just harvested some bok choy and some carrots yesterday.
72, as cold as it is going to get: we won't see 72 as our high for about a 6 weeks. Some parts of AR did break records yesterday but not here. I am going to start our tomato seeds today. The room isn't really all that sunny, but it is warm and I purchased a lamp I will use. I got the seeds for Christmas. I have 3 kinds.
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Old 02-17-2016, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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ok, I need some advise; I have never had good luck with growing from seed but this year every single tomato container I had seeds in have sprouted. Now I need to know, when do I thin them out? Some of the cups have about 4 or 5 tomatoes plants sprouting. I think I need to only have one per container, but not sure. Help!!!!!!
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Old 02-17-2016, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Congratulations on the germination rate. Yes, one plant per container....but you might want to thin them down to 2 .....and then down to the one. I think most times thinning is best to be done after second set of leaves...but maybe someone else knows better than I. I think the seedlings should be about 1 or 2 inches tall when you start thinning them. You dont want to let all the plants to get so big that when you thin them their roots are all intangled and it is too much disturbance in the little pot. Good Luck.

I googled and found this you tube that answers your question https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWLw6uvHbtI They suggest trimming the extras with a small pair of scissors...makes sense as it would avoid disrupting the remaining ones roots. they say when the seedlings are about 4 inches tall.

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Old 02-17-2016, 06:39 AM
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Location: Surrey/London
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Cleared an allotment last week and planted garlic, broad beans and potatoes. Waiting until March to plant the rest of the seeds (onions, carrots, broccoli, lettuce/cabbage, artichoke and fennel), then April to plant the sweetcorn and courgettes. Tomatoes don't do very well in the soil here due to blight, so they will be grown in containers. I'm thinking of possibly putting in a small section of fruits, maybe a small peach tree or something.

Couple of pics from last week.



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Old 02-17-2016, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Congratulations on the germination rate. Yes, one plant per container....but you might want to thin them down to 2 .....and then down to the one. I think most times thinning is best to be done after second set of leaves...but maybe someone else knows better than I. I think the seedlings should be about 1 or 2 inches tall when you start thinning them. You dont want to let all the plants to get so big that when you thin them their roots are all intangled and it is too much disturbance in the little pot. Good Luck.

I googled and found this you tube that answers your question
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWLw6uvHbtI They suggest trimming the extras with a small pair of scissors...makes sense as it would avoid disrupting the remaining ones roots. they say when the seedlings are about 4 inches tall.
Thanks for the information. That will help a lot.
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Old 02-18-2016, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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That time of the year again I start getting into the mood of gardening... At least the mood of starting seeds I guess. Can't do nothing with a frozen ground.


Pepper seeds to be started in 2 weeks and again in 4 weeks in case those don't do well.

Crazy how time flys. Gees.
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Old 02-18-2016, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Cleared an allotment last week

Couple of pics from last week.


Nice size plot there! That soil looks amazing! Didn't you say you had clay soil on the weather forum?


My clay looks very different from that!
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Old 02-18-2016, 10:12 AM
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Location: Surrey/London
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Nice size plot there! That soil looks amazing! Didn't you say you had clay soil on the weather forum?


My clay looks very different from that!
Yep, that soil is derived from the London Clay fm, and is full of rocks and pebbles. The owner of the plot next to ours told us it hadn't been used in about 4-5 years though, and when we got it it was covered in grass and nettles, maybe they helped keep the soil nutrient rich? It's also full of earthworms which keep it aerated.

The darker blocks of soil had been turned over and mixed with a bag of compost each. The ground doesn't freeze solid in this climate, and the threat of frost will be over completely by late March, so it's easy to just sow directly into the ground rather than plant inside and transplant the seedlings.
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Old 02-18-2016, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Cleared an allotment last week and planted garlic, broad beans and potatoes. Waiting until March to plant the rest of the seeds (onions, carrots, broccoli, lettuce/cabbage, artichoke and fennel), then April to plant the sweetcorn and courgettes. Tomatoes don't do very well in the soil here due to blight, so they will be grown in containers. I'm thinking of possibly putting in a small section of fruits, maybe a small peach tree or something.

Couple of pics from last week.


Looks like you are well ahead of the game I am a month away from thinking much about getting the soil ready for anything.
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