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Forecast for tomorrow night :  3°F. In March, in zone 7a...

Spring seedling shelf:  full.
5 week peppers, 7 week pansies, 2 week onions and fractal broccoli 5 week peppers, 7 week pansies, 2 week onions and fractal broccoli 

I'm thinking this will be one of those short cold springs, probably followed by a late cool summer. So this year's theme is onions and brassicas. (I've never intentionally grown onions before, but the garden came with a scallion population.) Fewer peppers (maybe no in-season peppers...) More greens.

Today planted more flowers (impatiens, petunias, hollyhocks), lettuce, Chinese cabbage, baby choi, and more fractal broccoli. I'm not sure why it's called "broccoli". The seedlings taste more like cauliflower, and it looks like cauliflower. Weirdly, broccoli and cauliflower (and brussel sprouts, cabbage, and kale!) are actually all one species. I hope to grow brussel sprouts for fall, too - but apparently they're best grown to harvest after frost.

Forecast:  overnight lows to stay at 28°F and above, starting in a week. Sure. And it will stop snowing twice a week - any day now.
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Tonight I gave in and potted
Tonight I gave in and potted up my brassicas. I want to transplant them this weekend (maybe next), but in the 6-packs, they were too root-bound to even harden in the meantime. Getting awfully crowded in the seedling shelf. Need my pansies out blooming!

had to pot up the brassicas - even to harden, the 6-packs were just too small 

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They look ready! Definitely
They look ready!

Definitely - time for spring. Next weekend, I hope...

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Can spring please just come
Can spring please just come and stay? I've got my extra early tomatoes now in a big pot but they want to go outside!

 

 

 

 

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I have a garden CLAW and it
I have a garden CLAW and it works wonders!
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Warm enough to harden
Warm enough to harden seedlings - yay! Unfortunately, it's pouring rain, so... Though the weather should be OK for transplanting outside by Tuesday, the planters and seedlings will have to wait another week. (I never, ever want to turn over a garden bed just before it rains again. Back-breaking labor, completely obliterated by rain. )

crocuses at last! starting to harden early spring transplants - the brassicas are overgrown peas - first soak (3 hours soaking, then drain but rinse several times a day)

Started the peas and spinach today.

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Corinne - yeah, I usually
Corinne - yeah, I usually have to hold up the seed-starting parade until the pansies are safe to move outdoors. That's OK, though, since everything else requires it to be warmer than for pansies, after all. Granted, summer doesn't come late here. It's just a question of how much of Spring is suitable for growing anything.

Though windowsills that aren't bright enough or warm enough in January, become brighter in March.

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I wish it would warm up a bit
I wish it would warm up a bit because I am running out of seedling lighting and space!!!!! Yet if I don;t start them early enousg, they wiull not be ready to bloom until late summer. What's a gal to do!!!!
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Oh, the seedlings were only
Oh, the seedlings were only outside for 2 hours. Definitely not ready to plant anything yet.

The usual rule of thumb here is everything is safe after Mother's Day (~May 10). But last year, we had a killing frost after Memorial Day (~May30).

We'll just see how long it takes Long Island Sound to warm up.

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I  think we are still in for
I  think we are still in for some spring snows, though.(zone 6b).
It is cold with those frosty March winds.
I wish I could set them out like you in March. I have to wait until the end of May..sort of a tradition around here.
I saw a good sign, though...the neighborhood garden center is opening its gates and cleaning out all the leftover Santa stuff ..trees,wreaths,statuary and getting ready for their annual pansy display to open the season.
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Almost 60 degrees today! So
Almost 60 degrees today! So the wind blew the gutter off my house... Yeah, so the seedlings did their first foray into the Real World under a $6 IKEA greenhouse (transparent storage tub).

first time out hardening in a $6 IKEA greenhouse - ish - just protecting from wind today hollyhocks, green onions, mixed cabbage and fractal broccoli, pansies one of the fractal broccoli has pink ribs - cool crocuses at last! only blooming in the most sheltered spot so far 

Spring next week! Sorta. Actually, the forecast says 17 degrees again tomorrow night... Not rushing out to prep the planting beds just yet. I don't think I've ever seen crocuses this late in Connecticut. Or temperatures below 10 degrees in March before.

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