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Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 6, February 10, 2012
2-10-12 | Ellendra

Posted on 02/10/2012 2:56:54 PM PST by Ellendra

Good morning Gardeners!!!!

I know I'm not part of your usual cast of gardening threadmasters, but it's afternoon here and the thread hasn't arrived yet! So I'm going to start one, and if it turns out later that I shouldn't have, then I'll appologize really nicely.

*Ahem*:

The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you.

This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked.

It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and that is part of the fun and interest. Jump in and join us!

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1 posted on 02/10/2012 2:57:05 PM PST by Ellendra
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Anybody have the ping list?


2 posted on 02/10/2012 2:58:47 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Ellendra

I thought my garden was dead from drought.

Then it rained and it all came back! :-)


3 posted on 02/10/2012 2:59:51 PM PST by left that other site
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...

(I found the ping list! TY to JADB for putting it on her profile page. At least, I hope it’s the right list, it wasn’t labelled)

Gardeners’ ping, come and join the fun!


4 posted on 02/10/2012 3:03:18 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Ellendra

Should I start my pot seeds now indoors? Or do you think my plants will be too big to try to hide in the sunflower patch by Spring????


5 posted on 02/10/2012 3:03:36 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Ellendra

Thank you for the thread.... I do not have the list... BTTT!!!


6 posted on 02/10/2012 3:04:43 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Ellendra
Its February but I am ready to plant some Thai and lemon basil indoors..

Yom!

7 posted on 02/10/2012 3:06:33 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: left that other site

Hurray for rain!

We have snow up here today. Good thing too, it was looking way to dry for February.


8 posted on 02/10/2012 3:06:51 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Ellendra

Denver gardening tip....

Wait for 2 feet of snow to melt...


9 posted on 02/10/2012 3:15:20 PM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: Ellendra

yes...we have had two months worth in a week! :-)


10 posted on 02/10/2012 3:18:55 PM PST by left that other site
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To: Ellendra

Have four ‘maters in and flowering: 2 Bonnie Goliath bush and 2 Bonnie Tami G grape. The rest will be heirlooms once they’re available, all blacks.


11 posted on 02/10/2012 3:20:52 PM PST by txhurl (Mormonism = Sharia by White people)
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Over the weekend I finally got the last of the fall harvest in the freezer. 2 pumpkins and one zucchetta rampicante that had been sitting on the counter since October. The pumpkins were tiny little pie pumpkins, but the zucchetta was huge! It took 2 roaster pans to bake that thing!

The pumpkins were from an experiment. There’s a hybrid variety that I love, so I’m trying to breed it back into an open-pollinated one. Homesteading guru Jackie Clay has done this successfully with tomato varieties, so I’m trying it with my pumpkins. Most of the ones from this last batch were missing one trait or another, but one of them was perfect, so I’m saving seeds from that one for the next round.

The zucchetta is actually an Italian zucchinni. It has a firm, meaty texture that I love, and is good enough to eat raw or cooked. Over the summer I’d read that this same variety makes a decent winter squash, so when one got buried in leaves until it was too big, I decided to let it finish ripening all the way. Besides, I wanted to save the seeds before I ran out of them.

My goodness that squash is sweet!!! Not “sweet as vegetables go”, but “who snuck 4 cups of sugar in the blender with it” sweet!!!! I was tempted to try getting sugar from it like you can with beets, but decided not to. We made pie with it and left out 1/3 of the sugar in the recipe, it still came out a bit too sugary! And we got 13 and 1/2 cups of squash puree from a single squash, that one is definately getting more space in my garden this spring!


12 posted on 02/10/2012 3:21:49 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: bigheadfred

I’m afraid the only pots I’m familiar with are the kind you cook in, or the kind you plant stuff in. The leafy, growing kind of pot, that I have no experience with.


13 posted on 02/10/2012 3:24:49 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Ellendra

Purple of Sicily and Sunset Cauliflower seedlings cranking, along with twelve varieties of sweet peppers...will be starting 150 varieties of tomatoes pretty soon...


14 posted on 02/10/2012 3:27:31 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Ellendra
Here it is the second week of February in Virginia and I have daffodils starting to show their buds.

As long as we don't have a hard freeze, I expect many of us will have early blooms this spring. How about the rest of you?

15 posted on 02/10/2012 3:27:32 PM PST by Dustoff45 (A good woman brings out the best in a good man! A better woman might be just what this nation needs)
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To: Ellendra

Thank you for posting this week’s gardening thread.

First of 13 new raised beds planted this week - lettuce/cold hardy stuff.

Cold front rolling into Charleston this weekend - sub freezing nights - cold enough to light a fire! Hopefully it’’l bring some much needed rain.

Bought onion sets for the first time, shallots too. Will have to wait for our next warm day.

Bless everyone!


16 posted on 02/10/2012 3:28:41 PM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican
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To: Ellendra

Ya done good Ellendra!!! JaDB is on a mountain top in Montana and I suspect Reddevil232 is making the move to Texas from his plantation in Ole Miss. Old and Older age has taken it’s toll on me but I AM getting things done in the garden like renovating the strawberry beds. We got seeds from Twilley, Johnny’s, Territorial and Pine Tree today including Lady Bender’s flowers and my veggies...


17 posted on 02/10/2012 3:39:55 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: Dustoff45

Here in north Texas my daffodils are just starting to pop through the mulch. My garden only gets late sun so I am sure they are getting a later start than most around here. My panseys are going to be surprised because tomorrow morning it is supposed to be going down to 22 degrees. I went outside today and turned the soil over in my back flower bed. Now just waiting for warmer weather.

Those of you that helped me with my dandelion problem I just want to say I have been sraying them and it seems to be working. Thank you for all your help.


18 posted on 02/10/2012 3:54:28 PM PST by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
All of my trees started spring growth 4-6 weeks early because of the warm January. My Dorsett Golden apple is almost finished blooming and is fully leafed out. My Anna apple is just entering full bloom now. I can see apples that have set on both trees.

I'm just hoping that the subfreezing temps here (NW FL) this weekend don't take out those blooms and baby apples. At least my grapes haven't broken dormancy yet, so hopefully I will be canning lots of grape jelly again this summer.

19 posted on 02/10/2012 3:55:58 PM PST by FiscalSanity
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To: Ellendra
The leafy, growing kind of pot, that I have no experience with.

Yah. Me neither. LOL.

20 posted on 02/10/2012 4:05:56 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

Are you talkin’ Charleston, West Virginia? I live in Kentucky, close to Huntington - is it too early to try to work some sand into my raised bed soil? I used topsoil and peat moss when we built them two years ago, but I think the soil is a bit heavy & could use a little better drainage. I’d like to start putting some cold weather stuff out, but I wonder if I should try to improve the soil first?


21 posted on 02/10/2012 4:06:26 PM PST by alicewonders (Thank you Rick Perry!)
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To: Ellendra

My outside thermometer is showing 60 degrees here in western Washington.

I GOT TO get some of the cold weather seeds in the ground!!

Spinach, lettuce, carrots, cabbage all start ok when it’s cool.


22 posted on 02/10/2012 4:14:12 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: Ellendra

How do you sugar...beets.


23 posted on 02/10/2012 4:17:27 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Ellendra

Nothing new to report here due to the icky weather. Did get some leaves for the bottom though.


24 posted on 02/10/2012 4:19:32 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: Ellendra

Good for you!!!!!

What a nice surprise seeing this at the top of my ping list when I came back while taking a break from cooking dinner!


25 posted on 02/10/2012 4:20:58 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Ellendra
Thanks for getting the thread up. I thought that I could go without it, but it has driven crazy all day.

Last weekend I assembled my tomato seedling incubator, AKA 'Mater'Bater. It holds 4 Jiffy seed trays and provides grow lights up top, and bottom heat below, all controled by timers. Of three trays of mater seeds, all but about 20 sprouted, and I reseeded those earlier today. The tray of various peppers are starting to come alive.. Its supposed to be 36dg here tonight and 31dg tomorrow night. So the 'Mater'Bator is fine tuned and ready for the cool nights.

Other garden varieties will be purchased from the local seed store. My soil test results have arrived but I have not been over to the ext serv to have it translated into common Eglish. Gotta get going. I saw blooming Japonese Magnolia yesterday. Gotta get that soil test read so that I can ride the tiller rodeo over the garden patch.

We are discussing adding a second patch out back by the road back there and growing something that will not be attractive to young thieves, maybe okra, squash, beans.

We go a new supply of drip irrigation tubing and feeder line and with lots of small stuff so that we may expand some this year, our second springtime in Texas.

I will try to get some pictures of the 'Mater'Bator to post.

26 posted on 02/10/2012 4:46:14 PM PST by rightly_dividing
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To: Ellendra

I had a carpenter working on my front windows today, and he asked me to look up this storm on my computer. My goodness — it stretched from LaCrosse all the way to Saginaw, Michigan with only a couple of open areas in the middle of Lake Michigan. It didn’t stop snowing until nearly 4 pm.

The carpenter left because his tools and wood were getting wet, and I won’t see him again until Monday.

Thanks for posting the thread. Otherwise, I’m still healing from my spill on the ice 2 weeks ago, and I was getting bored.


27 posted on 02/10/2012 4:51:14 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Ellendra

Had a little dip in the temp this week. Supposed to get to single digits tonite. I got maple tree buddings on my porch from the warm weather. Poor guys.

Got a nice batch of sprouts going and am going to start cole crops this weekend.


28 posted on 02/10/2012 4:53:47 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: bigheadfred

Dude: Look it up :>)


29 posted on 02/10/2012 5:01:40 PM PST by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: Ellendra

My plowman just showed up. My husband always did all the plowing around here until he had brain surgery last winter. Plowing involves installing a tractor mounted snowblower on the 28 year old tractor and tweaking it until it works. THen, it’s a matter of getting out in beastly weather and blowing all the snow off the driveway so we can get in and out.

Last year, when he was recuperating, I arranged for the man who plows our manufacturing plant to come over here and do my long driveway. We call him St. Bobby.

THe first morning he came (my husband had been out of the hospital 2 days after having a piece of his skull removed) my husband jumped up and dashed for the outdoors intending to lay in the snowy driveway and install the snowblower. Nothing I could stay would stop him. Finally, I said, “Go ahead. Take a look at the driveway.”

He opened the garage door and saw that the drive had already been plowed. Despite all his bluster, I could tell he was relieved. We’ve never looked back. This year he talked about putting the snow blower on the tractor just to tweak the edges and to plow a path to the barn. It never got done, and this is only the 2nd appreciable snow this winter. Hardly seems woth the effort now.


30 posted on 02/10/2012 5:03:31 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: bigheadfred; Diana in Wisconsin
Should I start my pot seeds now indoors? Or do you think my plants will be too big to try to hide in the sunflower patch by Spring????

Good question! The seeds I ordered from Jung came in today. (You're welcome, Diana! LOL) And they sent two gift seeds to boot!

I'm so ready to start these!

31 posted on 02/10/2012 5:04:43 PM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Dustoff45
I just noticed yesterday the daffodils poking up and I live Northwest of Baltimore about 15 minutes from the PA line.

I ordeedr a new book today, and maybe some of you have heard of it. "Garden's Way Joy of Gardening" by Dick Raymond. I thought I had them all, but this is highly rated and not too expensive from Amazon.

Gardening books and seed catalogs, just what I need in this dreary weather.

32 posted on 02/10/2012 5:06:11 PM PST by gramho12
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To: Ladysmith

I think I’m going to try getting some petunias going. But who can trust the weather? Been mild here, but it will probably be cold until June.


33 posted on 02/10/2012 5:13:56 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

No doubt. It’s been so nice here, the trees started budding way too early. Finally getting colder weather that’s going to get to -15 tonight. harrumph!


34 posted on 02/10/2012 5:26:20 PM PST by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Ellendra
The Mrs. and I have already started our seeds indoors. They won't go in the ground until the end of March when we can be sure a cold front won't blow through. I've been working on expanding the hoop house also. We'll have 4 more raised beds and the hoophouse itself will be double the original width.

Just for fun, we're going to try growing peanuts this year.

35 posted on 02/10/2012 5:33:06 PM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: Dustoff45
Here it is the second week of February in Virginia and I have daffodils starting to show their buds

It's amazing how much is already greening up. The local weather was talking about the possibility of snow tomorrow, but he also said since it has been so long since we've had a hard freeze, the ground is too warm for any noticeable accumulation.

This kind of weather scares me. A couple years we were practically in short sleeves for Christmas eve services, but with the winter coats on over our Easter finery because we had had 6 inches of snow the day before.

I know it's typical, but it can still be disconcerting!

36 posted on 02/10/2012 5:37:02 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Ellendra

Weather has been too unpredictable to plant anything. After temperatures in the 40-60 degree range, we are going to get a blast of winter starting tonight. A wintry mix is going to hit our area and there is a good chance of snow on the ground in the morning. Covered up with plastic sheeting the things that are wintering over and hoping for the best.


37 posted on 02/10/2012 5:45:58 PM PST by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: Sarajevo
Just for fun, we're going to try growing peanuts this year.

I was going to do that last year, for the same reason, but never got around to it. I'm aiming to try this year!

38 posted on 02/10/2012 5:49:41 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Ladysmith

Good luck with that cold. We usually have it this time of year. But it is a balmy 35 right now with a low expected of 29.


39 posted on 02/10/2012 6:01:49 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Ellendra

Thanks for the ping!

Well, it has finally gotten seasonably cold here. I’m going to try tapping some maples (first time) in a week or two. The neighbor offered to show me how. I will probably end up with enough sap to make 1/2 cup of syrup - but I want the EXPERIENCE :).

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the raspberry jelly/jam I put up was not gummy at all. I was afraid to try it, but finally did, and while it comes just close to being too firm, it is fine and the flavor bright and fresh. Yea! My thick tomato sauce came out really nice also - a blend of different tomatoes, 50% were heritage varieties.

So, I am putting in my own raspberry bushes this year - just a few.

We have onions, leeks, and garlic that have wintered over and will hopefully be a decent size this year.

Gotta get pulling out the end of season weed garbage, yuck. Can’t plant here until May, so I have time.


40 posted on 02/10/2012 6:11:33 PM PST by Ladysforest
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To: bigheadfred

That’s way too cold for weed. Better cover ‘em.


41 posted on 02/10/2012 6:14:22 PM PST by txhurl (Mormonism = Sharia by White people)
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To: Ellendra

I finally did it. I harvested my lemon.

I have a lemon tree in a very large pot that I bring into the south porch in the winter. It gets cold, but doesn’t freeze in there. It had about 8 or 9 blooms on it, but only one set a lemon. I just left it on the tree hoping that it would not be blemished, but rather ripe when I needed it. It was very yellow and perfect.

I made Greek lemon rice soup for my new friend. The lemon tasted a bit like an orange. The lime tree did not bloom.

BA


42 posted on 02/10/2012 6:38:38 PM PST by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: Ellendra
Happy Weekend from southern New Hampshire! We got our settlement check from the insurance company and the Coop II design is well-along and should go into the town planner by the end of the weekend.

I ordered a Sears Garden Tractor suitable for attaching a Johnny Bucket/Plow and eventually, a tiller and snow blower. I also ordered the Johnny Bucket and Plow and the joystick controller. We are really going to make good use of it!

Our replacement Indian Runner ducklings (one drake and five hens) arrived on Wednesday morning. They are living, curious and eating us out of house and home. They have more than doubled in the past two and a half days and our cats are fascinated.

Expecting a little snow tomorrow, but it is time to get seeds in trays.

43 posted on 02/10/2012 7:51:10 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Ellendra; JustaDumbBlonde

Thanks, Ellendra!

1/4-1/2” of extra-dry (brut?) snow last night & today; down to -5 by Saturday morning...it’s starting to feel like winter.

The warm weather, with intermittent severely cold nights & no snow cover has been brutalizing the winter wheat we planted last fall: doesn’t know whether to stay dormant, or try to grow.

This is mostly JADB’s fault for going to Montana, and complaining about not having to drive through any blizzards to get there.

Still getting 1/2-3/4 egg/day/hen.


44 posted on 02/10/2012 7:52:50 PM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Ellendra

Woo Hoo. It is 17F and man feet of snow outside. Got to get earrly starts going inside!


45 posted on 02/10/2012 8:42:28 PM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: txhurl

Are your tomatoes in a greenhouse txhurl?


46 posted on 02/11/2012 6:11:54 AM PST by tillacum
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To: Ellendra

Thank you Ellendra for getting us together today. You are a gen. Back tomorrow, having a fund raiser here, today, for a friend. Gotta get things ready. Oh, I have one raised garden cleared of weeds and ready for a bit of compost. I’ve begun my “worm garden”. I’m thinking of getting some red wigglers and setting up spot for them.


47 posted on 02/11/2012 6:34:16 AM PST by tillacum
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To: Ellendra

Thank you for picking up the torch!


48 posted on 02/11/2012 8:32:05 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Ellendra

I’m in the Philadelphia area. Is it too late to start germinating seeds indoors in preparation for planting them when the weather warms up?


49 posted on 02/11/2012 10:26:21 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Ron Paul is the Lyndon Larouche of the 21st century.))
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
I’m in the Philadelphia area. Is it too late to start germinating seeds indoors in preparation for planting them when the weather warms up?

No.

Do you know what your average last frost day is?
50 posted on 02/11/2012 4:55:13 PM PST by Nepeta
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