Northern Gardening forum: April in the north???

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 7, 2013 6:18 AM CST
It is very dreary here---good weather for seeding trays under lights in the basement.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Apr 7, 2013 8:59 AM CST
Forgot it was April, 2013.

Below April 3, last year.
(Chionodoxa 'Pink Giant' blooming, hybrid crocuses, very tail end).

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And April 5, this year.
(Some snowdrops out).

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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 7, 2013 11:44 AM CST
Wow, pretty dramatic difference!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Apr 7, 2013 11:59 AM CST
Caroline, it's a miserable day here, windy, light snow flurries, cold 32F/0C degrees. Thumbs down

Wow Charlie, quite a difference for sure, and you still have snow? Blinking

Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 7, 2013 1:02 PM CST
We are all in zone envy Charlie!
The spring flowers are beautiful.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Apr 7, 2013 1:48 PM CST
Just in the shaded places.
Our back today below, Margaret.

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Not sure how "northern" our location is.
We're in the Greater Toronto Area,
about 20/25 km north of the Toronto city limits,
but up on the Oak Ridges Moraine.
We're a subzone colder (5a) than the general Toronto 5b.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Apr 7, 2013 3:57 PM CST
Charlie, I don't think I'm very "northern" either. Hilarious!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 7, 2013 4:00 PM CST
You guys are a lot more "northern" than we are here! Although, sometimes it seems like the weather in Alaska is warmer than it is here!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Apr 8, 2013 7:05 AM CST
Springtime this morning here in northern MN.Thumb of 2013-04-08/4susiesjoy/bd4d08
It's to pretty to feel sad about more snow! Smiling
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 8, 2013 8:35 AM CST
It is pretty!
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Apr 8, 2013 9:18 AM CST
Sue, yes it is pretty, but it still sucks having that much snow this late in April! Thumbs down

We got a dusting overnight but it should melt quickly, it's mostly cloudy, 36F/2C, should warm up quite a bit later today.
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Apr 8, 2013 1:31 PM CST
Margaret, This much snow isn't that unusual for this time of year here so even if it's frustrating sometimes we had lived here before and knew what we were getting into when we moved back here. Every place has positive and negative things you have to deal with. The growing season is pretty intense because of the short growing season but the snow cover helps protect the plants from some of the freeze and thaws that would damage the plants. Also the last snows had a lot of moisture which we need because we had drought last summer too and since most of my gardens are on sandy soil the moisure is very welcome. So I'm not feeling the suck so much. Big Grin Whistling
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
May 8, 2013 8:13 AM CST
May 3rd in Southern MN!!!

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

If I dont laugh I might cry!

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"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
May 8, 2013 8:20 AM CST
That's terrible, Christine.
But things will get better.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Heucheras I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 2 I sent a postcard to Randy! Keeps Horses
Region: Minnesota Birds Raises cows Cat Lover Hostas Farmer
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Christine27360
May 8, 2013 8:26 AM CST
Actually Today almost all the snow is gone cause it was in the 70's on Sunday - yesterday!!! Just a few rogue snow piles and snow in the densely shaded areas.

I actually saw my first crocus yesterday!! It's white but who cares -- it's a FLOWER!!!! Sticking tongue out
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
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CarolineScott
May 8, 2013 8:46 AM CST
It looks like spring here.
Flowers are coming.
But it was cool last night-I left tomatoes and Four O'clocks out and they look okay.
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 8, 2013 9:25 AM CST
Our weather is just crazy! I've never been able to set out plants before June, but it feels like July weather here! Temperatures over 80! I'm going to plant out some tomatoes today (in containers, just in case... Smiling )
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
May 8, 2013 9:36 AM CST
Christine, that was a big dump...ugh!!, I'm glad it's mostly melted so you can get down and dirty. Hilarious!

Caroline, weather has been very warm here for this time of year, everything is growing very quickly in the garden, I sure hope we don't get a big frost. I've left my seedlings out at night for the past 4 days, I still don't trust the weather so I won't plant them until around the 24th..
Name: Dora
Calgary (Zone 3a)
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dorab
May 8, 2013 10:12 AM CST
I think it's better to put plants out early so they can transition into full light and heat gradually. They don't usually grow as fast, but they're healthier. I take them in at night if the temperature is projected to be around 5 C.

Mind you it makes for a lot of in and out traffic, and that gets old really fast.
Dora
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 8, 2013 11:12 AM CST
I finally have the ideal setup for hardening off my seedlings. I installed adjustable shelves on the backside of our woodshed. Each shelf is just big enough to hold one tray, the roof overhang extends far enough that they don't drown when it rains, the area gets morning and late afternoon sun so it doesn't get too hot. And the building provides a bit of residual warmth overnight. After years of tripping over trays on the ground, and having to rescue poor little plants from drowning, this is just wonderful!

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Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

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