Northern Gardening forum: Are you gearing up for Spring?

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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Jan 26, 2014 2:48 PM CST
What are you all doing to get ready for spring gardening? Any favorite seed catalogs, have you ordered or started any seeds, any garden projects in the planning stage?

I cleaned off my light stand and am planning to order some seeds soon. My husband has requested some small sweet peppers for pickling-last year I couldn't find any plants so I know I'll start them and probably a few tomatoes. We have a fairly small garden so I've been buying my seedlings the past few years, but I do miss starting my own. I learned to garden in CA and the first few years we lived in MN I started my seeds way too early and usually had 3 ft tomatoes by planting time :)
Deb
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 28, 2014 6:47 PM CST
I have some winter sowing: callirhoe, Jeffersonia dubia, species lilies.
Under lights I have started : pelargoniums, several begonia varieties, bronze draceana,
roseolus roseaum, alyssum spinosum.
I have peony and canna seeds soaking.
I shall start a few other things this week.
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jan 28, 2014 9:36 PM CST
I have lettuce I just started under lights. All my seeds have come. Seed savers and baker creek. I saved some purple calabash tomato seeds, Dr. Wyches tomato seeds, jimmy nardello peppers, and Chinese Giant pepper seeds. I will winter sow some lettuce. I want to start some herbs soon. They are so expensive to buy as plants!
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Jan 29, 2014 3:00 PM CST
Reid, I've been reading some nice things about Baker Creek, have you had good luck with them?
Deb
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jan 30, 2014 10:05 AM CST
Deb,

I have had good luck with them. Last year I tried Black Pineapple (Ananas Noir) tomatoes from there. The plants were healthy and robust and very productive. I ordered Japanese cukes, and they didn't do very well. May have been my fault. I ordered some butternut squash that was supposed to get wrinkly and huge (Rugosa Violina Gioia). It didn't have a long enough season, but I did get some normal looking squash. The lettuces I had did well. All in all, I was very impressed. They have great customer service.

I see you are from Buffalo! I spend a lot of time there in the summer, because my parents have a cabin on Lake Pulaski, we are on the opposite side of the lake from the public landing, almost directly across. Small world!
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Jan 30, 2014 10:57 AM CST
I moved plants around today that I had taken cuttings from last fall so that I would have room to start some seeds. Now I'm going to have to work up the nerve to travel down to my barn through a couple feet of snow with a hard crust on it to get my trays and pots to start my seeds with. Then I'll have to carry them back up the hill. We plow down to it most years but the path goes right over our septic and it's been so cold we haven't dared. I brought some things up last fall but it wasn't enough and I've been putting it off hoping it would warm up but that doesn't look like it's going to happen so I guess I'll have to bite the bullet and head down. Whistling Smiling
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Jan 30, 2014 6:01 PM CST
Anderwood said:Deb,

I have had good luck with them. Last year I tried Black Pineapple (Ananas Noir) tomatoes from there. The plants were healthy and robust and very productive. I ordered Japanese cukes, and they didn't do very well. May have been my fault. I ordered some butternut squash that was supposed to get wrinkly and huge (Rugosa Violina Gioia). It didn't have a long enough season, but I did get some normal looking squash. The lettuces I had did well. All in all, I was very impressed. They have great customer service.

I see you are from Buffalo! I spend a lot of time there in the summer, because my parents have a cabin on Lake Pulaski, we are on the opposite side of the lake from the public landing, almost directly across. Small world!


Reid, we live by Buffalo Lake-corner of Hwy 25 and Cty Road 12 (Montrose Blvd) so we're on the other side of town:)
Deb
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Jan 30, 2014 6:07 PM CST
4susiesjoy said:I moved plants around today that I had taken cuttings from last fall so that I would have room to start some seeds. Now I'm going to have to work up the nerve to travel down to my barn through a couple feet of snow with a hard crust on it to get my trays and pots to start my seeds with. Then I'll have to carry them back up the hill. We plow down to it most years but the path goes right over our septic and it's been so cold we haven't dared. I brought some things up last fall but it wasn't enough and I've been putting it off hoping it would warm up but that doesn't look like it's going to happen so I guess I'll have to bite the bullet and head down. Whistling Smiling


I wish I had a barn:) I keep my seed starting stuff in my very rustic basement-at least I don't have to go outside to get it! Tomorrow I'm cleaning and disinfecting my containers/light stand. I have fluorescent lights and heat mats. My seeds are on their way, but I may buy a few more:)
Deb
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Jan 30, 2014 6:38 PM CST
I made it down and back and only tipped over 5 times! Hilarious! If you've ever fallen and tried to get up in snow up to the rear on a hill you'll know that it's pretty tricky! If I didn't get everything I needed I'll have to do without 'cause I'm not doing that again until the snow melts! Blinking
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Jan 31, 2014 12:03 AM CST
4susiesjoy said:I made it down and back and only tipped over 5 times! Hilarious! If you've ever fallen and tried to get up in snow up to the rear on a hill you'll know that it's pretty tricky! If I didn't get everything I needed I'll have to do without 'cause I'm not doing that again until the snow melts! Blinking


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Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Jan 31, 2014 7:53 AM CST
Hilarious! Green Grin!

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