Northern Gardening forum: Mid May garden update

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
May 11, 2016 6:22 PM CST
Here are some shots of my thriving garden so far!

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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 11, 2016 7:31 PM CST
Looks good!
Nothing like that here yet.
Peas are doing great in containers.
But we have snow in tomorrow's forecast!
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
May 11, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Yuck snow!
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 11, 2016 8:40 PM CST
I am between Caroline and you. But then I started my vegies in the garage greenhouse and then put them in the raised beds covered with poly. I actually put four bean plants that were about 6" tall out in one of the beds and kept covered to protect from the sun. They are doing okay. Carrots that I sowed a couple of weeks ago are germinating in 12x24" pots. As soon as the dahlias are hardened off (about five more days in the raised beds) then out go the vegies. Then annuals. It almost makes up for the disaster my yard/garden has become as I cannot work out in it now. Horsetail is springing up everywhere threatening to take over everything. I am sooooo tempted to just take brush killer to the entire yard.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 12, 2016 7:09 AM CST
Rain and snow mix this morning.
We definitely need the moisture, but not the cold.
I think this is a one or two day event,-
so maybe weekend will be good for gardening.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
May 12, 2016 1:48 PM CST
I get a lot of horsetail in my garden too, Mary ... hard to get rid of that stuff!

The weeds have really started a growth spurt in the last few days, so apparently the soil is getting warmer (despite not having what I would consider warm weather). And I heard something about possible snow here, too... however, I refuse to believe that!!
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 13, 2016 7:45 AM CST
It went as fast as it came, but the snapdragons look a bit wilted.
I have them in a translucent bin.
Some more sheltered ones are fine.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 13, 2016 8:40 AM CST
It was 80 in the sun according to my outdoor monitor in the middle of the yard yesterday. And it felt like it also. I have one bed uncovered now (raised) and when I am done hardening stuff off I will uncover the other two. Bought some 'outdoor' tomatoes one of which is called Siberian Tomato. Hope they will work. Still have to figure out a way to grow peppers though. A large tub with a hoop cover is about all I can come up with.

Harvested some Pak Choi a day or so ago. I had marked on the calendar that I had harvested my first lettuce about this time last year so I am on track. Only this year I have done succession planting so I have seedlings looking good for lettuce planted last fall, stuff that grew in the garage for use now (sparingly). Same with brocs and kale. Hope to have a good year for them. Squash will go out for hardening today then into large partially buried pots that sit about 18-24" above ground. Need to rig something for them to climb as they grew out of the pots last year and all but covered the path between beds. Angel
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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Anderwood
May 13, 2016 8:54 PM CST
Some of my squash just emerged today under lights. I will plant more on Monday. You never know around here. May can be cruel!! Especially to squash. Tonight and tomorrow night is a low of 28/29 and windy. Most of all this has seen temps in the low to mid twenties already.

I harvested a big bowl of spinach again tonight. I picked these yesterday:

Celesta Radish


Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
May 15, 2016 9:22 AM CST
Those are gorgeous radishes. I tried to grow some in my pots but they were sooooo hot and I like radishes. Can't put them in the ground because they only feed the tiny white worms. Yechhhh
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
May 15, 2016 1:38 PM CST
Mine seem to always get "worms" in them, too... root maggots, I think? Can anyone suggest a "cure" for that? I'm all ears!
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
May 15, 2016 9:18 PM CST
I took a course over several days about gardening in Alaska and I remember they talked about ways to avoid things like cut worms and such. I should go look up what they suggested about root maggots. And yes, that sounds like what they are. They invade stuff like turnips, rutabagas and such.
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