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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Feb 26, 2018 7:48 PM CST
Lets discuss our 2018 Vegetable Gardens here.

For me it is almost time to start my tomato and pepper seeds under lights.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Feb 26, 2018 8:07 PM CST
So glad for a new thread--thanks, Rita. I'm about 3 weeks away from starting tomatoes and peppers. I do have rosemary already into 2" pots (I know--not a vegetable Sighing! ) I'm just glad to be growing again.

I spent the past weekend getting my basement growing area ready for the season. Everything is cleaned, organized, light bulbs checked, etc. While cleaning pots last weekend, my utility sink started leaking like mad--thankfully my husband was able to isolate the problem and fix it without calling a plumber Hurray! I'd be lost without my sink in the basement--lugging gallons of water from upstairs is just not fun (ask me how I know this).

My seed lists have been finalized for both my garden, and our Master Gardener plant sale. I'm waiting on just a few more packets of seeds, and then I'm ready to go!!
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Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
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Saltflower
Feb 26, 2018 10:05 PM CST
All I have right now is a healthy Patio tomato with blossoms, an aloe and strawberries. I'm happy to see this new thread!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 27, 2018 9:00 AM CST
Just herbs here too.
Genovese Basil, Lovage, Chervil amd Greek Oregano.
Rosemary barely sprouting. And trying for Culantro, but it does not seem to want to sprout.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2018 9:31 AM CST
I didn't buy new to me tomato seeds so will be growing what I have. Which is more than plenty. But after I planted the peppers out last spring and they started to grow I got crazy over peppers so I ordered lots of new to me pepper seeds. So I have many (too many) to choose from.
Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Feb 27, 2018 9:40 AM CST
Pepper seeds germinating for a week and today tomato seeds hit the dirt (soilless mix). And so it begins again.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2018 10:15 AM CST
PaulF said:Pepper seeds germinating for a week and today tomato seeds hit the dirt (soilless mix). And so it begins again.


Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Feb 27, 2018 11:21 AM CST
So I am late to the party. I was literally just thinking yesterday, " @newyorkrita should start a new thread. ". Temps in the low 40s has me thinking about seeds and dirt. Despite the foot of snow we recently got.

I am doubling up on Planet Sweet Peppers and SMR tomatoes. I want to get better at having greens all summer. I have an area going down to a ditch that fills up in the spring and big rain events. I cleared it out and scattered a bunch of seeds to see what happens. Old Tomatoes from last year, squash, calendula, radish, lettuce, kale, peppers. I will intentionally plant some tomato plants there along with some peppers. It will be interesting to see what comes from it. May the best prosper.

I am trying candy cane peppers. Malaga carrots from baker creek also. A new tomato and pepper as well. More details later. Summer dance and diva cukes will going in. Honey baby squash exclusively for winter squash.

I am giving my 7 year old son a 4x8 raised bed to play around in. He wants to grow stuff to make vitamins :). Chard, tomatoes, summer squash, cukes.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2018 11:52 AM CST
Reid, it all sounds very good.
Name: Frank Mosher
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fwmosher
Feb 27, 2018 12:20 PM CST
Newyorkrita: I am certain you know your zone/area way better than I do. But with all due respect, do you think you are starting your indoor plantings-toms and peppers, a little early, (or more importantly, am I starting a little late-LOL") I can't plant toms or peppers outside here until late May, early June. I almost always start same inside too soon and wind up with leggy" plants, which usually are so thin they break off, during the "hardening off process". We are in the same boat, just interested in sharing growing info. Cheers!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2018 12:31 PM CST
I have started my plants 1st of March these past two years. They go outside in the ground near the end of April. I could start them sightly later but I am always impatient to start. And I want to have decent plants to set out later April which is when I start to plant.

I always put out my tomatoes first. Peppers go in slightly later.

I also plant cucumbers, eggplants and summer squash.
Name: Gardener Bob
Wedgefield, SC (Zone 8a)
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GardenerBob
Feb 27, 2018 3:01 PM CST
Hurray! All 8 of my Pak Choy have sprouted and 3 broccoli and 1 cabbage also. Redesigned my garden area also, added 2 more elevated beds. Going to move the corn and potatoes outside the elevated beds area on a deck. Hurray!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2018 3:04 PM CST
That is two things I have never ever grown, corn and potatoes. I do grow a lot other veggies.
Name: Gardener Bob
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GardenerBob
Feb 27, 2018 3:12 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:That is two things I have never ever grown, corn and potatoes. I do grow a lot other veggies.


It will be my first time for potatoes Shrug!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2018 3:13 PM CST
GardenerBob said:

It will be my first time for potatoes Shrug!


I am sure they will do well. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Gardener Bob
Wedgefield, SC (Zone 8a)
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GardenerBob
Feb 27, 2018 3:15 PM CST
I have watched at least 50 Pinterest and you tube videos on growing potatoes. Looks fairly simple Shrug!
Name: Mac
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McCannon
Feb 27, 2018 3:30 PM CST
We grew corn one year. The worms were ferocious. Grumbling Good crop, but we didn't care to have to clear out all the worms.

Potatoes aren't worth the hassle here. The clay soil combined with the vole population are real problems for us.
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Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
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Saltflower
Feb 27, 2018 3:49 PM CST
I've never really understood the cover potatoes thing. If you cover leaves how do they get sun? How do you know when to cover and all that? (But I don't want to hijack this great thread!)
Name: Meg
Central Maryland (Zone 7a)
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wordywombat
Feb 27, 2018 4:47 PM CST
**bounces in** Hi ALL! New person.

I have peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant in the light box. We are in zone 7A, but even so these plants won't go out until May-ish. I geekily started a calendar this year to keep track of all manner of things, like fertilizing and starting plants. I use covers until things get warm.

I am a city girl with a garden patch-so I don't get access to my spot until the middle of March. I just realized I have spending all my discretionary funding on garden supplies. This is normal, right? Thumbs up
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2018 4:51 PM CST
wordywombat said:**bounces in** Hi ALL! New person.

I have peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant in the light box. We are in zone 7A, but even so these plants won't go out until May-ish. I geekily started a calendar this year to keep track of all manner of things, like fertilizing and starting plants. I use covers until things get warm.

I am a city girl with a garden patch-so I don't get access to my spot until the middle of March. I just realized I have spending all my discretionary funding on garden supplies. This is normal, right? Thumbs up


Welcome! Welcome!

We all spend plenty on our Gardens. I can't wait for it to be Spring!~!!

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