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Passed by a field of Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon today, and they have a 20 foot wide by ? long (let's just say pretty long) bed of rows with plastic over the hills, I guess what are to be spring onions poking out of them, about 4" high. They may have been planted last fall as that part of the field was straw covered up until a few days ago.

 

About all I have seen there, at least from what iI can see from the road, but just to give folks an idea of timing.

 

I haven't done crap yet outside, but need to at least get the spinach in as soon as we get a dry day. Have Pep, Eggplant and a bunch of various greens as seedlings under lights, some of which have had there first transplant to larger containers.

 

I need s string of dry days though to get outside, as just as it dries out, it turns to a mud puddle again............

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I started raising Red Wigglers last month, Composting worms. I bought  3000 of them,to get started. They make the best organic fertilizer for the garden. Also I am making Hot compost for the garden.

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16 mins ago, Bourne Bill said:

I started raising Red Wigglers last month, Composting worms. I bought  3000 of them,to get started. They make the best organic fertilizer for the garden. Also I am making Hot compost for the garden.

Great trout bait. Put out a sign "worms 4 sale".

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This is the first year that we’re starting from seed.  My in-laws gave us their old grow tent, and everything seems happy so far.  I have to turn over the beds next weekend and put some lettuce in the ground and then beans and peas. 

 

I’m debating about starting the zucchini and cucumbers inside or outside- any thoughts?  

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There are others here more experienced but I have found cucumbers start fairly easily outside germinate quickly and don't like to be transplanted.

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3 hours ago, Fitzy said:

I’m debating about starting the zucchini and cucumbers inside or outside- any thoughts

You can do either but it is way to0 early to do either. One thing is that the gourd family (cucs, squash, melons and gourds) do not like their roots to be disturbed, so if you do sat indoor, only put a 2-3 seeds in each cell or container, and then when it comes time to plant, try to pop them out as gently as possible and right into a pre-dug hole, as if they were never moved.

 

Indoors, plan on about sowing 4 weeks before outdoor planting, which in most parts of Mass is until near Memorial Day.  If the weather is warm enough, you can direct seed about mid May, so it is a toss up whether to start indoors or out. Usually, I do some of each, alternating the spacing between seedlings and seed, especially with cucs, as this gives you sort of a succession planting..

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Cool thanks guys.  I’ll start them in a couple weeks indoors and save a few seeds for out doors.

 

I turned the beds and manure over today after work- time for lettuce and beans/peas this weekend.

 

i love spring! 

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So it looks like I started my seeds way too early and the plants are running out of space in our little grow tent.  How early is too early to harden tomatoes off?  I’ll keep the peppers and eggplant inside for a couple more weeks, but the tomatoes are close to 2.5’ tall.  I’m along the south shore.

 

our peas and beans are starting to look good outside, and the kale from last year doesn’t look too bad either.

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Onion sets and peas with about a 2 inch growth with little loss so far , Strawberrys beginning to take off. Beach plums and blue berries beginning to bud more. Time for tomatoes and peppers

 

Rob do you need any large containers? Round ?

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We've got 5 tomatoes out already. They're protected by those tomato tents.  4 of the 5 look great, with one having flowers. We won't plant the rest until Mem Day.

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2 hours ago, Fitzy said:

So it looks like I started my seeds way too early and the plants are running out of space in our little grow tent.  How early is too early to harden tomatoes off?  I’ll keep the peppers and eggplant inside for a couple more weeks, but the tomatoes are close to 2.5’ tall.  I’m along the south shore.

 

our peas and beans are starting to look good outside, and the kale from last year doesn’t look too bad either.

Put the tomatoes out later this week, after the cold nor'Easter. Hold on to the eggplants last. They're the most sensitive

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