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It’s Time

March 8th, 2009

On Thursday I popped open the lid on my cold frame to check the temperature, this is what I saw.
temperature-in-cold-frame
An hour after I took this photo it was up to 75; this is just what I want to see on a 50 degree day. This means it’s time to plant my beet seeds and my lettuce seedlings in the cold frame, looks like I’ll be busy on the next warm dry day. This is all very exciting because I got my cold frame finished last fall a little too late to be of any use for my carrots. I’m interested to see how well it works for extending the season this spring and fall.
vintage-honey-bucket
Mr Chiot’s and I attended a bee keeping seminar yesterday. We had a great time and learned a lot, I’ll be posting all about our adventures in learning about bees tomorrow.

Have you been able to do any garden chores in the garden this weekend? Are you already planting things?

11 Comments to “It’s Time”
  1. catalangardener on March 8, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Hi, glad the weather’s warming up for you. We’ve been sowing for a while but have had to stop this week as its been so windy the seeds would have blown away!

    This afternoon though it seems balmy so we’ll be putting more beets, mooli and salads in. Make’s you feel great knowing warmer times are on the way!

    catalangardener’s last blog post.. Crop Rotation in Your Vegetable Patch

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  2. Kelly Butler on March 8, 2009 at 7:17 am

    I am looking forward to the bee post for sure!!!

    Kelly Butler’s last blog post.. A new talker!!!

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  3. Mangochild on March 8, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Yesterday was beautiful here too :-) We were in the high 60*s and it made me ache for spring all the more. Now, will it last? That’s the key question… I am very excited to see the developments in your cold frame – and even more so to read about the bee class.

    This weekend for me was more seeding… I put in another round of eggplant and some lettuces and herbs. Just getting things in some dirt/seed mix has me giddy. Also turned over the dirt outside, just to get it moving a bit in this warm spell after being packed by the cold…. its in raised beds, I should add. Do you do any particular “tasks” with the raised beds?

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  4. Susy on March 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Mangochild, I don’t do any particular tasks. In the fall I add some compost and mulch (usually straw or pine needles). If you haven’t added compost or some other fertilizer I would add some.

    Next year I’m going to try growing winter rye or some cover crop in my beds to improve the soil.

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  5. Sandy on March 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Not the best gardening weekend in Seattle. We had hail and snow all things. But, I was able to putter around the greenhouse a bit and will be starting my basil and a few flower seeds today. So it wasn’t a total loss.

    Sandy’s last blog post.. Photo album: Limes, onions, garlic, lettuce, peach trees, and goats

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  6. Judy on March 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    We had rain, rain and more rain this weekend- probably about 3 inches judging from the fire pit in the backard (my rain gauge is in for the winter). With the ground not completely thawed everything turned into a swampy mess as it all pooled on top. Yuck! But I did get my tomatoes, peppers and eggplants started yesterday under the lights. YEAH!

    Judy’s last blog post.. Name change

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  7. Pampered Mom on March 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    No garden work this weekend – it’s pretty much rained non-stop since Saturday morning. We’re beginning to get a bit of a puddle in our backyard. Today I feel like we dodged a bullet because we were supposed to get snow, but the snow/rain line went further North. Yippee! We did get our seeds in the mail yesterday, though. We’re planning on planting our first go round of seeds tomorrow!

    Pampered Mom’s last blog post.. Guess What We Got in the Mail Yesterday?

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  8. Billy Goodnick on March 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    So glad you’re getting a taste of spring. Thanks for your comments about my video attempts. I’ve left another comment there for you. Enjoy the coming warmth.

    Billy Goodnick’s last blog post.. Why Would Anyone Watch This?

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  9. Katrina on March 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve already put out my tomatoes and I plan to put out my peppers and eggplant this week. Peas, strawberries, lettuce, onions, garlic and potatoes are already in the ground too.

    For seeds….I’ve planted corn, radishes, carrots, cucumbers, yellow squash, watermelon, pumpkin, and zucchini.

    I think that’s everything!

    Still waiting to plant beans and sweet potatoes though :)

    You have a nice blog…keep up the good work!

    Katrina’s last blog post.. IT IS SPRING!!!

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  10. Paul U on March 9, 2009 at 2:09 am

    I am awaiting you bee post. I like to jelly so I would like to know how to culture some bee.

    Paul U’s last blog post.. Don’t monetize your site?

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  11. Andres on March 9, 2009 at 8:04 am

    We had a great weekend here in Atlanta too. Was able to get out and sow some lettuce, spinach, carrot, peas, radish and chives seeds. That is great that you are going to start bee keeping, one of my coworkers has a hive and loves it.

    Andres’s last blog post.. Snap Pea, Lettuce, Spinach, Chives (garlic & regular), Radishes & Carrots

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