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42 minutes ago, JestersHK said:

Growing garden destroyers in your garden huh Ness?  That's a new tactic for sure :)  Thanks for the input BH, wife can hopefully find her green thumb, and we'll see where this goes.  After researching and this thread here we are going to start some of the veggies now, especially the peppers... color me not smart lol, but I never realized it took over 70 days for a pepper to grow... The learning has begun!

Pepper seeds can take a long time to germinate. Earlier in this thread I posted a way to do it that is pretty reliable. They need moisture and warmth to get going. Once you get them going they need a strong light source right on top of them or they'll get leggy. Good luck!

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I'm going to try some in the bags like that Ness, thanks for that.  We both are really looking forward to getting into this, her more than me, but growing your own food is a great skill that everyone should have and we are going to make sure our kiddos are doing this with us too.  This all started with our 10yr old wanting to grow her own potatoes after seeing a clip from the "Martian" movie.  Mom should have plenty of idle hands to help her out.  Especially with the fertilizer LOL

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Well then the BilletHead's garden update. Lettuce in beds under plexaglas covers. Opening them up on warm days to get fresh air. Planted a couple rows of seeds too under there. Peppers up to four inches and tomatoes getting up to seven inches plus under lights in the house. Jesters don't fret about getting things started so early. You have plenty of time. Some of us get really stupid and start too early. My average last frost here is April 15th. Can you imagine what kind of a mess I will have in six weeks?  As ness says I am trying to keep lights close to not have leggy thin stemmed plants. When it is time to go outside I will plant two thirds of the tomato plant underground.

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My cold frame has some lettuce popping up nicely, haven't checked close enough to see if radishes and spinach ate also up or not.  I fully expect to have some wilted lettuce by tax day.  I used to do the whole sprouting seeds thing but got lazy and always started too early and had to partially dig a post hole to plant the long tall maters.  I will have the early stuff in the big garden by late March, and later crops in April.  IF I don't get distracted by fishing, and I do hope I get distracted.

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I'd love to see some pics of the covered beds, cold frames, etc. My cold frame needs a little work before it's ready this year. I generally only use it to harden things off though.

I'm an April 15 average last frost date, but we all know how averages work, right? I looked through my notes of the last few years: we got a frost on April 30, 2011, a freeze on April 22, 2013, a 34* on May 6, 2013, and record lows of 34* and 35* the week of April 18, 2014.

But, you early birds have got me thinking about covering up the beds and getting things going earlier now :D I do the hoops and plastic thing.

We got down to 24* last night. I checked on the bunnies and they were wiggling around in their little hole covered up by a new layer of leaves and fur.

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Thanks guys for the info, and I'd love to see some more setups too.  I'll have to get some pics of our planters, I am hoping to keep them on our deck out back elevated, and away from the plethora of rabbits we have back there.  Working on the drain system now, and trying to figure it all out.   

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