As early in the spring as the soil can be worked

22 posts / 0 new
Last post
Ginger
Ginger's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 13 hours ago
Joined: 2008-06-23 15:55
As early in the spring as the soil can be worked

Taxonomy upgrade extras:

Is anyone sure what this phrase means?

Plant as early in the spring as the soil can be worked.

I'm not sure whether to interpret that as, "When the soil's no longer frozen, so you can turn it," or, "When the soil's thawed and no longer sodden," or... what. There's nearly a month's difference between thawed and no longer sodden. And thawed happens long before the last snowfall. (And semi-thawed happens multiple times.)

Seeds like spinach and sweet pea flowers give these instructions. I've read of people in the Northeast who plant spinach seeds during February thaw, and let them decide when it's time to come up. If the spinach seeds and seedlings don't mind repeated freeze&thaw, that would be the fastest way to have outdoor-started spinach, but you could do faster with indoor-started spinach. And for most plants, repeated freeze&thaw is more traumatic than staying frozen. Etc. It's just not clear to me whether I should put these out in early March, or early April.

0
No votes yet
Peat
Peat's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 9 months ago
Joined: 2008-10-27 13:13

Hi Mary, you are right about the suns rays! Of course, I did not put any sun cream on - it didn't seem like that sort of day. I was OK till we got on the boat that went under the bridge and around Alcatraz - combination of the sea breeze, sun and water reflection I guess.

We stayed in a Hotel close to Fisherman's Wharf, just a short walk down to the sea front and Pier 39.

 

MaryH (not verified)

Peat,

SF is often foggy but sometimes tha rays are stronger than you think.  I go there quite a bit sometimes for work and also have friends in the area. 

Ah, I still have fond memories of London from my 2 years living / working there a while back.  I had been in London for about a week in August and about 5 days over new years to catch some theatre in the West End :D.  It was cold but warmer than Canada and I remember the smallest dusting of snow and the whole city is in lockdown.... 

Ginger
Ginger's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 13 hours ago
Joined: 2008-06-23 15:55

I'm not sure about "all planned out". I have 3 growboxes for this year, and will do early crops (spinach, lettuce, greens, radishes, kozy coats tomato, pepper, cucumber), then summer crops (tomato, pepper, cuke, zucchini, eggplant, beans not in the growboxes). Already have some seedlings growing for the early crops. Still waffling on the exact configuration of what goes where, but then, I have quite a bit of time left. Early stuff should all be deployed outside by early April. Summer stuff mid-to-late May.

Wow, re the Indian corn. The growboxes won't always make it through a week without watering, with zukes or cukes aboard, but here they'll always make it 2-3 days at least. Cooler, moister, and the growboxes have more water capacity than earthboxes, I think. (4 gallon reservoir.) I used 'moisture control' potting mix and wish I hadn't - it doesn't wick well, and the tomatoes went dry with water in the reservoir at one point. But I may not bother to replace it all this year.

Unusually cold winter. I think we've finally seen the last of single digit temps, but I'm not convinced we've seen the end of the teens yet, and today it's in the twenties at noon, with the wind howling.

BB (not verified)

We neglected the earthboxes 'til early autumn last year when Maere put some perrineal herbs in some of them. I'm thinking that the AutoPots are so much less trouble that we'll use some outside and not mess with the earthboxes much more. We almost cried in '06 when we left for ONE day and our 8 ft. tall Indian Corn plants died from lack of water. Besides, we have better uses for the AGs any day now and are about to surrender the laundry room to tomatoes.

Do you have yours all planned out yet?

Ginger
Ginger's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 13 hours ago
Joined: 2008-06-23 15:55

Was just thinking that with your lettuce out of the lettuce AG for a bit, might be time to give some tomatoes & peppers for your Earthboxes a head start.

BB (not verified)

The almanac says April 7-30 but it changes depending on where you live here. The foothills are about 2 weeks behind us in the north valley so that would match my mid to late March thoughts. We do it whenever we think about it. Last year was about September if I remember.   87107 is our zip code if you want to plug it in the almanac but it really covers about three distinct climate zones.

Ginger
Ginger's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 13 hours ago
Joined: 2008-06-23 15:55

When do you plant tomatoes outside in ABQ?

BB (not verified)

That is cool! I love "how to keep warm with just one log". Bookmarked!

Ginger
Ginger's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 13 hours ago
Joined: 2008-06-23 15:55

This is kinda cool - an online Old Farmer's Almanac. Gives planting times for everything (rather late opinion for spinach...) given your zip code, and its theory of how the weather is going to go this year. Dunno how reliable it is. But so far it's got this winter fairly well described.

BB (not verified)

WOW, you must have put something strange in there, I hate to even visit Houston or OKC. I just took it again, things have changed a lot in my life but my answers were fairly close to what I chose before. I noticed a lot of different questions than before and more of them. My top spot is St. George, Utah then Greenville SC and Tulsa, OK. Lots of places in Mississippi, SC, Alabama, even Bellingham, WA where the sun never shines and Gainsville, FL which I might visit if they paid me. Nothing in NM or west Texas but El Paso and I hate even driving through there. Oh well, it was fun.

Pages

Log in or register to post comments