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...Because we start outdoor plants indoors. wink The pansies are coming along well, now 6 weeks old. Last weekend started a 6-pack of white onions. Today started 7 cabbages - 2 Early Wakefield pointy cabbages, 1 "small Chinese", and 4 Kaboko Chinese cabbages. Those were excellent last year. And yup, they say to start 6-8 weeks before planting out!

It's nice to remember the snow is temporary...

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A sudden onset of summer

A sudden onset of summer planting weather has caught me flat-footed - the summer transplants aren't hardened, and the growboxes most of them go into are busy. Overnight lows in the 30's just 2 days ago. So... they're hardening now in a hurry. The 3-week tomatoes just got their stems buried yesterday, and don't look ready to transplant out anyway, except maybe the topsy-turvy one. The 5-week tomatoes are getting to the size that they're a nuisance to grow indoors. Peppers and eggplant can wait easily enough, or grow outdoors in their little pots for a while.

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Corinne - the covers are for

Corinne - the covers are for algae suppression. I could wish they cut down on gnats... they might. They also reflect light at this stage. But the soil top of those pots does get a lot of algae or something lichen-ish. It's really noticeable on the peppers and eggplant. Which take forever to reach any size.

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why the covers? Gnat

why the covers? Gnat prevention? Moisture retention???

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The seedling shelf is

The seedling shelf is converted to summer plants now. Eggplant, peppers, and beefsteak tomatoes now three weeks old - buried the stems on the tomatoes yesterday. Started the smaller tomatoes and gazanias a week ago. Gazanias germinate fast! Pretty much had crop failure on my impatiens this year. Bought new seed of my favorite kind and all - drat.

The "plan" is for the tomatoes. peppers, and eggplant to transplant out in about 3 weeks. That plan has gone late the past couple years, though, and probably will this year as well. The gazanias are a succession planting for the pansies in mid-June or so.

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It was nearly Easter before

It was nearly Easter before the spring transplants set out. The seedling shelf is now converted to growing the summer transplants - impatiens and the in-season tomato/pepper/eggplant transplants. I usually start tomatoes 4 weeks before transplanting out, but decided to start the beefsteak-type tomatoes with the peppers and eggplant this year, 6 weeks before setting out, and just wait on the faster-growing tomatoes until 4 weeks before Time.

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Spring arrived with another

Spring arrived with another snowstorm yesterday, and overnight lows still in the teens. Yesterday gave up on the weather and potted up my cabbages to wait another couple weeks. The pansies will just have to cope - and they're good at coping.

The seedling shelf is getting crowded. I'll start the summer stuff next weekend. Thankfully seedlings don't take up much room, and surely the cabbages and pansies can go out by Easter... I hope. Started spinach and another Chinese cabbage yesterday - wa wa tsai, an even smaller variety.

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Happy little plants. May slow

Happy little plants. May slow up the planting schedule a bit. Long Island Sound is freezing. That tends to make local Spring late and cool.

Pansies, onions, cabbages, and another early indoor/outdoor pepper.

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