Sick of all this rain and lack of sunshine...

Anyone else in the Midwest sick of all the rain and lack of sunshine this
spring? The cool temps here aren't helping either. The high today was
63...sigh...
My cool weather crops like onions, radishes, broccoli, and cauliflower are
suffering due to the lack of sunshine and my warm weather crops like my
peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes are just sitting there due to the cool
night temps.
About the only thing happy in my garden right now is the four heads of
romain.
Anyone else in the Midwest going through the same thing? Because the
weather in Illinois this years really stinks!
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wg_2002
Wait until the weeds come out! I have so many weeds this year I am overwhelmed. (We are dead nuts on the Pineapple Express.)
All the water/snow/ice killed all but four of my potato onions. All my garlic and onions loved it. I will make a better bed for my onions next years that won't flood so much. I like to make them a little recessed so that I can spot water and the water won't run off, but it bit me this year with the Pineapple Express.
Do you have good luck sprouting pepper seeds?
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T
My garden is on the smaller side so I'm able to tarp it with weed barrier and the mulch it to help keep the moisture in. This setup helps keep the weeds out too which is nice. I tried germinating peppers from seed for the first time this year. I was pretty happy with the results. I put 2-4 seeds per pot and got most of them to germinate successfully. It's a crappy pic but here are my results.http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o282/fry_daddy/ DSCF5397_zps64qfsdbm.jpg I have tomorrow off and plan on transplanting the larger ones into the garden.
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wg_2002
Not sure why my link came out all funky. You might have to highlight then copy and paste it into your address bar to see my pepper pics.
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wg_2002
There is something about getting on your hands and knees and feeling the soil in yours hands when you transplant a sprout.
Only my tomatillos and zukes have sprouted, plus a few black beauty tomatoes seeds Southern Exchange gave me for free. (Last year they gave me cabbage, that was a bust.)
The tomatillos and tomatoes only look like a green hair so far.
I loved the picture. I can see the wonderful things in their future!
What kind of peppers where they?
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T
Do you direct sow most of your seeds or do you try to start them in pots? The peppers are mini bell peppers. Like the ones you see in the grocery store in bags. I had a hard time finding them in 4-pack starter plants this year so I decided to grow my own from a Livingston Seed pack.
You're right there is nothing like getting out in the garden and getting your hands dirty. I love it! hehe
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wg_2002
Peat moss pots. When I transplant, I rip the bottom out and stick them in the hole.
Weird. I have white fuzz growing on the outside of the pots this year.
me to. These are the ones I got:
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The haven't sprouted yet.
It undoes a lot of the modern world stress we humans were never designed to endure. Almost as good as going fishing!
You are never too old to play in the mud!
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T
we have garlic and chives which are pretty bullet proof for early season goodies.
haven't planted anything other than some onion sets a few weeks ago and they seem to be growing.
too busy with other things lately. we have plants now for putting out in the gardens, but i think it is still too cold at night. next week probably.
we're going to try potatoes this year. i am not really a big fan of potatoes but oh well...
songbird
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songbird
Here it is late May and we woke up to 60F this morning at 0530. Strange weather for SE Texas but we've been having lots of mornings like this and hardly any rain to speak of.
Gardens are rampant as we water frequently on this pile of clay, last two nights we have gotten almost a half inch of rain that was a big help.
George
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George Shirley
Well we got some sunshine today here in Peoria. I swear my broccoli and cauliflower grew 3 inches and little heads started to form.YAY! More rain over night though but after that it's looking like clear skies and somewhat warmer temps.
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wg_2002

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