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RE: It's spring now

Worth another try I think. It's been a while since I did it but I think
I switched to peat pots because I figured less transplant shock. If I
remember I will try it all 3 ways this year - some in ground, some in
peat pots, some in regular. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:37 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's spring now

Not Theresa, but... I had trouble transplanting a lot of things that I
have started in peat pots, dill among them, until I started ripping the
bottom of the pot off and splitting at least one of the pot's sides
open. I know they're supposed to disintegrate once they're in the
ground, but I think young plant roots don't like to wait that long. 
This is especially true if I buy bedding plants that some commercial
grower has started in peat pots; their peat pots seem to be of really
stern stuff--probably so they won't fall apart before the plant's sold. 
I've had commercially started peppers and tomatoes become root bound and
die of thirst before the peat pot gave way.

On Mar 13, 2007, at 11:07 AM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> Do you have luck transplanting cilantro and dill? I gave up trying and

> started planting them straight in the ground, but it means they 
> generally get started later in the season. Be nice to know if there's 
> a secret to it.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> Behalf Of Theresa W
> Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 8:04 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's spring now
> Yep- warm here too.  My tulips and daffodils are fading faster than I 
> would like, due to the heat.  I got some seeds started indoors tonight

> too.  Just a couple varieties, tomato, dill, cilantro, edamame, etc.
> Despite my best efforts last year to control my zauschneria, it has 
> come back with a vengence- ah well. an ongoing battle I guess.
> Theresa
> Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
>> Well it's definitely spring here. In fact, it was practically summer 
>> this weekend, we had highs in the 80s and it's supposed to be more of

>> the same all this week. On the news they are talking about the two 
>> brush fires currently burning...sigh.
>> But all the fruit trees are in blossom and many other trees are just 
>> starting to show that haze of green. My bulbs are in full bloom now, 
>> the roses are almost all in leaf (some slower than others). The 
>> Joshua
>> trees have some blossoms despite the dry winter. We'll not get any 
>> wildflowers this year though, there is nothing growing in the
> unirrigated areas.
>> Husband and I spent a good part of Saturday working in the teahouse 
>> garden pruning out the rosemary killed by the Big Freeze and general 
>> cleanup. There are a lot of bare spots now and we are not done yet, 
>> but I can buy new to fill in or just let the other stuff grow, it 
>> will
>> catch up eventually. Or...I've been thinking I might want to change 
>> that area...but no, I don't have the time to tackle another project, 
>> it will have to wait.  I noticed in the cottage garden area I've lost

>> all the lavenders, I thought they would be tougher than that, but 
>> only
>> the Spanish lavender in the dry garden has survived. Maybe because 
>> it's drier?
>> I gave myself a really nice blister on the hand wielding the 
>> clippers,
>> I must be getting soft. We also decided to pull out an arbor half 
>> covered with honeysuckle; the honeysuckle hasn't looked good for a 
>> long time and the whole thing never really went with the teahouse 
>> anyway. It looks better without it now.  The arbor is still nice 
>> though, I'll have to find another place for it.
>> I started seeds for the hot peppers and some basil, the tomato 
>> seedlings look very nice and all the sweet pepper seedlings are up. 
>> My
>> lemon tree is blooming again so I've been after the blossoms with my 
>> little paintbrush, but it's been warm enough that I can leave the 
>> door
>> to the greenhouse open, so perhaps we'll get some pollinators in
> there.
>> Actually it's been warm enough I could move all that stuff outside 
>> but
>> we are still a month away from average last frost, so I'm being 
>> cautious.  I meant to get the lettuce and spinach planted, but 
>> didn't,
>> perhaps after work one day this week I can do that.
>> I started cleaning the pond, I thought the filter was clogged but no,

>> something else is wrong. Now I have to pull the whole thing out to 
>> see, there's a pleasant job - at least it's small. I turned on the 
>> watering for the plants along my back fence but apparently my dogs 
>> have once again chewed off the top of a bubbler, so that has to be 
>> fixed. We really have to protect the bubblers somehow, PVC is no 
>> match
>> for those guys.
>> No new lambs, the one ewe is still holding onto her unborn, she's 
>> getting awfully big. I've been telling her "Can't be long now" for 
>> two
>> weeks but she is unimpressed. The other four lambs are growing like 
>> weeds, they are so cute to see racing around the yard. Good thing 
>> they
>> turn into sheep or we'd never be able to eat lamb chops.
>> We rode the horses just around the neighborhood for a couple hours 
>> Sunday, not very exciting but at least we're out. Gets us a look at 
>> what's going on anyway - we notice there are only a couple vacant 
>> lots
>> left, and the houses being built are enormous. One of them must be 
>> for
>> someone into baseball, they've built what looks like the training 
>> facility for an entire team in their backyard. At least it isn't 
>> quads
>> or dirt bikes! The equestrian arena down the street had a big event 
>> going on but we couldn't get close enough to watch, and didn't have 
>> time to go back later.
>> I saw the zauschneria coming up in the dry garden, funny it was so 
>> late last year I thought I had lost it and this year it's one of the 
>> first to show. The penstemons are showing signs of growth too, and 
>> the
>> buckwheat looks good. I have been desperately holding out hopes for 
>> the salvias but every time I look at them my hope dies a little more.
>> Very disappointing since they were the biggest shrubs in the dry 
>> garden, they were close to five feet across, now there is maybe one 
>> branch on each that shows a little green. Still I don't want to let 
>> go
>> but... On the plus side, my opuntia - while it looks really horrible 
>> -
>> doesn't look as horrible as my friend's cactus, now that one is most 
>> definitely dead. So we'll see.
>> Cyndi
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