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      Forty degrees in three days!

      I don't know whether or not to plant! We're going from 40 to 80 F in three days and it's staying there for another three days. Just weird. Then it goes to the 50's so that's good, right? I think I'll put some seedling out there and see how it goes. Just weird weather.

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      Yeah, it's -1.3C (~30F) here and we had snow overnight. Not enough to ski on but everything is completely covered in white. Next week it's supposed to be +23C (~72F)

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      Ground temp. is very cold yet!! Just stick your finger 2" in the ground and it will tell you. Cold ground temps. stunt root growth causing delayed plant growth.

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      Darn it all to heck, could so have skiied. Easily my minimum of 10 cm on the bush trails we walked this morning. Just not on my deck railing where I looked first.

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      After living in the south, it's so hard this time of year to wait and wait and wait.
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      well it was ski-able here 1st thing - not any longer though.... and tomorrow is supposed to be 12 or 13C....so weird!
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      I planted some cold tolerant seeds(several varieties of lettuce, radishes, beets, arugula and spinach) at the beginning of March, when we had a warm spell. Everything was planted in a raised bed with a mini-hoop tunnel to protect them and help raise the temperature inside it on those sunny days. Today the outside temperature is 8C (46F) inside the hoop tunnel it was 39C (102F) I've opened up one end and now it's down to 24C (75F). Most seeds have germinated, except for some seeds that were three, or four years old. Two years ago at Christmas I was able to serve a fresh salad from our garden using the mini tunnel.



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      Quote Originally Posted by Kleb View Post
      I planted some cold tolerant seeds(several varieties of lettuce, radishes, beets, arugula and spinach) at the beginning of March, when we had a warm spell. Everything was planted in a raised bed with a mini-hoop tunnel to protect them and help raise the temperature inside it on those sunny days. Today the outside temperature is 8C (46F) inside the hoop tunnel it was 39C (102F) I've opened up one end and now it's down to 24C (75F). Most seeds have germinated, except for some seeds that were three, or four years old. Two years ago at Christmas I was able to serve a fresh salad from our garden using the mini tunnel.
      I picked up mini hoop tunnels on super sale last season and have some collard, kale and swiss chard seedlings. I didn't realize it got so warm in there! I'll give it a shot and put up the tunnels if we hit a big dip.

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      Quote Originally Posted by janedoe View Post
      I picked up mini hoop tunnels on super sale last season and have some collard, kale and swiss chard seedlings. I didn't realize it got so warm in there! I'll give it a shot and put up the tunnels if we hit a big dip.
      I think kale and Swiss chard would be fine. No experience with collards.
      We have some kale that survived our milder than normal winter with a bit of straw cover.
      Our hoop tunnel is pvc pipe with vapour barrier clipped on it, held down at the edges with some brick. Not fancy, but it works.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Kleb View Post
      I think kale and Swiss chard would be fine. No experience with collards.
      We have some kale that survived our milder than normal winter with a bit of straw cover.
      Our hoop tunnel is pvc pipe with vapour barrier clipped on it, held down at the edges with some brick. Not fancy, but it works.
      Collards and kale are very similar in terms of their cold tolerance and they're supposed to taste better when they've been through a frost. I can't stand either out of the grocery store because they are so tough. "Baby" collard leaves are really good though and you don't have to cook them for hours. I harvest them by the leaf.

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