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2021 Growing in the High Tunnel


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As so it begins!

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I filled a few seed trays with PRO-Mix the first week in January so they could thaw out and come to room temperature.

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Then during the waxing moon (aka New Moon ) it was time for me to choose some seeds for my above ground cool weather vegetables plants

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The first trays of seeds have germinated .

 I will follow up with another 6 pack of head lettuce every month  to keep us in a constant supply this spring. 

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I learned several years ago that peppers seeds take forever to start to germinate.

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SPICY:  Cayenne, Anaheim,Jalapeno and Ancho 

SWEET: Yellow Sunbright, Red Chinese Giant, Orange Sweet Habanaro 

To my surprise in just 10 days I have a few starting to come up:shappy_shakeshout_100-100.gif

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Yesterday I planted Wala Wala , Ruby Red and (new to me) Cebolla Granex hybrid onion seeds:

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On 1/26/2021 at 11:44 AM, Double B said:

I have wondered where you have been Maggie. It’s great to see your high tunnel veggie starts.

Thanks Double B ! My daily morning routine has been turned upside down for the last few months but things are getting back to " normal"  wink15.gif

Onion seeds are already starting to germinate:

I hope this mean it is going to be a productive growing season.

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More peppers have popped:

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Happy little seedlings :

Cauliflower, Broccoli,Cabbage, Kohlrabi and Iceberg Lettuce 

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While outside winter is still here:

Apologize for the "not so great" picture  I only ventured as far as the deck to snap it. 

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Link to the start of the tool shed build is at the bottom of page #2 

2020 Projects

Link to new work on the project

2021 Projects

 

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I also enjoy your tunnel posts. 🙂  I like the white background also but I'm perfectly happy that you have it and not me.  🙂

I get a lot of my seed from a local source but also use Seeds Now for things I don't need 100's of seeds for.

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Thanks Mike! I do not mind the snow It is beautiful.

It is the below zero temperatures that is a real game changer.

We are in a POLAR VORTEX right now

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Prediction for today

WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY...

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills of 20 below
zero to 29 below zero.

* WHERE...The Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, northern Fulton
County, Lake George region, and Helderbergs of eastern New
York, and the southern Green Mountains of Vermont.

* WHEN...Until noon today.

* IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on
exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Winds WNW at 15-25 mph. with higher gusts possible

I'll be spending a lot of the day next to the wood stove.

"Seeds Now" packages are small but it gives me a chance to try new things and the price is great.

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@Maggie13

I feel your pain.

Have had a mild winter for the most part this year. Didn't get this last vortex. Looks like March is going to be terrible here from all of the fog we have had.

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Looks like I will be planting several rows of Wala Wala onions this spring

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I am not sure if the other varieties just take longer or the seeds are not viable.

I will give them more time before I give up on them and replant.

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In general, onion seed are not viable past the first year. To aggravate that, The business standard is a germination rate of 70%! You believe that? It should be against the law to sell something that only 70% is good! 

If you fertilize them right you can get some big bulbs! I raised some 5" in diamiter a while back. The big negitive is that wallla walla will not keep well. Most people I know will carmelize them and then freeze or can them. If I remember right they are good for around 3 months before you.  have to do something.

Wade

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Thanks Wade I had no idea the rate was so low. I purchased the seeds last spring so you may be on to something and the seeds are no longer viable.

I use a lot of onions in my cooking the remainder I share with neighbors and in the past  chopped and froze them.

Last year I dehydrate several pounds and  made up packages of dehydrated soup mix using our carrots, onions, celery,spinach and herbs.

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Walla Walla is an eating onion and not the best for cooking. Pungent onions are the ones that the sugars are locked in and come out while being cooked . Eating onion are so because their sweetness does't  need heat to release the sugars. A general guide is that the longer storage time they have, the more pungent they are. 

Here is a link to the best references that I know of. They do know their business, problem being, they do not sell seed. plants only

Wade

https://www.dixondalefarms.com/

 

http://www.webgrower.com/information/seed_germ_standards.html

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3 hours ago, 1shotwade said:

It should be against the law to sell something that only 70% is good! 

How about a vaccine? 🙂

I have bought plants from dixondalefarms.com before they were good starts. I just start mine from seed now.

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Same here BS! They always give you more than you pay for(but they are pretty expensive). I went to seed 3-4 years ago and like it and it's much cheaper. The poor gwrmiation rate they are allowed (70%) And the fact that they are not viable past a year or maybe two makes it hard  because I like to raise 4-6 different varieties each year. At an average of 300 seed per packet, that's a lot of onions. On top of that now, I hear they have done away with Copra, one of my favorite storage onions!

Wade

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