Our first order of strawberries (Shuksans) came in quickly and are looking great. But the second order for Tristars from another place never showed and I had to put in a different order from another place. They just went in the ground early this week, which for us is very late.The rest of the order showed up yesterday. Later than usual, but not bad. Frosty night last night, and a good chance of more of that for the next couple weeks, so only tolerant things can go in at the moment.
What do you do to sprout your corn before planting? Just wet paper towels or something else?Yes, those specks are eggshell fragments from the compost.
Corn is in the ground. I sprouted it first. Will it be knee-high by 4th of July? Hope so.
I put them in a small glass jar and soak them for 24 hrs. Then I dump out the water and leave the lid just loose on the top. Rinse with fresh water every 8 hrs. In a few days, they will be sprouting. Plant before the root sprout gets too long.What do you do to sprout your corn before planting? Just wet paper towels or something else?
Can you lay hardware cloth over the rows until they have sprouted about an inch?We have 13line ground squirrels here, (not moles, not burrowing gophers). They multiply exponentially. Soon, I can get sweet corn planted. But staggering after that gets anniliated by all the rodents - they dig after the seeds till they're goon. Seedlings are like flags - dig here, seed below. Have struggled, no solution yet.
I did that lately (chicken wire laid flat) to keep the chickens from scratching, and that worked great. Trouble with the gophers is that the corn can be 2-3" high, and they'll go after it for whatever seed is left. This year I'll try some form of hardware cloth. It seems like physically keeping them out is the only way, because eliminating one means one more waiting. They're everywhere. I remember setting a box trap once, and I caught 8 little ones all at once before the trap tripped shut. They were all in there.Can you lay hardware cloth over the rows until they have sprouted about an inch?
That sounds very much like what I do in my cooking. I sometimes sprout chickpeas for making hummus. I often sprout our einkorn wheat berries and dry them before grinding into flour. Tonight’s dinner is sprouted einkorn tabbouleh.I put them in a small glass jar and soak them for 24 hrs. Then I dump out the water and leave the lid just loose on the top. Rinse with fresh water every 8 hrs. In a few days, they will be sprouting. Plant before the root sprout gets too long.
I’m sorry to hear about the carrots. My cabbage and cauliflower have been getting eaten, and I just reapplied DE this morning since it had been washed off by recent rains. With the cabbage loopers and the heat, it may be hopeless, though.Thanks for sharing the shots. It all looks great! You are over a month ahead of us. Our corn is just about 1.5" tall and our cukes have just started climbing. We do have a few cucumbers setting in the greenhouse along with one tomato so far. I am bummed out though. We lost a whole row of carrots in the past two days. Not sure if this was sow bugs or slugs. I am going to spread diatomaceous earth on the remainder of the row.
What are the upside-down clay trays for? Are these bug traps?
Something I've always wanted to erect but never did it. You build your own or put up a kit or what? Do you heat it in the winter? Please elaborate on it...
We built it. I had a couple picture windows and doors left over from a remodel on the house. It's insulated including the slab. Normally we don't heat it unless it gets bitter cold which is not common here. I have a little space heater and a Jotul 602 in there for those occasions. Usually the mass of the greenhouse will keep temps about 5-10º above ambient. I have heat pads that I put under seed starting trays this year for the first time. They were cheap and worked out well.Something I've always wanted to erect but never did it. You build your own or put up a kit or what? Do you heat it in the winter? Please elaborate on it...