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mattie g

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  1. Just now, WxUSAF said:

    March and August are reliably the worst 2 weather months in our area. 

    March is an awful month in which to have a birthday.

    I don't mind the weather in August, but it's a bit of a grind as swim season ends and we're waiting for school to start. For me, the first couple weeks of September is truly awful since we usually get hot, but the pool is closed.

  2. 2 hours ago, WxUSAF said:

    CWG: “quite a chilly morning around the DC area”

    -1F BN at BWI

    normal or slightly above at DCA?

    IAD did get to 22

    6 degrees below normal at Dulles is chilly...and it was chilly region-wide outside the typical UHI areas.

    I feel that it's disingenuous to use obs at DCA and BWI as examples to disprove the notion of a day or period being cold.

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  3. 17 minutes ago, dailylurker said:

    Try planting when it's hot in mid May. Try one or 2 plants this year. They'll outgrow the plants you put in a month earlier and will double the harvest. Guaranteed. I grow 400-500 pounds of heirloom tomatoes each season. 

    Sounds interesting. That said, my process is really solid, and I can't imagine harvesting more than I already get! My plants get up to 15' long (maybe even more lol) and I generally harvest from early-July until late October. Might be an interesting thing to do as an experiment, though.

  4. 11 minutes ago, dailylurker said:

    Too early. They'll be root bound by the time you plant. I start my tomato seeds 6 weeks before planting in mid May. The herbs will need bigger pots in a few weeks. Lots of light. You need real deal, full spectrum LED lights to sustain summer plants during this time of year. I have a greenhouse and grow cannabis during the winter. 

    It's not too early. I know because I follow the same process every year and I have everything I need to keep plants healthy and strong before planting.

    I'll up-pot two times before hardening off and getting the plants in the ground sometime between mid-April and early-May. I plan my planting schedule based on the long-range forecast, and if I feel that I can get them in the ground without fear of getting zapped by cold then I'll do it. A few years ago, we had that early-May cold spell, but I covered up the plants and they withstood it without any issues.

  5. Got my first seeds planted and under lights yesterday. I've been getting my seeds from Territorial Seed Company for quite a few years now, so I'm a little nervous about picking up the seeds from the nearby nursery this year. Hopefully the germinate and all is well!

    • Tomatoes
      • San Marzano
      • Amish Paste
      • Coeur de Bue
      • Jersey Devil
      • Roma
      • Sugar Cherry
    • Jalapenos
    • Broccoli
    • Lettuce
    • Basil
    • Parsley

    I'll probably be starting some others in a few weeks and will be direct sowing mache, spinach, and more lettuce by the middle of March. Dill will go in later.

    It's on!

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  6. On 2/13/2024 at 1:06 PM, MN Transplant said:

    Going to move our raised beds this year.  The birches that we planted are encroaching on the prior space.

    I need to get a service to come out and trim the big branches from our neighbor’s huge beech tree. It’s on the NW side of my garden, so it doesn’t interfere too badly, but it hangs over enough that it blocks some afternoon sun from a spot where I want to put in a new raised bed. I also just want to keep the limbs from hanging over my house!

  7. 1 minute ago, WxUSAF said:

    Mostly it seems we don’t have a huge 4SD retrograding -NAO anymore. The pattern this upcoming weekend and through the following week still looks “decent/workable/fine”. Some periodic +PNA, continuing -AO…it’s not a bad pattern by any means! Just doesn’t look epic anymore. 

    So you're saying that Chuck was right.

    Crazy to think that the monthlies and weeklies and ensembles were all on board for AGES only up until last week, but now it's all convoluted and far less of a given that we'll even see a portion of that look when the time comes.

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  8. 4 minutes ago, stormtracker said:

    I wouldn't even wish that on my worse enemy.  That's tough

    You know what? They're like 300+ miles away from us and they get far more snow than we do year after year. Not sure I can feel for them after what we've been going through these past many years and the epic long-range fail period we're heading into.

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  9. Most epic pattern since 2009-2010 is appearing to be a fail, so let's get the green-season party started! All things related to growing and mowing in our little corner of growing zone 8a can go in here.

    I went to the local nursery this weekend and picked up seeds and starter mix for this year. Planning to get first seeds under lights this coming weekend. Can't wait to get going!

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  10. I've been staying out of the fray recently - haven't really even looked at ensembles or the long-range thread or anything - but checked this morning.

    Serious question: Did the ensembles and weeklies completely shit the bed in showing the great look we were expecting?

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  11. 3 hours ago, nj2va said:

    Our crocuses have been in bloom for a week and a few Daffodils are ready to open their flowers.  Yesterday was great weather to get some yard work done to get the flower beds ready for spring.  I need the garden thread @mattie g!

    I’ll open it tomorrow!

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