2019 Garden Thread

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Re: 2019 Garden Thread

Unread post by Dirtdevil » Fri May 10, 2019 7:36 am

Still time to start tomato seeds even here in Northern Mich, especially if you can keep them warm enough to quickly germinate which would ideally be around 80F. It has been a cold spring here so once they sprout they are slow growing but once the temps rise they will catch up. Seeds are cheap. I start many more than I'll ever stick in the ground but other than the cost of running grow lights I can't see where there is much to lose. The only thing I really need to start very early is any kind of pepper.

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Unread post by Farmfresh » Fri May 10, 2019 9:06 am

I bypass the slow growing peppers issue by moving one or two INSIDE over the winter. This year we moved in a bell pepper and a poblano. My hubby's two homesteading interests are his peppers and he has occasionally made his own home brew. He is in charge of the over wintering pepper plants. This year the poblano met an untimely death too near the heat duct, but the now fully grown and producing bell pepper has just been moved back out for the summer.

In the past we over wintered several different hot pepper plants. One habanero we used as our Christmas tree several years in a row. Meet "Radiator Rita" from 2011. Her golden yellow baubles were home grown dynamite.

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Unread post by kbhlmh » Fri May 10, 2019 1:03 pm

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Unread post by Dirtdevil » Fri May 10, 2019 5:54 pm

I have been wondering if it would be worth it to try and grow peppers this winter when I get the greenhouse going. Apparently so.

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Unread post by Farmfresh » Fri May 10, 2019 9:09 pm

Tomatoes and peppers are both perennials in the right climate. A pepper plant... as you can see gets really big if given a few seasons to grow in.
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Unread post by Old Fashioned » Sat May 11, 2019 1:16 am

I would never have imagined it possible to overwinter peppers & tomatoes. Who'da thunk?? That's going on my to do list

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Unread post by Farmfresh » Sat May 11, 2019 1:40 am

Really? I thought for sure I have mentioned it before. ??
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Unread post by Dirtdevil » Sat May 11, 2019 6:31 am

News to me as well.

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Unread post by Farmfresh » Sat May 11, 2019 12:36 pm

This is why a forum is such a good thing. Some little tidbit that seems like it is common knowledge to you, may be a revelation to someone else. I LOVE learning new stuff. I am also always happy when I can teach something new to a friend.
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Re: 2019 Garden Thread

Unread post by kbhlmh » Sun May 12, 2019 5:04 pm

I would imagine that a determinate tomato wouldn't overwinter because it's growth habitat is to grow, produce and die whereas an indeterminate tomato continues to grow so maybe you could overwinter that variety. Just a guess...
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