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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-28-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

1. 4 inch soil temp: 52 degrees 2. Growing Degree Days (GDD):April 1,2014 = 105.5 GDD  Average** = 47.0 GDD 3. Tree fruit growth stages.  A peach or apple grower should be familiar with the terms describing stages of fruit development.  They are referred to quite often to designate timing for spraying fruit trees. Green tip - Green leaves begin to emerge from ti...

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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-28-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1. 4 inch soil temp: 52 degrees 2. Growing Degree Days (GDD):April 1,2014 = 105.5 GDD  Average** = 47.0 GDD 3. Tree fruit growth stages.  A peach or apple grower should be familiar with the terms describing stages of fruit development.  They are referred to quite often to designate timing for spraying fruit trees. Green tip -Green leaves begin to emerge from tip...

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Weekly Update 4-14-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

1. 4 inch soil temp: 43.4 degrees F.  Still very cold. 2. What should be planted now by direct seeding in the ground; radish, spinach, lettuce, turnips, beets. 3 Getting the entire family out in the garden can sometimes be more rewarding than an actual harvest. With kids think big! Sunflowers ,...

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Weekly Update 4-21-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

1. 4 inch soil temp 47.5 degrees…super chilly! 2. Growing Degree Days (GDD):2014 = 68.0 GDD 3. Consider planting an extra row of vegetables to donate to a local food pantry or shelter. Our Knox County Master Gardeners maintain a community garden on Carl Sandburg campus, with all produce going to a local food pantry. Check out their...

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Weekly Update 4-7-2024

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

1. 4 inch soil temp: 38 degrees F. 2. Growing degree days since April 1=0.  Remember- this is an indication of the amount of heat we are accumulating for plant growth. 3. As Chris indicated in an earlier message, as a beginning grower you might want to consider buying transplants instead of growing your own garden plants ( tomatoes, peppers etc.)  As such, the best transplan...

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Weekly Update 4-1-2024

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1. 4 inch soil temp: 41 degrees F.  Still far too cool for anything direct seeded to germinate. 2. It’s been nice and sunny lately with a few warm days (60 degrees) but we are not generating enough sustained heat to really get Spring plants growing.  This concept is called growing degree days (GDD).  We will report periodically on how GDD is progressing. 3. As the soils warm...

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Weekly Update 3-24-2024

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

1. 4 inch soil temperature ; 30.3 degrees F. 2. For optimum growth, all transplants and seeds need to be planted within a certain soil temperature range. Along with your calendar, a soil thermometer will help determine the proper planting time. Planting too early, before the soil has had time to warm up, can lead to seed rot, slowed germination, poor gro...

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