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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 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 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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Weekly Update 3-17-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

1. 4 inch soil temp : 30.7 degrees F 2. Garlic is another great accompaniment to flavor various veggies. Did you know garlic is great for you, in itself ? Check out the attached fact sheet on the herb.   We will talk about growing garlic later this year. 3. Asparagus harvest will begin soon .  Typically around April 15-20. ...

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Weekly Update 3-10-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

4 inch soil temp: 28.6 degrees F. Tis the season for  selecting your summer vegetables . Our love affair with tomatoes has made the choice of what 'love apple' to grow somewhat complicated with all the different lingo. Check out this great article on tomato terminology....

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Weekly Update 3-3-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

4 inch soil temp: 23 degrees F What plants will I be starting first? Typically, we would see the first plants in a garden include spinach, lettuces and radishes. Consider other direct seeded plants like beets and carrots as well. Leutine, Zeaxanthine, and Caratinoids are all  contained in our colorful vegetables . What...

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Weekly Update 2-24-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

4 inch soil temp: 24.6 degrees F. For perspective, at 41 degrees soil temp, 42% of radish seeds will germinate successfully and take on average 29 days to do so! For more information on planning your vegetable garden check out Extension's website A Taste of Gardening ....

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Weekly update 2-17-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

4 inch soil temp: 25.2 degrees F Brrrrr...Still plenty of time for planning versus planting. Several of you asked for the link to the succession planting spreadsheet from Johnny's seeds.  Here is it. The soil texture pyra...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil - Gardening

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