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February 14, 2011

Southern Exposure Newsletter has a few good tips - February 2011


If you're in the Mid-Atlantic region, February is the month for seed starting! Right now you can start lettuces, parsley, early brassicas, and bulb onions from seed in flats. Ira recommends starting hot peppers during these first few weeks of February since they take a long while to get going. During the middle of the month, get your sweet peppers and eggplants going and continue other greens and brassicas. Start globe artichokes now from seed to get in their required chilling days and you'll have a better chance of harvest in their first year.

If you have troubles with your radish, spinach, pea, carrot, or beet starts, try pre-sprouting them on paper towels in an incubator to give them an extra advantage, and keep planting every two weeks. Incubators and heating mats in general are great tools for speeding up your germination and helping your seedlings wake up ready and raring to go. If you're working outside with cold frames or Reemay garden blankets, start spinach, bok choi, lettuce, Mizuna mustard, and other cool weather greens. Forellenschluss is a great lettuce for this time of year and br ings a pleasing crunch to early spring salads.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at February 14, 2011 3:37 PM
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