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Fri Apr 8, 2016, 11:57 AM

Ok to plant?

I've been working like crazy on my big flower lasagne beds. I know I started them very late this winter, instead of last fall, but still hoping to plant seeds end of month or so when the temps at night get above freezing.

But, its not having much time to cook. My whole front yard has been torn up and just about ready to plant. How successful do you think that will be? Have all my seeds ready to go, and the hollyhocks I've already transplanted are going to town. The layers have been cardboard, horse manure, thick layer of leaves, more manure, and dead stuff raked up from the pasture. Have plenty of free wood mulch to finish once going. One thing I'm thin on is good black dirt. Mostly red clay here.

My big vege field was plowed up last week, and my wonderful hubby bought a tiller to break up further. I just have to finish tilling, rake up some weeds, and its ready to go.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 12:16 PM

1. Depends on where you are and what you're planting, and what the weather forecast says

 

I'm in central Maryland.
The time to plant peas and spinach was a month ago.
The time to set out tomato plants and tender annuals is after Mother's Day here.
And our current, unpleasant visit from the Polar Vortex is causing damage among some rose varieties.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 12:30 PM

2. Was your manure composted or fairly fresh?

If it was composted well, you should be able to plant in it when your temps are right.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 01:26 AM

3. Temps and manure

It's going to get down to 29 degrees tonight here in KY, and not much better next wk. Winds have been terrible this week.

The manure I've been using has been a combination of composted and fresh. I'm hoping if I put enough on top of it, it will have simmered down some before roots get down that far.

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