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.....we are less than 6 weeks away from our last frost date....the silver lining to an otherwise rainy, dreary, sunless week. Yesterday, pre-moistened and sterilized the seed starting mix with boiling water, snipped off two drain holes on the bottom of the cups then filled the cups (after it cooled down) and set them on the seed heat mats, overnight, to warm the mixture. This morning, planted yellow squash, zucchini, bush type watermelon, pablano peppers and a butt-load (25) Emerald okra. Yep.....the "season" has begun in Dothan, Alabama.
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.....we are less than 6 weeks away from our last frost date....the silver lining to an otherwise rainy, dreary, sunless week. Yesterday, pre-moistened and sterilized the seed starting mix with boiling water, snipped off two drain holes on the bottom of the cups then filled the cups (after it cooled down) and set them on the seed heat mats, overnight, to warm the mixture. This morning, planted yellow squash, zucchini, bush type watermelon, pablano peppers and a butt-load (25) Emerald okra. Yep.....the "season" has begun in Dothan, Alabama.View attachment 49384
I have been waiting for you to wave the green flag! I managed to aquire 4 seed mats and I was waiting because I hear they really take off compared to they would in my garage. I think our frost date is a week after yours but I am going to follow ground temps this year, not in a big hurry except I want a little play in case we have a patch of stormy weather I may want to beat to the finish or let it slide on by the garden. Plus my garden is still full from this winter. I want to see how the mature overwintered plants take me into spring warmth. The peas should ignite.
 

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Peas are dying so did another sowing today.

Beetroot is up :)
 
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1 week in.......it's been EXACTLY 7 days since I planted the seeds. HAD to transplant 30 into bigger peat pots with good quality potting soil, as some, ESPECIALLY the yellow squash, were already filling the cups with roots. I tell ya what.....indoor lights WITH seed heat mats is the cat's meow.....
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Looking good David :)

Had some damping off fungus on my leeks, so sprinkled some cornmeal on the surface.

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Looking good David :)

Had some damping off fungus on my leeks, so sprinkled some cornmeal on the surface.

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Thanks, Zigs....but, not expecting "things" to be happening this FAST (first experience using a seed heat mat) means I have went from gardening in a row boat to gardening in a jet powered cigar boat......WITHOUT a life jacket or navigator.........Hope the cornmeal "does the job" for you.
 

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.....we are less than 6 weeks away from our last frost date..... This morning, planted yellow squash, zucchini, bush type watermelon, pablano peppers and a butt-load (25) Emerald okra. Yep.....the "season" has begun in Dothan, Alabama.

Interesting on starting the okra and water melon. I usually don't start those until night time temps are regularly in the '70's. Curious why so early on those? Just curious.
 
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When our soil is 70, the next level up is brutal heat that impedes growth. Better to have mature plants by then. Our worst month is probably late June, early July. This year summer solstice is June 21 so -3 +3 weeks either side.
 

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Okra? Impeded by heat? Not in my experience...in fact the hotter the better. Same for water melons.

I grow huge quantities of Okra and melons in July and August but have never seen Okra that would grow in night time temps below the 70's. So what type of okra does that, please?
 
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Okra? Impeded by heat? Not in my experience...in fact the hotter the better. Same for water melons.

I grow huge quantities of Okra and melons in July and August but have never seen Okra that would grow in night time temps below the 70's. So what type of okra does that, please?
Okra does the best of all. But we generally plant the garden all at once and forego the individual considerations of one plant species. With me at least, it is pure laziness. Plus we can pull squash and okra in April if all is well. We have some fungal friends that show up in the late season on okra blooms that have no cure. I am gonna try cornmeal and betadine this year to see if trichoderma or surface santitization might help. Its a fungi with white stalks and a black ball on top that looks furry. I would have to root around to find you the name, but it love the blooms.

Obviously there may be humidity differences between us as opposed to temps, yet you guys are close to us in so many ways. What numbers could you point me to for humidity?
 
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Interesting on starting the okra and water melon. I usually don't start those until night time temps are regularly in the '70's. Curious why so early on those? Just curious.
Okra is, just about, our favorite veggie. Last year I had a stupid idea......I planted Crimson Spineless instead of our tried and true Emerald okra.. Last year's okra crop was a TOTAL disaster, so I started earlier than usual this year........to see if I CAN get this big of a jump on "traditional timing"......well, that and I'm not the most patient gardener on the forum.......Ya just never know........
 
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Okra is, just about, our favorite veggie. Last year I had a stupid idea......I planted Crimson Spineless instead of our tried and true Emerald okra.. Last year's okra crop was a TOTAL disaster, so I started earlier than usual this year........to see if I CAN get this big of a jump on "traditional timing".........Ya just never know........
We did spineless too. It worked out for us, they got tall. Too many really. Less this year I think.
 
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We did spineless too. It worked out for us, they got tall. Too many really. Less this year I think.
Don't know WHAT happened to ours. The plants didn't get 3 1/2 ft. tall and only a handful of okra (I'm being generous). Planted 5 or 6 Emerald seeds REALLY late (in August) and before the first frost they were well over 5 ft. tall. Every year I put out 25-30 plants.
 

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