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Cats love those things..!! We had an old barn cat here, that would hunt for them, when they emerge from the ground. She even fed them to her kittens.
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You may have a little something else to deal with too...https://www.chron.com/news/science/a...f-13813840.php
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Living in zone 5 . Just turned the soil for the first of several times before planting starts . May 24 weekend is our go to start date up here, but we have been able to start a little sooner each year of late . Global warming has been good for us , sorry about the rest of you .
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Peas are finally coming up after 12 days. I checked Sunday, and nothing showing. On Monday (yesterday), they were showing this much out of the ground. Note the Deer hoof print right next to the one pea plant. It'slike an Interstate for them through here.

Cabbage are growing fast in the greenhouse, almost looking leggy. We'll see how that goes, but I had 100% germination on the seeds.
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Cucumbers, and popcorn seem to be taking off nicely too. Still going to plant a 4 row, 10' long block, just to see what I end up with, just for the fun of it.
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Peas an inch tall, radishes/turnips/spinach/potatoes all just breaking the crust. Yesterday I got over everything with the tillers and of course today it roans another half inch! -- ground still cold so I held off the first planting of sweet corn and now more rain storms for tomorrow! Can't win around here this year. Did get some grass mowed, except in the standing water in one road ditch. The new planted strawberries are growing good, so that is a plus.

Don't have any cabbage or tomato seeds started yet, and need to get started soon on that. Cold wet day here right now.
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Guy near me has corn pushing 10-12 inches tall already. Showoff...

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Ground is still to wet here. A few farmers got crops planted two weeks ago. Was still to wet to till. I do not like planting in hardened clay balls so gardening will have to wait.
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1.25" rain overnight again! -- water standing in everybodys fields again. Our sweet potato plants are here, and can't plant in mud so that is going to be a problem to store them. They don't have a shelf life, so not sure what that is going to turn into. Bout lost the onion plants due to weather, and a lot of them did not live. Looks like a decent stand,but they need some dry weather soon or the rest of them will die.

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Put out 3 short rows of Golden Queen, a long row of Zuccinni, another of Straight 8 Cuc's and another long row of Sunflowers. Gonna try Cali Wonders direct planting as I didn't get my starters going this season.

A friend gave me a bag of Indian Corn (mixed colors) so I put down a couple test rows of it and a couple more rows of my Hickory King seed from my last 2 crops to make sure they'll grow. I don't plan on putting out the Hickory King till late May/early June.

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1.25" rain overnight again! -- water standing in everybodys fields again. Our sweet potato plants are here, and can't plant in mud so that is going to be a problem to store them. They don't have a shelf life, so not sure what that is going to turn into. Bout lost the onion plants due to weather, and a lot of them did not live. Looks like a decent stand,but they need some dry weather soon or the rest of them will die.
Yeah raining here again too. Might have to scrap our landscaping plans tomorrow.

I stuck a shovel in my leaf compost pile and it didn't break down like it did last year because I didn't chop the leaves up enough and add enough grass clippings for nitrogen. Need like 4 parts crushed up leaves to one part grass clippings.

I did see a ton of night crawlers though so that means worm castings. Last year it was like black gold worms in every handful it seemed.

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1.25" rain overnight again! -- water standing in everybodys fields again. Our sweet potato plants are here, and can't plant in mud so that is going to be a problem to store them. They don't have a shelf life, so not sure what that is going to turn into. Bout lost the onion plants due to weather, and a lot of them did not live. Looks like a decent stand,but they need some dry weather soon or the rest of them will die.
I had the same problem in 17'...to hold that case of slips over for almost a week, I mounded up a pile of soil and temporarily planted them in handfuls. By the time the field was dry enough to work each slip threw several roots out and were about as healthy as one could hope for

Thankfully, this year's slips won't arrive until June 1st. Yeah, I'm underwater too!
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I stuck a shovel in my leaf compost pile and it didn't break down like it did last year because I didn't chop the leaves up enough and add enough grass clippings for nitrogen. Need like 4 parts crushed up leaves to one part grass clippings.
How do you get enough grass to use for compost? If I fertilize, all the bags (or service companies) say don't use the grass as mulch for compost around or vegetable gardens. If I don't fertilize, I get more weeds than grass, and a garden full of weeds from their seeds.

Yes, by "fertilize" I mean applying fertilizer with weed killers.

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I see the rain is heading to PA again, Just what we needed more rain, I did plant my red beets and put in the pickles and zucchini and spaghetti squash but now with the rain and only calling for temps around 60 for the next week and rain most of the days I don't know if they will grow, my cabbage, broccoli, onions look good but only about 2/3 of my peas came up and they're about 4 inches tall.
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I stuck a shovel in my leaf compost pile and it didn't break down like it did last year because I didn't chop the leaves up enough and add enough grass clippings for nitrogen. Need like 4 parts crushed up leaves to one part grass clippings.
How do you get enough grass to use for compost? If I fertilize, all the bags (or service companies) say don't use the grass as mulch for compost around or vegetable gardens. If I don't fertilize, I get more weeds than grass, and a garden full of weeds from their seeds.

Yes, by "fertilize" I mean applying fertilizer with weed killers.

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in the fall I have a lawn sweeper I sweep up the leaves and then I run over the leaves several times with my mower
to get them to nickle size. then my last mowing of the Fall I use the sweeper to sweep up enough grass to be roughly 20 percent of the leaf compost pile. the nitrogen in the grass helps break down the leaves. Leaves do you have to be shredded pretty fine.

I turn that pile about four or five times over the few months leading up to the planting season. I add water to it when I turn it. I use my tractor loader.

I don't fertilize my lawn because there's too much of it. You could get your grass clippings before you fertilize in the fall and put them in a pile and then when the leaves fall you use those grass clippings for your compost pile.

A well-tended leaf compost pile is just about the best thing you can do for a garden because it brings up worms that basically help break it down. that worm castings is very nutrient-rich.

I think better than manure or any other organic you get around here.

I didn't come up with this myself they did overseas for decades. leaf composting is very big in the UK

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