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  1. Diana
    February 9, 2012

    I just planted up my salad table outside last week. The little plant babies are all germinating, tucked under their garden quilt. But I’m thinking I may have to put something on top of that tomorrow, as the temps are supposed to go down to 23 degrees — the coldest it’s been here all winter!

  2. Stoney Acres
    February 9, 2012

    Thanks for the tips. We have some lettuce started already and we will get all our Cole crops going this weekend. It won’t be long now!!!! :)

  3. Jennifer
    February 10, 2012

    I ordered some of your Emerite Pole Beans you recommended and can’t wait to plant them! I have not had good luck starting peppers from seeds and tomatoes are about 50/50. I had to go buy plants last year after all my seedlings died. Then I had to rebuy again when all those plants died too. Ugh! It was a rough season.

    • Jami @ An Oregon Cottage
      February 11, 2012

      That does sound rough, Jennifer! I hope you like the beans as much as I do!

  4. TamiDN
    February 19, 2012

    hmm I have only tried to start seeds a couple times and have used those Jiffy pots so maybe that was my problem and I will try again.

    Can I ask you a question that I should know after several years of gardening ( and quite successful at times ) how do you tell when to water your garden? I know an inch-inch and 1/2 of water a week some say……some say I water every day….when the plants droop……I know I tend to over water and probably need a slower system. At this point I hand water my raised beds with a hose and I know I water to much. SO…..how do you decide WHEN and HOW MUCH to water?? Thanks :-)

    • Jami @ An Oregon Cottage
      February 20, 2012

      Well, Tami…I use soaker hoses and raised beds and I’ve had good results from watering once every 5-7 days. I make sure the beds are soaked thoroughly (the amt. of time is different for people depending on the water pressure you have- we are on a well), which for me is about 2-3 hours. If our weather is rainy, it’s less, if it’s hot, I might water after 4 days.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Christine
    January 22, 2013

    I have a question about watering also. I live in the midwest where it gets hot, 90 and over most days. Last summer I was watering every day and my plants were still dying. Was I over-watering?

    • Jami
      January 22, 2013

      Very good question, Christine. While I don’t live in a place that gets over 90 every day, we have our hot and dry spells too. It’s hard to believe in those conditions that you can over-water, but you’re right, you can. The best ways I know of to get the consistently moist, deep watering that grow roots that withstand temps like that is to combine soaker hoses (or other root-specific water method), a timer for the faucet, and some type of mulch to help keep the water in longer. When the plants are getting a few hours of deep soaking and the ground is covered with plastic or straw to hold it in, even in extreme heat you shouldn’t have to water more than every 3-5 days (depending on your soaking system). Put your finger in the soil and if it’s moist an inch down – don’t water. Hope this is helpful!

  6. Carol Zelazny
    March 19, 2013

    You mentioned a “hoop house” in your first paragraph and I was wondering if you have more information about them somewhere on your website? Or if you can recommend a link? Thank you!

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