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  • 19 Feb 2018
    2-15 Planted 55 more tomato seedlings…IF they survive the cold snap! Transplanted Mortgage Lifters, Brandywine reds & pinks. Potatoes up, reds & whites. Bok Choy re-rooted {planted the ends of purchased from grocery store to ea...

    Green Sausage tomatoes, Roma type and The Umbrella Garden garden

    Windy -18°C / 0°F
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    11 Feb 2018
    Last winter we got all of our snow in December. This winter we’re getting it all in February. Up to about 13" at this point, over the course of a week.

    The Gangway garden , The Farm garden , The Breezeway garden , and The Botanic garden

    Snow -4°C / 25°F
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    15 Feb 2018
    My wife was given a Kalanchoe in church last year for Mother’s Day (Mothering Sunday). It was a very small plant & when it finished flowering I cut out the old flower stems & put it on our bedroom windowsill. It’s now flowering...

    Kalanchoe 2018 Blooming

    Sunny 8°C / 46°F
  • 20 Feb 2018
    Has anyone every planted geraniums from seed? The red kind found at the stores, not the hardy Cranesbill type. If so, how long do they take to germinate? I have had mine between coffee filters, in a ziplock bag, on a heating mat, for about a week ...

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    06 Feb 2018
    Snowing again, this time with some promised accumulation. I decided to walk to the local movie theater in yesterday’s snowfall. The walk is about 45 minutes in good weather. It was about 15ยบ (-9C, or a nice spring day for a Chicagoan) with a...

    Snow -12°C / 10°F
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    06 Feb 2018
    The forecast for Friday was for periods of snow – it snowed all day, big, sticky Christmas card flakes. On Saturday it drizzled all day. On Sunday, it snowed all day with tiny powdersnow flakes, that flew up from passing cars. What was surpr...

    Light Snow -3°C / 27°F
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    15 Feb 2018
    The Pansies & Crocuses in the white troughs are now flowering on the balcony. The Pansies have had a few flowers all winter but now there are more & more opening every week! There are a few Crocuses also open but there are many more in bud...

    Crocuses on balcony 2018 Blooming and Pansies, Mini-Daffs & Crocuses in trough Blooming

    Sunny 8°C / 46°F
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    15 Feb 2018
    Last year my friend, Dick, from church, gave me couple of Marguerite standards which are still blooming – in February! These standards have spent all summer & winter on the balcony yet in spite of the frosts & cold,strong winds they ...

    Marguerite standards 2018 Blooming

    Sunny 8°C / 46°F
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    17 Feb 2018
    I have today removed all Brassica plants from the Red Oak Vegetable bed to prepare the soil for potato planting in around two weeks. Unfortunately the Brassicas failed badly so there was nothing lost by removing the plants. This winter was the fir...

    Red Oak Vegetable Bed garden

    Partly Cloudy 5°C / 41°F