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Precocious broccoli

Broccoli seedlings

My inside seedlings took off like a rocket after Mark built them a special spot under the elevated sofa complete with fluorescent lights.

Roots at the bottom of the pot

The only trouble is...the broccoli is already growing out the bottom of the flat and searching for real dirt! These babies aren't supposed to move to the garden for another three weeks, but I'm already discarding my own advice and considering setting them out early. After all, one ten degree night aside, it does appear to be an early spring. Right?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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NOAA's computer program says we're going to have a hotter-than-normal April. I already have lettuce and spinach planted in my outside beds without any coverings on them. The spinach leaves got a bit frost bitten, but they're okay otherwise. I would say harden them off outside and then plant them in their permanent spot.
Comment by Nayan Sun Mar 19 10:23:44 2017
Sometimes I think the plants know more than we do. Your seedlings are telling you it's time! I'm in Central Oregon, at about 3500 feet so my gardening days are several weeks off, though I may sneak a few peas and spinach in to a bed to tempt fate.
Comment by Sue Sun Mar 19 13:00:15 2017

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