Cottage Gardening forum: Springing into 2016 chat #11

 
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Imagewildflowers
May 19, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I hope it's okay that I'm starting a new chat thread. We came from here: http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/83228/

Gardenia ~
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Mindy03
May 19, 2016 11:20 AM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Thanks Christine

Joseph could you send me the link to where you ordere mushrooms please? I thought I had saved it when you posted it before but I can't find it now.
Thanks in advance.
Deebie
May 19, 2016 6:36 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
I'm here. Thanks for starting the new thread Christine. I'm sorry I've been MIA. Like most of you here, I've been having quite a time myself, especially healthwise. I'm still having serious problems with my asthma and had to go back to my lung specialist today. So, here goes another round of corticosteroids. I'm still trying to do some gardening, but not a whole lot is happening. I got my heat mat and thermostat, but have been afraid to start seeds indoors because I'm back and forth to Charleston 80 miles away looking after my aged parents. I'm afraid that I'd be away too long and that they will dry out and die. I have to learn to wear a mask if I'm going to do any outdoor gardening. I just can't get the hang of that, but I'll have to. Maybe I can get some seeds in the ground between these frequent rainstorms. I'm glad to hear that you all are persevering.
Imagejoseph
May 19, 2016 6:50 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I wild-craft my mushrooms, or buy mushrooms from the grocery store and collect spawn from them.

My first tomato of the season. Grown in the greenhouse. I'm not planting out my tomatoes for about 2.5 weeks. My earliest tomato, pollinated by LA177, Solanum habrochaites, a wild species. There were a few seeds in it, so I started fermenting them this morning.

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And some basil...


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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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Imagewildflowers
May 20, 2016 11:35 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Wild crafting mushrooms would be fun!! Thumbs up

I know I got a head start on tomatoes this year Big Grin seeds started indoors in February and planted out at the end of March which was about three weeks ahead of the last frost date.

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Mindy03
May 20, 2016 12:10 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Oh that is right Joseph I remember now you saying that before. No wonder I couldn't find a link from you.
I've found a site to order what I wanted so all set now. Wildcrafting is out for me and I doubt the ones I want grow here anyway

Our tomatoes are blooming but no little tomatoes yet that I know of.
DH checks them and he's not said if there are any little tomatoes yet.
Imagecritterologist
May 20, 2016 5:33 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Mindy, I'm so sorry about your sister and your friend... that's hard. Glad your other sister is doing so well after her diagnosis & treatment, and Hurray! Hurray! that your DH is recovering so nicely!

I'm limping around a bit myself this past week, not sure why but a hip x-ray came back fine, so I'm trying to be patient. Not succeeding... couldn't stand not getting out there on a (rare) sunny day, so Joyanna manned the shovel while I sat and worked, and we got a dozen tomato seedlings planted. Lots more to do, but you can only do what you can do... and sometimes that means letting go of a lot of things that don't get done.

I think I may end up using my stack of nursery pots and new bale of potting mix to up-pot things instead of putting them into the ground.

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Imagewildflowers
May 22, 2016 11:32 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
As an all organic - all the time gardener, it looks like Mother Nature is testing me with my tomatoes this year. Sad

White flies and aphids!? Sad But, I did see several ladybugs and ladybug larvae. Smiling

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I tried to move the ladybug larvae to the pictured branch of aphid but it fell and I couldn't find it again... Shrug! Hilarious!
Imagejoseph
May 22, 2016 8:57 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Wow! That's a lot of aphids!!!
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagewildflowers
May 23, 2016 11:41 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Sprayed all the bugs off with the hose. Maybe now the ladybugs can keep them in check. Whistling
I think these are Ananas Noire heirloom tomato. My old computer crashed with my garden diary Sad I didn't do a backup. So now I have to wait and see what the maters look like to know which is which.

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Imagecritterologist
May 23, 2016 11:49 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
This year my daughter was helping so tomatoes went in the order that made sense to her LOL... but most years I plant alphabetically to give me a much better guess at what tomato variety ended up where. If I plant 2 round, red tomatoes... and one is brandywine red and the other is wisconsin55.. they'll be at opposite ends of the row. :-)
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris.
ImageArleneB
May 23, 2016 1:07 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
That's how I plant too, alphabetically. At least you can have a good guess if there's no tag. But this year, I didn't do that, partly because I planted tomatoes at three different times and planted them out the same way. I did keep a list in my phone by row, but I still got a Jagodka mixed in with Porterhouse. But I know what it is because those two were part of the first planting. Jagodka is pretty easy to identify too. And, by the way, I got five ripe tomatoes from one of them on Saturday! Thank you, Joseph for those seeds.

Just on a funny note, when we take tomatoes to market, we have samples for tasting because we usually have about ten varieties. Most I can identify by looking at them but some years we have a lot of new to me varieties and if they don't get marked when we're picking them, I just label them NOID. People have actually thought that is a tomato variety! Big Yellow Grin

Imagejoseph
May 23, 2016 7:18 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I really need to use the Noid naming convention more often...
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Weedwhacker
May 23, 2016 9:39 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
When I was potting up my tomatoes this year I got a little mixed up and had one questionable plant that I wasn't sure whether it was San Marzano or Viva Italia... fortunately, it pretty quickly became obvious that the leaves are different!

Joseph, you can't call EVERYTHING noid ! Hilarious!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagewildflowers
May 24, 2016 3:16 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Weedwhacker wrote:
Joseph, you can't call EVERYTHING noid ! Hilarious!


Rolling on the floor laughing Too funny!

I may need to adopt the alphabetical method. Had to wash the aphids and whiteflies off the plants again today. I guess I missed the bottom of the leaves yesterday. There's probably still enough for the ladybugs and their larvae.

Imagejoseph
May 28, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I have a tomato variety that I call Brad.

That works much better for me that whatever it used to be called.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Weedwhacker
May 29, 2016 6:52 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
LOL -- one of my ATP (oops, now NGA) friends renamed a tomato variety that was sold as "Viagra" to "Niagara".

And, I must confess to now thinking of a noid garlic that I grow as simply "Al's" -- since that's where my original starts came from. Unfortunately, Al passed away a couple of years ago and I'm not at all sure he could have given me the real name of the variety anyway.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagecritterologist
May 29, 2016 8:14 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
I have a tomato variety I refer to as "Friendship." I got it from my friend Theresa -- nice round red meaty sweet tomato, lovely for canning or eating fresh. For a couple of years, I saved seeds and shared them back with her, so I was calling it Theresa's tomato, and her family was calling it Jill's tomato. I was chatting about this tomato on the tomato forum at DOG and was SO excited when I found what Theresa thought was the original seed packet in her mom's stash! I eagerly reported that I now knew the name of this great tomato whose seed I'd been sharing -- "Pomodoro!!" DrCarolyn gently informed me that "pomodoro" means "tomato" in Italian. Rolling on the floor laughing
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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Imagejoseph
May 30, 2016 12:27 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I was growing "Bam Ya Tohumu". ChanceTheGardener informed me that means "Okra Seeds" in Turkish.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
May 30, 2016 6:25 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Morning everybody!

Hope this holiday finds everybody well. Also remembering those that now are and have made sacrifices for us to be able to be here today.

Ewwwwwwww. Aphids are so nasty, but at least they an easy pest to get rid of. The flea beetles are starting to show up here and not only munch the plants but eating holes in the tomatoes. grrrr

The heat and humidity is on here big time. Soon I'll probably have to start giving my tomatoes a bleach spray to make sure fungal diseases from heat and humidity ruin the plants.


Later I am going to try and take a pic of a tiny wildflower I found yesterday. The flowers so tiny I almost missed it. The flowers remind me of a tiny miniature foxglove. What ever it is, it sure is cute.

Tics are running rampant here this year since we didn't have much of a winter cold. Of course it doesn't help that I have two huge does in the backyard right out the back door munching away. They dropping tics like crazy. They so nice to look at, but I am watching them devour all the passion vines in a matter of seconds.

I have a few things growing, but not too much. Still up some days and down the others and seems this is the year that everthing is breaking big time. I've had 4 major water leaks that I didn't even know were going on til so much damage was done. Still trying to get water out and then will have to rip up and replace 4 rooms of carpet and tornado winds and rains have ripped hole in roof.

Good news is I have 3 honey bees. I haven't seen honeybees round here for years. Don't know where they came from, but hope they stay. They working the tomato blooms like crazy.











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