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Imagedeejay49
Feb 6, 2011 11:18 AM CST
Name: SUSIE
MI
This forum was automatically created when I created my cubit. We can keep this forum around, or I can delete it and create other ones.
Imagedeejay49
Feb 6, 2011 12:02 PM CST
Name: SUSIE
MI
WELCOME TO MY FORUMS JUST WANTED FIND A PLACE TO POST MANY TYPE OF INTERESTING
SWAPS-- CO-OPS -- OR-- SALES .

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TADE OR SELL FEEL FREE TO POST IT WHEN IT IS SOLD
OR TRADED OFF PLEASE DELETE THE POST OR MARK AS GONE .

ALL I ASK IS POST A PICTURE OF THE ITEMS YOU HAVE UP FOR TRADE OR FOR SELL.

ImageDiamond919
Feb 6, 2011 1:12 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Indiana
Love forgives all wrongs.
Hi Susie,

I am interested in finding some gaillardia Orange and Lemon seeds. I can provide a list of seeds I have to trade.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Imagedeejay49
Feb 6, 2011 1:50 PM CST
Name: SUSIE
MI
well maybe someone will see this & Be able to help you out .
ImageRickCorey
Feb 7, 2011 2:41 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Hi Susie!

I was thinking of buying capillary matting in bulk, but a 100 foot roll is $150. I think, at most, I would want 1/10th of that.

Good luck with the new site!

Corey
Imagedeejay49
Feb 7, 2011 5:03 PM CST
Name: SUSIE
MI
thank you rick guess i never heard of your matting or what it is used for but maybe someone on the site might
have some in smaller amount to share with you :))
your welcome to go to the mail forum & Post a wanted NOTICE FOR IT.
best of luck
susie
Imagebeyondthelimit
Feb 8, 2011 11:23 AM CST
Name: MARY
Pennsylvania Zone 6b
Corey, please explain capillary matting. How and when would one want to use it?

MARY
Imagetaters55
Feb 8, 2011 3:37 PM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
http://www.gardeners.com/Capillary-Matting/SeedstartingAcces...
This is what I got the I googled capillary matting. It is a water saver.
A Crafty Cubit
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ImageRickCorey
Feb 8, 2011 6:52 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
It's just a big wick.

A pad or mat that wicks water really fast and doesn't get crushed flat by pots sitting on top of it. You let one end dangle into a tub of water (or drip water onto it in 1-2 spots), and it "wicks" water everywhere to the bottoms of pots. from there, soil wicks a little up to the roots.

I think it started out in retail, where they didn't wnat to spray wtaer on the floor and on customers.
Or maybe in greenhouses, where you can bottom-water a whole bench with no labor.
Now it's also marketed for watering plants while you're on vacation, but the "super mop" srands of absorbant polyester probably are almost as good.

My reason for looking for it is that I find it hard NOT to drown seeeds, even if I only water with a spray bottle. And bottom watering where I pour water into a tray, and then suck excess back out, seems like a lot of work with a turkey batser, and messy.

Wick Corey
Imagedeejay49
Feb 9, 2011 9:31 AM CST
Name: SUSIE
MI
I also have a problem with over watering at times with seedlings most of all this is why i have went to the
Grodan Mini Blocks for many of my bigger seeds . & work well.
ImageRickCorey
Feb 11, 2011 4:59 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
>> Grodan Mini Blocks for many of my bigger seeds

Hmm, like rock wool? I think, at 20-30 cents each, I will keep trying to both under-water, and create well-draining mix.

"Tapla" (Al) sugegsted that many people avoid pine bark becuase it is, or can be, acidic. I don't know about that, I've read that pure peat has a pH around 3.5! Probably, in both cases, they are weakly buffering, so the pH is actually wjhatever you water them with. Or I could add a smidge of lime and not worry.

Al also mentioned: if bark is stored in piles or bags, wet and poorly aerated, anearobic microbes can grow and leave their nasty fermentation products behind, which are acid, and are or can be toxic to roots.

So, since I want to use some shreded pine bark instead of milled peat for seed-starting mix, I should sniff the bag after I open it, and hope it was stored dry, not too long, and not squeezed flat at the bottom of the pallet. And/or flush it after opening the bag. And/or fluff itup to let any anaerobic toxins evaporate.

Everyone seems to like Perlite for adding drainage and aeration, I guess I should get used to that. But I'm going to keep looking for different grades of chick grit (crushed granite (or crushed shells?)) and maybe try coarse old random sand on some seeds unlikely to care about sterility or cleanliness.

Corey
ImageDiamond919
Feb 11, 2011 5:14 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Indiana
Love forgives all wrongs.
Cory, I have been volunteering at a greenhouse. For most of their seeds the use 1/2 peat and 1/2 perlite then cover lightly with vermiculite. For my transplants, I like to use the bark along with perlite and peat. What was the mix tapla recommends...equal amounts pine bark, chicken grit and turface??? I found the chicken grit at the Tractor Supply store. It was the only place around here that sold it. Not even the feed stores sold the chicken grit. LoL I can only order turface online. I have alot of houseplants so that can get to be very expensive.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
ImageRickCorey
Feb 11, 2011 5:58 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
>> 1/2 perlite

That should give good drainage and aeration!

>> then cover lightly with vermiculite.

I've been doing that since i read it in "Square Foot Gardening". No more crusty surfaces!

>> What was the mix tapla recommends...equal amounts pine bark, chicken grit and turface???

For long-use containers, not seed starting, 5-1-1. The "5 parts" is a form of pine bark I have never seen for sale anywhere: little chunks in size between BBs (0.177") and Coco Puffs (? 1/4"?). The "1 parts" were something like peat, vermiculite or perlite. VERY few fine particles.

All I can find is shredded pine bark (too finely shredded, or grossly big with chunks of wood) or "orchid bark", which had some chunks as large as 1". Screening orchid bark, or running it through a waring blender and then screening it might produce "chunks".

I got close once, though: a pricey nursery had some open bags showing what their pine mulch was like. the top of one bag had "chips" over 1/4" long, under 1/8" wide, and maybe under 1/166th" thick. that might have been great. But the bag they actually sold was from a different vendor, and was typical shredded bark mulch, mostly passin g a 14" screen, but firbours and willing to mat down flat if squeezed.

Corey
Imagegoldfinch4
Feb 12, 2011 5:22 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
Rick, love your avatar! What kind of a flower is that? That is too cool! Thumbs up

Over on the Sempervivum Cubit there is a thread about rock wool substrate. In fact, the owner of the cubit is from Oregon and she found a place that sells it there. Here is the link if you want to check it out. http://cubits.org/sedumandsempervivum/thread/view/50373/

There is also a discussion thread from Al on on potting mixes that may interest you. http://cubits.org/sedumandsempervivum/thread/view/8917/

Susie, nice Cubit! Looking forward to checking it out better.
Imagedeejay49
Feb 12, 2011 7:54 AM CST
Name: SUSIE
MI
THANK YOU CHRIS LOVE To Get any info on seed starting we can find & Use .
ImageDiamond919
Feb 12, 2011 1:50 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Indiana
Love forgives all wrongs.
How about a winter sowing forum?
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Imagedeejay49
Feb 12, 2011 1:59 PM CST
Name: SUSIE
MI
you can start one just go to my forums up in the right cornor then hit mail forum & start it :) that would be great .
ImageRickCorey
Feb 15, 2011 6:35 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Hi Susie!

Here is where we're arranging to buy some ziplock baggies and things from ULINE:


http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/forums/view/GroupBuyChat/?offs...

Corey
ImageRickCorey
Feb 15, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
That tree-frog-zinnia hybrid is quite a flower, isn't it?

Too bad they don't come true from seed, you have to take divisions, being sure to include one whole frog in each division.

Corey
Imagedeejay49
Feb 16, 2011 7:25 AM CST
Name: SUSIE
MI
I DIDn't find the uline co-op on that link

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