Cottage Gardening forum: #15 Seed Swap & Chat - hurry up and lets get thru Winter

 
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Imagetcs1366
Jan 8, 2011 5:35 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
We came from here.... http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/46035/

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Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

mekos
Jan 8, 2011 5:54 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Ye Ha! I'm here.
mekos
Jan 8, 2011 5:56 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Charleen's internet went down tonight, she just called me so iffin you find any seeds she might like just toss em for her please. I know she will appreciate them. She will be back as soon as possible.
Imageragtag
Jan 8, 2011 6:21 PM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
Ella...Just checked in after a couple of days off here.. If there is enough, I would like to try the Indian Ginseng and the Opuntia (in any form). No problem if there isn't enough or if my box is over-stuffed! I'm over-fed already!!
ImageSorellina
Jan 8, 2011 7:27 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Ciao all-

Lots of snow here and in Steven-land. Duane's shovelled twice today. On a brighter note, I got lots of extra fir boughs from the Bulgarian guy who sells us our Christmas tree and made 2 swags with red ribbons and large California pine cones for the front pear tree and the back plum tree. They both look very nice with the snow on them right now. Mom sends me pinecones for crafts from Evelyn's neck of the woods from time to time.

I would love some prickly pears, but you can't send me fruit. Customs doesn't like it. My Uncle Auggie has a 30 ft prickly pear in Turlock, CA that's taller than his garage. He uses chemistry tongs to burn the prickles off on a gas burner before peeling them. I've made jelly with them and we also eat them fresh either in fruit salad or alone. They have a nice not-too-sweet refreshing flavour. We get them here in Ontario - flats of them shipped from CA in the fall. So sad. I miss my free fruit and nuts.
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageMistirose
Jan 8, 2011 8:21 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
here I be
ImageTuinkabouter
Jan 9, 2011 4:06 AM CST
Name: Tuinkabouter
The Netherlands
Mekos,

Usually our winters are cool and wet with incidental periods of mild frost. However, over the years these frost periods have become more severe and we're having much more snow that we had when I was still a child.

Last winter has been an exceptionally cold one with lots of snow. Looked like were going to have one like that this year too, but now temperatures have risen fast and it feels like spring. Lots of the bulbs I planted are already above the ground and some of my wintersown seeds have germinated too. Pity, for temperatures will no doubt drop again. It's far too warm now!
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 9, 2011 8:35 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Ragtag got ya. : )

Sorellina am defruiting some to send only seeds to you.

Mekos.. what I do is get rolls of that 6ml plastic rolls that like 10 x20 from Walmart. They in the paint section. I stack milk crate s up or anything else I can use to make like a gh in a gh and then have light bulbs above that. I take on and off as weather goes up and down. If you get enough snow, seems like it would act an insulator too.

Nasty stuff supposed to start hitting her e in a couple of hours. First they said last night, now they saying this morning. I wish I was a pop tart about now and somebody would just keep toasting me over and over. Hilarious!



Imagewildflowers
Jan 9, 2011 9:18 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
well the snow found it's way here in northeast Tx it's coming down good..there should be a nice white blanket on the ground soon! A good day get the fireplace going! stay warm and safe!
FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Jan 9, 2011 11:34 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yep Christine watching some beautiful flakes falling here in Dallas Hurray!
Imagetcs1366
Jan 9, 2011 12:10 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
no snow here in the Midwest.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageStephGTx
Jan 9, 2011 1:23 PM CST
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas
I'm about 45 min south of Misti and I'm getting lots of snow as well.
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
ImageMistirose
Jan 9, 2011 2:22 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
wow Blinking
mekos
Jan 9, 2011 3:19 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
We are getting stray flakes spareingly but major activity is coming tonight around 2:00am. Some say 4-6 in. Other stations say 6-10 inches.
Ending Tuesday with sleet on top. Maybe it will be ok. Star my son framed me a room with house top roof and I put plastic 6 mil thick twice over it. It 9 foot tall in center and I have 5 heat lamps 100 wats each hanging down from rafters. The only problem is if power goes off at night like last year. Temps will be in teens for several nights this coming week. Cold temps are normal for us but not this much snow and ice. Oh well not gonna worry, nothing I can do about the weather anyway. Just gonna lighten up and enjoy life the spring will come soon and I will have seeds to sow and enough plants to be beautiful anyway, not gonna worry.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
ImageSteven
Jan 9, 2011 6:49 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
We're supposed to get even more snow this week.......10cm on Tuesday apparently. I don't like too much snow since it takes so long to melt and I(we all) get so impaitent in the spring!
Turquoise Sun is now on Facebook, come join HERE and stay updated with the latest news and articles!!!
soilsandup
Jan 9, 2011 8:07 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Just got back from a weekend in the Sierra Nevadas. Clear and sunny days, but there was a lot of snow from the prior snow storms. We get a dusting of snow here in Sacramento about once every 3-4 years.

Ella - I would love to try some of those ginseng seeds if you have any left.
ImageSorellina
Jan 10, 2011 8:13 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Not a hockey player, eh Steven? Yeah, I have no use for snow and cold, either.

However, I will say this. I do appreciate the few weeks off from the garden to sort and inventory my seeds (still doing this but this huge parcel did help), plan my garden, tidy up the grow-op (gardening dishes mainly), and work on projects that I only have time for during the winter. I catch up on more reading during this time, I do mending and other sewing projects, I bake a lot (lots of bake-worthy holidays between now and Mother's Day), and I make decorations with some of the dried plant materials from the garden. I have some stalks of Purple Magesty Millet F1 and Pink Flamingo Feather Celosia that I want to make into a wreath this week. Those things are rather seed-laden so it'll be a two-in-one project..shaking and saving seeds first, assembling second.
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 10, 2011 1:52 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Sheesh! What a mess down here. I on for a fe w and than getting back off again, so I don't lose my puter as electric is iffy. We lost power here late last night til early this morning. I listened to big tree branches fall on and off all night. Terra at her daughters as she was suppose dot have doc app't's today. Told he r stay there and stay warm, she ha s big huge branch across her driveway that needs to be moved before she can get in.

Ha d to bust my way out the door this morning to feed the birds. Didn't even stop to think abotu the fact the door glass and a solid sheet of ice. We got rain, snow and sleet here. Been awhile since I seen icicles on the trees an they still there. Poor birdies. How their little tootsie s don't freeze off I don't know.

Everything about closed up here. Probably will be tomorrow too as we still got more of this stuff for at least another day. I know it even worse for the folks just above me. Hoping they at least have power. We got alot of Ga and Sc Piggies that in this mess.

I do gotta yell WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

MY Alma mater Auburn is playing in the BBC today in nice warm sunny weather. Been since think it was 1957 and the only touchdown of the game when we won last time. If we win, Auburn and Toomer's Corner gonna be covered in thousands of rolls of toilet paper for sure. Poor old Oak tree, maybe with this cold folks won't roll it to keep from breaking more branches.

Forgot to say Rides, got ya and hope Charlie and the girls all ok.

Soils got ya too.

Imagebeyondthelimit
Jan 10, 2011 2:08 PM CST
Name: MARY
Pennsylvania Zone 6b
Question ..... if the pre-k kiddies use empty milk cartons ( 1/2 pint size) for seed sowing (holes in bottom for drainage) seeds ..... after they produce seedlings and are harden off .... can they be directly planted into the ground?

In other words will the roots grow through the WAXED cover cardboard?

I am Ears perked up!

MARY
ImageRickCorey
Jan 10, 2011 2:25 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Mary,

I would be surprised if roots could push THROUGH waxed cardboard, since I think the wax would keep it from softening. But if the drainage holes were big enoguh, MAYBE the roots could sneak out through the holes.

Maybe cut the boxes apart with un-pointed scissors? Or saw through the corners with serrated knives and then tear the bottom off, if that isn't a stabbing hazard at that age? Maybe use scissors to cut from one drainge hole to another, and tear out PART of the bottom. Then the root ball would not fall apart, yet roots could grow straight down.

Did anyone say they sent Mother of Thyme / Thymus serphyllum / Creeping Thyme seed into the Piggy Swap? I only have the vulgaris, and would love the creeping Thyme. TxAggieGal gave me a bare root Mother of Thyme plant, but it looked sad and may have died even before the frost came.

But it smelled great!

Corey

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