Cottage Gardening forum: #16 "SS&C" -- The Barn Dance

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Jan 21, 2011 1:21 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Steven... One of the Easter egg people was Sorellina, so if she happens by your neck of the neighborhood and ya remember ya would be kind enough to toss her a few.

Sounds, good, I'll work on the databasee and a forum both over the weekend. What name ya want for the forum. My Virtual Garden , Garden Showcases ? Any ideas and suggestions?

Rides... So glad to see ya back on line. Missed ya! Smiling And yes, tell Charlie there a package of carrots in there Big Grin e for you to grow for him and the other babies if I remember right. Maybe ya might even get a few for yourself. Hilarious!

Jan 21, 2011 2:11 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Star, you are so sweet. I'll give them a try. Thanks girlfriend.
Jan 21, 2011 2:36 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
You're right about having a wonderful little garden helper next year, Terese! She's recently started helping me water the plants... finds an empty jug and brings it to me in the kitchen, "wa-wa. wa-wa! peeeeese?" This one on the windowsill is her current favorite, and I have to keep an eye on it to be sure it doesn't get drowned by daily drenching.

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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Jan 21, 2011 4:16 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Oh.... how very sweet. that is just so precious.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Jan 21, 2011 4:30 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Jill That is precious! Lovey dubby
Jan 21, 2011 5:14 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Thanks so much for hosting the swap. I am glad that you had clear roads all the way to the happy people at the post office! It is icy and snowy here with more on the way for Tuesday. At least the power, phones and internet are working. Good weather for wintersowing piggy seeds!

Jill, your daughter is a gardener in training! What fun things are you going to plant together this year? I still remember starting seeds with my grandmother when I was young. We even grew an avocado pit and a pineapple.

While walking the pug, I found more blinds to cut for labels. I managed to balance the blinds, walk the dog and not slip on any ice on the way home. My containers of potting mix were frozen to the patio...argh...I had to pry them loose and bring them inside to defrost. This is my second year wintersowing. Last year, I ran out of potting mix. This year, it keeps getting frozen solid outside. Eventually, I'll get it right!
Jan 21, 2011 5:27 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
For those folks that grow veggies, you can start your own personal garden showcase of veggies here for the moment in this forum that was created a ways back til I can get plant one s started.

Good grief, weather man says it -30F air temp in Canada and that don't include wind chill. Sitting her e chuckling wondering if Joseph would still be out working in sleeveless shirt and jeans only. Hilarious! Hilarious!

Critter... She getting big, turning into a real little lady. Heck you keep her goign and growing and pretty soon she'll be here oinkign for her own seeds. Telling mamma to move over so she can squeel away. Thumbs up

Jan 21, 2011 5:44 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Oh and ther e also The Winter sowing forum, where folks can post and provide their knowledge and experiences too and also ask for help.
Jan 21, 2011 5:57 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Love forgives all wrongs.
Critter, I have the same joy with my granddaughter. She's a sprinkler...she likes to sprinkle seeds all over! Your daughter is a cutie pie!
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Jan 21, 2011 6:22 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Now over on Dg you have open forums and member forums. Her e on EG we have the same thing. Cubits differs in the fact that it is wide open to everybody. Somebody could be a member of a cubit and that would allow them to come and read everything you post and then unmember themselves. For some things it fine for general chatter and such.

For those people who wanted a bit more privacy , but to share and chatter and grow just at the other site s , but with a bit of protection, The Secret Garden was formed and yes it is a paid yearly membership. Cubits costs money to run and this helps a little bit.

For those folks here that members of the Secret Garden don't forget you all ready have such a place.

In that database you can create your own title, you have a place to blog text & put notes, have your trading lists and wants and an outgoing and inbound trading place and can put photo's and this will only be open to other Secret Garden Members.

The current database is open to everybody. Use your current database for trades which is open to everybody, and if you have special stuff and don't want the whole world knowing what ya doing or keeping your special seeds and such between friends and close members than you can put stuff in your Secret Garden database.

Now that I have seeds all out and about, I will be using both. Some folks would like to share area of their gardens and plants without having to worry about some unscrupulous and the reality is there are folks like that out there, coming and getting their precious babies.

Jan 22, 2011 6:55 AM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
I tried hand pollinating my Christmas cactus ( the one in my avatar). So far I don't see any of the little " berries" mentioned in the link, so I guess you have to cross with a different one. Darn I could have too cause my Thanksgiving cactus was blooming at the same time. Maybe next year !
Jan 22, 2011 7:17 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
MJ maybe we have to wait a long while. Y a know how long they take to grow, I just thinking her e that maybe it will take them along time to form a seed too. So far my bloom hasn't fallen off even though it is dried and shriveled. Yours sure is pretty.

Jan 22, 2011 7:38 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I'm excited to hear who gets their package today!!

I think last time for me, it was 3 days.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Jan 22, 2011 9:06 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Ciao all-

Yeah, it's very cold here today. If I didn't have my chocolate class, I wouldn't be going out at all. Tomorrow will be even colder.

Steven, I'll shoot my address to you in a PM. It'll be at least April before I get over to Humber Nursery and that's after I start my eggplants.
Grazie a tutti,
Jan 22, 2011 9:18 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
I'm anxiously awaiting the sound of the postal truck's squeaky brakes! Big Grin

Thank you so much Ella, Terese and Lebug for making this swap happen. I have very little money to spend on gardening or entertainment and this swap is the best of both. Thanks for all the fun, everyone! Hurray!
Jan 22, 2011 9:35 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Me too Tcs... I hope some of the short haulers get their's today. If not should be alot of piggies squeeling like crazy on Monday for sure. Poor long haulers have about a week to ten days probably.
Jan 22, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Danita, I'm counting on you to help me grow those lovely dianthus from seed! I don't have American milk jugs, just traditional nursery flats and inserts, but I do have a grow-op type setup downstairs inthe laundry room with shelves and lights.
Grazie a tutti,
Jan 22, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Ok, just checked on some here the updates

Out for delivery today


Debbie it says yours is available at the Po have no idea why, as you gave me a physical addy, so you may want to call yoru local Po . I'll sent you your confirmation number.
Your item is available at a PO Box at 8:44 am on January 22, 2011

Now for:

Ragtag and Mekos it says:

Says arrived and sorted at, whatever that means, so could be going out today.

Danita it says you arrive d at Po and expected to be delivered today.

Kelly.. It says you was accepted here , but nothing else been posted so far, so don't know if you will arrive or not.

Jan 22, 2011 9:58 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Jamaica Plain, MA
Sorellina, the dianthus that I've tried have all been easy warm germinators and sprout very quickly (less than a week) on a heat mat under lights. I doubt you need the heat mat either. They just might take a bit longer without. I really don't know.
Jan 22, 2011 10:11 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Julianna -- you dont have to have milk jugs... just anything you can poke holes in the bottom and will hold 4" of soil with room to grow, and some sort of cover.

I use all sorts of things...

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I've got larger, QT sized yogurt containers, Sour Cream containers, Lg containers that contained Grapes, one container in teh back has a ziploc bag over it.

many half gal or qt sized jugs from Half and Half, juice, kefir ... anything that holds liquid.

sometimes one has to get creative. also i use a of vinegar.

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

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