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Imagetcs1366
Feb 7, 2011 10:35 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
We came from here -- > http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/49168/

Now that we all have our seeds... what are you doing with them all??

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Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Imagetcs1366
Feb 7, 2011 10:39 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Here is the field adjacent to my yard.... the teasel is 4-7' tall.

maybe I'lll try the 'whack with a hoe' thing when i see the rosettes getting close to my flower beds. Thumb of 2011-02-07/tcs1366/9ba9ad

**edited to add

most of that is Teasel and Golden Rod... which is very pretty in the Fall, but OH so much of it.
there are some Milkweeds in there too, i just dont know which one.. .i will have to catch it blooming and take a pic.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Imagetcs1366
Feb 7, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
we should have named him Trouble....

I can not even leave my seed basket out anymore. I have to hide it in the mud room on a top shelf.

He was playing with a gift baggie from the swap, and I came downstairs and there were more seed packs all over the floor... did not even know they were in the bag... wonder if he smelled the catmint seeds.... that was the only one with teeth holes in the bag.

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Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Imagejoseph
Feb 7, 2011 11:08 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
That's a lot of teasel.

What am I doing with all my seeds?

I buried the cactus fruits in the cactus bed next to the big stepping stone I use for weeding.

I am making clay marbles, with a few flower seeds inside them (seed balls). They will be scattered out at the ranch.

The rest are just waiting for spring.

I'm starting to think about spring. Giving the roto-tiller a tune-up this week. Going to look at a small weeding tractor on Wednesday.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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Imagetcs1366
Feb 7, 2011 11:43 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I've heard about those seed balls... after you toss them out in the beds.. how do the seeds disburse?? I'm just wondering if they are more concentrated in one area, or do they spread out?
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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ImageMistirose
Feb 7, 2011 12:03 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I be here Hurray!
Imagejoseph
Feb 7, 2011 12:26 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I throw the seedballs randomly, or shoot them with a slingshot. The seeds stay safe in their little clay encasement until we get enough rain to turn the clay to mud, then they sprout through the residue of the clay ball. So multiple seeds might sprout from the same ball. I figure at that point it's victory to the strongest and/or the most well adapted. I normally only use seed balls when I am planting wild places, like along the driveway, along the field road, and out at the ranch: Anyplace where i don't want to prepare a seedbed ahead of time.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagechelle
Feb 7, 2011 12:44 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Ooooh!

I'm trying to figure out how to get some unfrozen clay to make some seed balls with! My little boy ought to get a kick out of that process. Big Grin I could probably just bury those in the snow where I want the plants to sprout, eh?
ImageSteven
Feb 7, 2011 1:55 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
What am I going to do with all my seeds? I am starting as many of them as I can and the rest will make me happy knowing they are in my seed box Big Grin

Those seed balls sound like fun Joseph! I could use them to get wildflowers growing in the feild behind my house and the neighbors would ever know it was me........sort of like sowing seed undercover.

Christine, I have to let you know that your Roselle seeds are sprouting! They were only in the baggie for 2 or 3 days and they had roots! Now I just need to get them potted up......
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ImageMistirose
Feb 7, 2011 2:04 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
We are getting a smaller yard than we had planned on but my hubby has some creative ideas to give me planting space so I may not get them all planted this year but will do my best Whistling
Imagejoseph
Feb 7, 2011 2:13 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Steven wrote:Those seed balls sound like fun Joseph! I could use them to get wildflowers growing in the feild behind my house and the neighbors would never know it was me........sort of like sowing seed undercover.


Especially with a wrist-rocket sling-shot.... Weeee Ha!

I like guerrilla gardening: When the canals were dug around here 150 years ago one (or more) of the diggers planted the seeds from their lunch apples along the canal. Those trees are still growing and providing food. When the ditches were dug they were planted with asparagus which is still being harvested all these years later.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Mindy03
Feb 7, 2011 2:22 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
OK I gotta know.... How do you make clay seed balls?
Imagemjsponies
Feb 7, 2011 2:36 PM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
I wanna know too.......I've got some remote areas I could use them in !
Imagetcs1366
Feb 7, 2011 2:47 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I googled it...

http://www.ehow.com/how_2127667_make-seed-balls.html
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Imagejoseph
Feb 7, 2011 5:23 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I used a similar recipe the first time I made them. Unfortunately I didn't have an extra "ten or more friends" laying around that day. I was so &%$#@ tired by the time I got done...

These days I make the mix without seeds and store it in a covered bowl and make a few balls at a time by adding seeds to one lump of clay at a time. I have pondered using a sausage press to make larger batches.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imageragtag
Feb 7, 2011 6:38 PM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
That would be a great way to get wildflowers into my woods. I'll try it if someone will tell me how to make this red clay lump-free!!
ImageAndi
Feb 7, 2011 7:13 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Here is a good link for people starting lily seeds...

http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/LilyGerm...

Everything is frozen solid here. At least the snow cover is protecting my roses and bulbs from the ice.

Poor Winston the pug is sulking. He doesn't like going outside in the ice. He didn't even come downstairs to go outside this evening. I had to pick him up, put on his sweater and carry him outside.

Another way to sow wildflower seeds is to put them in a spice bottle or parmesan cheese container and shake them where you want seeds. I sow marigold seeds that way.
Imagejoseph
Feb 7, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
ragtag wrote:That would be a great way to get wildflowers into my woods. I'll try it if someone will tell me how to make this red clay lump-free!!


Soak it in water for a week (or three).

Pound it with a hammer.



Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageStephGTx
Feb 7, 2011 8:20 PM CST
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas
I don't have any clay :( Where can you get the stuff to make 'em?
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Imageragtag
Feb 8, 2011 1:21 PM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
Thanks, Joseph...I'll put some clay and water in one of these plastic dishpans, wait a while, and pound it with a big mallet.

Stephanie...you've got friends in Georgia and South Carolina!! (But that would be an expensive way to get some clay.)

For my winter sowing I'm using something by Fafard called "Professional Formula 3-S Mix". It was $14.95 for a 2.8 cubic foot bag, and it's a nice, light, loose mixture, but I'm adding a little vermiculite to some of the containers. I can't testify to it's success yet, but it was way cheaper than buying a ton of those 8-quart bags. Got it at my local garden center. They said it's what they use for seed starting in their greenhouses. They call it their "greenhouse mix".

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