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Jan 24, 2012 4:16 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I dont know how many of you have a kindle or like me just have it installed on your pc/smart phone (free by the way) but this ebook is going to be 19.95 but right now its free
Jan 24, 2012 4:26 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
LOL, Misti, nope, just a dumb phone. I wanted one without a camera, but I'm not sure they make them now. Thumbs down

Ella, I do hope you get to your own seeds. It would be a pity for you to go to all the trouble for us and lose out on an entire season. Go ahead and cork the bottles. That should be just fine. I use canning jars with the plastic re-sealable lids for the larger amounts and then pour into clean empty maple syrup flasks with the little gasket lids. If you have any friends who like Grolsch beer, the also have gasket lids that you can clean and re-use. I'm big on re-using containers.
Grazie a tutti,
Jan 24, 2012 4:47 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
lol well you can install the kindle on your pc as well. I just have it on both my pc and my phone. but its a natural pest control ebook so I snagged it up. Hurray!
Jan 25, 2012 12:31 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Cool. Only thing is that I would recommend before you try any of those so called natural products you check around and ask folks if they have tried them and the results. yes, there are alot of natural ways to get rid of some pests, but some of those ways also cause more damage to the natural good bugs you need.

Also, just like with chems, using too much or long a period of time using natural controls can still cause you to have resistant pests and than you not only have stronger pests, but all your natural good bugs are gone.

Some bugs and pests are a real pain. Nobody likes to have them. I know I had fits last year when I had some beautiful 3 foot hibiscus getting ready to bloom and went out one day, and mind you I scout everyday, and almost all the foliage was gone to a major infestation of hibiscus saw flies. grrrrrrrrr

The thing is they around for a purpose. Mainly as food for the good bugs. They have to eat too and in the long run if you build your good bug population up than ya wont have the pests. It just sometime s we so impatient that we just don't want to give the good guys time to build and lay and hatch and develop.

It not an easy trying to keep a good line between the bad bugs and pulling out something to get rid of them and dealing with and living with just a small amount of damage and really keeping things natural.

Just like do I get rid of all my ant hills. Nope. I have several. I watch that the colonies try not to get to big, but even though the ants are a major pest not only of themselves, but for harboring aphids over the winter, there are alot of plants that will not set seed or bloom flowers without them. They do eat the seed coats of some plants, they can get into some of the tiniest spots and their walking around will pollinate plants.

Do I like to see ants running up and down a Thunbergia Vine and into the flowers. Nope, but I know it will be for only a few weeks and that they are the only thing that really will pollinate the plants to get more seed and the seed expensive to buy.

Not only that, but I have about 6 different species of lizard type critters running around here and they need food. Ants is a big one with them.

Before I put anything out for the bad bugs, I research what all the beneficial ones are first and try and get them or grow what they eat than I know eventually the pests will be taken care of.

In addition to selecting plants that thrive with my climate, bugs, soil, etc... I am also adapting them to thrive with my personality and habits: How I weed. Plant spacing. Seeding depth. Scheduling. Tools I use for planting. How I prepare the soil. How I harvest. etc.

Good points. I think the hardest thing I have trouble with is scheduling. When to plant certain crops so that I have a nice steady stream of a harvest instead of everything being ready at once and no time to put it all up.

You go to markets and you can tell when everybody put their tomatoes in as the market flooded with them, than about the time that market done, something else coming in and a bit later when you want to find fresh tomatoes and cukes you can't . Would be nic e to have a schedule of some sorts down to have a variety of fresh produce all the time instea d of just certain weeks of the year.

Jan 25, 2012 6:31 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Me too.

I've been very diligent about implementing succession sowing and it hasn't really worked out as well as it seems it should. I don't know for sure if it's the choices I make in plants, or just that on those years we ended up having a short growing season. I do know that in a couple of experiments, I didn't factor in reduced light levels brought on by reduced day-length and fewer sunny days. Now, I'm reading that I should have added a couple of weeks to maturity for late-planted veggies.
Jan 25, 2012 8:18 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I am so excited. I can't wait for my piggy box!!!

I am wondering about winter sowing this year. We have been having so many warm days, that I am afraid that my seeds will think it is spring and then be killed when/if winter temperatures set in. I started a few things, but I am making sure that I keep some seeds "in reserve".

Any advice?

I need to learn more about planting schedules for veggies also. I am working out a "planting plan" for the seeds that I start indoors and the ones I direct sow.
Jan 25, 2012 9:21 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Succession plantings can be troubling, because early in the season things grow very slowly, and later on they grow quickly, so timing can be iffy. I've had best success with corn and peas by using the growth of the previous crop as my indicator of when to plant the next one. When the previous crop gets about 2" tall, then I plant the next one.

Carrots are more difficult because the seeds germinate best in cool spring weather, and don't seem to germinate well once it warms up. I'm thinking I'll try sprouting them in the refrigerator before planting out.

And I only get one chance with tomatoes, so I plant three types: very early, early, and mid-season.

I only plant snap beans once, but since I grow a landrace, I get 50-70 day beans maturing all season long.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Jan 25, 2012 10:11 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I need to plant an acre of snap beans - then maybe we'll get enough to put up. Rolling on the floor laughing Either that, or catch me some bunnies and take them to the other side of the state park! Might be a good time to do that right now...the 'possums and 'coons are likely sleeping. I hate dealing with caged 'possums - they kinda freak me out.....and heaven forbid I catch a skunk!!! Where's the EEK!!!! emoticon? Hilarious!
Jan 25, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Name: Patricia Spaulding
Enjoyed the journey to the PO Ella, sorry you felt it necessary to go out in the bad weather to deliver our boxes. Im sure we could have all waited patiently till another day but since you've gone and done it.. I know there are squeels of delight from across the country...Im glad you made it there and back safely.. For all those boxes to be rid of you can always use them to start a lasanga garden.. Hilarious! Like you need more work, but in the endd it would just mean more places to plant more flowers... This year my goal is plant more flowers but stop spreading the flower beds over two acres.. I almost have the front of yard( by the main road) covered by a flowerbed by now I want to line my drive with flowers.. Keeping my beds close enough that I dont have to drag water hoses all over the yard. Hopefully I can also convince Dh to move the garden plot to the main yard.. Whats up with southern men thinking they need all this grass? My old garden spot that is in the yard is now filled with irises and daylilies. teach him not to plant a garden for 2 yrs, I put it to good use Rolling on the floor laughing
Jan 25, 2012 12:42 PM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
Hurray! Hurray! They're here, and I can't sit still long enough to write this! Happy, happy piggy here!
Jan 25, 2012 1:02 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
I agree Hurray! Hurray!

Happy for you Ann! Mine is scheduled for today too, but I have to wait until I get off work to see them. Thumbs down Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Such fun! Thank you Ella and all you contributing piggies!
Jan 25, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Im with you Jill. Wont know for sure till after 6pm Central Blinking
Jan 25, 2012 1:55 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Oh goodie. Glad to see some piggies arriving. Hopefully a whole bunch more will be arriving tommorrow and the next day.

Good that they arriving, bad cuz than their heads stuck in boxes for several days before they come up for air. Rolling on the floor laughing
Jan 25, 2012 1:58 PM CST
Name: Tonya Rose
Blanco, TX
Woo hoo! My flying pigs have landed!

Thanks for the Kindle tip Misti, got it!
Jan 25, 2012 2:01 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
You bet Tonya, I do a free ebook search daily as they always have new ones showing up and they dont stay free forever Thumbs up
Jan 25, 2012 2:07 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Mine weren't there last night ...


Post Office tracking computers ground to a halt today due to massive numbers of piggies checking their shipments every few minutes. Homeland Security investigated the possibility of a new terrorist group composed of flying piggy gardeners. Experts say this is unlikely: they are only home-grown lunatics.

>> Out for Delivery
>> January 25, 2012, 9:13 am

I think I'm leaving work early today!

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Jan 25, 2012 2:12 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Misti, I don't have a Kindle or other reader, but I check the Gutenberg Project every so often. Those are public domain, so so you can view them any way you want or even print them on paper (as long as you don;t sell them).

I even found some short things by a favorite auther that I had never seen in print. (38,000 free titles)
Jan 25, 2012 2:20 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
Jan 25, 2012 2:24 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Rickcorey, no need for the device just a pc. You can go to Amazon and download their "kindle" free to your pc and or smart phone. I like PG too though I agree
Jan 25, 2012 2:28 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hurray! Mine have arrived safely! Thumbs up They're at the office though and my better half isn't going back in 'til tomorrow.....
.......but, they're safe inside until then. Hurray!

Lotsa Lovey dubby to ya, Ella!

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