Cottage Gardening forum: Piggy Swap # 26 Let the Sowing Begin

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Feb 19, 2012 7:41 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
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Folks are busy deciding which seeds to sow and making plans for their gardens this year. Feel free to join in the fun while we discuss how to sow and grow and dream of beautiful gardens.
Feb 19, 2012 7:49 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Rain has stopped for a few minutes. Haven't even looked outside yet to see what mess we got from last night. They saying this month going to be one of the worst for bad weather down here. Sure hope not.

Wow.. I so far behind with sowing with everything going on. Going down into teens tonight. So tired of bringing plants in and out. Just hope the rain holds off long enough for pots to dry out some.

The other day when I had to bring in plants, Had the bejebbers scared out of me. was watching tv and all of a sudden saw a tail flash. first thought was Oh no got snake in the house. Grabbed the fly swatter cuz it was handy, like it really gonna do something, but here I brought a lizard inside that must have been hiding in the foliage. Had to chase him round and round til I could finally get him back outside.

I got a question. Forget who I got them from, but with the Miniature Indian Corn is that edible or just for ornament only? I have read conflicting reports.

Feb 19, 2012 8:16 AM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Love forgives all wrongs.
Wow Ella you are a brave woman. I don't cope to well with critters inside the house. Ugh
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Feb 19, 2012 10:42 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
lol Ella Rolling on the floor laughing
Feb 19, 2012 12:21 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
wow, you all are so productive ! i am still at the sorting, cataloging stage. the only thing i have growing is sweet peas, tons of them growing up the fences. cant wait for the flowers.
Feb 19, 2012 2:26 PM CST
Name: Donna
Hi everyone!

I have to go pick up some vermiculite and some deli containers so I can give that a try when I start sowing.

I don't know much about food crop gardening but a friend at work asked for me to pick out and order some watermelons and maybe a cantaloupe for him to try. I ordered a few from Baker Creek and am looking at Swallowtail and Johnny's.

This is what I got for him from Baker Creek:
Watermelon Dixie Queen
Watermelon Picnic
Melon Anne Arundel (green flesh)
Melon Planter's Jumbo (orange flesh)

He mentioned wanting early and really sweet and possibly seedless but that wasn't a huge deal.

Any suggestions? Any size melon is OK--I think he wants to make it a fun father/son thing with his boy:) I almost picked Tigger just for the rind color.
Oh, NC zone 7 -- short cool damp spring and hot, humid, long summers.
Feb 19, 2012 2:55 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Just taking a break from weeding in the front flower bed and pruning my Crepe myrtle. Its so nice out. Hurray!
Feb 19, 2012 4:46 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Time to get serious about sowing seeds here, too, both inside & out! I can't get over all the wonderful goodies I have from this year and from previous swaps... my "to sow" pile is huge, so I've given up prioritizing... I'm just going to grab a packet and start a few seeds from it, move on to the next one, etc. until I run out of WS containers and/or space under the lights. I'm going to need more potting mix, too. Hilarious!

Starlight, I've heard that in tropical areas (eg, Hawaii) everybody has a "house lizard" to help eat up any bugs that might get in.
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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Feb 19, 2012 6:15 PM CST
Name: Sandy
Texas 9b
Jill we have a lot of different lizards here but they don't seem to live very long in the house...not enough bugs. I love all the little critters in my yard. We have 2 different green ones, salamanders, blue tail (skinks?) a beige gecko, found a green striped grass snake a couple weeks ago..wish I would have taken pictures of it.

Been out digging up bulbs on old homesteads. We went out at 9 and didn't come home till 3:30. Boy am I tired and covered in mud. It has rained so much here the past few weeks. Make it good for digging but with the big Crinums we found the really wet mud causes a suction and they are hard to pull loose and they go to China. We are going tobuy pots tomorrow to take them to the flea market the second weekend in March. We have found narcissus, red lycoris (red spider lilies), white Rain lilies, Crinums, a bunch of Summer Snowflake Leucojum aestivum (I love these) and some other bulbs not sure what they are. I am covered in fire ant bites (but I won as I ended up with the bulbs) and about 15 bites. We have been digging alot but decided we need to stop and sort them and pot some before we dig more. We found huge patches of short monkey grass that we will cut out of the ground and just slide into pots, a ton of Variegated Greater Periwinkle Vinca major and a solid green one, NOID Iris, NOID Daylilies, Cast Iron Plant, Ruellia tall purple. I think we should do well at the flea market. I want an ipad and am hoping to make enough for one and hopefull even more money than that. Also starting school Fri. Not sure what yet but will know tomorrow when we go sign up. It will either be payroll or optician (person who fits glasses ect) they are a 12 week course and we can get a grant. Hurray!

OK need a shower, I am so exhausted I can't hardly sit in the chair and type. Group hug Group hug
Feb 19, 2012 9:04 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
I have only a couple of poppy varieties planted (wintersowed) waiting on them to sprout. This is my first year trying this method, so I seem to be putting off trying for LOTS of varieties. Smiling We are expecting temps to be back down in the 40's by the end of this week with night time temps low 20s and maybe teens, so I think I'll try to plant a couple of jugs each night and get going. Our winter has been extremely mild - I hope there is enough cold weather to get the seeds to sprout. I'm really liking reading about all the things you are all doing with you seeds. Keep on sending those tips! Hurray! Hurray!
Feb 19, 2012 10:34 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
I often hedge my bet by sowing just some of the seeds in a packet (which is partly how I've ended up with such a stash!). I sowed poppy seeds several years ago around our little fruit trees, but the little plants didn't do well... I think they were actually getting too much sun, as several people said part shade seemed better for them in our area... now those fruit trees are a little bigger, and the crooked willow in the corner is really big, so there's a lot of "light shade" in that area. Joyanna and I danced around out there on groundhogs day, sowing a mix of leftover seeds I'd been keeping in the fridge. I put several handfuls of sand with the seeds to make it easier to toss them around.
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Feb 19, 2012 11:01 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you to get your ipad Sandy Thumbs up Thumbs up You sure worked hard for it Smiling

I got five trays of coleus planted today and one tray of Denium petunias under my table top lights I did an oops though I put plastic over my window in between the tv room to keep the cold out from the back rooms and the window is where my cord usually goes thru to the plug in tv room so had to put my lights on top of the fridge and plug it in there thing is I have to grab a step up thingie to see if I have any sprouts or if they need water or if water is dripping from the top of the cover over it, very inconvient! But hey it will work...

It's suppose to rain Tues. so I'm filling jugs to get wet by the rain so next weekend guess I'll start WS in my soil less mix. I feel like I'm so behind Hilarious! Thinking about sowing some annuals like more petunias in pots and putting covers over them then sitting them out in the spring rains if we have any we've had so much rain this winter bet this is going to be a dry spring/summer for us.

Hang in there this month Ella it's got to get better sometime you sure have had a time of it with your weather this year:rolleyes: Not a good year for little seedlings this year for you either, you get rid of piggy seeds and now you have a trailer full of plants Rolling on the floor laughing
Feb 20, 2012 10:26 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I got busy this weekend, so now I've sowed tomatoes (28 varieties), peppers (24 varieties), onions, a few flowers, and lots of miscellaneous herbs. I know most of these seedlings can spend a lot of time under covers if we have a cold spring. I also weeded under my tunnels and pulled out some dead plants (bye bye winter arugula and spinach) so that I can move the seedling trays out there when they're big enough.

The sheer number of things I have to plant this year is a little overwhelming, but I'm trying to do a little bit at a time. It's going to be glorious when I can start harvesting them all!
Feb 20, 2012 5:48 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Love forgives all wrongs.
Here's my list of seeds I ws. There's a few more I need to get out.


GAILLARDIA Apricot ArizonA
BALLOON Flower Fairy Snow
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Feb 20, 2012 5:49 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
oh you just reminded me I need to start putting my stuff in myfolia lol
Feb 20, 2012 6:55 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I'm loving Sure makes it easy to document things. My paper documents get too thick too fast. Can't find things when I want to calculate growing degree days, or days to maturity, etc.

Star: Corn is corn is corn. Just takes more of it to make a meal if the kernels are smaller.
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Feb 22, 2012 9:34 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
got all my veggies uploaded to it, still putting in some notes of quantities.
Feb 22, 2012 9:42 AM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Finally did it - wsed my first 22 milk jugs for the year on Monday. Way behind many of you wintersowers here, but am beating my time of last year by a month. Hilarious! Not a minute too soon either - expecting a high of 72 degrees today.

I am all out of milk jugs so the question now is, do I still hold on to some milk jugs from last season with soil and seed that may still sprout, or toss them out and reuse them? I have maybe 6 of those hangerons. At this point, though, I am probably better off direct sowing a lot of the remaining seeds.

Feb 22, 2012 12:12 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Love forgives all wrongs.
Dianne, I am so bad about letting go. LoL I say water the seeds in the jugs and set them out.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Feb 22, 2012 5:14 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok not able to plant a whole lot yet as I dont know how many raised beds I will be doing in the back yard in the next year. but I have what I have planted so far in Myfolia

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