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

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Mar 13, 2012 2:33 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Love forgives all wrongs.
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Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Mar 13, 2012 2:59 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
wellllll -- rubbing is the cheapest... so that would be my choice.

I feel like such a schlub... i still havent sown anything.

I need to get my seed basket out and start going thru it.
the weather today was gorgeous -- so after the apt with the accountant and we signed over our youngest child as payment to the Govt...
then lunch -- even that was expensive for 5 peeps....

came home and cut back dead/spent foliage, pulled some weeds -- then sat in the yard while the kitties played -- the youngest is still a fence climber, so i can't leave him a lone.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at

Mar 13, 2012 3:02 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
I have better luck potting up little seedlings also (although I know some people plonk HOS into the garden and have great success). I just didn't see how you were saving $ on potting mix by starting in vermiculite if you were still figuring on potting up later on... but then I don't use plain ol garden dirt in any containers, because my clay soil just compacts too much to use in pots.
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Mar 13, 2012 3:03 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I did some meandering around just to enjoy the day as well.

Sure hope the weather knows what it's doing. There are 70+ varieties of seeds sprouted here already. Rolling on the floor laughing
Mar 13, 2012 3:05 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Critter, your Chocolate daisy seeds sprouted just today. Thumbs up
Mar 13, 2012 3:07 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Cool! Joyanna and I spotted some little sprouts in several WS containers today also. And I have a couple dozen Japanese Morning Glory seedlings under lights downstairs, many courtesy of BlueSpiral. Lovey dubby

I think I'd better dig out some old sheets or find some row cover so I can cover up my WS jugs/bottles if needed... I know there will be a lot of sprouting during the warm weather this week, and if we get a hard freeze before it's "really" spring I don't want to lose all those babies!
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Mar 14, 2012 1:48 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Terese U R a trip Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I was just thinking yesterday about all the plants in gal. pots I've been cleaning off wondering if we were going to get any more bad weather I'll have to grab some old covers from the totes in the garage for sure!

Haven't had anything sprouting in my jugs yet as warm as it's been I'm surprised but most are the ones that take longer and need cold if we get anymore Confused

High so far today is 81, yesterday it got to 80 and no cold weather in the forecast for a whole week...

I did finally get my Gaillardias planted for downstairs today keep saying I'm going to plant them then never do, well some people knows how that goes Whistling Need to get the rest of my petunias planted!

WOW Chelle Smiling Smiling You are going to be busy! Makes me feel guilty with my measly little 14 jugs out there but I gotta stop and think too I have so many wonderful flowers from everyone thru the years too Lovey dubby 200 jugs every year was gettting kind of rough for this old piggy Rolling on the floor laughing

I would try to pot up every seedling in every jug then when someone would drop by they took plants home with them it got to where everyone had enough plants and was afraid to come by Rolling on the floor laughing
Mar 15, 2012 2:36 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Jonna I have two Barbatus Penstemon babies today first ones to germinate in my jugs Hurray!
Mar 15, 2012 5:26 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
>> Isn't most of the insecticidal soap organic?

Whatever brand I bought listed some fatty acids as the active ingredient, and since that is indeed "soap", (fat broken down in to fatty acids plus glycerol) I assumed it was from an organic source.

I suppose they could have been synthesized fatty acids, but I'm guessing that's more expensive than rendered fat.

The only thing that bothered me was the slobby spray botle. It "sprayed" a solid stream that would have wasted 90% of the spray. So transferred it to a real spray bottle and got the leaves wet with a fine mist from various directions, instead of putting most of the soap on my curtains and trays.

I was delighted that these bugs (I don;t know if they really were aphids) went away so easily.

Terese, my theory is that if I had sprayed them with Vodka, they would have been back the next day WITH all their friends.

Mar 15, 2012 7:37 PM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
I'm worrying about Ella! Has anyone ever talked to her on the phone? Or does anyone have her phone number? Maybe it's just that her computer is not functioning?
Mar 16, 2012 6:25 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Morning all!!!!!

I am here, finally. Still not 100% my usual orney self, but getting there. Man oh man. This year is starting off really rocky. Just hope it gets better, although if it true about coming in three's and it usually does for me, still got one major opps to go through.

Poor body is about as beaten right now as it ever been. Worked on cleaning up the fire mess. What a mess. Guess body got to much smoke all that time and not a good thig for somebody with asthma and copd.

Was so upset over the mess I created, I worked too many days from sun up to way past sundown to try and clean up and restore. Was too much for my body as it still hadn't healed fully from the major heat stroke and than mini stoke I had from summer.

Body got pushed to where there was literally no more air and it shut down, big time. Then to top it off has an accident of falling off back of truck moving last of damage stuff and about broke my fool neck. Spent l most two weeks laying flat on back where couldn't move neck or back and the stress of too much to this old pony caused heart problems and shut down kidneys again.

Thought I was gonna give it up- there for awhile. Still have parts of neck that have to watch how I move and have left arm that can't be raised all the way, just keep it in a sling when the pain gets too bad.

I finally couldn't stand laying in bed anymore and felt more pain and worse, so am up and shuffling around. Taking things a bit slow, but got seeds to sow and flowers screaming for attention, so am up and at it again. I may go down for awhile, but God says it ain't my time yet, so as long as I kicking, I moving, too much to do.

I so far behind, trying to catch up. Haven't even had a chance other than a couple of things to get anything sowed and a few things I did have I have to resow as they croaked when I was ill and couldn't take care of them.

Seen all the bad weather and storms on news and hope that all our piggies are safe and that nobody suffered any major damage. Glad to see ya safe Lebug.

Amanda Welcome. Glad ya joined. Feel free to jump in or chat or ask questions or offer up advice.

Tcs Glad to see ya back too. Glad ya had such a good time. I know ya work like crazy all year long, so it good ya got a chance to get away and have a bit of fun.

Corey Look on your insecticidal soap. Most of them do not work unless the temps are at least 70 F something degrees.

I remember glancing quickly over something about you having aphids. Depending on what stage your plants are in, best thing is to take them outside and jet spray them with water and let drain good and do for several days in a row. If they big enough, hit them with some dish soapy water let set a minute or two and than rinse soap off again with jet spray water.
Here, have a bunch of suggestions for treating aphids and about their life cycle.

Well, what ya all think of this crazy weather. Went from freezing cold to blistering heat. Went from winter to summer and did not even stop of hit go for spring.

One thing I do know is that the snakes are now out in full force and hungry. I tippy toeing around outside for sure and using a hoe to move any pots. Had 4 different species of baby snakes out yesterday in an area I in constantly. Almost grabbed one thinking it was a worm and was gonna toss it off the black plastic I have down and here it was a baby black snake hiding under a single leaf. Aggggggggg. I do so hate snakes. Bad thing is I know there lots more babies hiding somewhere and even scarier than them is knowing the mommas are around.

So folks be extra careful out there, the critters are coming out and they hungry. besides the snakes, darn sketters are back out in full force. I look forward to spring cuz those few weeks are about the only time that you can go outside and not lose two pints of blood a day from them nasty suckers.

With the warm weather folks are going crazy planting away and putting stuff in the ground. I just ain't to sure that winter is really over and than we aren't going to have some zapping cold spells yet. The other day it hailed some small hail while raining.

Just got my hummer feeders up. Darn gnats are out in swarms too, so hopefully the hummers come early too. I so far behind on things but will catch up eventually.

Joseph How things looking your way. Did you get enough snow and cold for your crops this year? I keep thinking about all them beautiful fields and fields you plant and already with these hot temps what water we have gotten is disappearing fast. Got a feeling it gonna be another year worse than last of water control and drought.

A friend dropped off what was left of this 12 foot long roll of like a white cotton/guaze type material . Has very tiny holes so water can go through it. Soon as body is able to lift the post hole digger am going to put some 8 foot fence posts in the ground about a foot and use the caps to drape this material over the garden. Not as shade providing as regular shade cloth, but it does provide some shade and with the feeling we going to be spending extra weeks and months in the triple digits this year, anything will help.

Well, it going to 87f today and gonna be there very quickly and still can't stand to be in heat and sun to much yet. Don't want to over do it, so gonna head outside for a bit and puter around while it still cool and I in an upright position. LOL

Glad to see folks got seedlings up. Nothing like new babies to give the heart a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Thanks everybody for well wishes. Will be back later. Ya all becareful in this heat. It very deceptive. keep the water bottle shandy folks.

Oh for I forget. Anybody got their corn in yet? Th8inking about taking a chance on weather and starting some of that got from Joseph in hopes that maybe if temps keep up it mature sooner before the 100+ temps come and don't have enough moisture for the kernels to milk up right.

Mar 16, 2012 6:33 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Oh for I forget, can somebody send me to the link to get that avg I think it called. The free anti virus site ya all use. My norton expires in a couple days and after this past year of fighting with it, I giving it up. Half the time it won't upodate and slows puter down. I trie d getting on last night and spent 6 hours trying to get Norton updated after being offline so long and it still not working right.

Also, do I have do disable norton before I try and load new stuff or just upload new stuff and than delte norton.
Mar 16, 2012 8:21 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
OMG Star! I am so glad to hear you are doing better. PLEASE be careful! I know you are behind but take it slow Group hug
Mar 16, 2012 8:22 AM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
SO glad to see you here this morning, Ella! I've been so worried about you, and I know that your body isn't ready to do all that you are trying to do. It's so frustrating when the body won't let you do what the mind wants to do! Heart problems and kidney problems...that's really serious stuff. Not to mention the damage from the smoke inhalation and the fall! Gosh, Ella, you're making your guardian angel work overtime!
Mar 16, 2012 8:43 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Ella I sent you a link but I hear that Norton's is a hard one to get rid of...I wouldn't let the computer guy put Norton's on my computer. Wish I could help you out trying to get rid of it but haven't a clue.

Take care and don't try to over do it your body is way more important than plants Smiling
Mar 16, 2012 8:46 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana These are some of the downloads you can choose from, Ella. I also use AVG Secure Search - it shows up red if there's an infected site in your browsing page. I uninstalled Norton after I got AVG working.

Sure is good to hear from you. Lovey dubby

Mar 16, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
I'm worried too about Ella.

Lea, hope more Penstemon barbatus seeds will sprout. 2 is nice, but not enough. :lol:

I have so many seeds sprouting at the moment (indoors and outdoors), it's too much to list them. Too busy with transplanting and working in the garden. Smiling
Mar 16, 2012 10:47 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana

The first of your Dactylorhiza fuchsii seeds have germinated today! Hurray! These will be my first ever orchid, of any type! Thumbs up
Mar 16, 2012 11:15 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Norton's is a bugger to uninstall -- so thankfully they created a "tool" to do it.

Ella -- download what ever new program you plan to use ... AVG?

it most likely will not let you install it if you have another antivirus program and will prompt you to uninstall.
so you will have to use that "tool" provided by Norton's to get rid of their program... then install your new one.

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

Mar 16, 2012 1:11 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

My snow-cover melted on March 12th. We might get a few more snowstorms, but the snow will melt in a couple days. I have been down with bronchitis for a week, otherwise I would be planting my garden: Peas, lettuce, spinach, carrots, onion sets, etc...

I have been planting corn all winter long, whenever the ground was thawed enough to get into the field. Sometimes even through snowcover. I've also planted some watermelon and cantaloupe. In all three projects I'm looking for frost hardiness, and/or cold tolerance for cold spring soil.

Two of my three flats of peppers have germinated. And I'm growing a flat of onion seedlings this spring as well. It's still quite a few weeks until I plant my tomatoes indoors.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse

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