Cottage Gardening forum: #1 2012 Piggy Chat and Q&A

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Oct 24, 2012 1:45 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
We came from here:

Still no computer working at home, but good news!!!!!!!!!

Alrighty finally a new thread to start the kick off of this years Piggy Swap. Hurray! Hurray!

I have posted up the rules and the sign up list up under the Seed Trading Forum.

Rules and Official starting line:

The sign up sheet:

You may have noticed that this year there is no time when the barn door will be unlocked and open. That is because if I still don't have my computer back by then, the doors will be opened and kicked off by whichever one of my Admin Team gets here first and starts things off. Depending upon who is here first on the 14th, they could open it night, morning, afternoon or evening. You will not know. You'll just have to keep checking to see when it is unlocked.

Since it is hard for me to be here right now, The Admin Team is in charge. If they tell you something, it will be just like me speaking, so please be respectful of them and follow their advice and suggestions.

A few things have changed from last year, for one price of postage went up to cover this years increase. Second, I felt so bad about what happened with some folks not being who they were, so this year, even Survivors have to pay postage. Economy bad for everybody and hopefully that will lighten the burden a bit off folks and also keep things real.

As usual I have probably forgotten some things, and hopefully somebody will catch them. If I have and am not around, check with Tcs and Patti to make any corrections.

Ugggggggggggg! I'm watching this timer and it will be out soon, so let me try and get some links posted.

Joseph..... Love your market displays. Smiling

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Oct 24, 2012 2:08 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
I hope I got all the links. Patti you may want to double check I have the right ones in the right spots. Darn timer has me so nervous I forgot where I needed what. LOL

My oh my, did nobody notice I spelt the word Survivor wrong last year. *Blush* Oh well, to late to change now, hopefully I got it right for this year.

I know I am forgetting something important, hopefully I will remember it soon.

Oh, now I know!

There is no way for me to have enough time to be able to put an announcement in the paper. We need to have it run every week for the next couple of weeks. Does anybody happen to have time? This is what I wrote last year, with last year dates and times, if somebody wants to re-write or write their own article about it and now that we have the official opening and closing dates, somebody please be good enough to post it in the seed trading forum over on ATP with links back to here. I sure would appreciate it.

Ok, times up, sniff, sniff. Be back as soon as I can. Group hug
Oct 24, 2012 3:14 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Wee Haa!!! I've already got a draft of my database started.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Oct 24, 2012 4:28 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
I sent the newsletter info to Dave. I just noted that the article was about last years swap and gave a link for this years swap. If someone wants to write up a new article I can have Dave change the link. Here is a link to the article Ella wrote last year and a link to what was put in the newsletter last year
Oct 24, 2012 8:28 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok Im here! Sure hope you get your puter fixed soon Group hug
Oct 24, 2012 8:37 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
I'm here, too! Fingers crossed for speedy repair on Ella's computer. She does have a wonderful team, but we need our Piggy Queen, too!

Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Oct 25, 2012 5:14 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
critterologist wrote:...Fingers crossed for speedy repair on Ella's computer. She does have a wonderful team, but we need our Piggy Queen, too!

I agree

Oct 26, 2012 8:30 AM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Ella, what is the diagnosis on your computer?
Oct 27, 2012 1:55 PM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Hey All! I've been MIA this summer, busy exercising and losing 34 (so far) of my piggy pounds! Lots more to go, but I'm feeling great! Sorry your computer is out Ella. Hope it gets fixed quick!

Not sure what I'll have to swap, but I know I have some seeds saved from the beginning of the summer before my focus changed, and I know there are some out in the yard just waiting to be grabbed, so I'm in!

Thanks Joseph for the Cmail, or I might have missed you all entirely. Will definitely be around only sporadically, as between regular life stuff and Weight Watchers stuff and the occasional day of actual WORK, my time is pretty crazy!
Oct 27, 2012 4:36 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

KLStuart: Good job on the weight loss. Any techniques you'd like to share?
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Nov 1, 2012 11:51 AM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
Hello, all you hungry little piggies! I just discovered that I should be on this thread, but I must have missed something. The last entry on here was Joseph's on Oct. 27th (5 days ago). I'm going to get cjhound (Jenn) to this thread so that she can get started on her database. (I haven't started mine either.) Fall weather is here and making me drool over next year's seeds!
Nov 1, 2012 12:19 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Heya! I was scarce for a couple days getting things sorted out here before Sandy arrived, then our internet was out for a couple days (power out for less than 24 hours, though, so all OK). No damage here, and we're feeling very fortunate.

Star has been having computer problems, think she said her machine was out for repair.

It's fun to look around the garden, remember what bloomed this summer, and find spots that "need" something more.
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Nov 2, 2012 1:53 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
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Sneak preview of my offerings!
Nov 2, 2012 3:14 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
oh heavens... i've been such a slug. Did not save any seeds this year.... was a very bad year for plants.
Not sure I'll have anything for the swap... but I did see Gaillardia on Dryad's list... So I may go see what i have left.

I've been back home about 3 weeks now... and I have zero energy for anything. Did pull some weeds today though.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at

Nov 2, 2012 7:19 PM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
Wow, BitBit, you put me to shame with your neat little packaged and labeled seeds! I'm still out there looking to see what I have to pick from, and we're already threatened with a freeze each night. What I have collected is in its container (with chaff) and a label. My concentration has been on getting the tropicals and tender things indoors or covered. Sunday will be my day to start working on my new database!
Nov 2, 2012 7:28 PM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
Forgot to say that Kelly is looking really good! Her diet and exercise lifestyle is working for her. I'm proud of her!
Nov 3, 2012 6:02 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
BitBit: You are ahead of me. Here's what my maxima squash landrace looks like today. I think that I won't get it ready for the Hoggy Swap. That's a lot of eating!!!!

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Nov 3, 2012 6:45 PM CST
Name: Sass
up North, just yonder a ways
A Charley's Gal, YES I BE !!
Joseph that is a nice haul!
Nov 4, 2012 8:01 AM CST
Name: Robin Lange
Corydon, IN
Thanks Terese, it's nice to be back Thumbs up Spent the better part of yesterday sorting through, packaging and labeling all the seeds. Have a bit more to go today (including that Gaillardia - I pulled it off until I actually found it), figured if I didn't get it done now I'd be in a world of hurt come the 14th. Joseph, your stuff looks fabulous! I'm gonna have to spend some serious time trolling through your list. Kelly, your diet results were the tipping point for me - I left the wonderful world of retail in April and since I'm not on my feet and walking all day (and not changing my eating habits) the weight has slowly added up to an unfortunate bit of winter insulation.
Nov 8, 2012 6:13 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Here for a few. I have fingers and toes crossed that they will get my puter fixed. When the help is free, ya can't push to much, but they know how important this is to me. I have a few neighbors that have internet, so may go around knocking on everybodys doors and seeing if I can use their puters for a bit each day til I get mine back.

I have been having major..major withdrawl for sure.

This year was rough for alot of folks. Lots of heat, drought and flooding in some areas for folks. Some years folks can collect alot and some years folks can't. Everybody just shares what they have. So don't feel bad if you don't have much. That part of what swap is about, share during bountiful years and ask during lean.

I running behind too on my lists. Oh well. I usually am. I got seeds all over the place. Now to just get them in some kind of order. Ya right. LOL not gonna happen this year either. Folks will just have to stumble through my mess as usual.

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