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

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Imagesassafrass
Nov 12, 2012 9:15 PM CST
Name: Sass
up North, just yonder a ways
A Charley's Gal, YES I BE !!
that is beautiful Joseph!
Imagecritterologist
Nov 12, 2012 9:54 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Joseph, those ears are stunningly beautiful! You may have answered this before, but... what's your favorite way to eat that corn? Does it pop? Or is it mostly grown for its (not inconsiderable) ornamental value?
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ImageMistirose
Nov 12, 2012 10:29 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Beautiful!
Imagejoseph
Nov 12, 2012 11:42 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Eat vegetables? Huh? I'm one of those farmer's that stops at the grocery store to get supper after working all day in the fields growing vegetables.

It's semi-poppable: It expands about 7 times during popping. A great popcorn expands about 24 times.

I grew the Glass Gem corn because I am easily bored... I'm always looking for new and unusual crops. I'm fortunate to have planted it before it took the Internet by storm. So as soon as I get germination testing completed, I'll attempt to sell the seed. I shelled it today. Winnowing and testing on Wednesday.

Although.... This is the time of year that my skin turns orange: Because I have to cook and eat every squash before I can save seeds from it. I'd hate to pass around seeds from bad tasting squash.
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Imagechelle
Nov 13, 2012 7:34 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
How many among this group grow ornamental (flowering) kale and cabbage from seed? I turned an area surrounding a prominently placed tree into a neat autumn display using these plants and pansies...I'm loving it! Next year I'm planning on starting even more varieties. Thumbs up They're pretty for a long time in cold, fall-into-winter growing conditions.
Imagecritterologist
Nov 13, 2012 7:35 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
ROFL! During finals one year, I did turn my palms orange from crunching down so many carrots... I do love squash!
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ImageSorellina
Nov 13, 2012 9:27 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Chelle, I'm a bigtime ornamental kale person! I love the stem varieties especially, but the fringed Osakas are nice, too!

I'm getting my 2nd wave of seeds ready for tomorrow!
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagechelle
Nov 13, 2012 10:09 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Sorellina wrote:Chelle, I'm a bigtime ornamental kale person! I love the stem varieties especially, but the fringed Osakas are nice, too!

I'm getting my 2nd wave of seeds ready for tomorrow!


Thumbs up

Fringed Osakas...yes! Big Grin I have a couple of fringed varieties...lovely!


Ha! My seeds aren't packaged yet but I'm getting lists made up, at least. Smiling
ImageMistirose
Nov 13, 2012 11:11 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I would need pic, I like to grow what I can eat. I think those are all edible no? pics! pics! pics! Hurray! Hurray! Whistling
Imagechelle
Nov 13, 2012 11:55 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Yeah, Misti, I think they're all edible. I'll be trying mine...eventually. I've heard that the culinary varieties are tastier, but food's food. It must be pretty good - our ridiculous peacock makes a beeline for my plants any time he can! Grumbling So...mine are covered with bird netting - not very pretty picture-wise up close maybe, but nice from a distance.

Lacinato kale is my favorite variety for steaming, and I may have some of those seeds to share. Whistling
ImageSorellina
Nov 13, 2012 12:10 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Kidlet saved TONS of Dinosaur Kale AKA Lacinato. I will not run out! Ragged Jack AKA Russian Red is also very tasty!

Peacocks are really aggressive birds - you may not think so because they're so pretty, but lots of people use them as you would guard dogs.
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagechelle
Nov 13, 2012 12:20 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Nice thing about kale seeds also is their longish storage life, right? Thumbs up

Yep, our peacock is outweighed by the tom turkey by at least two times, maybe three, and he'd still run poor ol' Tom ragged if we let him. Hilarious!
Imagechelle
Nov 13, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thumb of 2012-11-13/chelle/ec738c

The pretty yellow blooms to the right of the bird are from last year's swap. Sorbet Citrus pansies. Thumbs up


Thumb of 2012-11-13/chelle/6db3c6

The millet and the oregano was from the swap as well. Hurray!
ImageMistirose
Nov 13, 2012 1:21 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
wow Chelle, he is gorgeous!
Imagechelle
Nov 13, 2012 2:35 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thanks, Misti.

Ah! That was cathartic; Hilarious! I wrote what I actually thought about him, and then erased it! Rolling on the floor laughing He's pretty, but he's also a giant pain in the neck! If he's not tearing up my ornamentals, he's pulling out or trampling my edibles seedlings.
poisondartfrog
Nov 13, 2012 4:22 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
To be clear, is the 20 oinks per day limit in force, as last year? Don't want to get my piggy little hands smacked.
Alana
ImageSorellina
Nov 13, 2012 4:23 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
..and when is the official start time - midnight CST??
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagetcs1366
Nov 13, 2012 4:30 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Julianna -- I"m not sure. I asked Ella in open forum and it wasn't answered.
Maybe I'll give her a jingle.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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ImageSorellina
Nov 13, 2012 5:32 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
I'm tired, but I'll have a nap if that's what it takes!
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imageragtag
Nov 13, 2012 6:06 PM CST
Name: Ann
Rock Hill, SC (Zone7-8)
In one of the threads, (which I've lost track of), Ella wrote that the swap would officially open tomorrow morning at 9:00 am...but, I don't know if that's Central or Eastern.

My database is a long way from ready. Just how ready does it need to be to oink for our first seeds?

Beautiful peacock, Chelle! I've only known one personally, and other than screaming like a tiger while we were still sleeping each morning (there was also a female) and chasing my 12-year old brother-in law and pecking a hole in his nose, I really enjoyed him. I didn't have to live with him though!

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