Seed Trading forum: 2012 Hog Wild Seed Swap - Thread #6

 
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ImageLeBug
Jan 17, 2013 4:19 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
CC do you have voles where you are I'm pretty sure oregano repels them it isn't proven but when I had my herb garden I had oregano in it and no voles I have voles in my front yard and keep forgetting to think to plant some oregano in there to see if it works they killed two of my hosta a few years back haven't lost another one since but I do have rue in several places out there and had thyme until last year I think it died when we had so much rain in the spring but I really think there is something in some herbs to get rid of voles I just have to find the right ones.

I've tried to grow Masterwort before but could never get it to germinate for me think it was Ruby, Ruby Glow something like that? Masterwort has some really neat flowers I wish I could get it to germinate for me.
ImageJonnaSudenius
Jan 18, 2013 2:44 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Astrantia needs a warm-cold-warm period to germinate. Sow 3 weeks on room temperature, than 10 weeks cold (wintersow or fridge). If you winter sowed them they will germinate in spring. If you put them in the fridge, they will germinate a few weeks after you take them out.
Imagetoomanyanimals
Jan 18, 2013 11:32 AM CST
Name: Sharon
near Detroit, MI
CC, I know the varigated oregano you are talking about ... very pretty! I've grown it several times in with my potted flowers. My hostas are all in too much shade for an oregano ... or at least I thought. lol I can see how it would look very pretty with hostas.
ImageCCvacation
Jan 18, 2013 6:08 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
I bought the variegated oregano at a local greenhouse, wish I remember which one! It seemed to dislike the dryer sunnier spots, and thrived in cooler, more protected locations with morning-only sun. Go figure!

The chartreuse oregano was pretty, but didn't overwinter well, and I don't remember if there was any left at the end of this year. Meanwhile, the generic green oregano grew like gangbusters, taking over a stand of spearmint and drowning out the other two varieties of oregano wherever it could.
CC
Imagetoomanyanimals
Jan 19, 2013 4:02 AM CST
Name: Sharon
near Detroit, MI
CC, does your Chartreuse oregano have a scientific name? After my debacle with a mint, I decided to grow my regular oregano in one of those half whisky barrels you can buy from the store.

Well, at first I used the whisky barrel to grow some lilies in ... then planted the oregano, parsley, chives and green onions in. And I must have left a few small bulbs of the lily in the soil cause after a couple of years the lillies came back. lol The oregano tries to overtake the whole barrel. I pretty much leave the oregano and the lilies by themselves in the barrel now. Every year I have to dig up some oregano that must have started from seed next to the barrel. Grumbling

But the Chartreuse oregano sounds pretty, would love to try it ... I will have to look around this spring. Smiling
patrob
Jan 19, 2013 9:09 AM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Years ago I was sold "oregano" that turned out to be common marjoram. It was a thug with no flavor, and it grew in a dense mat that was determined to march from one side of my 20' herb garden to the other. On the other end of the garden, I planted one innocent-looking little apple mint. Over a few years everything else, except for an upright rosemary and a few garlic chives, was smothered. Our multi-year drought did not phase the marjoram or mint, but a dose of herbicide finally did. When I start a new herb garden, those two will not be invited. The apple mint smelled wonderful, but it was impossible to dig up as the roots shattered and plants regrew as quickly as I removed them. I wish I had spared just a tiny bit to put in a tub well away from the herb garden, but at the time I was spraying it, I just wanted it all dead.
Imagecritterologist
Jan 19, 2013 10:21 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Mints vary in their thuggish-ness. My personal favorite is Kentucky Colonel Spearmint. While it does spread, it's just not so aggressive about it... I've never had it "smother" other plants. And it keeps the bunnies away. I've planted snow peas near the *edge* of a bed with this mint around the row, and the bunnies never even knew they were there.

There's a golden marjoram that I love, but it's not hardy for me... I might have to find it again anyway and put it in the pot with the sweet bay, so it comes inside in winter. Its leaves are shaped like crinkled half-circles, low growing and well behaved.
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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
ImageCCvacation
Jan 19, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Name: CC
PA
I didn't keep the tag, Sharon. Sorry.

It was my first stab at an herb garden, created in honor of my mother for my kids a couple years back. She always loved involving the youth in tasting, smelling and digging outside, and was thrilled to shop with me when I expressed an interest in making one. It's a poignant memory of her walking slowly through greenhouses with me, exclaiming in delight over this and that. She was stage four with a short death sentence from the doctor, and her veracity for life and family took her to two years before passing.
CC
Imagerisingcreek
Jan 19, 2013 11:00 AM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
My grandkids fight over who gets to water the herb garden. they are amazed that plants can smell like chocolate, lemon, spearmint etc.
ImageRickCorey
Jan 21, 2013 8:02 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
I keep hearing "suspense music" in the background, thinking about all the overflowing troughs that must be covering Ella's floors and tables.

I went through my whole seed stash and split up the tub s that were getting too full, and sorted inside each tub so they are more ready to receive this year's bounty of new seeds.

And I finally got all b ut a few of LAST year's seeds properly filed.
ImageRickCorey
Jan 21, 2013 8:02 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
I keep hearing "suspense music" in the background, thinking about all the overflowing troughs that must be covering Ella's floors and tables.

I went through my whole seed stash and split up the tub s that were getting too full, and sorted inside each tub so they are more ready to receive this year's bounty of new seeds.

And I finally got all but a few of LAST year's seeds properly filed.
ImageDayjillymo
Jan 21, 2013 10:13 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Yes, I've been sorting and rethinking and scheming on where and how to store and when and how to sprout and where to plant when the time comes. Anticipation is a glorious thing!
Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling
Imagewildflowers
Jan 22, 2013 8:15 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I hope Ella is getting tired of seeing all of those seeds hanging around and can't wait any longer to get them out of her house! Rolling on the floor laughing


I'm getting ready to start doing some winter sowing. there are some seeds that should have been planted last fall and some asap. Although, I usually don't start ws my tomatoes until sometime in February. Last year I planted them out in March since the Farmer's almanac said it would be warmer than usual - it worked out to be true and last year's tomatoes were the best harvest ever in 5 years. I haven't checked to see the forecast for this year, yet.


Now - to figure out how to keep the new chickens out of my cottage garden Glare they're hopping the fence. Sad
FAITH over fear!

Imagecritterologist
Jan 22, 2013 9:08 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Check that almanac for me, please! Last year, my usual planting time turned out to be far too late, and I got pretty much zip from my tomatoes & peppers.
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Imagewildflowers
Jan 22, 2013 10:03 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Well, Critter, according to the Almanac, you will have light snow coming in March. For April and May, it mentions "Very unsettled times" a few times, whatever that means? Otherwise, I would say take a chance and plant out sometime in April. But don't hold me to anything!! Rolling on the floor laughing


April - Zone 1 Northeast1st-3rd No fooling; very unsettled in the Mid-Atlantic States through New England, then turning fair.
4th-7th More rain arrives.
8th-11th A very pleasant spell.
12th-15th Rain unfortuately coincides with Patriot's Day in Massachusetts and Maine.
16th-19th Sunny skies.
20th-23rd Windy and showery; squalls along the coast; heavy rain for the Mid-Atlantic States, then improving weather.
24-27th Sunny and pleasantly mild.
28-30th Heavy rains, followed by clearing skies.

May - Zone 1 Northeast
1st-3rd Fair, dry.
4th-7th Scattered thunderstorms for Mid-Atlantic area; showers into New England; followed by clearing.
8th-11th Very unsettled time; widespread thunderstorms for Maryland and Virginia areas.
12-15th Clearing and very pleasant.
16-19th Windy and showery, then fair skies; hopefully clearing just in time for the Preakness.
20th-23rd Sunny skies.
24th-27th Unsettled, then fair and pleasant.
28th-31st Scattered thunderstorms, especially across the Mid-Atlantic area.


FAITH over fear!

Imagewildflowers
Jan 22, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Critter ~

It also you will be having a costal storm during March 28th-31st & says that you should have snow just in time for Easter, which is March 31st this year.
FAITH over fear!

poisondartfrog
Jan 22, 2013 2:33 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I'm ready for some new seeds too. Maybe our piggies will find their way to their new barns soon.

Good luck keeping the chickens out. They have been a mixed blessing in my garden. They do eat up the insects when I let them roam, but they also gobble up all the seeds I don't grab first, remove my plant labels, and pull up tender young plants. If they were not so much fun to watch I could get very angry sometimes. Hilarious!
Imagecritterologist
Jan 22, 2013 3:44 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
I saw chickens in the yard recently just across from the entrance into our development! I don't think we're in the same zoning, though... and even if we were, I'll bet our HOA would block me in a heartbeat. I'd need to keep them in a coop and a run, of course... but I really love the notion of a "chicken tractor" with just a couple of hens "driving" it!
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
ImageBluespiral
Jan 22, 2013 4:51 PM CST
me too - I daydream about a miniature nanny goat munching her way up and down on our accessway now clothed in gill ivy & wild violets and bedding down at night in the dirt-floored outbuilding at the top of the hill. The closest kindred soul who lives adjacent to our property was a scourge of neighborhood gardens while a child (over simplifying here) but now we can laugh about those days together. In general, the neighborhood has totally changed from bygone livestock-friendly days of the past.

sigh. Winter just isn't as cute as Spring. grumpgrump
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
Imagewildflowers
Jan 22, 2013 5:04 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
It was a happy day when I finally got my chickens after years of daydreaming! LOL

Ironically, the original plan for the cottage garden fence was to specifically to keep the chickens out! It keeps my big old hens out but not this new rooster and the new little pullets that can squeeze through a couple of places! Argh! They are scratching everything up really nicely but I see problems for my gardening and seed starting plans!! Glare Sad

I agree, Alana, they are lucky I think they are so cute! Otherwise they might look better in a pot! Big Grin
FAITH over fear!

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