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

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Dec 30, 2012 1:16 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
At library quick, trying to make heads and tails out of some boxes and oinks. LOL Some piggies were nice and neat and pristoine, cleaned their piggy hoofs off before mailing boxes and whew some look like a pigpen, but that part of the fun.

Some of ya sent everything but your wish lists, hahahahah trying to get them copied now with what little time I have.

Hi Marti! Welcome back. Sorry your came back to such a mess. Ya know you can always start a thread here in the seed trading forum asking folks for any extra seed they may have. Folks always have somethign they usually dont want or need or too much of something.

Oh ya, Hibiscus seeds especially are bad for bugs. I always freeze whatever comes in for sevral days and when I take them out and go to plant I always look for ones with tiny holes in them and toss even before planting.

I also spray all my seeds, even lightgly with a mix of hydrogen peroxide and water to kill any fungal diseases that may be harboring on seed. I just open packets and give a mist or spray depending on how big seed is.

Dec 30, 2012 2:42 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
I hope it were not my seeds giving you any problems. I never spray them and only freezes the ones who really need it. There are always bugs inbetween the seeds, but they almost ever fly out of the paper bags, so my ' seedroom ' is full of bugs, haha. Have to remove them often.
Before I pack my seeds I, think, I'm sure there are no bugs in it. But if you had bugs in my seeds, please let me know. Maybe I just think I'm doing it well.
Dec 30, 2012 3:39 PM CST
Name: CC
Hmm. My sceptical mind is wondering... why freezing seeds would kill bugs unless the bugs are from the tropics? Plenty of bug eggs and larvea survive the winters here.

Don't get me wrong, I will probably freeze incoming annual seed now before sowing indoors, just in case, but it seems overdoing it to freeze the ones that will be winter sowed.

Also, what about spraying seeds with Lysol instead of hydrogen peroxide? The dahlia crowd usually sprays their tubers with Lysol, or dips them in bleach, or dusts them with yucky sulfur powder to protect against mold.

Dec 30, 2012 5:32 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
starlight, thank you! deejay from DG added me to her seed swap even though I didn't have any seeds to share and alot of people sent seeds just for me. So I have lots of seeds esp veggie seeds for my veggie garden. I am putting all my veggies in containers esp tire towers to make it easier for me to take care of them due to my back problems and knee problems.
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Dec 31, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Around here, I am blessed with a cold garden, which freezes many species of plant pests (both microorganisms and insects) during the winter. Then we don't get them again until a southern monsoonal wind pattern blows them back into the garden. Some years they never arrive again.

Pea weevils are interesting to me, because they obviously survive the winters here, but they are thoroughly killed by the freezer both as larva and as adults. (The eggs are already hatched before I pick them.)

I don't know about all bugs, in all stages of development, but so far, all of the seed eating insects I have encountered were killed by being cycled through the freezer. One time I had to cycle a bag of corn seed through the freezer twice. I guess that caught the little buggers in a different stage of development.

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Dec 31, 2012 1:25 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
OK, a quick question. How long do you freeze your seed to kill bugs/larva, especially hibiscus seeds?
Dec 31, 2012 1:49 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I tend to agree with the freezing thing because it seems like years that we have some good hard freezes, the pesty bugs are minimal but the years we have less freezes, or warmer winters, there are bugs like crazy! This past year was a very buggy year. I expect this coming year we will have less bugs (like mosquitoes and ticks!) because we are having freezing temps. I'm very happy about that.

I think I will put my entire box of seeds in the freezer when it gets here! LOL Hilarious!
FAITH over fear!

Dec 31, 2012 3:47 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
ALRIGHTY!!!!!!!!!!!! Ran up to neighbor. Got a Piggy Mail Call.

Arrived today:

TUINK YIPEEE another long hauler arrived safely.
RAGTAG .. bubbler and your wish list : )

Jonna. I have never had a problem with your seed. It always comes in clean and I always have good germination from your seed, which is a reason why I like to shop at your store. I never have any worries.

CC... Lysol? Hummmmmmmmm that a new one on me. May have to give it a try and see how it works. Thanks for the tip on using it on Dahlia tubers.

Debbie... I always go at last three days. I don't know why freezer works better than wintr other than maybe because the temps are constant and it is a different type of enviroment.

Marti... That good. If ya find yourself short of seeds, just holler, I usually have a few extras hanging around. : ) Glad your doing better.
Dec 31, 2012 4:02 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Best as I can figure we still have 4 boxes out.

Critter. ... hehehe who always brings up rear. LOL

I know several are running behind because of weather and that fine, better safe than hurt or injured.

The one I am worried about is Sorellina. It not like her to not be around. Folks do have accidents and worse. I just hope it somethign simple like weather. I know she visits some of the other sites and the tomato ones. Has anybody seen or heard from her at all, or around the sites.

Dec 31, 2012 4:58 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
have not seen her on the other sites i visit. does she use the same screen name? maybe a phone call to check on her if you have her number? I also hope it is just the weather and not something worse!
Dec 31, 2012 5:17 PM CST
Name: Alana
She has not posted on the swap Patrob is hosting either. I wonder if her computer problems turned out to be catastrophic and she just has not had a chance to get online at all? I hope it is nothing worse than that, and that the worst that will happen is she will miss out on a few seed swaps.
Jan 1, 2013 12:45 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)

yep, totally bringing up the rear again. between being away so much and having everybody down with the crud (first couple weeks in November and then again now), I was so far behind on everything I didn't even have a chance to procrastinate LOL.

Next year, I'll have to do my bagging & tagging in fall, just because I hope to have lots more seeds from my re-started garden. Joyanna has been helping me, and I don't know if that makes it go faster or not, but it's for sure more fun! She's pretty good, too, apart from the mixup of the Thai basil seeds... I'm sending some extra packets of "mixed" Siam Queen and Hot & Spicy... they should actually be quite pretty together; probably I should have pretended the mix was purposeful. LOL

I told Starlight I'd send my seeds out individually if she needed to mail boxes before mine arrived. I'm going to send via UPS on Wednesday, which should get it to her Friday.
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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Jan 1, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
I am not in any hurry. I like the idea of having a package to look foward to in jan.
Jan 1, 2013 3:21 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
I think I'm even later this year, which really embarrasses me, and I apologize with the most abject little apologetic snorts. I figured it was better to 'fess up so nobody worried that something was really wrong at my end.

I do hope we hear something from Sorellina, or from somebody who knows her.
Circles of Support for Breast Cancer
I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Jan 1, 2013 3:36 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Thank you, Jill, for letting us know you are okay. That is most important. Group hug

FAITH over fear!

Jan 1, 2013 5:22 PM CST
Name: Sharon
near Detroit, MI
Critter, you gave me a chuckle with your ' fessing up'!

I remember what it is like to have sick kids .... And I've been blessed not to have too many computer problems..... No problem seed waiting for me!
Jan 2, 2013 1:38 AM CST
Name: Tuinkabouter
The Netherlands
Happy New Year, piglets!

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Ella, I'm sorry to hear about your son and will light a candle for you. I'm sure things will turn out for the better for both of you.

I haven't been around for awhile. I hope you don't mind too much.

Last couple of days have not been my best ever. A day before Christmas I had a routine check-up and the doctors found something in my stomach they suspected could be cancer. A biopsy was taken right away but I had to wait till today for the results. I just had a phone call, telling me things are OK. A few tests will have to be run for confirmation but I don't worry too much about that. So, my new year looks promising!

And my box has arrived as well! What a lucky piggy I am.......

Jan 2, 2013 5:39 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Happy new year all! Spent two hours in the rain putting down first layer on my lasagna. Back to work today but I will definitely take a break to hit some Starbucks locations to beg coffee grounds, a vital layer in my lasagna recipe. Love working in the garden in January, no bugs, no sweat.
Jan 2, 2013 5:47 AM CST
Name: Alana
What a scary Christmas Eve for you tuink! I am glad you got good news.
Jan 2, 2013 6:50 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Critter.... Not sure if you will see this in time or not, but if your able send box through regular mail. Ups here is terrible, they don't knock they just throw boxes on the ground , even in rain. No sweat iof it takes a few days more to mail. Still got lots too do before send out time.

I don't have a phone number for Jullianna. Have her addy. If I get a chance may see if I can found out about any news around her home town or weather or something. Just hope her and hers ok. She in Canada so even if we had phone, couldn't call.

Kwilds is up that way too, so hope it just bad weather holding them up.

Tuink, glad it nothing serious, serious. Hopefully just some type of indigestion that meds will fix.

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