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Mar 18, 2013 8:53 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
150 bag pick up hahahahaha I hate when something like that happens!
Mar 18, 2013 9:23 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rick! 150 bag pickup - Hilarious! Hilarious!

I've sure been there a time or two!
Mar 19, 2013 4:38 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Rolling on the floor laughing Rick Rolling on the floor laughing 150 pick up Rolling on the floor laughing

You go Chelle Hurray!

SC you might be surprised you still may have oodles of WS seedlings I've got my fingers crossed for you Thumbs up

I sowed coleus seeds I got from Diana or Danita one about four years ago and so far have eight coleus coming up I thought that was pretty darn good she sent so many I've been sowing a few every year so this year I just put all that was left thinking I'd be lucky to get one so that was a nice surprise and don't think they have all germinated yet...
Mar 19, 2013 8:57 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
I tip my hat to you.

If my cat has a videocamera in his cell phone, I'm sure he has hours of slapstick video bloopers of me falling into bushes, opening the wrong water valve and blowing my hat off, SPROINGing seeds from a springy plastic measuring spoon, etc etc.
Mar 19, 2013 9:31 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Rolling on the floor laughing
Mar 20, 2013 7:21 AM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Cats would do that, too - and post the video on You Tube. Hilarious! Then they would call the dog in to watch the video with them! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I have a couple of big dogs who live outside on the farm. They are wonderful deer chasers, so they earn their keep. I adopted a couple of kittens who were cute as they could be, but they showed much more interest in my birds than in the voles, so they were adopted out to another farm family who has a big barn with lots of warm hay in it. So I'm safe from those blooper videos for now! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Mar 20, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Happy Spring Equinox, dear piggies Smiling

Sowing anything today takes on special meanings for some, and googling "magical flowers" + equinox can bring up fascinating flower lore for this time of year. Thought this site was cute: flowers nature?ref=...

Have been wintersowing mainly perennials & biennials root-hardy to zones north of me since December, but today I'm going to switch to annuals & tomatoes using the same ol' wintersowing technique with milk jugs. A great list that encompasses seeds from this group is here: - use as a guide since we all live in different zones; but I think this is a great guide for my zone 7 for now.

Sure would love one of Ella's stories right about now - Ella, how are you doing? Got any sprouts? anyone else? Lovey dubby

Taking grimy paws back to my dirt piles,
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
Mar 20, 2013 10:58 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I have lots of little sprouts. Hoping they didn't get put out to the garden too early. My tomatoes are still pretty little, haven't put them out yet. Hoping everything is early enough
Mar 20, 2013 3:13 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I had a special first day of spring surprise! Hurray! I just noticed that my Ellagance Pink Lavender has sprouted...yippee!
Indoor sprouts only, as it's still in the 20's here today with a stiff breeze blowing. Doesn't feel like spring, but the sprouts remind me that it's coming. Lovey dubby
Mar 20, 2013 8:10 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Hurray! Hurray! Chelle!
Mar 24, 2013 9:04 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
It sure doesn't seem like spring here today it's icy cold out and we have winter advisory warnings out till 8 Angry

Yesterday I was out digging weeds with my coat on but it still wasn't that bad out not sure what the temp was but it sure wasn't like today! We're suppose to have cold for the next 2 or 3 wks . then I'm hoping for warm weather I'm starting my tomatoes today Big Grin

Yeah Chelle Hurray!

Needed more of the full spectrum lights that I usually get at Walmart and they haven't had them for three wks. now Grumbling Don't say I can use the regular lights cause they just don't put out enough heat for downstairs for me afraid my plants will croak until I get all of the lights going and it gets warmer down there.
Mar 24, 2013 10:00 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Does anyone know what a pineapple sage seedling looks like? I tried Google Images, but didn't find anything useful...

I have one seedling, but it looks for all the world like a basil, with those distinctive half-circle seed leaves. No true leaves yet, which I suppose will answer my question when they come. I'm just wondering if I have a sprout, or if i somehow managed to get a basil seed into that container at planting time. Whistling
Mar 24, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Name: Alana
Basil and many Salvia seedlings resemble each other. You are probably in good shape.
Mar 24, 2013 11:44 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a

I tried the pineapple sage last year and got no germination. So far, this is the first sprout in this year's attempt, nearly a month on. I'll be so happy if it grows up big and strong!
Mar 24, 2013 11:49 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Didnt get my seeds yet... So I have not sown anything, with the exception of tomatoes that I did in egg shells ... they are in the plastic egg container [it has a built in lid] sitting on my window sill.

Past 2 days were nice here; sunny, about 40. today is flurries, but no real snow expected.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at

Mar 24, 2013 12:39 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
There's a photo of pineapple sage seedlings in this blog on March 27. You have to scroll way down.
Mar 24, 2013 1:11 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Thanks for the link, Patricia! Those do indeed look like what I have... I just wasn't used to that shape outside of basil seedlings. Thumbs up
Mar 24, 2013 3:08 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Not much to report from Belgium. We have the longest winter ever. Usually we do have night frost and some snow in March, but now we have frost during night and day. We had 2 a few nice 'warm' (48°F) days early March, so I transplanted the seedlings that already germinated, transferred the overwintering pots in the greenhouse to outside to make room there for the newly transplanted seedlings. And than we got suddenly temps of 5°F (-15°C) without having a snow cover, so I'm afraid I will have lost a lot of plants, not only the ones in pots, but also the plants that already came up in the garden. And I already lost 25% of my transplanted seedlings in my unheated greenhouse.
We have the coldest March since they started to make notes about it in 1887!! Not only here in Belgium, but also in other parts of Europe. Since I live in the coldest part of Belgium (zone 6), I might be luckier than the other Belgiums because they live in zone 7 or even 8. Their plants are not as hardy as mine.

Mar 25, 2013 11:34 AM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
I'm sorry to hear about your cold weather, Jonna! I hope your spring time goes more smoothly from now on out. We had a springtime here several years ago that came very early - in March we had May type weather. Then late in April we had freezing weather for nearly a week. It never got above 27 degrees day or night. Nearly all the spring blooming plants were damaged - some were killed. Lilacs, Bearded Iris, Peonies, fruit trees, Magnolias - it was devastating. I have not seen another spring like that one before or since then - and I hope it doesn't happen any time to come, either!

I hope you can move on toward a better summer time. I'll be thinking good thoughts! Group hug

Mar 25, 2013 12:48 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Thank you Jill.
We had no white Christmas, but will have a white Eastern Thumbs down Snow is expected on Friday and Saturday.
Although I already lost plants and seedlings, I stay optimistic. A lot of seeds are still waiting to germinate and I'm sure they will fill the empty spaces in my garden.

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