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ImagePatti1957
Jun 24, 2013 3:42 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
New chat thread...

We came from here... #5 http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/73791/

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Imagecritterologist
Jun 24, 2013 7:57 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Misti, is it possible that your "long green sausage" gourds could still swell at one end and acquire that characteristic "birdhouse" shape? I haven't grown them, so I don't know... anybody?

I do have a bunch of old birdhouse gourd seed, so maybe I'll see if I can sprout a few and get gourds (and fresh seeds!) before frost!
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ImageMistirose
Jun 24, 2013 8:25 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I was hoping that too Critter lol but its a good 2 ft long with no sign of bulbing Blinking
ImageDayjillymo
Jun 24, 2013 9:32 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Wow Misti - you have a strange gourd on your hands. Birdhouse gourds and dipper gourds that I've grown look similar to their finished shape even when they are a couple of inches long. They may get longer or bigger around, but they have a slight bulb at one end even when little. Keep an eye on your little strange gourd - it may be worth saving seeds! Smiling
ImageMistirose
Jun 24, 2013 9:59 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Jill, already clipped it to dry and I will save seeds Thumbs up but if you Google long green sausage gourd you will see what I have. Not that Im unhappy with it, I read they are edible and yummy up to 10" long, one of the few gourds that are. but it wont make the bird houses I hoped for lol
Imagecritterologist
Jun 25, 2013 7:08 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
LOL, I'm imagining some bird looking sideways at it, saying, "well it's not exactly the house I was hoping for, dear..."
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ImageDayjillymo
Jun 25, 2013 7:14 AM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
I googled them - I don't see the point in growing them. I guess I'm a gourd snob! Hilarious! I tend to grow gourds that have a use for me - like birdhouse gourds or bushel basket gourds. Somehow I don't see the point to a big Green Sausage Gourd. Blinking Maybe someone crafts with them. Maybe you could make a canoe from them for the Fairy Garden. Hurray! I'm totally stumped on this one, Misti. Not sure what that gourd is good for, even if it is edible.
ImageMistirose
Jun 25, 2013 9:03 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
LMAO Critter! we actually thought about putting some holes in it lengthwise to let them nest in there but is is kinda curved about halfway down. I guess some people make flutes and pipes from them, neither of which do I need lol still thinking, but I'm with you Jill lol Hilarious!
soilsandup
Jun 25, 2013 5:34 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
I am pretty sure this is from the piggy swap, but I can't remember what it is.

can you guys ID it for me?

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ImageMistirose
Jun 25, 2013 7:42 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
looks like a sunflower Thumbs up
soilsandup
Jun 25, 2013 9:12 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Misti - Is there a type of sunflower that is smaller than the regular sunflowers? Not the huge ones with the edible seeds, but the ones grown for cut flowers. I thought it looks like sunflower type, but the flowers and leaves are so much smaller than I am used to.
ImageMistirose
Jun 25, 2013 10:24 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yes, there are dwarf and Mini Sunflowers. I found this site http://kiyanti2008.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/he-grew-sunflowe... the second pic looks similar to yours
Mindy03
Jun 28, 2013 3:30 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
HI Everyone I have blooms from seeds out of the last Piggy Swap
Thanks so very much Chelle for these Kiss Frosty plants. I'm enjoying seeing what they look like since none of them are exactly the same.

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Imagechelle
Jun 28, 2013 3:44 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh, wow, Margaret! Those turned out to be so pretty! Hurray! Great going...and thanks for posting the pictures!
ImageMistirose
Jun 28, 2013 4:48 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ohhh so pretty!

I am looking for Hairy Vetch and Buckwheat seeds. anyone have any of these? plotting a cover crop. would swap or pay shipping.
Mindy03
Jun 28, 2013 6:53 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Those Kiss Frosty plants surprised me I thought they would be taller but I'm happy with them being short planning to put them in a more visible spot next year.

The veggie seeds I got from the swap are thriving here. Joseph's beans are blooming now and the tomato plants have tomatoes on them
ImageCCvacation
Jun 28, 2013 10:56 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Hey, everyone! Just got caught up on the posts, and wanted to check in.

My winter-sowed project was a flop... Out of about 40 types of seed, only a dozen germinated, and stopped growing under an inch. I still have them all, watered and in the sun. I didn't want to plant them out, since they were so small. I think I'll just try the freezer and inside lights next time instead of wintersowing, as I don't want the clutter of lots of different larger containers.

Meanwhile, the many varieties of cherry tomatoes and snapdragons I started under the lights from this swap have been as happy as can be. Still waiting for blooms on the snaps.

Mostly, I've been fixating over my dahlia craze, with 215 varieties in at last count. Fighting with sprout-chomping bunnies, and having slug races to see if copper pennies actually keep them at bay. I'm trying to devise an earwig race to see what homemade deterrent/attractant will work the best.

Summer is here, and its wonderful to be able to enjoy it fully.
CC
SCbuttercup
Jun 29, 2013 4:12 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
My dahlia craze has begun and I have 4 varieties. Three of them from seed.
SCbuttercup
Jun 29, 2013 4:13 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
That was meant to be funny, someday soon I'll have more dahlias.
Imagecritterologist
Jun 29, 2013 9:25 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
SCbuttercup, that *was* funny! It's a slippery slope, like so many garden purties. I realized with a shock that I have 2 dozen water gardening containers now... No wonder we have tree frogs and dragonflies! That's almost the surface area of a "real" little pond, just broken into little pieces!
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