Cottage Gardening forum: #5 Piggy Swap Chat Thread.

 
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Imagestarlight1153
Jan 11, 2014 5:04 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
We came from here : http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/77567/?offset=

While the thread may say Piggy Swap Chat, any and all folks are welcome to just join in the conversations going on at any time. Come relax, read, learn or feel free to jump in the chatting.

Folks here are a fun loving, seedaholic group of folks who enjoy sharing seed and sharing gardening experiences and life.



Imagestarlight1153
Jan 11, 2014 5:06 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Alrighty new thread! Hate when they get too long cuz than takes forever to try and hunt back to something you read when you have 20 pages to go through.

If ya missed it Jonna had a successful first time doing a workshop for folks. Thumbs up
Imagegreene
Jan 11, 2014 5:18 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Congratulations Jonna Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
I see a follow-up workshop in your future!
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 11, 2014 5:24 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Don't forget about the I'm a seedaholic contest too.

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/77764/
Imageevelyninthegarden
Jan 11, 2014 6:51 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills -
Good going Jonna! Thumbs up
ImageMistirose
Jan 11, 2014 7:46 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
here I am! I have a problem. Saw a cat in the yard a week ago and ran him off. I have since noticed a couple of "dents" in the garden soil. I just now ran off two yowling cats from my patio where they were peeing on everything! Im not happy, Grumbling How do I deter them from my yard before I trap them and take them to the humane society. I hate to do that.
Imagegreene
Jan 11, 2014 8:43 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
The quickest way is to put lemon, orange and grapefruit peels where you see the cats hang out while you research Google for more options.
Imagegreene
Jan 11, 2014 8:50 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Wow, I just learned something! There is a plant called Coleus canina which is being sold as the 'Pee-off Plant' or the 'Scaredy-Cat Plant' because cats (and dogs) do not like the smell of it.
ImageMistirose
Jan 11, 2014 9:05 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
intersting! Thank you Greene!
ImageMistirose
Jan 11, 2014 9:58 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ahhhhh I have some of that Medina Orange oil concentrate to kill fire ants. Been reading reviews who say it keeps the strays away. I will be doing this one tomorrow, good thing its supposed to be a balmy 70F tomorrow. I agree
Imagejoseph
Jan 11, 2014 11:30 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Made it to the new thread...
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imageilovejesus99
Jan 12, 2014 1:06 PM CST
Name: Sandy
Texas 9b
Posted in the wrong place. I keep to many windows open with too many threads up
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ImageAndi
Jan 12, 2014 1:42 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Hi everybody!

I had trouble with cats in my old place. Coffee grounds keep cats away. So does ground pepper or pepper spray. They also hate marigolds. My mother planted hardy cacti under the eaves when the neighbors's cats started using the area for a litterbox. That solved the problem. The cacti thrived in the sunny, dry space against the foundation. She didn't anticipate my brother adopting kittens a few years later. Guess who got to remove the needles from their paws with tweezers.

Bella the stealth cat has been bothering my indoor plants. Thanks for the tip of covering the soil with pine cones (I heated them in the oven like sanitizing potting mix). Neems oil may also keep her away. My indoor canna developed a few white scale like insects - like white aphids. I washed the leaves and sprayed them with neems spray. She HATES it - both the spray and the neems.

The weather is a bit warmer today. Winston the pug and I went for a long walk gathering pine cones. I wintersowed more seeds - running out of soda bottles, I shouldn't have thrown away my stash of cut bottles when I moved.
ImageJonnaSudenius
Jan 12, 2014 3:02 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
The winter here is the most special one ever. We live here since 10 years and never had a real mild winter ever. Even our neighbours, who lived here all their live here, never experienced that. Usually we have hard frosts or/ and snow, but now we only have a little bit of frost during the night and no snow at all. A lot of rain and a lot of fog. I already had germination in the containers I sowed last year or in autumn. Hope the seedlings will survive if winter will really start here. Usually we get frosts -20°C / -4°F.
At least I will not have problems to get to the veterinarian tomorrow. My dog Laslo needs surgery on his teeth. If we have snow here, I can't reach the veterinarian because the road is too steep.
Imagegreene
Jan 13, 2014 9:48 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Whew!
We had some excitement in our neighborhood at suppertime. Sirens all over the place stopping nearby had me running out the door with my dog Jack to see what was happening.

Whoa! Not so fast. A police car came screaming down the street and two things happened at once. A man came running out of the woods and the policeman flew out of the car...then just like on television the criminal was told to stop, lie down (or else) and was handcuffed.

There was a second suspect still on the loose and we had police and even a helicopter searching for hours. Jack and I walked the neighborhood and were able to relay some information about the suspect (description/clothing/etc.) which we got from another neighbor. There were police 'combing the woods'. Somehow watching 'Inspector Lewis' on television while eating dinner was tame compared to real life.
ImageCCvacation
Jan 13, 2014 10:56 AM CST
Name: CC
PA
Jumping over to the new thread... Thumbs up

Anyone ever hear of anyone growing monk fruit in Europe or North America?

It's being used as a new sweetener, and it looks like China is trying to keep it in China by law. Aren't monopolies on Mother Nature just grand?

Apparently, the concentrated form is much sweeter then sugar, with no bitter aftertaste of stevia. companies are having too many problems using maskers to hide the aftertaste to go much farther with using stevia in other products, and are looking to possibly switch to monk fruit.
CC
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Imagegreene
Jan 13, 2014 5:30 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
I did some research. An American company (Proctor & Gamble) has a patent on the process of extracting the sweetener from the fruit; they want to use the sweetener in high-end diet food and see it as a multi-million dollar profit. The company is paying small farmers to grow this in China. The plants require hand-pollination, very labor intensive. Soft drink manufacturers are also in on this; what's the newest Coke product gonna be named?

There are many links with information; this is only one of the links. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/22/us-usa-monkfruit-s...

In the US there are very few places where it would grow (if we could get the seeds or cuttings).

Okay, now I want to grow some!
ImageMistirose
Jan 13, 2014 6:52 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
It's on my wish list for this very reason. Thumbs up
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 13, 2014 7:39 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Don't see how P & G can do that as munk fruit has been out on the market for awhile now. You see the commercials all the time. Wish I could remember who had think it was plants instead of seeds for sale.

Mindy03
Jan 13, 2014 7:41 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Glad my box got there safely today.
I'm getting the itch to start something from seed but common sense tells me I better wait a bit longer.

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