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Imagegreene
Jan 17, 2014 11:11 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Starlight/Ella, thanks for the move I tip my hat to you. ; I am still learning my way around.
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 17, 2014 11:36 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Greene Your welcome! Lots of places to go in here. All takes time. Smiling

Imagegreene
Jan 17, 2014 3:09 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
And a road map.
I'm still trying to figure out how to navigate this Cubits site.

Imagewildflowers
Jan 17, 2014 3:48 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I'm late Hilarious!

Joseph, I have a popping corn question. Actually, first let me ask how long does corn seed normally retain viability? I Just came across some popping corn that's been in the freezer for years, like 7 years! Wondering because is an old heirloom variety from Shellsburg, Iowa.
FAITH over fear!

Imagegreene
Jan 17, 2014 9:06 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Guess everyone went to the movies to eat popcorn...
Imagejoseph
Jan 17, 2014 9:21 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Popcorn retains high viability for many years at room temperature.

In the freezer it will remain in suspended animation, so germination will remain approximately the same on dry seed as when it went into the freezer. Popcorn sold for popping has higher moisture in it than is optimal for storing as seed so there might be some freezer damage, but it should be minimal. Put some on a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag at room temperature and let us know how they do.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 18, 2014 6:45 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Misti The potato questions and following threads have been moved to the Veggie Forum.

Here the new thread:

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/77895/

Lots of folks with info and also lots of folks who would be interested to learn about you folks techniques. They are not going to be able to read or learn or find the info buried here in CC forum.

You folks are so full of good information that other newbie gardeners or those having problems can learn from you, but they never will if it not in proper forums, so yes I am moving some discussion to proper areas, so others may gain knowledge and a better understanding to learn to grow successfully too. Smiling

Imagewildflowers
Jan 18, 2014 8:03 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Thank you Joseph for the info. I didn't realize popcorn should be kept at room temp. Thumbs up

I'll get some going.
FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Jan 18, 2014 10:47 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thanks Star Lovey dubby
Imagejoseph
Jan 18, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Wildflowers: Oh no! if feel an experiment coming on...

I always freeze my popcorn when it has about 8% moisture. That kills any bugs that might be on it. That hasn't harmed germination rates. Popcorn for popping is typically around 14% moisture. I suppose that I aught to freeze some of it to see if I'm just blowing smoke...

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImagePatti1957
Jan 18, 2014 12:55 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
joseph wrote:
I suppose that I aught to freeze some of it to see if I'm just blowing smoke...


I feel an experiment coming on .... Hilarious!
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 18, 2014 1:22 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagewildflowers
Jan 18, 2014 2:29 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Me too! But if I'm not experimenting, I'm not gardening. Hilarious!
FAITH over fear!

Imagestarlight1153
Jan 18, 2014 2:41 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
You got that right Wild. Hilarious!
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 19, 2014 9:28 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
About another hour and it will be warm enough to go outside and play for a little bit. So much to do. Still have alot of plants I need to check and see if they are still a live or not.

Plus, I see where we are now not only getting more arctic cold this week, but another system is following right behind it for the following week.

Another round of 15-20F at night temps. Poor plants, if they did survive the first round of bitter cold, wonder how much more they can take.

You Northener's , I wonder if you are ever going to get out of the snow and cold. When does spring and actual planting start for most of you. For me it usually is mid march when things are going into the ground, with frost chances usually til mid April, but after having freezing frost and temps at the end of April that wiped out not only a large portion of my seedlings, but other folks too. I am having a hard time trying to figure out exactly when I plan on starting to plant.

Nothing worse than seeing nice patches of green sprouts all over and than cold snap and your left with dead leaves and the job of clean up and hoping you have enough seed left to replant that is if you still have time to before drought and heat sets in.
Imagechelle
Jan 19, 2014 9:59 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I've got into the habit of adding one more step to my early planting, for just this reason. Each new transplant gets leaves stacked around it; just in case I have to cover them briefly during a heavy frost. It's not always enough protection, but it does save a lot of babies.
ImageAndi
Jan 19, 2014 11:41 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Daytime temperatures are in the 40s, but it is getting down to the single digits at night again. My poor plants are freezing and thawing. Winston the pug is trying to hibernate.

Our official last frost date is May 30. I can usually leave plants outside sometime in mid May. The stores start carrying annuals in April, but we typically get a few frosts in April. Every once in a while, we have snowstorms for Easter.

Waiting for spring can be a long wait, but it is worth it when it arrives.
Imagejoseph
Jan 19, 2014 12:14 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

For me:

Snow arrives to stay in November. Have garlic and tests for winter-hardiness in the ground before then.

Snow melts the third week of March. Within a day or two plant peas, lettuce, spinach.

Mid April plant carrots, beets, radishes, brassicas, second crop of peas.

Wait and wait and wait for it to warm up. Too cold for even the weeds to grow.

May 5th plant corn.

May 15th plant crookneck , winter squash, and muskmelons.

May 27th. Average last frost date. Still snowing off and on.

June 5th. Plant tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, beans.



Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 19, 2014 1:01 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Boy Joseph, by June we just about at the end of the season here and starting clean up and wondering if it has been a droughty and hot summer if we can maybe try and salvage things by planting a fall crop.

Here ya go folks! Show and tell time. Hilarious!

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/articles/view/1488/
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 22, 2014 12:49 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Folks... Sorry for the split of threads, but I took the companion planting and made it a new thread here. Especially after the trips post. I have an article that is almost finished that may shock you with your companion planting.

Here is that thread.

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/77938/

Now with spliting, I couldn't get the Jonna's post or the one about the stamps back to here, so everybody pick up your heels and jump over to chat number #6

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/77939/

I will be locking this one in a minute.

Between weather and puter issues I still fighting, it may be another day or so before I can post. I having to re download avg and with dial up it a bear and a half and just as I was almost done IE crashed and I had to start again. Been working on it since about 10 yesterday morning. grrrrrrrrrrrrr

Just stopped things long enough to post and catch up quick before I start it up again.

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