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Imagewildflowers
Feb 2, 2014 11:54 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Yum! Looking at those pics is making me hungry for some sweet corn! High carotene corn looks pretty tempting!

I'm getting germination on my 7 year old popcorn. Sticking tongue out I'm gonna leave it for another day or two and then check how many sprouted.

FAITH over fear!

ImageArleneB
Feb 2, 2014 12:24 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Just curious, do you have to cleanse the palate before each taste? I think I would get pretty mixed up trying to remember which is which!

Beautiful day here so trying to catch up on chores to be done before we go away for four days. Found my ranunculus from last fall all shriveled up. Soaked overnight and they plumped right up so I got them planted and some stray lilies and a couple of calla lilies. My mother sent me back from MI with 8 English walnut saplings, bare root so I got them potted up as well. Now I'm going to start some vermiculite sowing.

Interestingly, I have sown in vermiculite many times, but not covered. I believe I first heard about it in Square Foot Gardening. I have over 100 types of flowers to get started today but not sure if I'll get them all done or not.
Imagejoseph
Feb 2, 2014 1:21 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I avoid mix-ups by doing one cob at a time... If I don't like the taste then I throw it immediately into the chicken-food basket. If it pops perfectly then kernels are immediately removed and put into seed envelopes. I have a couple of other baskets based on how well each cob pops. Some end up as popcorn, others are destined to become cornmeal.

There is one family group that is the best tasting of the lot. It pops very poorly. I keep saving seed from it, and keep detasseling it and planting it in the popcorn patch. Eventually I hope to combine the fabulous flavor with great popping ability.

I don't do any palate clearing. I haven't timed it, but each batch takes 1 to 2 minutes to complete, so my mouth resets itself before the next batch.

Here's what the seed packets look like. I save around 100 seeds from each cob that I want for my breeding project. The bulk goes into baskets for sharing or eating.
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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagerisingcreek
Feb 2, 2014 2:48 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
Wow Molly my pig would be in popcorn heaven at Joseph's house. she loves to eat it
ImageArleneB
Feb 2, 2014 6:24 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
That is quite an undertaking!
Imagejoseph
Feb 3, 2014 12:36 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Definitely an undertaking. I only have about a bushel and a half of popcorn left to test. Maybe only 180 cobs! Blinking I harvested around 1400 cobs of popcorn. Around 4 batches like this. I didn't pop them all, some got turned into chicken food immediately. The intentional hybrids got turned into seed without test popping.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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Imagestarlight1153
Feb 3, 2014 2:32 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
PIGGIES !!!!!!!!!!

Everybody read. Tomorrow is PFE day. That is Piggies Flying Everywhere Day.

I have folks here working on the damage to my place. They should be done sometime today, but there no way I can make it to Po in time. Also I have appointments in town tomorrow right by the po so that saves a 40 mile trip.

I should be back home by about 6 or so pm my time and than I'll start cmailing everybody their tracking numbers. Long haulers will cmail ya tomorrow some time and soon as ya answer will get ya in the mail.

I hope I have everything for everybody. If their is something wrong, cmail me. If you have a problem with something you received or didn't receive from somebody, CMAIL ME!!!!! not them. Some folks may have accidentally forgotten something or ran out of something, which happens, or just couldn't find the seed when it came to make packets. It happens. I got one seed I been hunting forever for. Have no idea where I put it and been through stuff three times. If and when I do find it I will mail it out to ya. DO NOT be afraid to cmail me. Hey I forget stuff too. I have plenty of bacon, so won't make mincemeat out of any piggies. I will be upset if I find out later ya had a problem and didn't say nothing. Momma's always know everything. Hilarious!

Moving things all around all them slippery packets some times slide out or as like last year a couple went into wrong trough . I double checked names, but just encase ya do get somebody elses packet please be kind enough to let em know and send it on. I'll send ya postage to do it.

Folks, becareful opening your packages. Do not let them sit around as some have bulbs, tubers and/ or live plants in it. Also be very careful when you go to open some of your packets from folks. Some folks make punch holes in the top of their seeds packets and if you open and go to shake out you just might shake em all over the floor to never be found again. I swear carpet eats em. Thumbs up I would suggest opening things over a plate.

The only real problem I seen was that Corey forgot seeds to Evelyn and to Deebie. I know Corey posted over on the other site that he knew he forgot Eveyln and would be mailing personally to her. Deebie, you might contact him and tell him to send your seeds to you personally too. Those two folks should be the only folks cmailing somebody about something.

Folks have done the best they could and if anybody wants to complain about missing seed packet, you better do it to me and not the person. I will find out if it happens. Whistling If anybody does have a proble with somebody cmailing them and complaining in any sort of form, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. This been a nice friendly swap all these long years and I not gonna tolerate somebody who rude to other folks in it for next year. That why I here, or cmail Patti, or Tcs, but Tcs is tied up at the moment.

SASSAFRASS>>>>> I still need you to cmail me and give me a mailing addy. Holding your seeds til I do.

( If anybody sees her at any of the places please, tell her I need her will ya.)

No word from KWild. I will be sending her seeds on as soon as she contacts me too. Haven't seen nor heard from her since Dec 19th. Have sent several cmails. I hope nothing happened to her. I know they was in the main part of that artic blast. Anybody she her around, let me know and tell her I need her to contact me, so I can send her seeds on, please.

For newbies, just so ya know. Two things. Just cuz ya had no this or this on your don't want list, you may have gotten something that makes ya go ewww. Have to divide out what comes in. Sometimes it happens. If ya got something ya don't like you can always give or trade it away.

2. Bottom of barrel means just that. Those that signed up. That all the seed that I couldn't find to really fit on folks lists or was extras donated. Where the packets land they land. I play 52 Piggy Pick up with them. The funest part for me. I grab and toss. Again if ya get something ya don't like, pass it on or use it for a trade with somebody for something ya may want.

Oh, important. Make sure ya don't leave boxes around unopened where pets can get into them. Can't spoil a surprise, but ya don't want them to get to it before you do. Whistling Big Grin

Ok, I think that everything I can think of for the moment. Nope one more thing. Corey, you was last piggy in so you gotta clean the barn out. Get busy with your shovel. New hay up in loft to be put down. Soon as I know all the piggies have received their boxes than I will turn off the lights and lock the barn door til next year.

To all the piggies that participated. Thank you and a special Thank you to a few piggies who went above and beyond to make things special for folks. You know who you are. I appreciate it and I sure the piggies will. Group hug Lovey dubby

Going to post this on the chat thread too. Big Grin
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 3, 2014 2:53 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Knew I forgot to post something else. Results of winners for the You know your a seedaholic thread are in. Thanks to everybody who participated and voted. Hurray!
Imageilovejesus99
Feb 3, 2014 5:45 PM CST
Name: Sandy
Texas 9b
Oh My Goodness have I been lost. Blinking Blinking *Blush* *Blush*

I can't remember if I posted anywhere but I am doing an Atlas Glove Co-op on ATP and it is closing on Feb 8th.

I was being told you all was worried about me and thought I was going crazy not finding it and just now found out I have been missing the chat thread since Jan 21st. I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone.

I think I am back tah is until I get lost again. I am trying to wrap my brain around how this happened but I am here now. Lovey dubby Group hug Group hug
ImageAndi
Feb 5, 2014 10:26 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I am glad that everyone is rounded up and healthy. It has been a tough winter for the piggies.

It is snowing yet again here. The temps are hovering around freezing, so the snow is likely to change to freezing rain. Yuck. I still have soda bottles and potting mix for winter sowing and seeds to sow. I have quite a few containers already buried under a layer of snow on the deck. It will be exciting to see what germinates in spring. I am almost ready to set up the light shelves. Still planning what to plant first.

Winston the pug is sleeping in again. He looked out the window, sighed, and went back to sleep. He'd hibernate if he could. It was a bit warmer yesterday - a balmy 33'F - so we bundled up and took a long walk. Winston hasn't been getting much exercise lately. The snow is higher than his legs are long. He can't even get to his favorite trees. He jumped on my stomach while I was laying on the floor doing my stretches yesterday. He must have thought I was taking a nap. Why else would I be rolling around on the floor?

I am looking forward to the piggy seed arrival! I hope that I have enough containers and potting mix to sow everything!
ImageSorellina
Feb 5, 2014 10:52 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
We are getting a lot of snow here, even for us. This is Canada, though, so schools are open.

This is the view from the front door about 4 hours ago. It's worse now.

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Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageMistirose
Feb 5, 2014 3:00 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
BRR Sorellina!

I am on the hunt for Mulberry and Fig Tree cuttings (common) and since winter is the ideal time to plant Mulberry cuttings I thought I would check and see if anyone has any available. Lovey dubby
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 5, 2014 3:34 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Misti... Post over on the seed trading forum too. Put Wanted Mulberry and Fig

and than your request. You might get a better response who knows.

Andi.. tell Winston to move over. I wanna nap too. Hilarious!

Sorellina.. What a mess. Stay safe and warm.
ImageMistirose
Feb 5, 2014 4:03 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
we have a seed trading forum? Blinking Rolling on the floor laughing ok cool let me go check that out. I really need to get out more lol
ImageAndi
Feb 6, 2014 7:04 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I have a mulberry tree. I can take cuttings and see if I can root them. Of course, it is dormant now.

We got a bit of ice on top of the snow. got some cute pics of Winston on top of the ice. I'll try to remember to post them when I get back today. It is very slippery out here because the snow melted a bit, refroze then snowed more. Winston got a really short walk this morning.We have more snow on the way this weekend.

At least my wintersown seeds are getting stratified.
ImageArleneB
Feb 6, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
We don't have snow or quite as cold of temperatures but I did do some winter sowing and we are having cold enough temps to qualify for stratifying. Happy about that so I don't have to try and start all seeds inside!
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 6, 2014 11:04 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Arlene... What you winters sowing outside? With the crazy weather freezing bitter cold one day, heat wave the next couple than bitter cold again, don't you worry that seeds will try and sprout during warm days and than croak when we freeze again?
ImageArleneB
Feb 6, 2014 10:02 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I don't have my list with me and i'm sort of brain dead right now but I remember Erygnym (sp) Miss Wilmot's Ghost, lots of penstemons and agastaches, i think maybe bells of ireland. Just can't remember what else. I guess it's possible but I don't worry about it, just go with the flow. I'm like an overprotective mother and check on them constantly, except of course when I'm out of state.
Deebie
Feb 7, 2014 10:25 AM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Ella, when will you wintersow? I'm new at it and am worried about the warm up/freeze cycle. It froze again last night, and we've seen more temps in the teens than usual. I lost lots of seedlings last year, but I don't know if they froze, or if the area I had them sitting in got too much sun. The soil dried out sooner than I expected (didn't check often enough) and the spot was sunnier than I thought it would be. I also didn't keep a journal to monitor my progress. I'm going to be a good seed mommy this year.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 7, 2014 11:58 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Deebie.. I usually don't winter sow just because of all the things you mentioned. I too lost hundreds of seedlings last year. In fact pots are still sitting in middle of yard where I had to dump them last year. I'm the last person to ask about wintersowing for sure.

We got last evening that rain, frozen sleet mix again last night and they say we gonna get more of it, so I don't think I gonna chance putting anything outside til the weather stabilizes itself if it ever does.

Now when the weather warms up somewhat and we have them almost non stop rains, I have put seed out and let the rains do what I call wintersowing for my area and had things germinate with no problem. Guess constant rain washing the seeds and the cool temps and than sorta high was enough for them to pop.

Maybe the experienced winter sowers will share info and help ya out.

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