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ImageAndi
Feb 7, 2014 12:30 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Wintersowing works really well for me, but I don't have to worry about temperatures warming much above freezing until April. I am sure it is different in warmer places like GA. Once it gets warm, it is important to keep your containers from drying out. I leave the tops on until I transplant/repot them. If they look dry, I soak the container in a pail with a shallow level of water. (Water level in the pail a bit lower than the soil level in the containers.)

I am getting confused with the two threads, hope this is the one we are chatting on.

I have some little mulberry sprigs trying to root - some in water, some in moist vermiculite. They are beyond dormant now, I'll see what they do.

My two day mail piggy box has been sitting in Fort Mitchell, AL for three days. Hmmm. I am sure it will be on its way once they catch up for the recent storm delays. At least it is sitting somewhere warmer than here!
ImageJonnaSudenius
Feb 7, 2014 2:25 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Especially i f you winter sow in warmer climates, you need to keep your containers in shade. Even I (I live in USDA zone 6) keep my winter sowed containers out of the full sun.
ImageArleneB
Feb 7, 2014 2:33 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yes, mine are in the shade, and mine are sown in vermiculite, so not the regular winter sowing with milk jugs and holes so they should be fine. There will be warmer days and cold nights but I don't think warm enough for long enough for most to germinate yet.
ImageJonnaSudenius
Feb 7, 2014 2:42 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Arlene you will get very strong plants. Just have patience, the seeds will germinate if they feel ready for it.
ImageArleneB
Feb 7, 2014 2:46 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Hurray! It's easy to be patient when you are not there to check on them! Rolling on the floor laughing I've very excited about planting so many this way because I get overwhelmed trying to start them in plug trays or cell packs. I like to give away a lot of plants so this will make it much easier.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 7, 2014 4:11 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Have any of you read this article by Dave C of Strepbystrep, a new cubit, that has me drooling for sure. Check out his cubit while ya at it.

http://cubits.org/Strepbystrep/articles/view/1498/

What you think about the idea of using just cinnamon to root in? I have done all the other stuff in the article and I do know that eating a spoonful of cinnamon a day is healthy for us, but forget why.

Wondering what would make cinnamon better than willow water? Confused
ImageBluespiral
Feb 7, 2014 5:01 PM CST
Thought this was a gorgeous way to paint columbines - the light reflects off them the way it reflects off the moon - http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/full.php?ID=132042#

Edited to add that the artist's name is Juan de Arellano, not Juna de Arellano. Could someone email the webmaster about that? I'm having email problems.
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
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Lilydaydreamer
Feb 8, 2014 12:52 PM CST
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY
My package is here!!! Hurray!
I am in seed heaven....Thank you to all you wonderful piggies that let this little piggy oink to my heart's content. Lovey dubby

Now I can spend this cold winter's day, dreaming and planning for spring.

Group hug Lisa
Love what you teach and teach what you love!
Mindy03
Feb 8, 2014 1:24 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
OK I am in need of information on how I can germinate phlox and vinca seeds.
I have a plant room but it's not heated very much. Can I sow these seeds now and put them out there to go through cold and warm cycles without worrying about them croaking?

I am thinking phlox will be Ok as I've had a few sprout from seeds from a plant I had in the garden but I have no idea about the vinca.

Oh and be prepared for more questions as I got a lot of seeds I've never tried before.
poisondartfrog
Feb 8, 2014 1:33 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
The Phlox should be okay, but what kind of Vinca? Vinca minor or major? Or Catharanthus roseus?
The first can be sown cool or wintersown, but Catharanthus needs a bit more warmth.
Mindy03
Feb 8, 2014 1:43 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Thank you Alana. I had to look up the name of what I have and it's the Catharanthus roseus

I'm in zone 6 and the plant room usually stays about 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperatures at night. Daytime it can range from 10 degrees warmer to higher depending on the amount of sun. Based on that information when would be a good time to start these?
poisondartfrog
Feb 8, 2014 1:54 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Mindy, if you don't have a heat mat I would wait until you can be sure you have a consistent 70F or more for germination. Maybe you could put them on the refrigerator, or some other heat source to get them germinated.
Mindy03
Feb 8, 2014 2:14 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
I do have a heat mat but I think it's junk doesn't seem to get anything very warm. It was a gift. I am reading on the vinca and think starting them indoors would work based on their requirements. All I have to do is figure out where to put them where the light wouldn't bug the hubby. I have an option for that but will have to do some rearranging first.

These are one of the plants I so want to start from seed this year as I've never been able to get them to sprout before but now I understand where I went wrong with them.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 9, 2014 4:12 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
For those of you that still want even more seed or know of folks looking for seed, send them to here

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/78122/

For the seeds Rising Creek has available.

Rising Have an ad and a link to your post here over on ATP so hopefully we can get you whittled down abit in the seed department. Hilarious!
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 9, 2014 5:45 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I know alot of you know Brenda, fondly known as Zany and her pLaypen cubit and Puzzles, but some of you may not have known she just lost her hubby. She has finally posted. You can read here:

http://cubits.org/PlaypenGraphics/articles/view/1499/
Imagewildflowers
Feb 10, 2014 10:02 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Here's a link for Farmer's Almanac - best time to plant seeds list. You can put your zip-code in the box and it will give you a local planting schedule. http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/ID/Rathdrum
FAITH over fear!

Imagestarlight1153
Feb 10, 2014 10:25 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I enjoy the Farmer's Almanac. Usually it pretty close on. I like it for the weather predictions for every week. It helps alot. Like everything, sometimes it off, but for the most part it right on for the whole area.
ImageArleneB
Feb 10, 2014 3:14 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I like it too. Thank you for posting the link!
ImageAndi
Feb 10, 2014 4:07 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Thanks for the fab fa link!
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 10, 2014 5:39 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Just saw the news. Ga folks get ready for another arctic blast. They saying this one gonna be worse than last one. World news Ga gov is declaring starting tonight state of emergency for 45 counties. We getting more of that ice, rain, sleet mix and freezing temps again for next couple of days.

Not funny with all the accidents and destruction that happened from last one, but still chuckled at pic somebody drew of single snowflake on the road and folks cars all jammed up every which way and some folks out of their cars looking at that single snowflake. Yep, tiny bit of snow can shut things down here big time. LOL

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