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Imagestarlight1153
Feb 17, 2014 4:18 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Welcome everybody. This thread is kinda of the hang out place for everybody to chat away. New folks, old folks, all are welcome to come chat and join us. Don't be shy. Got a question or can help answer a question, feel free to join in at anytime .

We came from here: http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/77939/

Good news again this morning. Tuink has arrived. Slowly but surely the piggies are making their way to their new homes and the sorting and seed sowing is on for the year.

Hopefully soon we'll be seeing pics of folks showing off their sprouts. Nothing like new plant babies all over the place. Hoping for a successful year for everybody.

Imagestarlight1153
Feb 17, 2014 4:47 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
CCvac

Here a go some info on propagation. This is from Horizon Herbs. They good company and have good info for starting stuff. I use their directions alot.

https://www.horizonherbs.com/product.asp?specific=1507
ImageCCvacation
Feb 17, 2014 6:59 AM CST
Name: CC
PA
Somehow I missed the jump to the last chat thread... Posting so it comes up when I peek for new posts on cubit. Thumbs up
CC
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 17, 2014 6:59 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Does anybody have some pics of cucumbers, squash, or melons I can use for an article? Will give credit. Arlene, now that a can breath a touch easier, almost done with the squash bug article and how to control them for ya. Big Grin Just need some pics so it will post.
ImageMistirose
Feb 17, 2014 10:13 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
hmm I will look to see what I have here in a bit but here is a good place too. These pics are royalty free to use.
http://www.morguefile.com/archive
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 17, 2014 10:18 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Only one I need to find is a good pic of yellow crookneck squash. Managed to get pics of everything else.
ImageMistirose
Feb 17, 2014 10:37 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
any of these work for you? http://www.morguefile.com/archive#/?q=crookneck squash&sort=...
ImageJonnaSudenius
Feb 17, 2014 10:44 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
I've been busy to fill my new website for weeks. Now about 75% is done and I would really appriciate it when the piggies will have a look at it and tell me what you think about it. Do you like the design? Is it all clear? What can I do better? Are there any suggestions?
I prefer HONEST comments, even if you think it's horrible, I want to know that. I want a website that people like to visit, but I can only know what people like if you help me with your comments. The piggies are quite divers in some ways, so I think your comments will be very valuable to me.
The 'Articles' pages, just contain 1 article now, but I will add the following ones later: seed longevity, wishes and seed pictures. Any suggestion for more articles is welcome as long as you don't expect scientifical articles.
The 'related products' will be removed as soon as I found out how to do that
So, please have a look at http://www.seedsite.eu and let me know what you think about it.
Please don't comment on this thread, send me a c-mail.

Thanks in advance

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Imagejoseph
Feb 17, 2014 11:52 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Hey. Another warm dry day for me. Snow's melted in one of my fields. Ground's not frozen. Hmmm. Wonder what I'll plant? Yesterday I planted pecans from the hoggy swap. Be a tough crop for me because they like humidity, but I might squeak by on winter hardiness. For me there is always a better odds with seed grown plants than with clones. More chances to spin the genetic roulette wheel to see if there is a winner.

My Egyptian walking onions are doing great. This is what they looked like the day after the snow melted. I'll start harvesting them in about 2-3 weeks.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageJonnaSudenius
Feb 17, 2014 12:07 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Joseph How do you use the Egyptian walking onions? And if you harvest them all, how do you keep them?
I have some too. Used only the stalks last year and planted out the small onions, but I really don't know what to do else with them.
Can I just keep some in my garden, or are they biennial?
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 17, 2014 12:27 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thanks for trying to help Misti. Now have a pic of squash and soon as I get it uploaded in the right spot will be ready to publish it.

ImageMistirose
Feb 17, 2014 12:33 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
awesome! Hurray!
Imagejoseph
Feb 17, 2014 1:40 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
The Egyptian walking onions are perennial, so any time of year I want green onions I can harvest them. I only use them as scallions, never as a storage bulb. They are stronger flavored in hot weather. The flower stalk is hard, so I typically don't harvest them when the flower stalk is actively growing. After a month or so, new growth emerges beside the flower stalk and I can dig plants and separate the new tender growth from the hard stalk.

I keep a perennial patch which I call "The Mother Patch". She produces bulbils that I plant in the production garden. If I plant bulbils as soon as they are available (about August?) then they produce large beautiful clumps of scallions the next spring starting about 2 weeks after the snow melts. Bulbils planted later take longer to get going in the spring.

The mother patch is in my kitchen garden so I often harvest from her for day-to-day cooking. I'll typically cut a plant off just above ground level and leave the roots to send up a new shoot.

I store the bulbils on the plant overwinter. My daddy picks them and stores them in the garage. Either way, the bulbils can be planted in the annual garden and will produce scallions during the summer. These are what I grow for the farmer's market and for dehydrating.

This is what I expect The Mother Patch to look like in about 3 weeks:

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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 17, 2014 1:46 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Awesome patch of onions there Joseph. I gonna try my darnest to have some onions this year.

Arlene Here ya go. I know you probably outside playing in the 70F weather and I don't blame you, but when you get back inside, this one is for you.

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/articles/view/1486/

Now you'll know how to get rid of those squash bugs that are driving ya crazy. Whistling Hilarious!
ImageJonnaSudenius
Feb 17, 2014 2:21 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Thank you Joseph for your explanation. I just did what you do with the stalks. I leave the flowering stalk, but I use the young stalks. I love the fresh onion stalks. This year we had the mildest winter ever. I live in zone 6, but we had only a little bit of frost this winter (-5°C for only 2 nights). Potted up about 30 young bulbs and they are already sprouting.
ImageMistirose
Feb 17, 2014 10:26 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
When cold stratifying seeds in damp paper towels, was it hydrogen peroxide that will keep it from molding?
Imagegreene
Feb 18, 2014 7:53 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
It took me a while to find the answer.
1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide mixed in 1 cup of water.

Or you could use Chamomile tea or Cinnamon tea instead of the peroxide.
ImageSorellina
Feb 18, 2014 9:00 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Yesterday, Duane and I took a drive out to St. Jacob's, a rural Mennonite community a few hours west of Toronto. You can still see people in horse-drawn buggies in this area from time to time. We went on a sleigh ride as a belated Valentine's date. It was VERY cold and I wasn't quite sure how everything was going to turn out for me. I get cold very easily, so I put on what seemed like a thousand layers and could barely move. It was a wise decision. Duane showed me how to wrap my face after putting on my ear coverings and ear flap hat with a scarf all around so only my eyes were exposed and that worked quite well, especially when we were riding out in a meadow with no tree cover. There are many sugar maple trees along the route we took and they had tap lines in them for collecting sap. They're doing that now, boiling it down in big sugar shacks for syrup. The warming hut had a lovely wood-burning stove and hot apple cider for us after we returned from our ride and it used to be the old Mennonite sugar shack once upon a time. That's tough, cold work. I can't imagine what it was like for those ladies back in the 1800's in their dresses stirring the big pots of sap outside over a wood fire. Blinking Our horse, Dolly, is a 17-year-old Percheron with enormous feet and a sweet personality. After the ride, we explored the little town and watched a man make a broom corn broom with very simple tools. His tiny little operation supplies brooms to huge hardware stores in Canada like Home Hardware. He showed me how to make a broom by hand, should I ever want to grow broom corn myself. I do have seed for it and I never really thought about growing it because like most corns, it requires a fair bit of space. It does look like a fun project and the bottom 2/3 of the stalks can be donated afterwards for cattle feed.

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Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageMistirose
Feb 18, 2014 9:45 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thank you Greene!

What a wonderful day you two had! Group hug Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 18, 2014 9:55 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Sorellina... LOL Sure looks like the both of you had fun. I love you hat. Made me chuckle this morning. Beautiful scenery you got to see too. Don't worry about the cold, love will keep ya warm. Big Grin

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