Cottage Gardening forum: #7 Piggy Swap and Friends Chat The sowing begins

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Mar 2, 2014 4:26 AM CST
Name: Alana
That sounds beautiful Arlene!
Mar 2, 2014 3:19 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Glare really wish this dang weather would pick one and focus. Hoping my Rosemary and Sunshine Blueberry aren't lost. They were covered in ice and the Blueberry was actually budding out. I moved her to the garage to thaw. But yesterday it was 81F and today 22F with snow and sleet. oh yea and my little peas that were just poking up are prob pretty PEAved as well. Glare
Mar 2, 2014 3:43 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I know, this back and forth with temps is crazy!

Here's the patch of rye I cut. Well, I cut half with a scythe then Ira cut the rest with a bush hog. Then turned it with the spring tooth plow, but it was probably too wet and compacted the soil. Oops! Letting it dry out now so David can till it. Not going to be able to plant until next weekend for sure.

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And the seedlings waiting to be planted. See my peas in guttering? Trying something new this year!

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Mar 2, 2014 6:42 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Wow, Arlene, that's awesome! It's bitterly cold again and we got more snow. I'm in a blue funk with this hideous weather. I'm just trying not to move from that to completely miserable. We took the computer and phone over to the Apple Store and the brilliant Vito technician (I'm adopting him) fixed the whole mess. I had a very small cow when I thought he was going to wipe out all of my files to get the backup thing going, but he straightened me out and about 2 hours after we got home, I calmed down. I have no head for technology.

Before the snow and bitter cold arrived, we did have a lovely day yesterday at Seedy Saturday and there was a new vendor over there with Baker Creek and SSE seeds. I scored a couple more things off my wish list! It was a nice surprise. I don't order seeds from either place because shipping is too much, so I hope to get them as small trades. We went over to Humber Nursery to get more Pro-Mix and they have their 50c seed bin going now of last year's seeds. I scored a bunch of extra Asian stuff for the community garden and more Black Madras Ornamental Rice. I think my original pack of that came from Alana, but it had a tough time and only got about 3" tall before finally dying. I'm hoping that if I start it now, it'll get nice and big before I transplant it. I also picked up a soil thermometer so I'll have a better idea about when I can safely transplant the things I have going inside and sow things directly outside under plastic. It's got a nice little cheat sheet on the back with temperatures required for various things.
Grazie a tutti,
Mar 2, 2014 7:33 PM CST
Name: Alana
Crappy weather here too. Yesterday was 70 and lovely and the weather guessers predicted heavy rain for us for tonight and early tomorrow with a few thunderstorms. We've had that already today. By this morning they had added an ice storm that was supposed to have stayed north of us into the mix. That's coming after midnight with predictions of enough icing to cause power outages. On the weather map we are right at the edge of that, so fingers crossed. Then tomorrow night we will be down in the low teens again. No wonder everyone is sick. Spring's coming, I keep telling myself.
Mar 2, 2014 7:47 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yup I bought some bare root Strawberries yesterday and I wasnt even gonna plant them out today, so they have a temp home. I did get 16 peppers planted as well as Zucchini and peppercress. I have my moon flower seeds soaking. oh and I planted some Gerbera Daisy seeds too Hurray!
Mar 2, 2014 8:32 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Has anyone used chicken manure before? Just found a free source and came home with free eggs as well. Emptied and spread finished compost then put a bunch of old oak leaves and chicken poo in my composters. So exhausted from all the yard work. My husband is working two consulting jobs and selling cars since he is looking for new full time job, so he is not able to help as much. Even so be cut down some trees and we both pruned so yard is full of branches and limbs. I think it's time o call a landcscaper to finish it off, but I know I will have to educate him about my organic lawn care practices. really. Tired and so but so happy about how things are coming together for great growing season. It seems like when I plant veggie and flower seeds I see all the beautiful potential around me and it's hard to feel bad, sorellina spring is coming to you soon,hang in there
Mar 2, 2014 8:33 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
In the 80's yesterday and 12 degrees tonight with wind chills below 0. We did remember to turn off the well and drain the water lines at the ranch today. Will save lots of replumbing to the water troughs. My elder son, who has lived in Southern California for the last 15 years is here, with his wife. He never brings her to Texas in the summer as he hopes to retire and move to Austin someday. Not sure she is liking winter weather either!
Mar 2, 2014 11:25 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Wow - I am glad we are not getting those temperature extremes here. Mostly 60's and 70's in the day, 45 at night. Everything is coming up - bulbs are blooming, and perennials are poking out of the ground. I have not started any milkjugs or closed vermiculite containers, but have direct sowed some larkspur. A few lupines from last year has self-sowed too.

Arlene - what an impressive array of seedlings. Did you start them all?
Mar 3, 2014 5:08 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Arlene... What pretty babies you have. Also loved seeing that nice big area of flat pretty soil. Makes you just want to crawl right through the sceen and bury your feet and hands in it.

I have some of them gutters I nabbed that across the street threw out too. That what I plan on using them for too is peas. Are your gutter real wide or does it just look like the peas are planted close together?

Lousy..Lousy.. Lousy weather. My sinuses are going crazy again. Which brings on the headaches. Was so beautiful yesterday and today we getting that cold rain and temps going back down to the 20 and 30's. All my Yarrow Springtime Pastel is all up again and now it gonna be mush again. Shoot by the time spring does get it, poor plant not gonna have and branching or fulness left to it.

My 80 year old Peony has sprouted back out and trying to leaf. Gonna have to try and get it covered up. I thought for sure I lost it during the ice and snow storm.

Heard on the news the other day too, that even after this storm we got another one coming. Thumbs down Sad

Misti... Gerberas are very fussy. Hope somebody had directions on package for you to plant the one end into the soil and leave the other end sticking out some. Have a lot of patience with them they sprout irregular too.

Patrob... How all them baby cows doing? Down the road has a couple new babies and when I see them I think of yours. Smiling

Mar 3, 2014 5:28 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Here another interesting idea I found over in the Strep by Step flower Cubit.

It tells how to smooth out the plastic solo cups you cut back. I have gone to buy some and the ones where you can get more are cheaper some times, but by the time you cut them down, you do have that sharp edge that is rough on plants and fingers too sometimes.

Mar 3, 2014 6:37 AM CST
Name: Alana
Thanks for posting that link, Ella. That is a great idea! I would not want to use my favorite skillet, but I've got an old one that I'm going to try that with.
Mar 3, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Hey hey, my brassicas are up and Wildflowers' Variegated Catgrass is also up! Today, I'll be sowing herbs and flowers that take a fair bit of time to come up. The monsters have mowed down their tubs of cat grass, so I may start some fresh ones. It will be weeks before they have any fresh grass to graze outside.
Grazie a tutti,
Mar 3, 2014 1:48 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
SCbuttercup I use chicken manure. I use pine shavings as bedding so the manure is mixed with the shavings and when I clean the hen house I pile it and leave it for a year. Have different piles going all the time and just use the oldest.
Mar 3, 2014 1:58 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yes, this weather is hard on the sinus Ella. I did start all those seedlings myself. I have to start early because we try to go to market mid April.

Oh, peas. There is a double row and I tend to plant very close. Usually poor germination but these were pre-sprouted so no excuse! Just bad habit. I do a double row and put the pea netting between the rows.
Mar 3, 2014 2:43 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Arlene... If this weather keeps up I wonder if we will make it to market before we get blasted with the heat and humidity. Those few nice days we had last week already folks is asking when plants are coming. I think everybody has a bad case of cabin fever. I keep telling them we got a long way to go yet, be patient. But they as antsy as we are to get out and grow.

Pea netting? What ya using for pea netting? I generally have enough tree limbs and branches around that I can use them to brace the plants up with, but sometimes even they fall over.

Tonight I plan on starting cuke seeds and some squash if I can stay awake that long. I planning on doing alot of pickling cukes. I want some bread and butter pickles this year. We used to eat them by the jar fulls as kids as a snack instead of candy.

If anybody growing Peppers and have some up or getting some started, come share what you growing here:

Mar 3, 2014 6:11 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I planted Fava beans and chickpeas indoors today. Last year was the first time that I have successfully grown either. My climate is too hot during the summer for favas so they flower gloriously, but don't set seed or make pods. So I figure that the earlier I get them started the better they'll do. I also planted some directly into the garden. About 1/2 of the favas are from the few plants that produced seed for me last summer. More seed went into the ground than got harvested which is OK if this year's plants are better adatped. The other half are Ianto's return and are genetically diverse.

Then I also planted pigeon beans and horse beans from the hoggy swap. They are smaller seeded favas.

I planted 3 chickpeas into each pot. I intend to thin them shortly after emergence and keep only the fastest growing plants. Weeds in chickpeas are a huge problem for me, so I wanna put some effort into finding chickpeas that will outgrow, or strangle, or poison the weeds.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Mar 3, 2014 9:59 PM CST
Ontario, Canada (zone 6a)
Mistirose wrote:
Brenda, yea it was funny after I said it IS a plant she packed the bag and then said here Maam, you can put this one by your purse so your plant doesnt get hurt LOL

Hah! Still not a clue....You should have taken a bite right then and there..."Hmm, YUM!"

And oh so jelous of all those green spouts! A whole truck bed of them, oh my....still about 4 feet of snow in the yard here....
Mar 5, 2014 2:13 PM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Love forgives all wrongs.
Ella, you were right! I left the lantana on the heat mat and now I have sprouts!!! I may only have one lantana but it will be one that I started myself so I'm happy about that. LoL
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Mar 5, 2014 10:10 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
My lettuce seedlings always seem to be leggy no matter how close I have the light. Is this normal?

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