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

 
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ImageArleneB
Feb 18, 2014 10:49 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Looks like a lot of fun! My granddaughter has that hat!
Imagechelle
Feb 18, 2014 3:14 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I agree Fun!

I have fond memories of childhood sleigh rides; none since then, but for those few excursions we had ponies prancing prettily, bells jingling merrily, snowflakes tickling our noses, hot bricks at our feet and thick sleigh blankets made of wool and horsehair to wrap ourselves in...magical and wondrous. Thumbs up

Thanks for sharing your experience, Julianna!
poisondartfrog
Feb 18, 2014 4:25 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
What a beautiful day for you Julianna! It sounds and looks just wonderful.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 19, 2014 8:05 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Soils I know you somewhat of a soil expert. Have a question for you. In October, I put almost a whole huge bag of soil conditioner in one of them big blue tubs. The lid I had didn't fit and guess one of the squirrels knocked the bags and such I had on top to try and keep water out off.

I lifted the lid and the whole bucket and the bag of soil was soaking sopping wet. Took a bit but got the bag of soil out and it dripping to dry. What I was wondering, do you think I can still use it in containers or do I need to toss it out. Wasn't sure if anything could grow or develop in that wet mess that would hurt seedlings.

Ok Piggies, who has all their new seed sowed. How we coming along? Got alot of sprouts yet?

Oh and before I forget, those folks that put pics up in their databases, if I can use them to add to the a to z Plant database would appreciate it. It will mark the pics as being copyrighted to you.
patrob
Feb 19, 2014 8:16 AM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
The new roof on the greenhouse was finished yesterday, so I am ready to start sowing. I've been emptying pots and cleaning up and am hoping to actually plant some seeds today! Tomatoes first and then some salvias and asclepias, I think. So many choices, it's hard to decide what to plant first. Big Grin
ImageMistirose
Feb 19, 2014 9:42 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I have some baby tomato seedlings up, some Cilantro, collards, Kale...Starting lettuce, chard and some other greens tonight.
ImageAndi
Feb 19, 2014 11:12 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
A sleigh ride in the winter wonderland, how romantic!
ImageAndi
Feb 19, 2014 12:18 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
My wintersown containers are buried under a couple of feet of snow. doubt there are any sprouts, yet, but they are getting well stratified. We are about to enter the freeze thaw stage of winter/early spring. Temps raise above freezing in the day and below freezing at night. The snow melts, turns to slush, refreezes at night to ice and keeps repeating the cycle until April or so. I suspect that the freeze/thaw is harder on the plants than the winter.

Today we have sleet. Tomorrow it will sleet.rain/sleet. I am missing the snow already, lol.

After I finish my work today, I will wintersow some more seeds and start entering my piggy seeds in my database. I am starting my indoor seeds march 1, following the farmer's almanac for veggies. not sure which flowers to start first - thinking I'll start violas, petunias and salvias.
Imagechelle
Feb 19, 2014 2:39 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I checked a few of my January winter sown containers today. They aren't frozen solid anymore, but there aren't any sprouts either. I'm glad though, 'cause winter's not through with us yet.

I hope we don't get as much rain tomorrow as they're calling for; there's already water headed where it isn't wanted. Usually I can scrape a channel to direct the flow, but the ground's much too frozen this year.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 19, 2014 3:10 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
For me the first two flowers are going to be the Ruellia Ragin Cagun. After years of wanting it and Poisons Clematis. Than it will be tough choices. May alternate between some veggies and some flowers.

Patrob... Glad you got your new roof on the gh. I hoping mine has been rebaced and redone enough to hold it for awhile yet. Still need to get a roll of plastic to cover the top. The storms shredded mine all to pieces.

I walked up to mailbox today and coming back heard a rustle and said oh oh. I know the snakes are on the move, but to my delight up on some junk in the yard sunning himself away was one of my lizards looking for some dinner and a mate too probably.

Wonder if this means my toads are gonna come out of hibernation too.
ImageMistirose
Feb 19, 2014 5:27 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Hurray! love the lizards and froggys!
Imagejoseph
Feb 19, 2014 6:07 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I went into town today to check on the fields.

The snow had melted from one, but it was still frozen about 2" down, so too muddy to plant.
One was still covered with 6" of snow.
I didn't check the other two because they are in a slightly cooler micro-climate.
The kitchen garden is still thawed, so I planted a row of red-podded soup peas. I need to prune the fruit trees before I get too carried away about planting much more there.

I normally don't start planting until about the 3rd week of March, so I'm just being antsy because of the mild winter.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 19, 2014 7:43 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I'm wondering if all this weather now is all we gonna get for winter and that spring is truly going to come early since winter seemed to have hit early and hard and heavy.
poisondartfrog
Feb 19, 2014 7:48 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I don't know Ella, but I had my first SNAKE for real today. I could have waited a little longer for that!
Tornado watches for tomorrow night, but then it will cool down so hopefully I can do a little garden clean-up then without thinking about what I am reaching for when I pull up a clump of weeds. Crying
ImageAndi
Feb 19, 2014 9:01 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
At least the snow and ice keep the snakes asleep. Yikes.

I am loving the seeds from the piggies. busy entering them in my database, filing them in my treasure box and dreaming of spring!

It is hard to decide what to sow first!
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 19, 2014 9:40 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Oh geez Alana.... Now you gonna have me all paranoid too. I know when I was out raking leaves to burn I kept looking around wondering where the snakes were hiding at. I am picking up tree limbs only after moving it all around with the hoe first in case one of them is hiding underneath it. I just hope a few more King snakes find their way to here if I have to have any. I keep hoping some of the feral cats roaming around here will take out a few for me. Glad ya safe and didn't get bitten though.

LOL Andi... Put em all in a big bowl and close your eyes and just pick one, sow it and than pick again. Whistling Hilarious!

ATTENTION EVERYBODY!!!!!!!! The first of several personal forums being developed has opened and that is Landrace Gardening with Joseph.

You can find the new forum here:

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/forums/view/landracegardeningw...

This is a forum that is maintained and moderated by Joseph. So now if you have veggie questions, want to learn more about landrace gardening or whatever, you can now have personal discussions with him.

I hope you all enjoy this new forum and hope you take advantage of it. Don't forget to add it to your watch list and tell your friends about it too.
soilsandup
Feb 19, 2014 11:04 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
I sowed some seeds from last year's swap in October 2013, and have a few winter vegetables now

Kohlrabi - may or may not have time to bulb out
Thumb of 2014-02-20/soilsandup/e5051c

Napa cabbage from Rick - looks like they are going to bolt before forming a head. I will harvest them anyway in a day or two. The rain from 2 weeks ago has caused an explosion in the slug and snail population and they love the napa cabbage too.
Thumb of 2014-02-20/soilsandup/19585b

I was so excited last year when I got the seeds, that I sowed some winter vegetables in February, but it got so warm by April that most things bolted. I then planned on direct sowing the seeds in late August, but did not get to it until October. THIS year, with this year's seeds, I aim to get it right Thumbs up
Imagewildflowers
Feb 20, 2014 9:27 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Here I am again, trying to keep up.

Joseph, your walking onions look great. I just planted some last fall and looking forward to keeping perennial onions!! I also planted a row of potato onions that are also perennial. They're looking really good too. I'm looking foward to your Landrace Gardening Forum!!

Sorelina, what lovely pictures of your wonderful slay ride!! Lovey dubby

Ella, I sure enjoyed your newest article!! Thumbs up
FAITH over fear!

ImageArleneB
Feb 20, 2014 11:57 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yes, Ella, I read your article as well and enjoyed it. I will be anxious to see if I can beat, or at least keep up with those little pests!
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 20, 2014 12:44 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thanks... The vacuum trick really does work on a lot of pests. The hard part is explaining to your neighbors or dealing with the shakes of their heads when they wonder why you out their car vacuuming your plants. I think sometimes with all the craziness that happens round here they wonder if I don't need some mind help. Whistling Hilarious!

I keep thinking about seeing about getting one of those smaller vacuums that you can use on like keyboards and other electronic stuff. I wonder what the salesmen would say if I brought in a squash bug and said I wanna see if this piece of equipment works. Wonder how long before they would call security on me as being crazy and escorting me to the front door. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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