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

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Feb 27, 2014 8:22 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok no more cold clammy forehead and looks like he is just a little above his norm (he always has a low temp) he is just tired...very tired. so hopefully he is beating it. Thanks for the help Lovey dubby Group hug
Feb 27, 2014 10:54 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Misti, that is good news! And maybe he can rest this weekend.
Feb 28, 2014 3:05 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Thank you for liking my Facebook page Hurray!

Ella, I think I use the coarse vermiculite, here is a picture. It's in 100 liter bags and usually used as insulation.

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Feb 28, 2014 8:52 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Wow, Kacee, that idea is genius! I think you may have just found a way for me to start the whole winter-sowing thing! We don't have our milk in jugs up here. It comes in bags. I've saved the few milk jugs I've gotten in Buffalo but it's maybe 3, not really enough for the production you all do. How often do I need to water while it's brutally cold and how cold can it be for me to leave them out? Do they need light or maybe I can put them in my cold cellar? It's definitely below zero in there.

PS Duane started his Annuum peppers 2 days ago and I'm going to get my brassicas done today if there's enough soil left. We're going to a Seedy Saturday event this weekend and it's close to the largest nursery in Ontario, so we'll be picking some up there, not just for us, but also the community garden. Nurseries don't start selling seed-starting mix up here until late March, too late for me to start my early stuff so we try to have some held back. I'm hoping it's enough for what I want to start today. We'll see.

I went to a plant planning meeting for the community garden yesterday and donated a bunch of my 1 for 1's. They took all of Ella's English Peas. I don't grow those, too much work. I prefer the edible-podded kind. They're also thinking about growing Walking Onions which I've never done, so I'm excited about that. There's going to be a medicinal herb bed and a World Garden for growing edibles not normally grown in North America. I've got some Callaloo seeds and donated a bunch of my extra Asian stuff. If they decide to grow the Bitter Melon, I won't need to here at home. It needs a fair bit of space and a good trellis.
Grazie a tutti,
Feb 28, 2014 9:14 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thank you Arlene, yes I will see to it he rests and I will make him some chicken soup. I agree
Feb 28, 2014 9:18 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Oh yes, chicken soup is good!!!
Feb 28, 2014 11:32 AM CST
Name: kacee
southern california

unfortunately I cant answer any of your questions, this is my first time trying it. I was hoping to learn as I go
Feb 28, 2014 6:19 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Got the Brassicas and additional Alliums sown today, yahoo! It feels good to get those going. I got another swap in the mail today (I know I know) and got a pack of Wrinkled Crinkled Cress. I'm already growing a ton of greens, so what's one more? I thought I'd start some as micro-greens and see how they go, then maybe grow a few larger ones in the garden. I've never really grown any sort of cress myself unless you count Nasturtiums, lol. There's tons of seed so I can experiment without guilt. Lots of these seeds are very common and ideal for using at the community garden. I'm really happy about that.
Grazie a tutti,
Feb 28, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Right, what's one more? Thumbs up

I got my tax documents ready to mail to accountant tomorrow so next two days I get to play with my seeds/seedlings! Hurray! Hurray!
Feb 28, 2014 7:38 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Can't wait to get started sowing seeds. Maybe next weekend I can get started and expand from there. We're expecting one last big snow Saturday into Sunday, and it puts me completely out of the mood to garden. I'm pretty tired of this winter. It's great to hear how well you other piggies are doing with your early sprouting. You're great inspiration for me.

Group hug
Feb 28, 2014 8:47 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
The golden snow peas are coming up in my garden, can't remember at the moment which piggy gave me those. Also doing some ornamental work tomorrow, replacing a rose of Sharon that was too big for my front yard with a vitex. Have a mountain of mulch to spread. Glad Mistis husband is over his cold. Temps are all over the place, funny how someone's are having spring and others have snow. All in good time.
Feb 28, 2014 9:48 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
we have finally gotten some rain. doing the happy dance, now i can finally dig in this rock hard dirt
Feb 28, 2014 10:13 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok so buying a fennel bulb at Kroger tonight, lets move past the fact they had it labeled as Anise and go directly to the two kids checking us out and bagging us up. The cashier kept staring at it like he was on an acid trip saying it looked like a funky onion, the lady bagging said it looked cool almost like a plant. Blinking I tried, hubby was just counting under his breath until I couldn't let it go any longer. It IS a plant it IS food lol I can understand they may not have seen a Fennel bulb before but who on earth doesn't know a vegetable is a a plant? Blinking Blinking course she also kept putting rectangle shaped things width wise in the rectangle shaped bags lol Rolling on the floor laughing I got home going why on earth would you turn them that way? Shrug!
Mar 1, 2014 10:23 AM CST
Name: Anita Crusoe
Love forgives all wrongs.
Ella, I believe it is the outer coating.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Mar 1, 2014 1:16 PM CST
Ontario, Canada (zone 6a)
Misti: Hehe...ya...some strange ideas out there...its sad some people have no clue where their food comes from....not quite the same but I get odd looks when I buy or eat Dragonfruit. Its a nice handy QUIET snack for in meetings and I've had people stare at me the whole meeting then run up to me after and HAVE to know what in the world I was eating....

So started my swap seeds in cold strat as soon as they arrived! Yay! Some already plumping up nicely.

Went to Seedy Saturday last week and boy do I feel silly. I divide my seed before arriving and so assume others do so as well...I picked up a brown paper bag labeled garlic, THINKING it was a few starter cloves. the girls running it looked at me so oddly and were twittering amongst themselves...I thought was odd but they didn't say anything. I get home and actually LOOK into the bag and find its little seed heads with about a thousand baby tiny starter bulbs on them...Doh! Now I feel stupid! But they should have said something! They didn't because I had brought so much seed to the trade they said "Take ANYTHING and as much as you want." so I guess they assumed I was taking advantage of that. NO! I was just stupid enough not to think to LOOK in the darn bag before taking it!!! I certainly do not need a few thousand starter garlic. OF THE SAME KIND!! I would have tried a few of each had I known it was a bag of tones of baby bulbs....ugh!

Also I forgot my good, expensive, ceramic mug on the table when I took of my coat...forgot to pick it back up its disappeared (the organizer remember seeing it and will "try to find out what happened to it", but its been a week so I don't have much hope now....)
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Mar 1, 2014 4:08 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Maybe the garlic people took "Take ANYTHING and as much as you want." literally as well and took home your mug. Rolling on the floor laughing
Mar 1, 2014 4:48 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Ahhhhh spring is in the air. Hopefully. It will come one day. We had rain last night and this morning and it was chilly. That wind went right through you. Now that it getting almost evening and bed soon the sun decides to shine.

Only thing I have up so far is peppers. Lots of little baby peppers. I am as happy as the doc pepper I drinking right now. Thumbs up

Not sure, but somebody told me we turn clocks forward an hour is it next saturday or sunday already?
Mar 1, 2014 5:41 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Sure is Ella, Sunday, March 9th we spring forward already! I does seem soon.

I've got tomatoes, peppers and basil sprouts indoors. Now I need to pot them into bigger pots before they can go out... but still have so many seeds to sow! Sow fun! Big Grin
FAITH over fear!

Mar 1, 2014 8:01 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Im finally starting to see some peas come up in the garden. My garden funds came in so got my strawberries and extra onions as this is my first year growing from seed, so wanted some back up. Got my hooks for my topsy turveys Hurray! Will be trying cucumbers in them and they will be the first in as they are already growing roots through the bottom of their pots.

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
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Mar 1, 2014 10:14 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Basil! I keep forgetting to plant my basil!!!!

Tomorrow I cut the rye so i can turn thr soil and get my plants in the garden!!!! It's supposed to be in the 70s for us tomorrow, but then cool off again and still a few nights in the 30s. Everything in the garden will get row covers. I'll take a picture in the morning. The back of the truck is loaded with flats of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and lettuce!

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