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Imagejoseph
May 13, 2014 6:44 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Here's the results of my first wintersown planting. Woo Hoo! Thanks for the tips. These are pollinated garlic seeds. Only the 2013 seed has germinated so far. The 2009 seed hasn't.

Thumb of 2014-05-13/joseph/8652e8
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageAndi
May 13, 2014 9:08 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
It has been "almost raining" for days. I am going to plant my strawberries in the new tiered planter that I got last week. I'll take pics. I noticed while walking Winston that the native strawberries here have white flowers like my special strawberries. I am hoping the new tiered planter and the bird net keep the birds from planting them in my new planter. The previous native strawberries had yellow flowers so it was easy to weed them out of my garden strawberries. I haven't gotten enough berries to be worth the space and time devoted to the plants. I hope the new planter changes that.

Winston the pug has a new doggie friend - Hershey the pit bull mix next door. They are both rescue dogs. Winston doesn't usually like big dogs, but he stands to the length of Hershey's leash and sniffs noses. They don't bark at each other either. However, when another dog comes by.....

Winston is enjoying exploring the lakes and streams during our walks. I am liking the new place and the new neighborhood. Everyone is very friendly, much more welcoming than the neighbors in the old place. I am not thrilled with the dandelions, weeds, leaves, tree stumps and rocks in the so called yard. (The back yard has so much abandoned debris and tools that raking the leaves is like an archeological dig). I have never used weed killer before, but I am tempted, especially for the dandelions popping thru the gravel driveway. It is going to be a lot of work to get each plant in the ground. Better get going before the rain starts!

I should have chosen a rock garden instead of a rose garden. Perhaps I will combine the two.
Imagechelle
May 13, 2014 5:03 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Ella, I bet your beans would grow very well in a bottomless pot planted at half its depth in your flooded area. I have Cranesbill growing in my seasonal streambed this way, and it's one plant that returns every year without fail. You could tie three poles or branches together at the top for a climbing support, too. At the end of the season, it might be easier to pull out of the dried muck than fencing would be.
ImageAndi
May 15, 2014 5:38 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Good morning everybody.
Imagegreene
May 15, 2014 6:05 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Hi everyone! I missed y'all while Cubits was having some maintenance done.
How's the weather where you are?
ImageLeBug
May 15, 2014 8:16 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
The weather here is wet and 50 degrees I've had three tomatoes in the ground for almost a month they were even getting blooms on them I pinched them off yesterday because the plants are only about 10" out of the ground about two wks ago i planted two more and three peppers tonite and for about four more nites it's going to be in the low fourties so guess I'll put some pots over them but I heard one time if tomato plants get a chill much like they have gotten a couple of times before it was good for tomato production has anyone heard this before not sure I've dreamed it or really read it it's been so long Sticking tongue out

Still have two more sweet red peppers to get in the ground but we have had so much rain it's just too wet but there is plenty of time still.
Imagechelle
May 15, 2014 3:11 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
greene wrote:
How's the weather where you are?


Yo-yo weather...big-time! Mid-eighties two days ago, and 32 forecast for tonight. How is it where you are?

Too late to dis-bud my Claw. I got busy doing other things, and it bloomed. Rolling on the floor laughing
I did find two more sprouts though, in a pot outdoors, so will probably try it later.
ImageMistirose
May 15, 2014 9:13 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Grubs been eating the Strawberry roots. Got me some ANTidote nematodes tonight to spray out this weekend. Here is to hoping they work! Will have to check under my microscope to see if they are alive first.
Imagerisingcreek
May 15, 2014 9:35 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
weather here is out of control, last week nice temps 70s and 80s this week it is in the 100s all week, next week supposed to drop 30 degrees and be cloudy. my poor plants will never figure out what season it is
ImageAndi
May 16, 2014 12:50 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I am having trouble sleeping. I was riding the Pocono Pony on errands today. I went to Home Depot for a toilet seat and other exciting things for my new place. Of course, I had to check the plant department. They had much better plants than usual this year. I suspect that they are trying to regain the business they lost when the new Lowe's store opened.

I got a beautiful potted Yves St Laurent rose - I had been wanting to grow that one for a long time, but hadn't seen it for sale. I was tempted by other roses and gorgeous potted gardenias, but it was enough of a challenge bringing one potted rose on the bus. Last week I brought a small pitchfork. The things we gardeners do for our plants.

I picked up a few small veggie starts. Moving interrupted my veggie seed starting plans this year. I got Mortgage Lifter, Roma, Black Prince tomatoes, a Carmen pepper a Japanese eggplant and a pineapple sage. I have grown Mortgage lifter, roma and pineapple sage before. The rest are new for me. I have also been starting seeds in containers outdoors following the Farmer's Almanac planting schedule for my zip code. I don't have a veggie garden space ready, yet. I would eventually like to build a few raised beds to grow veggies by the square foot method. This season, I will fit some three sisters plantings in the yard while some things will be in pots.

Heavy rain is forecasted tomorrow so the gardening will have to wait for the weekend. I have plenty of things to do indoors. My place looks like a maze of cardboard boxes. Grumpypants dropped off a new to me computer to config and a box of parts. It will be my first 64 bit fully sata machine. I am just switching to Windows 7. As I have mentioned, I run old machines refurbished by grumpypants and/or me. It saves money but generates aggravation at times. If anyone needs any "vintage" computer cards let me know. I have several boxes of them to offer to friends and/or freecycle once I finish the latest upgrades.

Grumpypants also got a stainless steel interior Amana microwave for me from freecycle. I had given my older Panasonic microwave away when I moved last year because the previous new place had a built in new combo GE microwave/range vent. I regretted it because my old microwave was much quicker -- than the fancypants GE one. It took twice as long to microwave popcorn. I microwave popcorn kernels with olive oil and/or butter and salt in a covered Pyrex bowl. It is tastier and healthier than the packaged microwave popcorn.
ImageAndi
May 16, 2014 5:45 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
My septic tank needs to be pumped out Monday. Anyone want a weekend house guest?

Isn't life in the country wonderful?
ImageDayjillymo
May 16, 2014 7:36 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
'm looking for a start of a bog plant native to the southwest area. It's called Yerba Mansa, or Anemopsis Californica. Locally known as Lizard Tail. I hear it colonizes by runners, and thought some of you might have some you'd want to thin out. If you have some to sell or trade or for postage, Cmail me and let me know. I have many cultivars of daylilies and bearded iris to trade.

Some places say it's a zone 8 or higher plant, but some have listed it as cold as zone 5. I think it grows wild in Arizona, California and parts of Texas. It's a water plant or stream bank/bog plant in hot weather areas.
Imagegreene
May 16, 2014 8:00 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Rolling on the floor laughing Here is a photo of a lizard (Skink) showing off his tail...just to keep you amused while you wait for someone to send you the real Lizard Tail plants. Thumb of 2014-05-17/greene/341e2a
Imagejoseph
May 16, 2014 8:26 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Today when I was in the garden I noticed that the dahlia tubers have sprouted! Thanks!!! I still can't tell if the seeds have sprouted or not.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagerisingcreek
May 16, 2014 8:30 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
I dont have any seeds but I believe it is only cold hardy to 15 degrees or so
poisondartfrog
May 17, 2014 4:26 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Nice skink, greene. I'm surprised he did not drop his tail when you picked him up.
It's 44 degrees! I don't expect immediate visible damage, but I do expect growth of warm season plants to be checked. 2014 is already one for the record books. Of course, the two previous years broke records in the other direction. I guess 'normal' would be the surprise now.
Imagegreene
May 17, 2014 6:49 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Thanks poisondartfrog (I still love that name!!)
There are some YouTube videos of people who have managed to tame the Five-lined skinks. I am thinking since this skink spends so much time near my house, and spent at least part of a day inside my kitchen, it must be less afraid of me. Maybe it likes my voice?

ImageDayjillymo
May 17, 2014 10:08 AM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Lovely lizard photo, Greene. Thanks!
ImageAndi
May 17, 2014 6:07 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
What a cute lizard. I never saw one with a blue tail. Too cold here for lizards, but I am not sure I want one in my- kitchen.
Imagegreene
May 17, 2014 6:20 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Um, Andi, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but...
it's not too cold for lizards in Pennsylvania; you have 4 types, one of which looks a lot like my little skink.

http://www.paherps.com/herps/lizards-skinks/

These are good creatures like the toads and frogs (which we don't want inside our houses either) and they have a job to do keeping down the pest population; they eat insects, spiders, small rodents and stuff like that.

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