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ImageAndi
Apr 23, 2014 8:01 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Hi everybody...Nothing new here, still packing but out of boxes, packing tape and plastic bags. Shifting gears into cleanup mode until help, hopefully, arrives. Still moving Saturday, somehow.....

This has all of the makings of an epic disaster....
ImageMistirose
Apr 23, 2014 8:28 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Uh oh, I hope it goes well for you Andi!
ImageAndi
Apr 23, 2014 9:07 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Everything will work out somehow, I am just stressed.

I was still digging up plants this afternoon. Luckily, the hostas, toad lilies and astilbes are emerging. It looks like most of my perennials didn't make it - agastache, echinacea, rudbeckia, shasta daisies, campanula. All but the daisies were from piggy seeds. I saved seeds two years ago. I will wintersow them this year.

I like seeing pictures of everyone's blooms. The forsythia and hellebores are blooming. Few trees are setting leaves, yet. Spring is very late this year. Maybe it was a mixed blessing that I am moving this year. Otherwise, I would have trays of seedlings overgrowing my shelves to drag in and out every day.
It got so cold late this afternoon. My fingers got icy in my warmest gardening gloves. The wind kept changing directions. I think the polar vortex may be back again. Winston the pug didn't want to garden with me today. He chose to nap by the heat grate instead. We will be having below freezing temps at night again. At least it isn't snowing.
Imagejoseph
Apr 23, 2014 10:25 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Today I worked on building a greenhouse.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Apr 24, 2014 6:31 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Looks like alot of folks taking advantage of the warm weather to get out and get their hands grubby. Gonna be a hot couple of days here for a change.

Andi... Hopefully it will all be over soon and that you'll finally be able to settle somewhere and not have to move again for many...many years. I wish I could send you some of our warmth and sunshine. Moving is not fun in the winter. Hopefully spring will hit your section of the country soon.

The plants you said that didn't make it. If you have the time and the room I would dig and haul them along too. So many of mine are just starting to emerge now that we getting some sun and a bit warmer temps at night. Still in the 40's here at night, but it sure beats the 20's and 30's.

Joesph.... I am drooling. It's a lot of work building a greenhouse, but I think when you finally get it all done you'll be glad you did it. Especially when you will be able to have a place to grow and hold seedlings. You could have built it here instead. I would have let ya. Not a peep of complaint would you have gotten from me. Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing

I'm still running so far behind on getting all what I want sowed. I wish I was an octopus. I need about a dozen pairs of hands to get me caught up. I'll get there eventually I hope.



Imagewildflowers
Apr 24, 2014 3:47 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I got confused for a minute... I thought I saw a thread #9. Hilarious!

I'm not surprised since I'm having one of "those days"! Right now there are two barn swallows in the house making all kinds of noise. The front door is opened and hopefully they will discover it! I had the back doors open also but bugs were flying in, instead of the birds flying out and the chickens were trying to come in! Now there are buzzing things in the windows and birds on the light fixture. The cat's locked in the bedroom and the dogs are outside, except the old-guy who is laying on the tile where it's cool.

It started with just one swallow flew in the front door, where they have a nest just outside in the eaves of the porch. Once inside, it was flying around and making quite a commotion. It's partner apparently heard it from outside and started chirping and swooping across the porch... and ended up flying into the house to save its' mate! How sweet

I hope they find their way out soon... otherwise we will have Round 2 tomorrow!

Shrug! Shrug!
FAITH over fear!

Imagewildflowers
Apr 24, 2014 4:13 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
so close and yet so far!
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FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Apr 24, 2014 5:27 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh, my!

Those poor confused little things...it's a miracle that they haven't had a nasty collision with a window.


Containers are still sprouting here... and I'm almost keeping up with it. Rolling on the floor laughing I logged about a dozen new varieties today, but only separated and potted up two that I started indoors; Browallia speciosa and Zaluzianskya capensis. Totally forgot that I'd planned to up-pot the tomatoes! Whistling Maybe tomorrow...

This week is supposed to be cool and cloudy, so that should help to slow things down a bit in the sprouts department. I kind of hope so because I need to move some of the hardiest babies out into the garden.
ImageAndi
Apr 24, 2014 6:19 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Ella, I checked the ground around the plants that "didn't make it" before giving up on them. Since it is so early, lots of plants looked dead or dormant above ground, but were sending out shoots and/or new roots. I am pleasantly surprised how many plants survived this terrible winter, some of them in pots. I planted the hard to replace items first - like roses, clematis, peonies - and didn't get around to many of the perennials. I had seeds from each and divided starts of each in friend's gardens. Not to worry, I already have an embarrassingly large number of pots. Some things didn't' make it and I didn't buy any new plants (well, no big ones. The two adorable mini roses in full bloom don't count - they were b1g1 AND on special). I am still out of big pots.

I am exhausted, out of boxes, out of packing tape, almost out of garbage bags and almost out of time. I asked a few people if they could help me get some supplies and boxes...haven't given up on them yet but am a bit discouraged. I hope that I love the new neighborhood and place, I don't want to do this again.

When you are done building your greenhouse, Joseph, you can start the road trip to build them for the rest of us ...I bet all the other piggies have serious greenhouse envy. I certainly do.

Winston the pug is snoring in his bed, It's a dog's life today - napping in the sun, napping in his bed.
ImageMistirose
Apr 24, 2014 7:13 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Anyone have a spare comfrey root? I'm afraid their spray has done mine in Crying it's not looking good at all.
Imagejoseph
Apr 24, 2014 9:13 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I finished building the greenhouse today. Road Trip Time!!!!

Since it's a Harbor Freight special I need to do a couple of upgrades to keep it together in the wind...
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageAndi
Apr 25, 2014 1:30 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Could you pick up some boxes and packing tape on the way, Joseph, I am out!

Misti, my comfrey is under a bunch of road gravel dumped on that corner by the snowplow. Dead or alive, it is too much digging to move it. People claim that comfrey is an aggressive garden thug, but mine didn't take off. I want to try again once I get things settled so that I can make the comfrey hand salve I read about.

Country life is difficult when you don't drive. There is a strict 3 bag limit on the bus - and you have to be able to lift the bags yourself. You can't bring a bunch of empty (or full) boxes from the liquor store, new handles for your hoe or other necessary but unconventional items on the bus.

If could be worse. Last week a man went into cardiac arrest on the bus. Luckily, the bus was equipped with a defibrillator (some aren't). Unfortunately the bus driver wasn't trained to use it. Luckily a passing truck driver was a volunteer emt. He was able to use the defrib after several phone conversations with the defib 800 number. It was extra complicated because the electrodes have to be placed in different places if someone has had heart surgery. Of course, this being the Poconos, there was trouble with the cell phone reception - maybe a mountain was in the way, maybe the phones were overloaded with the storm and people on their phones telling people they are late or something. My verizon phone died as I was switching isps in the 2013 move. I typically don't miss it so I didn't replace it. They are expensive and unreliable in the mountains, but better than they used to be. I took deep breaths and knit because there was nothing that I could do to help. The man had his attack while driving on the busiest highway at the beginning of the evening rush just as it was starting to rain because that is how these things go - like appliances breaking on holiday weekends. The man's wife and son were on the bus and were considerably upset. The man survived so far, but he is in a care facility. (He was already in a wheelchair.)

The adventures on the bus could be a reality show. The riders all know each other. Of course, there are the inevitable personality conflicts. I chat with the people nearby, knit and try not to be carsick. Sometimes I think that the fates are bored with reality tv so they stir up people's lives for entertainment. Sometimes I think that the fates are bored with reality tv so they stir up my life for entertainment.

Too sore and stressed to sleep, too exhausted to be very effective. Irregardless, 48 hours from now I will be sleeping in my bed in my new place, surrounded by boxes, bags and stuff. The plants are ready to go, so they will be sitting in the shade waiting for me to plant them (hopefully utilizing a repaired or replaced hoe). Winston the pug will be snoring, Bella the stealth cat will be hiding until she forgives me for stuffing her in a cat carrier and loading her in a vehicle. Between now and then will be an ordeal. Moving is an ordeal for everyone, I just seem to bring it to a new level.
ImageSorellina
Apr 25, 2014 6:27 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Lots done today: sowed a flat of nasturtiums, scabies, and chocolate daisy downstairs, transplanted leeks, onions, chards, celery, and red choi outside!

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Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageSorellina
Apr 25, 2014 6:28 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Darn auto-correct...scabiosas!!!
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageAndi
Apr 25, 2014 3:53 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I get a kick out of autocorrect plant spellings.

You have great soil! Wait until you see the pictures of the rocky terrain that I have to deal with.

Found another rose, a couple stray peony roots and a little hosta today. I think I got all the plants....got a lot of buckets to move, I'll try to take pics tomorrow.

Still packing. Just hope that I can catch the stealth cat tonight.

Snack time over, back to work for me!
ImageArleneB
Apr 25, 2014 3:59 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I liked scabies! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I have comfrey I can spare. Not sure if I can get it out to you this coming week though. Cmail me your info.
ImageMistirose
Apr 25, 2014 4:18 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
awww Arlene thank you, I do appreciate it. No worries, when you can. cmailing you now.
poisondartfrog
Apr 25, 2014 4:20 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I liked scabies, too. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I need to check on mine.
ImageMistirose
Apr 25, 2014 9:20 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
lmao I just caught the Scabies thing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagejoseph
Apr 26, 2014 9:46 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
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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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