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Imagecrittergarden
Aug 25, 2014 8:03 AM CST
AHA.
Imagewildflowers
Aug 25, 2014 8:05 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I remember thinking that in the beginning but you're right, it's not as complicated as it initially looks... just always know that there will be lots of friendly piggies that will be around to help you along the way. And our Queen Piggy, Starlight will probably be along soon to say just the right things, she's really good at that. Smiling
FAITH over fear!

Imagecrittergarden
Aug 25, 2014 8:08 AM CST
k.
I'll trust the piggies...
ImageMistirose
Aug 25, 2014 8:58 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yes, I thought the same thing when I first read them lol we will help you through Lovey dubby and Welcome!
Imagejoseph
Aug 25, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
To un-quiet the form a bit... I've just started harvesting the earliest of the dried beans. I picked these because a downpour was expected. Then I picked the cantaloupes in the downpour. I just couldn't allow them to explode from too much rain. Guess I get to see this morning if the green melons ones exploded.

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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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Imagegreene
Aug 25, 2014 10:06 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Look on the right, see Database - click on that.
Then look for 2014 Piggy Swap - click on that
Then go to 'add a new entry' - and start filling in the blanks

The sooner you start to list the seeds you have to swap, and make your 'wish' list, the more time you will have for actual swapping when Starlight/Ella gives the shout.

Look at the 2013 lists for everyone to see the different ways that people set up their lists. Pick a way that works for you.

Hope you enjoy the swap.
ImageMistirose
Aug 25, 2014 10:17 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
anyone ever have a "nest" so to speak of assassin bugs? apparently they were in my dying sunflowers and got miffed with me, when I realized it I stopped cutting them down. That only left one small sunflower lol now there are a good 8 or so hanging out on it. Normally this wouldn't bother me but its right on the edge of my garden where hubby mows. Any thoughts? I'm afraid they may attack him as there are eggs there. They were flying at the side of my head when I disturbed them.
Imagecrittergarden
Aug 25, 2014 1:20 PM CST
joseph wrote: Guess I get to see this morning if the green melons ones exploded.


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Imagecrittergarden
Aug 25, 2014 1:22 PM CST
greene wrote:The sooner you start to list the seeds you have to swap, and make your 'wish' list, the more time you will have for actual swapping when Starlight/Ella gives the shout..


Thanks for that.
Now I know I CAN start early!!!
Imagegreene
Aug 25, 2014 2:51 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
According to the swap rules you can even offer commercial seeds. If you have favorites, buy a few packs and divvy them up into smaller packages for the swap. Figure out which labeling system works for you; I think we need the name of the plant both common and botanical if you know them, your screen name, date collected (or the date on the commercial pack). What am I forgetting?

Some people get very professional with full color labels, photos of the plants and cultivation instructions.

I took some photos when I received my box for 2013 (my first Piggy Swap!!) - see the variety of packaging techniques from the swapper.
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Imagecrittergarden
Aug 25, 2014 5:01 PM CST
Thanks!
I haven't the chutzpah (or the cat free time) to get fancy with the packing, but they'll be securely packed!

Roughly mow many seeds per packet???
Whatever the minimum is, I'll do more than that.
Imagechelle
Aug 25, 2014 6:05 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I don't think there's really any set amount, CritterG. If the seeds offered are rare and few, and a lot of people have an interest in them, we just say about how many is in each offering. Some varieties are just a few seeds, and some (usually the smaller seeds or edibles seed) can be many. There's always plenty of seed passed around by the end of the swap, so amounts per packet isn't a critical issue. We always end up with plenty! Big Yellow Grin

(Yay! I just noticed that we have the full compliment of smilies now! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! )

ImageMistirose
Aug 25, 2014 8:31 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
If you can see them, here are my Assassins.

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Imagejoseph
Aug 25, 2014 9:24 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I remember my first hoggy swap. I sent in so much seed that the hostess returned them to me telling me that it was too much. Heeheehee. I grow hundreds of pounds of seeds per year, big seeds like corn, and beans, and favas. As a word of warning don't ever say to me "I'll take as much seed as you can spare".
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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ImageDanita
Aug 25, 2014 9:27 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Hi Critter! Big Yellow Grin
For me, the easiest way to package seeds is to buy the small plastic baggies from the craft department at Walmart.

Misti, I'm afraid those look more like nasty bugs called Eastern Leaf-Footed Bugs (Leptoglossus phyllopus.) They are feeding on your sunflowers. Thumbs down
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/leaffooted_bug.htm
http://biology.duke.edu/dukeinsects/Leptoglossus_phyllopus.p...
Imagecrittergarden
Aug 26, 2014 6:09 AM CST
Misti - I can see them!

Joseph - LOL

And thanks danita!
Imagewildflowers
Aug 26, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Misti, I think Danita is right, those do look more like leaf footed bugs.
Good eye Danita!

Although, the assassin bugs do seem to like to congregate on the sunflowers! They do here every year. Although this year I've been seeing some Black and White Warblers frequenting the sunflower seeds and the assassin bugs are gone... either they flew away or the Warblers ate them too. Hilarious!

Here's a pic of the Wheeler Assassin Bug.
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As you can see, the assassin bug has a prominent crest type hump on the upper back.
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edit my type-o's... hopefully got them all.
FAITH over fear!

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ImageMistirose
Aug 26, 2014 10:03 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
We really need a shocked face smiley in here lol holy smokes! ok they are goin down lol Thank you that solves my problem entirely. I agree
Imagewildflowers
Aug 26, 2014 11:22 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I think it's easy to mix them up when they are nymphs. Here's a leaf-footed nymph, I thought it was a funny looking wheeler bug until I noticed the leave-legs. Hilarious!

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And probably TMI for most of you but here is what the eggs of the wheeler bug look like. They often lay their eggs in tree branches or on dead wood.

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The nymphs shedding their skin and leaving it behind as they grow... Blinking
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FAITH over fear!

Imagewildflowers
Aug 26, 2014 11:24 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Now thought I should add a pretty bloom...

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FAITH over fear!

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