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Imagejoseph
Sep 9, 2014 11:24 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I doing my 'frost-emergency' harvest. It's raining now, and my first frost can be predicted as regular as clockwork because it arrives "The first clear night after the first rainstorm in September". It is currently raining.... So it's perfectly average and right on schedule for me.

I harvested the mixta squash today. Thanks for the great seeds! That's the first abundant harvest in 5 years of trying with this species.

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I also harvested the moschata squash for seed. Lots more to be harvested for the food pantry and farmer's market.

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My favorite squash of the year was a bright yellow moschata squash. I've never seen that in a moschata before.


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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagecrittergarden
Sep 10, 2014 5:19 AM CST
WOW!
Imagechelle
Sep 13, 2014 7:11 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thanks again to the swapper(s) who shared the advice about threshing seeds in paper bags! I tip my hat to you.
My collection endeavors are going so much smoother this year, with far less tedium! Hurray!

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Corydalis (Pseudofumaria alba subsp. acaulis)

My first ever Blanketflower from seed, and the first ever to do well in my garden! Big Yellow Grin
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Blanket Flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora) from 2011 swap seed started April of this year.
Imagechelle
Sep 13, 2014 7:11 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thanks again to the swapper(s) who shared the advice about threshing seeds in paper bags! I tip my hat to you.
My collection endeavors are going so much smoother this year, with far less tedium! Hurray!

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Corydalis (Pseudofumaria alba subsp. acaulis)

My first ever Blanketflower from seed, and the first ever to do well in my garden! Big Yellow Grin
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Blanket Flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora) from 2011 swap seed started April of this year.
ImageArleneB
Sep 13, 2014 8:21 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Oh, I am so glad you reminded me, Chelle. Jen collected some gladiolus stems and I'll use the paper bag method for them! I am hoping to gather more seeds when I return home.

Love the Gaillardia!
Imagecrittergarden
Sep 14, 2014 5:55 AM CST
Oh please reshare the paper bag method!
My seeds are always chaffy and the tedium is SO tedious!! Thumbs down
I tend to collect them in bottle bags anyway, I cut the stem long and place it upside down in the bag.
Imagechelle
Sep 14, 2014 10:36 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Same thing, Critter. Put the stems in head-first, allow to dry, squeeze the top of the bag together and shake, shake, shake! Keep the top squeezed together when dumping seeds and the chaff is minimal. Hurray!
Imagejoseph
Sep 14, 2014 11:46 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

My daddy used to harvest the bean pods and put them in a cloth bag. Then we would kick it, and jump up and down on it, and hit it with sticks. Eventually, he would open the neck of the bag slightly and pour the beans out, leaving most of the chaff in the sack.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagewildflowers
Sep 14, 2014 12:39 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Now that sounds very theraputic! Big Grin

Greene has a good idea using a plastic container and bolts that I've been meaning to try... let me find that idea from ATP.

FAITH over fear!

Imagewildflowers
Sep 14, 2014 12:46 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Well, the idea is for prickly seed pods but I'm guessing it would be good for other hard seeds too. Anyway, I like this idea.

https://allthingsplants.com/ideas/view/greene/1630/Prickly-S...

FAITH over fear!

Imagecrittergarden
Sep 14, 2014 4:49 PM CST
OK.
What I haven't been doing is using the bag as a strainer!
Thanks!
Imagestarlight1153
Sep 14, 2014 6:40 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Hilarious! Kicking and hitting bean bags ... that sure sounds like a good way to work off a mad. Big Grin

Been one of them days with the critters, again. It started last night. There I was tired, hot and sweaty and just waiting for a breeze to come through the front door screen. I was streched out on the couch, reading a book and sucking up a third bottle of ice cold water to try and cool down when zap. Something hit me right square between my eyebrows. First thing I did was swat at it. I new it was of a good size and figured that it was probably one of them dang flying wood roaches. They so bad this year. I think they wait until you open the door and then fly in. It the devil to chase and kill them too.

Anyways, I started looking all around trying to find out what got me. I'm looking and looking and there on the ceiling above me, I said Ahhhhhahhhhhhhhh! Then I said hello! There was a fairly good size praying mantis. I'm thinking to myself that I need to change shampoos or soap or something having first dragonflies and now a praying mantis trying to snuggle up.

I spent about two hours trying to chase it around from ceiling to curtains to walls with no luck. Finally I shut the front door, said sorry buddy you gonna have to spend the night indoors. I did put out a little dish of water in case it got thirsty. Need to help all the beneficials I can.

Went back to reading, watched a bit of tv and fell a sleep til about 3 when I felt something smack me in the face again. Darn if it wasn't the mantis again. Finally chased it off and went back to sleep. This morning I opened all the doors and finally got it outside. Told it to go eat a few bad bugs and figured that was that. It was, until about 2 hours later and zap, back in the face again. By this time I was getting a little bit ticked. Back out the door and got it in a pot and took it out to the far side of the yard to some plants. Hopefully it will stay there.

I wondered why it kept going for the face and was told that they do because they give off a poison that will blind their pray so they can kill it. Don't know if that is true or not . Later when I get a chance will hunt to find out more about them and their attack modes.

Than this evening I waited and waited to see if any rain would come and when it didn't. I dragged out the hoses and got to watering. I finished up, walked turned the water off, was heading back around trailer to park my rump and finish my coffee and watch the hummers when just as I was ready to put my flip flop foot down a tween rattler slithered at the end of my foot.

heart went into panic mode in like two second flat. I was shaking like aleaf and knowing that rattler was up under my trailer. Went and got one of the neighbors to come bring his gun. I can nevr find a shovel when I want one, but I was thinking even though this snake wasn't very wide it was about 3 to 4 feet long and I didn't know if I could chop it without getting bit.

We pulled all the under pinning off from that area and sure enough it was still there hiding under some leaves. He got it. Thank goodness. Out to the back field it got tossed. They just had on news here how down here we have more snakes this year than ever before. Which means it only gonna get worse. I seriously thinking I would rather put up with 3 feet of snow and a long cold winter not to have to deal with so many snakes and it getting worse as more and more neighbors are raising chickens to get organic food.

Than as we walking back to driveway, something else jumped in front of my feet. I yelped, he pulled out his gun, but this time it was one of my big old toads that got under our feet. It's take me about 2 hours to finally calm all back down, but at least I can sleep peacefully tonight. Tomorrow I'll wonder where the brothers and sis's are hiding.

Chelle... Pretty flowers. I like Gaillardia's. They seem to hold up to heat and drought fairly well.

Danita.... Yippee!!!!!!! My hummers are saying Thank you. Finally, my Salvia Cherry Queen shrubs are blooming. Wow.. That a really wild cherry color on them too. I love it. I didn't think they was gonna do anything this year and was thinking I probably should transplant them and when I was watering, there a couple of the plants had blooms. I so tickled. It so nice to see anything finally be blooming after such a lousy season. The hummers working them blooms like crazy.

Does anybody know what Yarrow seeds look like off hand. I have some somewhere, but can't find them and I cut all the dried stems off of the think it called Spring time Colors Yarrow , but I don't see a seed, seed, a hard one anyways and I wonder what I should be looking for.

For some tiny seed to clean too, a potato ricer works good too. I thiink that is what you call them. You put a potato in and press and it comes out looking like rice grains. Works great for cleaning tomato, squash, melon and other seed with a gooey coating.





Imagegreene
Sep 14, 2014 8:54 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Hey Starlight/Ella, were you wearing eyeglasses when the bug was smacking you in the face? Maybe it was attracted to the glare of the lenses, that's my best guess.

For cleaning seeds, I have an assortment of colanders and strainers that I dump the seed and chaff into. I buy them at thrift stores and yard sales.

Sometimes I use a funnel to separate seeds from chaff. The seed goes through the hole in the funnel and the chaff stays up in the top part.

After that I put what's left into a Corning ware cereal bowl. I swirl the stuff around and blow a light stream of air as I move the bowl around. I tried going high-tech and blowing through a plastic soda straw but the seeds flew out everywhere!
ImageJonnaSudenius
Sep 14, 2014 11:36 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Ella, here a picture of yarrow seed http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Achillea_millefolium_...
If you can't find seeds inbetween the chaff, they might already fallen or -since your plant is a cultivar- set no seed at all. Anyway, if there is seed, it will not come true.
Imagecrittergarden
Sep 15, 2014 5:59 AM CST
starlight - OMG!
I've only seen rattlesnakes while hiking - never near to home!
I know the small ones are just as poisonous as the large ones, though!

As for that mantis.... I rescued one from the back of my pickup truck (with camper shell) THREE TIMES one summer. By the 3rd time, she was looking really really ragged. It was HOT in there! I could not figure out why she kept going back in. THEN I realized I still had some weeds back there I had pulled from a friend's yard. Sure enough, her egg case was in there! I felt awful. If I had realized that in the first place, I would have relocated the egg case to a safe place - it and she would have been safe....
Imagerisingcreek
Sep 15, 2014 12:06 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
spent the better part of yesterday and this morning catching up on all the posts I have missed since the first of june. so much has happened to members of this group. am trying to get my seeds organized for the piggy swap this year. have trouble with my hands, some days I can type, some I cannot, so have enlisted my granddaughter to help. right now just trying to survive the heat and the drought.
hope all are well and everything is growing nicely for you
Imagestarlight1153
Sep 15, 2014 1:54 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Jonna ... Thanks bunches! That is a help. Big Grin I know it may not come true, but with the seed you never know what colors are going to grow. When I grew the seed, some pots was all one color and some had three and four different colors in it. Was pretty to see anyways.

Rising... Glad to see ya up and around. Sorry to hear you still having such health problems. Glad your granddaughter is going to help you. In case you missed it, the 2014 Piggy Swap Database is up if you want to go ahead and start listing things as you or your granddaughter is able .
http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/db/2014piggyseedswap/
Yep the heat and drought has been rough on a lot of folks this year. Rough types of weather for a lot of folks it seems. Hopefully next year we will all be more or less back to normal.
Imagechristine00
Sep 15, 2014 4:17 PM CST
Name: christine
kentucky
some of the dahlias that i started from seeds from piggy swap Lovey dubby
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Imagechristine00
Sep 15, 2014 4:24 PM CST
Name: christine
kentucky
a few more dahlias Big Yellow Grin
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Imagegreene
Sep 15, 2014 9:45 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Dahlias are so cheerful; great shots.

risingcreek, please give your granddaughter a big hug from all the Piggy Swappers to thank her for keeping you in the swap.

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