Cottage Gardening forum: #11 Almost Piggy Seed Swap Time Chat Thread!!

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Oct 8, 2014 1:53 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
We came from here:

Yippie!!!!!!!! There's a crispness in the air which means it is getting to be that time of the year again. The time for the Annual 2014 Piggy Seed Swap.
This years seed swap will run from November 10th, 2014, starting at 10 PM EST. and run til Midnight on December 10th, 2014.

It's time to spiffy up the hooves, practice your "Oinking" and "Snorting" voices and mud wrestling skills. Hilarious!

A few things have changed this year, so if you haven't please make sure you read the Sign-Up and Rules section.

Below you can find easy links to all parts of the swap. So you don't get lost, make sure you click the Watch This Thread button. If you have any questions, feel free to post them on here or the Sign-Up thread.

Rules and Sign-Up Sheet :

Official Seed Swap Starting Line:

Database of Seed Lists: ( Click on See All Entries to view all participants)

List of Participants: (Coming)

Even if you don't join the Piggy Swap this year, feel free to follow along and chat with us. We're always glad to make new friends and learn as we go.

Happy Oinking 2014 Piggies!!

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Oct 8, 2014 2:02 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
WOO HOO! Im here! Hurray!
Oct 8, 2014 2:04 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
I'm here, Ella! I have some seed sorting to do this week-end. November 10 will be here in no time. Thumbs up
Oct 8, 2014 3:17 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
You got that right Dayjilly. I got seed all over the place. Now it is a matter of where to begin. Probably gonna start with sorting and packaging all the pepper seed first, especially the hot ones. Tired of moving drying plates to make my food and accidentally getting a seed in my meal that sending me looking for a water faucet and quick. Hilarious! It amazing how such a tiny seed can create such a powerful burning .

We've had a couple of cloudy and breezy days which has made it nice to get outside. Humidity down, able to breath again and don't have to fight off skeeters til evening time. Lizards have come back out to play. My hummers are going crazy defending their feeders from migrating hummers. Love to watch and listen to them squabble and fuss. Big Grin

I wish some plants would hurry up and finish making their seed and it get ripe. I checking things twice a day. Have too because while I'm eying the plants, so are a whole family and then some of chipmunks too. It's a race to see who gets there first. Sometimes it's me, sometimes it them.

I have noticed my one older chipmunk has widen hid tunnels this year. Guess he got tired of stuffing his pouches up and not being able to get back down his holes. Finally got smart he did, so he wouldn't have to sit his seeds back out and make half a dozen trips. Sure was fun watching him though. Hilarious!

Oct 8, 2014 5:25 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
I'm here. I have lots of seed ready but not yet packed into individual bags.
More seed is drying.
Today my little dog and I went to collect more Four O'Clock seeds.
Gotta work on my list now...
Oct 8, 2014 5:48 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Since you mentioned the word dog. Has anybody seen Andi? I'm really getting worried about her. It's not like her to go this long without posting. I know last time she posted was Aug 27th. I know she was having problems with getting her landlord to fix her non draining kitchen sink and that the last seen or heard from her.

I am a bit worried. I hope nothing has happened to her or to Winston the Pug. She also up in that area where they looking for that one guy. If anybody sees or hears from her please let me know. I know she has puter problems sometimes too and hoping it just that.

I don't know about some of you,, but I have oodles and oodles of 1, 2 3 and 5 gallon pots all over the place. Figuring out where to stack them is always a problem. I've tried stringing bunches together and hanging from the fence, but the squirrels love to eat the thread and crash them back down to the ground.

A neighbor that was down made a suggestion. Afterward I said Dah.... "Why didn't I think of that." He suggested taking stakes and putting them in the ground and than stacking the pots on top of them. A 4' stake will hold about 50 pots all staked up nice and neat on top of each other.
To save money, cutting down tall bamboo shoots to fit the hole sizes will work too.

Oct 8, 2014 9:02 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
hmm Star, same here. I think its me, I was also working a swap with her and now she is also mia Sad I do hope she is ok. We last spoke Aug 27, I sent her plants but haven't heard from he since. I know that's not like her (its not like anyone on this site) So I worry. I will let you know if I hear from her. I dont have her ph# Sad
Oct 8, 2014 10:38 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I made the jump to the new chat thread... Still wondering about whether or not to join the swap this year. I've been among the last piggies the last two years, and that bothers me. Don't know if I have the organizational skills to stay on top of things and actually mail seeds timely. Any suggestions???

The best thing about last year's swap was the mixta seed and the dahlias. I haven't harvested the tubers yet, but I harvested enough seed to keep me happy next year. About half of what I received were not suitable and will be eaten, but that means that about half are just what I was looking for. The seeds did not get weeded for a couple of months after planting. I couldn't identify what the seedlings looked like, therefore they got a rigorous trial for vigor and ability to compete with weeds.

I had a very abundant mixta squash harvest this year. First time in 5 years of trying. Thanks Rising Creek and StarLight and anyone that contributed cushaw to the 1:1 or bottom of barrel.

I ate a Hillbilly (or Virginia Sweets) tomato tonight. Oh my heck! I forgot how much I love the taste!!! Thanks Patti1957. It is way too long season for my garden, but I harvested them green and let them ripen in the garage.

I am just finishing up bottling the last batch of tomatillo salsa for the evening. Thanks for the seeds.

The yams and unusual squash and melon species didn't do well here. The dill grew great, but the farmer let life get in the way of gardening and didn't collect seed. I suppose that means a heck of a volunteer crop next year.

The garbanzos, favas, and dry beans produced seed. They are like so many of the things I receive from the swap. They get rolled into one or the other of my projects and lose their name and pedigree.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Oct 9, 2014 12:56 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
joseph wrote:I made the jump to the new chat thread... Still wondering about whether or not to join the swap this year. I've been among the last piggies the last two years, and that bothers me. Don't know if I have the organizational skills to stay on top of things and actually mail seeds timely. Any suggestions???

Joseph: this might work for you:
Start making individual seedpacks now. After being a piggy since several years, you know what kind of seeds are populair.
Only offer the seeds that you already packed.
As soon as you have time, you can make more individual packs, but don't offer any seed that is not already packed!
Store the seeds in alphabetical order in a box
Take another box and a bunch of paper bags. As soon as the participants list is ready, put the names on the paper bags.
As soon as a piggy oinks for your seed, you'll just have to drop the pack in the paper bag with the right name.
At the end you'll only have to make a note on the bags with the amount of seed packets per person and pack everything in a box to send to Ella.
Start looking for a box to send in the seeds NOW. If you are busy that might be a thing that you won't have time for at the end.
Important: Even if piggies ask for seed and you have it, don't offer it before you made individual packs of it and stored them in the box in alphabetical order That's where it goes wrong: you might have forgotten where you left the seeds, you have no time to make individual packs, you are out of labels, the seeds are not dry enough yet, etc.
For example: if I ask you if you have fava beans, just answer that you will have a look and that you will offer them when you have them. Only when you first packed them in individual packs you can offer them. If you have no time in advance to pack them, just don't offer them!
Scedule a date in your agenda or calender to pack the seeds and bring the box to the postoffice. Scedule that date asap after December 10th, so if something unexpecting shows up, you will have a few more days.

Print this message, read it a few times before the piggy swap starts, pin it somewhere where you can read it when you are in the temptation to offer something you haven't already packed.

Oct 9, 2014 5:16 AM CST
Name: Alana
That's what I do too, Jonna. I list new seeds as I have time to pack them, that way I don't over commit and there is no mad scramble at the end to get them ready. I set aside some or all of the packets for this swap and list that number. I never get everything I have packaged and listed, but I don't come up short that way.
Oct 9, 2014 5:46 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Jonna.... That is excellent advice not only for Joseph, but for everybody. Hurray! Even for me to follow. *Blush* I'm probably one of the most organized of disorganized folks around. Hilarious!

Joseph... I know you and a few others are what I call real farmers. You have big fields to maintain and harvest. Than you have to sort and dry and everything else and I know that your crops are your mainstay of incomes and that has to come first. I plan for it.

Jonna is right. It goes alot easier if you start now and even if you do just a couple packets of a seed that you have ready. If all you have time for is to make 6 packets of that seed, than just make the 6 packets. Add 6 packs to your database and when you have time to do the next seed, do it and post it. If you run out, you run out, but that way like Jonna said, it all done and ready and won't stress you out at the end.

There always has been and always will be folks who are late. It just a fact of the swap. Folks get sick, family gets sick, bad weather hits, lots of bad weather some years, and life in general gets in the way. Even I have run late from weather here or when my son was coming home on leave. I don't mind folks being a bit late. I plan for it and expect it. I just would like folks to have stuff in before spring rolls around. Rolling on the floor laughing

I always have folks that have emergencies or something at the end and that can't get all their stuff together. I have no problem with that. They just plop it all in a box, mail it to me and I go through and make up the packets for them. I even add the seed to their databases if need be. I do it every year for those who need help. It's no sweat. I don't mind helping. We can't predict what will happen from day to day and even the most organized folks sometimes need help. I don't mind helping at all, as long as folks let me know what is going on.

The whole key is communication. I can deal with anything as long as I know what is going on. All I need is folks to send me a cmail saying ," hey I running late or I need help" and I am happy as a pig in a poke and go with the flow. Easy pea-sy. What's hard to deal with is when folks don't tell me anything or answer cmails. for weeks on end after the mailing date. Than I don't know if somebody is still in or out. Folks know things happen and have always been patient as long as they know what is happening. It's silence that gets frustrating. If anybody has a problem, an emergency or whatever, nobody should be afraid to say I running late or need help. I don't pin tails or ears for that. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I am posting here and on the Sign-Up thread. I don't know if somebody just practicing or made a mistake and just started over, but I have in the seed databases this " [ " for an entry. I have no idea who it is. Without a name it will just show up blank. So make sure the first thing you do is put in your screen name and Save it. That way you can find it and we can help you if need be and than just click Edit to add or delete things. Feel free to holler if you need help. I'll leave the " [ " unknown database up for a couple of days incase somebody wants to claim it or they will have to start a new one.

Oct 9, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Name: PlantSister
southeast Asia
Starlight/Ella, for the ] on the database when I clicked it, it said ID 4107 9 (two times).
Do you think that Dave can look and see the 'IP address' of the computer that it came from so you know which piggy is scratching at the barn door?
Oct 9, 2014 1:17 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Plant Sister.... No he can't tell either. We have had this happen all the time. I have already deleted some that was " [ " that I knew was mistakes. We have folks new to the databases that are trying too and may not realize they have to delete the whole thing, not just delete the words to make it go away. Just want to double check and make sure it doesn't belong to anybody. Good try though.
Oct 9, 2014 3:25 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
This is way OT, but can somebody give me some kitty help?

Some of you may know about Princess the homeless dog we as a community feed at the 4 way stop. Well Princess has a buddy. Beauty. Beauty is a calico cat but her main body color is the brightest, purest white you ever saw. Now we put out enough food as Princess shares her food with Beauty. Beauty has kitties she now bringing to the dinner corner. Can we put some sort of wormer and vitamin in the food for the kitties without hurting them? Have no idea how old they are. They have eyes open and walk and play at mousing easily. Beauty is feral, same as her kitties. She has them hidden out in the field somewhere and none of us willing to walk the jungle of snakes to find her home. Too many acres to search and we can't put cages up there to try and catch and treat them.
Oct 9, 2014 7:50 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Folks.. keep your eyes out for a joannmcmahan, if you would. She is Charleen's/Ridesredmules cousin and just joined cubits and I believe she will be joining the swap this year too. She may need some help and direction. Hopefully Rides sends her the right links.

Goody..goody..goddy... more bacon, errrrrrrrrrrrr participants. Sticking tongue out *Blush* Rolling on the floor laughing
Oct 10, 2014 7:06 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Ella, i wasn't going to do it, but Charley is snorting and telling me I better go see you I do have a few seed but not a lot. I am here to help my Cousin too. joannmcmahan is wanting some seeds and I told her about you. Good thing you sent me that reminder...
Maybe together we will get Joann in this hog wild mess of seeds.
Let me go add the seed I got to the data base...I would love some Adenium seed. i love watching those babies grow.....
Love and nuzzles.
Hello all my Friends...
ridesredmule and Charley...
Oct 10, 2014 7:43 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Glad to see ya back Charleen!! Missed both you and Charley. Group hug Give him an extra snuggle for me. Lovey dubby My garden hat looks like his now. Whole top is wide open. Hilarious!

Make sure to add the Adenium seeds to your Wants list. I'm sure there are some floating around here somewhere.

Glad ya brought your cousin along too. Becoming a seed aholic and garden nut is one of the bestest addictions a person can have.

She'll not only find seeds, but plenty of folks here to give her a hand trying to grow them too.

Uggggggggg... Today is going to a record breaking and scorcher of a day. Going to 90F again. Sheesh, now I have to dig shorts and flip flops and tees back out. Clothes on.. clothes off. clothes on..clothes off. I feel like everyday is an elevator ride with the changes.

I'll be off line later this afternoon til tomorrow evening sometime, so if anybody needs help, would appreciate any regular piggies lending a hand. I'd appreciate it.

Joseph.... Laughed my head off at your post. Let's see. There is so much you have yet to grow and experiment with. What about some of the other edible root crops. There are oodles of them and medicinal herbs and tons of edible herbs you haven't even scratched the surface of.

Also what about things like natural sugars. Plants like Stevia and working with things like Sorgums. Would be nice to have a fast growing, heavy yielding, easy to harvest Sorgum. With all the studies of artificial sweetners possibly being linked to cancer, you think that folks would start trying to develop more healthy natural sugars and syrups.

There's the world of fruits too. All kinds of berry bushes and such. I will be putting up some seed for the Japanese Raisin Tree. Not alot of info out there about it, but it produces edible fruits that look sort of like and taste like raisins. Just a couple of ideas. You got the corn, beans and peas down, now it time to expand. Whole lots of good stuff for you to grow yet and develop. Big Grin

Oct 10, 2014 12:38 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
I want a Japanese Raisin Tree. Here is what I got to swap.
Thumb of 2014-10-10/Ridesredmule/5dd2d1 Pipe vine seed...
Who would have thought....??? Not edible but sort of odd....
Oct 11, 2014 11:25 AM CST
Name: PlantSister
southeast Asia
Japanese raisin tree is Hovenia dulcis.

Oct 11, 2014 11:49 AM CST
Name: PlantSister
southeast Asia
Which type of Pipe Vine/Dutchman's Pipe do you have?
I will put this on my 'wish list'.

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