Cottage Gardening forum: 2014 Seed Swap Chatter #3

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Nov 24, 2014 6:27 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Chat thread #3 for the 2014 Seed Swap
We came from here -- >

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:

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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Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Nov 24, 2014 7:34 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I'm here (and carefully wiping the snow off my little piggy hooves...)

Ella, I'm glad your power is more or less back ! I've never seen a squirrel nest up close either, but I figured they must be put together pretty well to withstand the wind and storms way up in the trees.

Group hug Andi -- you are good hearted and yes, many times that leads to frustration, but I'm pretty sure you get extra credit in some future life for your efforts ! (I was thinking today that I hope our fate in the afterlife doesn't rest on how many undone projects we have... because I am going to be in deep doo-doo !!)

I was so happy this morning to wake up and see that almost all of our snow was gone from the rain and 40-degree weather the last couple of days... but then it started snowing and now things are all white again Sticking tongue out I was pretty amazed, though, when I went out to check on things in my hoophouse (for the first time in about 4 or 5 days), fully expecting most things to be mush, and yet everything was fine! I have lettuce, chard, spinach, scallions, carrots, parsley, chives, mini cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi and turnips growing in there, and although some things I obviously didn't plant early enough, I consider this project pretty successful in that we've had temps as low as 8F outside 2 days in a row, and quite a few nights in the low 20's. Thumbs up

If anyone is interested (although I have no idea why anyone in this group would need more seeds Big Grin ), I got an email from Pinetree Seeds about a 15% off Black Friday deal for Nov. 28th, phone and online orders, code BLK2014.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Nov 24, 2014 8:51 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Oink. Squeeel. Grunt. snort.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Nov 24, 2014 8:57 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
my grams said she was trying to give away all her seeds, wasnt going to oink for much, and is up to around 89 oinks. she said she is a hopeless seedaholic.
Nov 24, 2014 9:05 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
That's why we're here! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Nov 24, 2014 9:08 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
lol yup hence the name of this swap I agree Group hug
Nov 24, 2014 9:14 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
"my grams said she was trying to give away all her seeds, wasnt going to oink for much, and is up to around 89 oinks. she said she is a hopeless seedaholic"

How many times have us old seedaholics said that Rolling on the floor laughing I'm doing a lot better than I thought I would this year think I can count all the seeds I've asked for on two hooves but the swap isn't over yet Rolling on the floor laughing We'll see how many I end up with!
Nov 24, 2014 10:11 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I have 96 repurposed soda bottles filled with potting mix ready for seeds! When I run out of bottles, I will try the vermiculite method. I have a clear tote like the one Chelle used in her picture. I am debating whether to start the seeds inside in potting mix, vermiculite or some of each.

I think I mentioned it before, but I am using the farmer's almanac zip code specific planting calender as a guide for my veggie garden. When the piggy seeds arrive it is overwhelming (in a good way). I like to have a plan for what to sow first.

I have to deal with more boxes before I set up light shelves or a Christmas tree. I haven't had a tree in years. I am excited about having both a real Christmas tree and a fireplace for stockings. Winston doesn't have a stocking, yet. Another thing for my todo list.
Nov 24, 2014 10:21 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Since I moved last year, I have a surplus of piggy seeds to sow. I have veggie seeds sorted by date of sowing ready for the light shelves! I planned to oink less, but get tempted by the new things everyone is growing. The yard at this house is different than the last house, so I am looking for different types of seeds. I have a rectangular space for a veggie garden and an area along a walkway for culinary herbs and salad greens. There are lots of trees crying out for flowering vines and hummingbird feeders.

I am very excited about the postponed "project mustard" . I oinked for mustard seeds during the last swap. I want to grow mustard seed to make my own gourmet mustards. I also like making herbed vinegars and flavor infused oils.

Another garden goal is to grow nasturtiums along the walkway beside the house inspired by photos and paintings of Monet's garden.

What is everyone else excited to grow next season?

Nov 24, 2014 10:26 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
hotter peppers than this years crop, more milkweed and sunflowers, hoping to have lots more bee attractive flowers come up next year
Nov 24, 2014 10:36 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
More milkweeds, dahlias and regrowing my pasque flowers that I have lost that will take a while!
Nov 24, 2014 10:38 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
My big project next summer will be reworking my perennial garden -- AND still keeping up with the veg garden (which was my main focus this year because it had been somewhat neglected the year before). I need to pull some stuff out of the per. bed, move things around, and generally clean the whole thing up.

Andi, I love the idea of growing nasturtiums along the walkway!

And I'm really excited to try starting seeds in vermiculite, it sounds almost too good to be true (if I didn't trust both Chelle and Jonna!)
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Nov 25, 2014 4:42 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
It's a long way away but next September I want to try the purple sprouting broccoli that overwinters and produces in early spring.
Nov 25, 2014 6:13 AM CST
Name: Promise
Zone 7a Tennessee
My planting goal for next year is to can and freeze away as much food as possible. Hopefully, this years experiences will sink in and I'll have better timing on when to plant things. I would also like to be able to sell some of my produce. I've already started new places for trees like figs, pawpaws, flowering dogwood, witch hazel and sassafras. I'm going to border our property with them. I'm also planning on planting as many berry seeds as I can manage. Me and my girls like to forge. The new bed for my Mom's memorial garden is in the works. The centerpiece, if you will, will be a climbing yellow rose going over an arbor. Yellow roses were her favorites. I am also wanting to put a bench there. Then with all the blue, white and yellow flowers I will have grown from the seeds, I will work my way around making this new memorial garden for my beloved. A lot of work, yes, but I love it and I have helpers! In the spring/summer, I live outside until the bugs make it unbearable.

My Dad is coming in today from Michigan. We've been decorating our home Christmas, because that's what the girls wanted to do. I've got so much to do! I will check in when I get down time.

Andi - Our Puggybear loves moist dog treats. She's spoiled. The other dogs get Milk Bones. What would you put in Winston's stocking? All my other dogs love tug of war, but not the Puggybear. She's far to good for that!!! Rolling on the floor laughing

Have a wonderful Tuesday everybody!
Nov 25, 2014 7:11 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Joseph.... I knew ya had the piggy nose , have seen ya wearing it on and off in your avatar, but today I noticed ya got the ears too. Too cute. Hilarious! Hilarious!

Little bit chilly this morning. The 80F yesterday afternoon has come and gone. I'll take the 60F we supposed to get today. The cold front creeping back down again. Good day to wash and hang out some more winter clothes. Know I gonna need more of them pretty soon.

I'm not sure if I have one main specific thing I want to concentrate on yet. I know I have a list 6 miles long of things I want to do, need to do and better do. Whistling Hilarious!

I know I would love too see some nice sections develop with Lavenders, Heathers and a whole lot of other herbs and medicinal plants. Seems like there is never enough hours in the day to get everything done. I wish I was an octopus with about 20 hands and arms and probably still that wouldn't be enough to get every thing done I want.

Nov 25, 2014 7:52 AM CST
Name: christine
i want to plant more dahlias this year for more color late season Lovey dubby
Nov 25, 2014 8:23 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
This year I am going to focus on MY yard, not the farm! We'll be doing a few raised beds for veggies but more areas for flowers for sure. And I will be doing some canning (still have veggie garden at the farm) instead of trying to freeze everything. But we're not doing market this year so I should have lots more time for me!
Nov 25, 2014 8:38 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Piggies!!!!!!!!!! I have posted on Oinking thread the notice for Black friday. Please make sure ya all read it and if ya have any questions, ask before it starts on Sunday.

Nov 25, 2014 9:07 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Man oh man, that wind yesterday was brutal - sustained winds of 70kmh and gusts up to 100kmh! Despite Duane anchoring supports for the poly tunnels, they decided to take a trip to Ottawa! Ok they only made it a few houses down our street, but still! He was out there last night in the dark wrestling with the plastic covers because the overnight temp was only 2C and he was determined to save the chard. Bless him. Angel I'm so very grateful that we did not lose power. Thousands in the city did.

Today, I've got to can the Musquee de Province Pumpkin to make room for the turkey in the fridge. It is currently stuffed to the gills with chunked up pumpkin. I've still got some of the One 2 Many as well, but I'm going to puree that instead.

Garden plans? That usually happens for me in mid-January when it's like the world's worst children's movie: Ice Age meets Frozen. Angry

I have no idea about flowers, but something's got to be done for the celery. It needs its own dedicated bed - not something Duane wants to hear, I'm certain. We both really really loved the celery, but it overwhelmed the onions planted with it and we barely got any. Onions are something I use pretty much every day. At the community garden next year, I want to do a very small scale version of what Joseph does and grow lots of cucurbits there, hard-shell gourds, pumpkins, and smaller winter squash. These are more like New Year's Resolutions and not garden plans, but that's where I am, evaluating what worked and what didn't over the course of this season. The last thing is Duane's fervent intention to get his peppers planted on time. It makes a gigantic difference in what we're able to do with the other garden produce from Sept-Oct.
Grazie a tutti,
Nov 25, 2014 9:48 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Julianna, that would be so aggravating to have the poly tunnels trying (and succeeding) to fly away... Sad It was windy here, but nothing like that... we did, however, get about 6 inches of snow overnight, after the ground being nearly bare yesterday, following a couple of days of rain. Sticking tongue out
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association

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