Cottage Gardening forum: 2014 Seed Swap Chatter #4

 
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plantnutz
Dec 11, 2014 7:41 AM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
This was my first time in this swap and I had a blast. Definitely the most fun swap I have ever participated in. Great bunch of folks and seeds. Thanks for making me feel welcome and sharing your wonderful seeds and tips with me. I will definitely save more seeds next year and be here for the next one.

Brenda
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 11, 2014 8:28 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Chelle

Sorry, my puter doesn't have enough power right now to get you the link. You can go to the home page or the forums page and click on Seed Trading forum. Scroll downa bit and you will the thread for the 2014 PArticipants list.
Imagewildflowers
Dec 11, 2014 8:35 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Here it is, Chelle: http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/80155/

The link can be found on the front page of the database, or that's how I found it. Thumbs up
FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Dec 11, 2014 8:58 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Thank you!! I tip my hat to you. That's exactly what I needed.

And joy of joys(!!!)...the last updates I installed fixed my Bookmarks problem, so now I won't lose it again! Hurray!
Imagejoseph
Dec 11, 2014 2:25 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Even when properly grown, most leaf lettuces are way to bitter for my liking. I suppose that I'm hyper-sensitive to that particular form of bitterness.

The green that I most commonly eat is raw lambsquarters weeds while weeding the garden. I eat more of that than spinach, lettuce, or beet greens. I also eat garlic and onion weeds. I forage for asparagus but herbicides are a concern. I eat small amounts of wild tree borne fruits like hawthorne, chokecherry, cotoneaster, wild plums, wild apples. I forage for medicinals like mint, mullein, yarrow, red-clover, catnip, ephedra, and nettle. You'll not catch me eating dandylion. Ha! It's got the same nasty bitter flavor as lettuce. Hmmm. Wonder if it's the latex? I hate touching milkweeds.

During the summer, I don't eat breakfast or lunch, I just browse on whatever happens to be available in the garden. Pea greens are one of my favorites. I eat 10 times more raw corn than cooked.

My favorite garden is a permaculture food forest. If I had my own land, all of my fields would be converted to food forests. So many grazing possibilities there.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Flinter
Dec 11, 2014 3:52 PM CST
Name: Flinter
The Netherlands
Hello Piggy's,
This is the first time i joined the Piggy Swap, and i enjoiyed it!!!
First i want to thank you all for your kindness and the seeds you offered. I could choose out of so many different flowers an vegetables. Next summer must be a very colourfull year in my garden. I look forward to next year. I will collect more seeds and will read the rules and the advises better. Sorry, i think i didnt pack the right way and (sorry Sorrelina) i only named the seeds with the Latin names. On the contraly it is a puzzle for me to find out wat the common englisch names mean. But i learn and i have google.
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 11, 2014 3:58 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Joseph I can't believe you don't eat dandelion. To me lettuce doesn't taste anything like dandelion. Ok, what part of the CottonEastern are you eating. Now that is a shrub that grows down here, but I never in a million years would have guessed that it is edible.

Maybe one of these days you'll find a good lettuce to grow.

Ok, can somebody tell me what the heck happened to egg prices. Went to the store today for some groceries and man oh man egg prices went from $1.89 for the extra large eggs, which to me really only look like larges, to $3.19 a dozen. Almost $7.00 for two dozen eggs. Unreal.

I wish I knew how to take care of chickens and had a safe place for them to live.

They keep raising prices and everybody will soon be wanting to try and learn to forage.

Joseph... Is there a specific site that tells about some plants and trees and such that are good to eat for foraging or are you just watching critters and taste testing yourself?

Imagestarlight1153
Dec 11, 2014 4:05 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Flinter We were glad to have you and you packed just fine. Everything was very good. You did good . Hang around long enough and you'll pick up a bunch of American slang, plus alot of the American common names for some of the seeds too.
Imagewildflowers
Dec 11, 2014 4:15 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Flinter, using the Latin names is perfect, it's the universal plant language! We have piggies from all over the world and they use Latin names also. Thumbs up
FAITH over fear!

ImageSorellina
Dec 11, 2014 4:17 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Hey, it's ok, Flinter. I've been checking the Latin names of all sorts of flowers this past week, things that people have sent me and won't grow in my zone or require too much fussing. I was just grumbling about it, but in truth, it pushes me to learn more and that's not a bad thing! Lovey dubby
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageSorellina
Dec 11, 2014 4:20 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
By the way, anyone who got caught in this Nor'Easter we're having, do be careful if you have to be out driving tonight and over the next few days. We're on a crescent or cul de sac street and the plows just came through about an hour ago - the snow started last night and it's still snowing.

Please pray for Duane who has to shovel the porch, driveway, and back walkway tonight. He'll need that Advil, poor thing.
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagejoseph
Dec 11, 2014 4:21 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Star: I am the one that gave myself nightshade poisoning this summer!!! I mostly wing it. If it tastes good, and I don't get sick with a little bit, then I'll try a little bit more next time.

I'm careful with mushrooms. I key those out carefully before eating. (Most times).

I eat the berries of cotoneaster. The strain around here has black berries. They are bland and dry, but nothing suspicious about the flavor. I figure the anthocyanins are worth something.

A shaman teaches me about medicinal herbs. Mostly I collect those for her, then she beings tea to me at the farmer's market.

I suppose that I should add rose hips to my list of foraged foods.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 11, 2014 4:48 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I have some weed out here that grows like crazy. No I have tried it and it is not too bad. Have no idea what it is, but next door chicken love the snarf out of it, but the bunnies don't nor do the deer. If left to grow it will get pretty white flowers on it that the butterflies love. I figure if the chickens eating it, it can't be all bad.

Oh, man.. You are so lucky. I would love to be able to spend time and learn from a Shaman in person.

Oh yes, you really.. really.. really need to be careful with eating wild mushrooms. My first time out hunting I came back with every single one of them poisonous. Every year I get a lot fo different types growing in my yard from all the rains and having a wooded area, but there is only the one small white ones that the squirrels will touch. Now they eat those like crazy when they find them.

You can buy some of the white button mushrooms at the grocery store. Bring them home, spore them out and grow in baggies of moist sphagnum moss. Takes about 3 or 4 months before they fully grow and develop to where you can eat them.
Imagejoseph
Dec 11, 2014 5:00 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Now that the trading frenzy has wound down, and my seeds are in the mail why don't y'all stop by for supper tonight. I'm making Roux Stew. I was 50 years old before I learned how to make roux, but oh my heck it sure came out perfect tonight. I'm just now chopping up some veggies from my garden to add to it: carrots, squash, potatoes, onions. I'll add some celery and a can of organic beans from the grocery store. We can have apricot nectar with the meal and muskmelon wine to unwind after such a hectic month of preparing, sharing, and searching for great seeds.

Come as you are. There is no formality around here.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagejoseph
Dec 11, 2014 5:05 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I'm lucky indeed for the shamanic training. I wasn't seeking that out, she chose me. I was the only farmer at market growing vegetables that looked and tasted different than what is available at every grocery store in the country.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
EricaBraun
Dec 11, 2014 5:42 PM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
Joseph -- Dinner at your house sounds delicious, and I, too, am envious of your shaman training. Sounds like a wonderful experience.

Ella -- For some good info on foraging try: http://www.eattheweeds.com/ I've used that one on multiple occasions. It's probably the best foraging site I've come across.
Imagechelle
Dec 11, 2014 5:47 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
EricaBraun wrote:

Ella -- For some good info on foraging try: http://www.eattheweeds.com/ I've used that one on multiple occasions. It's probably the best foraging site I've come across.


I agree Love that site. Thumbs up


Even so, we still really enjoyed our pizza with mushrooms and crispy bacon tonight. Hilarious!
ImageDanita
Dec 11, 2014 5:57 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
mmm, pizza....

FYI, I've updated my Outgoing List.

Please check my Outgoing List to make sure I have all of your oinks listed! ^_^
http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/db/2014piggyseedswap/view/9784...

Just send me a c-mail if there is a problem. No need to reply if everything is correct. ^_^
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Weedwhacker
Dec 11, 2014 7:15 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Erica -- thanks for that link to Eat The Weeds... I bookmarked it and am looking forward to spending some time there!

Here's my tip about foraging... which seems that it should be more or less common sense, but I saw someone doing this on the "Doomsday Preppers" show, so I'm going to mention it. Do NOT forage along railroad tracks... for one thing, it's illegal to be on the railroad right-of way, but more importantly the railroads use some very heavy-duty herbicides along the tracks. Sticking tongue out

Joseph, I love the "food forest" idea; that's something else I need to take more of a look at !

Is anyone else kind of in withdrawal with the swap being over? Hilarious!
Have my seeds checked and double checked and packed, and will mail them out tomorrow ! (and Star, please let me know if there's something I should change with the way I've put the stuff together, the last thing I want to do is cause more work for you; and since I'll definitely be back next year, barring some disaster, I'd rather not keep repeating mistakes unnecessarily!)
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Dec 11, 2014 7:33 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I've started a new thread on the "Seed Trading" forum (hope that was the right place) about organizing and storing seeds -- with all the seeds that I'm going to be getting, I need advice ! Ears perked up!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association

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