Cottage Gardening forum: 2014 Seed Swap Chatter #4

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Dec 12, 2014 2:39 PM CST
Name: christine
i would love some Starlight Lovey dubby
Dec 12, 2014 2:42 PM CST
Name: Brenda

I'm game too.

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Dec 12, 2014 3:51 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
My package is flying. Smiling
Dec 12, 2014 4:19 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Got ya on the Echie mix...


If anybody else wants some when they catch up on the thread, just holler out.
Dec 12, 2014 4:53 PM CST
Name: christine
Thanks Ella!
Dec 12, 2014 7:25 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Dec 12, 2014 7:43 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
A few of you have asked me for recipes. I'll have more time to post things like that after I get my parcel sent. It took all day today to go through each database, checking everything to make sure I hadn't missed anything, added in things that either I was missing labels for or had to thresh the seed..lots of details. After all of that, I started on Part II. I'm not sure at this point whether the box I have here to use is big enough for everything I want to send. I'll think about that tomorrow, as Scarlett said.

Here is the Lemon Drop Pepper. It's in the Baccatum family and it has become just about my personal favourite anytime I want some heat and citrus at the same time - salad dressings and any sort of marinades for Mexican and also Asian dishes.
Grazie a tutti,
Dec 12, 2014 7:49 PM CST
Name: Brenda
Thanks Ella!
Dec 12, 2014 8:06 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I would love some of the Cheyenne Spirit plus oopsie pink hardy echinacea!

Checking everyone's wishlists now that I am back online. I can almost see the top of my desk, table and bookshelf!
Dec 12, 2014 8:50 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Ella, I'd like to try the mix. Actually, I only need/want the gorgeous pink echinacea seeds. *Blush* Seed mixes are fine with me, as I'm not very picky about what I grow.

Pmb, when you mentioned the name of the blue penstemon heterophyllus, it rang a bell. I'd been trying to figure out the name of a blue plant that I grew from seed several years ago. I got the seeds from T & M because I liked the way the flowers looked and could only remember that heterophyllus was part of the name. It was my 1st attempt with seeds and several of them germinated. But, not knowing much about seedling care, only 1 plant survived. It lived on for several years. It was a very electrifying blue color and I loved it, so did the hummers. However, I stupidly dug the clump up to move it one year and put it in a pot temporarily (during the heat of the summer, duh!), overwatered it, and promptly killed it. I didn't know that it liked drought conditions. Shrug! I was extremely new to outdoor gardening and thought that all plants liked water. Hilarious! Joining forums like this one, has really helped me to broaden my knowledge of gardening, both indoors and out. Now I know what seeds to look for as I'd love to grow it again. It grew for me here in zone 8 even with our heat and humidity, so should be fine for you in zone 7.
Dec 13, 2014 7:05 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
brrrrrrrrrrrr .. Another cold and frosty morn. I managed to get up in time to see a program I enjoy. The Georgia Farm Monitor. Lots of good stuff on their web site too. Anyways, one of the things in this morning discussion was how some farmers instead of using cover crops or planting soybeans behind the wheat is to now be planting sesame seeds and harvesting them.

Seems the sesame stand up to drought conditions alot better than some of the other crops so at least you are guaranteed a harvest. That also it is hoped that this is a crop that will take off and that when you order bread or those burgers that the sesame seeds on the top will be grown here instead of imported.

Now, the one thing that I didn't like was the fact that for those planning on growing huge fields, they wanted you to buy the product from a certain company and sign one of those agreements along with locking in your crop price.

When I hear something like that it makes me wonder if the seed has been treated in some way. They did say that with the planting of the sesame that it was good in helping to prevent nematodes. That I found interesting. Not too many crops that are good at doing that.

Andi and Deebie Got ya on the Echies. Big Grin Deebie.. I'll see if I still have some of the pink echie separate too for ya. I believe I do if I can find it. Whew I have seed all over the place trying to fill wishes.

Dec 13, 2014 9:03 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Ella -- My box has been launched.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at

Dec 13, 2014 9:09 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
My package is now on the way!

Star, if you're still passing out echies, I'd love some.

I've been looking into using mustard greens as a cover crop. It's coming back into play with some farmers as a good interplanting crop to help keep soil borne pests (like nematodes) away, draw up nutrients, prevent erosion and suppress weeds.
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Dec 13, 2014 9:34 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Wild got ya down too

I think I would be a bit worried about planting a cover crop of mustard greens. I don't know what your weather is like, but mustard greens get a lot of pests here. Very rarely do you see pretty mustard greens going to the market. While they maybe control nematodes, I would be worried about having a field full of cabbage worms and cabbage maggots.

Pesky maggot worms that feed on the roots of the plants and then turn into flies. I know since I haven't grown beets here before and plan on hopefully having a bunch of them, I been hunting good organic practices to make sure I don't get any sugar beet maggots myself.

I sure love trying to grow new crops, but always wonder what new pests are going to come and what plants I might need to grow for beneficals .

Dec 13, 2014 9:44 AM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
Ella -- Thanks to your mention of cabbage worms, I now know what was devouring all of my baby herbs and kales. I was killing those things like crazy, but they completely demolished so many of my baby plants. They are nasty.
Dec 13, 2014 10:09 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Ugh -- I have a problem with the cabbage worms and root maggots, too; and then i was blaming cabbage worms for holes in my plants in the hoophouse and it turned out to be slugs -- this past summer was definitely a bumper crop year for those things!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Dec 13, 2014 10:13 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
I hate picking and squishing cabbage worms, worse than I do tomato horn worms. I would rather have a field of aphids or stink bugs, some pest that can easily be sucked up using a small hand vacuum than have to try and pull off and kill cabbage worms.

You can go out and scout cabbages and other greens everyday and still find the nasty critters. I usually don't look so much at the tops of greens as I do the underneaths. I'll take a cabbage plant, try and pull all the leaves up and lay them back down one leaf at a time checking the bottoms and near the stems for caterpillars munching away.

Dec 13, 2014 10:15 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Using a floating row cover will help a lot with the cabbage worms. And DE.
Dec 13, 2014 10:21 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
BT works on caterpillars, too.
Dec 13, 2014 10:26 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Ugh! I sure don't like worms on my plants either! Looks like I better keep looking for a good plan. My chickens do help keep he worms and such down in the garden but...

Speaking of bugs, my 'Naranjillo' tomato plant was attacked all summer by some kind of bug eating the leaves. I never did find the culpret since the spiked leaves are hard to inspect without getting stabbed! I took the potted plant inside for winter and the leaves were still being eaten... until I dusted everything, soil and all with diatomaceous earth.

I was just looking at a picture and think I may see a bug on the top center of the leaf. Can you see it and what is it?
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