Cottage Gardening forum: 2014 Seed Swap Chatter #4

 
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ImageAndi
Dec 7, 2014 5:56 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Jonna, it would make sense for food banks to offer the healthiest food possible. Government agencies don't always do the sensible thing. It is unfortunate. if I have extra, I share with my neighbors.
Weedwhacker
Dec 7, 2014 7:23 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Apparently there are some "legal issues" here as well... a friend of mine works as the head cook for the local high school and the leftovers there just have to go to waste. What a shame, when people are hungry and in need... Crying

I need to check with our food pantries -- as far as I know, just the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul -- to see if they accept fresh vegetables. I don't have all that much myself, but I bet it wouldn't be very hard to get something organized, there are plenty of market gardeners around, as well as just home gardeners like me; and who doesn't plant too much of something?
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagegardengus
Dec 7, 2014 7:58 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Our local farmers market has a booth with empty baskets to donate food ? But I haven't asked where they send it . I know the local churches that give food out will take produce around here.
The master gardeners has a very large garden and all the produce is donated to the needy . I volunteer at the County home and we process a lot of fresh tomatoes and corn and squash that the Master gardeners donate . this year 5 bushel green beans,15 bushel corn and about the same in tomatoes.
Imagejoseph
Dec 7, 2014 8:39 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

A few decades ago I volunteered at a food pantry. I was incredibly dismayed because the 15% of the food which we gave out which originated with the USDA accounted for about 85% of the labor and record keeping. The food came with a plethora of strings attached. So when I was appointed manager of a food pantry I did so on condition that the governing board agreed that the food pantry would never accept a penny of government assistance: No food, no money, no pamphlets, no identity documents. No nothing. It was the best decision I think that we could have made. It allows us the freedom to help whomever we want, whenever we want, however we want, and with whatever we want. It's been 20 years now and I am grateful on every distribution day for the prudence of the board and their steadfast support of a policy that makes distribution a joy instead of a heavy burden of paperwork.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageArleneB
Dec 7, 2014 8:53 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Good decision. I know some farmers who won't get the grants for hoophouses because they don't want any 'strings' attached. We used to donate our left over veggies at market to a food pantry. It was convenient because someone came around at days end so it made it super easy for us to contribute. My cut flowers we took to a nursing home.
ImageSorellina
Dec 7, 2014 9:00 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
I'd love to be able to donate my extra produce to a food bank but up here, you need all kinds of crazy permits to do so. I bring my extras to church, give to my neighbours, city construction and utility workers who fix things on our street, our fire house, and I bring bouquets of sunflowers over to the Starbucks near us. They love that. We just started bringing sunflowers over to our adopted Vietnamese family who run our favourite Pho soup place and they were thrilled, so a new tradition has begun.

Andi, Duane has harvested the last of your Redbor F1 Kale today and I'm going to use it with Butternut Squash from the community garden tomorrow. We've also pulled the last of the leeks, carrots, and turnips, so I'll be turning them into something as well this week.

We've got 2 more pumpkins to use now: a Galeaux d'Eysines from the fair and a Marina di Chioggia that I grew here at home (pretty small - Joseph would laugh, but it should have some good seed). I also have the only Thelma Sanders I was able to harvest so hopefully that will also have mature seed. It's a wonderful heirloom squash and I was really looking forward to it, but hopefully I'll be able to use that seed to have more success with it next year.
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Weedwhacker
Dec 7, 2014 9:29 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Kudos to all of you who are helping others with the fresh food -- this is something I've been thinking about for quite some time, but you are truly inspiring me to take it to the next level, of actually doing something about it.

I saw this somewhere a while back (facebook?) and thought it looked like a pretty cool idea --

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Weedwhacker
Dec 7, 2014 9:57 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
And, as the Piggy Swap draws to a close... I came across this on Facebook:

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Dec 7, 2014 11:25 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Sorellina: I also grow small squash... And rotten squash, and deformed squash, and nasty tasting squash, and ugly squash, and blemished squash, and squash with animal bites, and worm food squash, and etc.... I promise not to laugh at others squash growing adventures unless it's along the lines of "Ha! I grow squash just like that!". I feel bad sometimes about the squash that I take to the farmer's market, because the best of the best never make it to the farmer's market, they get saved for seed. The seconds go to market. They are still glorious squash if I've screened them properly before market. Sometimes in the rush to get things picked I put a price tag on a rotten squash and set it on the table at market... Good thing for a mostly laid back market so that I can screen them one more time before sending them on to their new home.

The worst booboo ever was when I harvested mint, and bundled up nightshade greens as part of the package. I don't know if I sold any like that, but I picked them that way.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 8, 2014 12:36 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Rolling on the floor laughing Cute piggy with cow slippers.

Wow, it so nice to see that others share things with others that are needy. Warms the heart on this cold and getting colder morn.

I can see where rules and regulations need to be in some places. Like the schools, for the kids, everything has to be a certain named seed with so much nutritional value and no this and no that, no chems , especially when dealing with children.

But it the same here basically, mainly local food banks will take the produce , you can set up your own little free stand like in pic, and lots of churches have list of families and you can take to them and leave on doorsteps.

So much for being warm. The cold is moving right back in. Going back down to frost and freezing temps and it been so nice last few days. Bad thing is we went from that bitter cold and frost back up to 70's and 80's and plants all started growing again and putting out leaves thinking spring had sprung and now they gonna be mush again. Have to go out later today and try and put piece of plastic that storms took down back up again.

SCbuttercup
Dec 8, 2014 5:39 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
So glad that I've participated in this wonderful swap for third year in a row! Or was it two? My friend Kelli told me about it but she hasn't participated again due to job and busy life but I'm so grateful to have found this. Even though I can't post very often due to job and family I love this site and all the beautiful plants growing in my garden. I often bring produce to work to share with my sales team when they do especially well--around my office we jokingly call it the garden veggie award.
My garden also helps relieve stress, love to work it weekdays when I come home and every Saturday finds me spending hours in yard. When I'm not tinkering in garden I'm tending compost or worm bin. And every morning I hop on here to see what's going on with the piggies. This past thanksgiving I went out in garden with my 22 year old daughter and pulled rutabaga, which I'd never grown before. She was fascinated, and now she will eat rutabaga. Those seeds were probably from Joseph, not sure. Anyways, you all are such a big part of my daily routine and my family life yet we've never met--thank you Ella for all your work. And thanks everyone for this fun that lasts all year long in our gardens.
ImageSorellina
Dec 8, 2014 8:21 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Joseph, no worries, you're such a pal, if you did laugh at me, I'd know it was all in fun. Truth is, I laugh at myself because I just can't seem to grow large pumpkins or more than 3 total (in a good year). I don't have a ton of space, but it seems I should be able to be more successful with them. I grew Triambles one year and got 3 nice ones, but they were still on the small side. The fair won't let me enter that category unless I have at least 3 of the same kind.

Yesterday was a LONNNGG day, but it's all done now, even the garage got cleaned by Duane while I was busy cooking. Now we can relax while others run around to the malls trying to find a parking spot. Our back wall is the only thing separating our yard from the parking lot of a major shopping mall. That's how entrenched we are in the city. On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), we wake up late and watch the madness over there. It even spills out onto our street with people parking on both sides all the way down. We've talked about charging for people to park in our driveway because we never go anywhere on that day. We'd never do that, though. Not really. Rolling on the floor laughing
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagegreene
Dec 8, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
(this is from greene)

I finished doing all the checking/double checking and am getting ready to search the wish lists so I can toss extra seeds at piggies.

Plus (as if I don't have enough seeds Rolling on the floor laughing ) I just received my order from a very generous local seed seller so I have new stuff to give away - more than 30 types of seed, yikes! Not gonna post a list here, but if there is anything y'all didn't oink or wish for please send me a C-mail - if it's available I will chuck it into your bucket.
ImageDayjillymo
Dec 8, 2014 10:24 AM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
Ella, I loved the posting about the folks who send out Christmas baskets of food they have canned. Thank you very much for posting that information. I've sent it along to my kiddos to see if they are interested in doing something similar. Lovely descriptions of the salsas and pickles and yummy concoctions they have perfected.

What was the great BOOM you heard yesterday in your neighborhood?
Imagechelle
Dec 8, 2014 10:39 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
greene wrote:

Plus (as if I don't have enough seeds Rolling on the floor laughing ) I just received my order from a very generous local seed seller so I have new stuff to give away - more than 30 types of seed, yikes! Not gonna post a list here, but if there is anything y'all didn't oink or wish for please send me a C-mail - if it's available I will chuck it into your bucket.


Blinking Sorry, but I don't understand. If we don't know what you have, how would we ask for it in a Cmail?

Imagerisingcreek
Dec 8, 2014 12:24 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
I also do not have much luck growing pumpkins, have lots of room, the vines go all over but very few pumpkins produced. anyone have any tips, what to do or what not to do?
ImageDayjillymo
Dec 8, 2014 12:48 PM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
My box of seeds has flown!
Imagebluee19
Dec 8, 2014 1:53 PM CST
Name: Bluee19 Huynh
Rosemead CA
Sent my package and hope Starlight1153 gets it by Thursday :)- Thank U all for helping me expand my garden. May all the tears I shed bring life to the seeds you all generously gave me.
EricaBraun
Dec 8, 2014 4:14 PM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
I also shipped today!
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 8, 2014 5:06 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
The folks that amaze me are the ones that grow them like 600 lb pumpkins that take heavy equipment to load and semi's to take off to the fairs and them biggest pumpkin contests.

I know those that win usually can premium prices for the seed from those pumpkins, but I must be dense or totally missing something, because those pumpkins are feed and feed and pampered and feed and pampered some more. Those folks spend all their time and months and months just growing that one huge pumpkin.

If those pumpkins are feed so much extra fertilizers and nutrients and who knows what all, would the seed really produce such big pumpkins. ? I could see if it was crossed and breed to be bigger and seed saved and it crossed and breed until desired size and weight and flavor was reached . Than I could see paying the $8 and above for a seed of it.

But I just don't see how they getting it and they do just for a over feed, pampered one. Blinking Confused

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