Cottage Gardening forum: 2014 Seed Swap Chatter #5.........ANTICIPATION

 
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ImagePatti1957
Dec 26, 2014 7:50 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
We came from here: http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/80661/?offset=0 And now we are anxiously anticipating the arrival of our seeds from this years Piggy Swap.

Even if you were not a participant in this years swap, please feel free to pull up a chair and kick back and chat with us while we discuss seeds, gardening practices and a host of other things.


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Imagejoseph
Dec 26, 2014 7:57 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Grunt. Squeal. Oink. Weeeeeeeeeeee.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagetcs1366
Dec 26, 2014 8:05 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
thanks for the new thread Patti.

It's always like Christmas Day when that package arrives in the mail.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

Weedwhacker
Dec 26, 2014 11:05 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Terese, thanks muchly for letting Star know I was interested in the cress seeds ! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageMistirose
Dec 26, 2014 11:28 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I'm here. Anyone growing a Caladium Orange?
ImageArleneB
Dec 27, 2014 7:07 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I've never even heard of a Caladium orange Misty.
ImageRedLeopard
Dec 27, 2014 7:49 AM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL
I've never heard of or seen an orange Caladium, either.

I have owned a Calamondin Orange, which you asked about first. It was years ago. The fruit is really sour, but can be used in place of lemon or lime juice in a lot of recipes for an interesting twist. In good conditions they tend to bloom and set fruit most of the year, and is often kept as a house plant. Because the fruits are so small, it looks like a miniature orange tree.

Imagegardengus
Dec 27, 2014 9:33 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I have grown the orange tree , it makes a great houseplant I have had two over the years my last one was 17 years old when *Blush* well It suffered neglect and died.

The oranges are very very sour and almost uneatable.The tree makes oranges and blooms at the same time . The blooms have a fantastic smell and make winter smell great here.
Well worth giving it a try . Thumbs up two thumbs up
Imagetcs1366
Dec 27, 2014 9:46 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
If you google Orange Caladium, images come up... though they don't look orange to me.

I absolutely LOVE caladiums. I've had great success with them in WI, though last year with out COLD spring, they did not emerge until end of June. I saved my bulbs, and plan to plant them when i get back to FLA next week, and hope for the best... Though I may have to just buy more bulbs. -- I did not know they set seeds.

I get them from Bill in Lake Placid, FL.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageMistirose
Dec 27, 2014 10:57 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing oops yup I meant Calamondin Orange. I like sour fruits and may have to find a cutting. Lovey dubby

I think Caladiums are beautiful too TC Lovey dubby
ImageSorellina
Dec 27, 2014 10:58 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Good morning piggies! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. For us, it was a quiet one this year, just the two of us and the cats. I got a lovely calendar from Seed Savers Exchange and a book by a dear friend of mine that I'd like to share with you. It's called Epic Tomatoes, written by Craig LeHoullier from Raleigh, South Carolina. He's taught me so much about breeding tomatoes and successfully growing eggplants and peppers in containers on our driveway. If you have a large driveway or a car that lives in the garage, it's really an ideal location for growing shorter Solanums because the concrete radiates the heat back to these heat-loving plants.

Duane and I are using this quiet time to get the house better organized. I finally got my seed boxes squared away and that's a big relief. All of my packet labels have my email address on them and we changed internet providers last year which meant the entire inventory needed to be changed. Normally, I do have some pre-packaged seeds ready to go for trading, but not this time. I'll be in really good shape for next year, though!
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 27, 2014 11:23 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Pulled on my booties and grabbed my ski hat and have now made the jump. Whew! Was hoping I would make it ok.

Suns shining right now, but than we have like three days of rain, so if it bad I sure will be offline til it all passes. Don't need to have any more electrical wires replaced right now.

Ok, while I here a minute I figure it might be a good time to start asking the best way to start some of the seeds I got while folks are around, cuz I know as soon as folks get boxes a bunch gonna take their seeds and go hybernate for awhile.

Greene That Morurgina (sp) seeds. Do you have the germination directions for them?

And this for anybody. I got some of the tea leaves of it too, but I am not a tea drinker. Highly allergic to the stuff, but am finding out that it may be because some of the teas have stuff in them that causing it. I bought some cheap green tea bags and dipping a couple of times in the hot water and I can keep it down.

Now, I got these tea leaves, but have never had tea from just leaves before. So what do I do with them? How do ya make tea since they not in a bag? Blinking Confused *Blush*
ImageJonnaSudenius
Dec 27, 2014 12:04 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Starlight In general to make tea from just leaves: Put some leaves in a cup and pour boiled water over them. Cover the cup and leave it for about 10 minutes, Sieve it and drink it. Unless you are allergic to a specific plant, you can drink it without any problem, No additions that may cause an allergic reaction.
Did you never made mint tea?
ImageRedLeopard
Dec 27, 2014 1:28 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL
Star, the product we generally think of as tea, as well as green tea, are made from leaves of Camellia sinensis. Probably there are chemicals in that plant that cause your reaction to tea. One likely group of candidates are tannins. Do you have the same type reaction from red wine?

Herbal teas are made from a wide variety of things, e.g. Chamomile tea made from Chamomile flowers, and are generally considered alternatives to Camellia sinensis leaves. Depending on the plant, the tea may or may not contain a significant level of tannins.

Moringa leaves do contain tannins, but hopefully not enough to cause you a problem.


Moringa seed don't need anything special. Place them in moist dirt and within a few days you have a Moringa plant. I am assuming the apparently non-viable seed I have are not decomposing as a result of their inherent antimicrobial properties.

plantnutz
Dec 27, 2014 5:08 PM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
I have to post to keep up here.
Weedwhacker
Dec 27, 2014 5:23 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Loved the exchange about the orange trees ! Hilarious! (I think Misti actually posted "Calamondin Orange" back on the previous thread but somehow it morphed into orange caladium on this one...) I have an orange tree in my sunroom but not sure what kind it is -- but it sounds an awful lot like Ron's description so probably a Calamondin. Messy darn thing because it gets absolutely covered with blossoms, which then in large part drop off, of course... but they are so fragrant the whole room smells just like being in south Florida. It usually sets a few little oranges whenever it blossoms, they really are bitter and I'm not sure if they could be used for anything actually, other than just looking cool on the tree... and they stay on for a long time.

We were right on a rain/snow edge today and ended up with 3-4 inches of VERY wet snow... our weather is taking a turn, though, we've been having unusually mild temps for December but in a couple of days the low is supposed to be -2F. But any winter that we can get through December with only a few inches of snow on the ground, and not too, too cold until January, is a really GOOD winter here! (Spring is just around the corner!!) Thumbs up
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageMistirose
Dec 27, 2014 5:32 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
lol yup too much Christmas cheer for me apparently Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Are they bitter or sour? the Calamondins should be sour, not sure which would be bitter.
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 27, 2014 5:49 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Jonna Ok, now how much of the leaves do I use. LOL Sounds terrible that somebody who is as old as me doesn't know how to make tea. *Blush* Whistling Hilarious!

Nope never made mint tea. The only tea I ever make is the gallons and gallons that folks drink in the restaurants all over. I make sun tea from the Lipton tea bags or instant for friends who drink it and I can make a nice refreshing glass of tea for folks. Just can't even take a tiny sip without becoming almost instantly sick. Even when I was in Germany out Volks marching I always had the apple cider instead of the tea. It was a cold day out and I thought it was the warm apple cider they was handing out. Took me a big swallow and thank goodness we was out in the woods cuz I only made it a few feet before I got ill. Was miserable the whole 10K walk back.

Red Nope, sure not allergic to wines at all. I enjoy a glass now and then and when I'm really anemic bad then I have a little bit on and off. Nope never had a problem in that area. Thanks for the explanation. I never knew tea had tannin in it. Would make a lot of sense as to why I get so violently sick.

You know how folks in the South guzzle tons and tons of ice tea. Comes just about automatic with every meal. It always looks so refreshing, and while everybody else enjoys I sit with my glass of water or coffee.

Alrighty, here another crazy question. Over on the university campus are several Camellia sinensis trees. Beautiful blooms too. So all I would have to do is go strip some of the leaves off the tree, let em dry and I have tea like comes in a box? Whistling

Plantnutz That fine. Glad we haven't lost ya. Thumbs up
Imagepmb2005
Dec 27, 2014 7:35 PM CST
Name: Promise
Zone 7a Tennessee
Hi Y'all,
Whew, that was some catching up on the thread! Hubs and I have tilled 5 new garden patches today. Between collecting mulch with the mower and then tilling it into the soil with the tiller, we are whooped! I'll take pictures later of the progress and show you.

I'm also the proud owner of a new pvc plant stand, without shop lights. We're getting there. I'm so excited for Spring 2015. I hope my Peaches and Dreams Hollyhock blooms this year. Might I also mention how much I miss my blueberries and strawberries. Talk about ANTICIPATION!!! Big Yellow Grin

Thank you Star for working so hard to sort seeds for us Piggy's! Thank you for everything you've taught me on the side too. You are great!!!! Group hug

Promise :)

Imagegardengus
Dec 27, 2014 7:40 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
I am guessing the campus trees are camellia japonica that is the ornamental form of camellia.

Tea is grown mostly in China, Japan And India I have read there is some in Hawaii and an island in South Carolina . The climate in the US isn't the best , kinda like coffee not really grown here either.

I have always wanted to try to grow a bush but thought it futile here in zone 5 , It would have to be a house plant Sad
I do however make a lot of herbal teas and blend my on combinations of ''real tea'' and herbs.

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