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Dec 31, 2014 5:56 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Happy New Year!!
Shine Your Light

Dec 31, 2014 6:01 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Once again to my rescue Cinda thanks I'll cmail you and maybe I can send you something Hurray!
Dec 31, 2014 7:04 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
I was way sad during the swap. Because I was not able to share my favorite tomato.... I just didn't have seeds for it, I figured that I had been so busy during tomato seed saving time that I forgot to save them, and that made me very sad, cause I need hundreds of seeds for next year, and I could have shared that many more with the swap because they are so clever to me... Boo Hoo!.

Then a couple days ago I shared some raisins with a friend. I found the tomato seeds safely tucked away in a glass jar in the freezer in the box with the raisins.

So sorry about your luck piggies...... And weeeeeeee weeeeee weeeeeee that I found the seeds.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Dec 31, 2014 7:24 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yup Lebug you want starts of Comfrey not seed. I can also share if for any reason Gus cant :)

ohh good idea Mindy03! thank you!
Dec 31, 2014 9:49 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Thanks! You are the bestest piggies squeal Lovey dubby I used to have some and it died out mine didn't multiply at all only had it long enough for it to get big and that was it not sure what happened.

Joseph don't you hate that well next year you can offer those and that yummy squash seeds that were late you'll have a head start on seeds Whistling
Dec 31, 2014 11:34 PM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
Happy New Years!
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Jan 1, 2015 12:40 AM CST
Name: Promise
Zone 7a Tennessee
Happy New Year, Piggies!!! Hurray!
Jan 1, 2015 5:17 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Morning Piggies and a Happy New Years!!!!!

It 28F and the windows are frozen and so is the ground this morning. Rain wil be starting to come back in tomorrow and hang around til sometime Sunday. I want the rain cuz it means warmer temps, but hate it coming cuz have major roof leak all down one wall I found out. grrrrrrrr

I seen on news this morning where in some folks in Tx are goign to be waking up to freezing rain , ice and some snow. Uggggggggg how many days yet til spring??? Can't be soon enough for me that is for sure.

While I'm sorting seeds and such beenthinking about what I am going to plant and already starting to do the backwards count in my head of when things will need to be started. I am just hoping we don't have a spring like last year. Last year we had almost 10" of rain in April and almost all the first plantings of seed out and plants all got flooded out and rotted. So many it is a good thing we getting the rain now.

It's getting harder and harder with the crazy weather conditions to figure out when to start seed indoors as you can only hols so many inside for some of us.

I know I plan on putting some of the Salvias and a few others outside in just trays and let the rain start working away at seed coats. I have found that with the perennial Salvias that I have better luck at germination if I do that. Germination will be eradic but it works for me anyways.

I keep thinking about all the beets I asked for. Gonna be a fun time trying to figure out where to put them all. I am wondering , if chickens wil try and eat the tops. We have a few chicken folks around and there chickens always running loose and coming and trying to eat in my yard.

Does anybody besides me follow along with the Farmer's Almanac for a planting guidline for weather conditions?
Jan 1, 2015 7:48 AM CST
Name: Alana
Happy 2015 Pigs and Sows! Big Grin
The trees along the river were starting to put out new growth from all the moderate temps and rain. I always feel bad for the trees when that happens but they don't seem to suffer because come spring they start all over again. Rain is in the forecast for the weekend so we are going to warm back up too, but the worst of winter is yet to come and teens and single digits are likely over the next month or two. Yuck and yuck and yuck again.

What are you all getting started? I've just sown some older seeds for tuberous Begonias and have a few others waiting in the wings and want to do a little wintersowing by week's end.

Great gardening to all for 2015.
Jan 1, 2015 7:50 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA

The chickens will eat the tops of the beets.

I just got back into internet range. That is, reliable internet. I have to use my phone or iPad at my mothers and mostly it was sooooo sloooow or not at all. We're at my daughters and we'll be going through seed web sites today, deciding what to order. Swallowtail is first. Waiting for Summer Hill to get updated. Then a few others. Not sure I really need to order many but it's fun looking.

Jan 1, 2015 10:05 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I expect my snow to melt in about 80 days. About a day or two after that I'll plant peas. It's about 150 days before I can plant out the tomatoes and seed the cucumbers and melons.

I'm intending to plant onion seeds in the greenhouse in the next few days. They can sit in the frozen ground until they feel like growing. I think of it as my expanded winter-sowing project. I'll transplant them and gain about 6 weeks of growing season. I suppose that I aughta do the same thing with some choys. I have a hard time keeping onions watered properly in flats/pots, but they'd do fine directly in the ground.

I have some garlic seedling bulbs and some seeds that need to be planted. I expect to take care of those soon.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Jan 1, 2015 11:03 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
no freezing rain here just rain so far. and it IS certainly cold. Blinking
Jan 1, 2015 11:57 AM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Happy New Year to All Piggies! I'm grilling pork chops to have with blackeyed peas today. Blinking Seems a bit wrong. Rolling on the floor laughing

The freezing rain stopped a few miles northwest of where we live. The ranch had some ice this morning when my husband went over to feed.

I like to start tomatoes the first week of January followed by peppers and eggplants. I want to plant salvias and asclepias right away too. I got the boards for raised beds last year about the time it got too hot to work outside, so I still have beds to build. Peas need to go in a few weeks as well as onions. There's no way to know if spring will come early or late, so I just start enough tomatoes to plant again if an April freeze wipes them out. Crazy Texas weather! Shrug!
Jan 1, 2015 12:08 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Happy New Year with wishes for a lucky, healthy and perfect gardening 2015 for all the Piggies. Group hug

Snow and frost here.
I started to winter sow the seeds from trades I received earlier. Lot of specials among them. Will have to wait with the tender annuals until March.
Jan 1, 2015 12:56 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I haven't found a reasonable supplier of the vermiculite I want yet this year, so I'm trying an experiment in the meantime. I have a large bag of crushed corn cobs that aren't being used right now, so I'm going to see how it does for seed sprouting. I'm thinking that it may work about the same as vermiculite, but then again it might just morph into a lumpy mess. Hilarious! I'll just try some extra seeds that I don't really need at first...just in case. It would still be a lot cleaner for indoor work than soil, I think, and since it's bagged dry it can sit out on the porch and remain unfrozen between sowing sessions.

Happy New Year, y'all! Hurray!
Jan 1, 2015 1:17 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Good to know when you start your seeds Patrob. I have always started mine late so was gonna start tomatoes and such this weekend and was hoping I wasnt too early.
Jan 1, 2015 1:34 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Happy New Year, everyone ! I'm having a family dinner here today so no time to dawdle... just wanted to check in to with all of you a good year in 2015. Looking forward to tomorrow and the end of the holiday festivities... Let the seed catalog browsing begin! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Jan 1, 2015 3:41 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
chelle wrote:I haven't found a reasonable supplier of the vermiculite I want yet this year, so I'm trying an experiment in the meantime.

Maybe this link will help you to find the vermiculite

It's used as insulation, so look for companies that work with that.

Jan 1, 2015 5:44 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Misti, my tomatoes sometimes have to be repotted in gallon containers if spring is really late arriving. I repot the first time in 4" pots and then hope to transplant outside the third week in March. The peppers and eggplants don't grow rapidly until the weather warms up, so 4" pots take them right up to transplant time. I'm going to try to keep the greenhouse a little cooler this year and see if I can slow the tomatoes down some. The exhaust fan was burned out last year, but it has been replaced finally.

I'm going to plant some small watermelons too. I really got hungry for watermelon about the time the unripe ones in the grocery store went up to $6.98 each. That would be high for a little melon even if it tasted good. Tried one. Big mistake. I don't know if Golden Midgets can be grown in a greenhouse successfully, but I have some seeds and will find out.
Jan 1, 2015 6:37 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
ok ty, good to know. I start mine in the garage under lights. When would you suggest starting a watermelon? Now?

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