Cottage Gardening forum: Seed Arrival -- Let's chat about it #6

 
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Imagejoseph
Jan 30, 2015 9:10 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

It was a warm day here, over 50 F. Still 48 F three hours after dark. The garden soil was not frozen, so I weeded the parsnips, and thinned out the little ones. The bigger ones will be allowed to go to seed. These parsnips were grown without weeding last summer. I'm looking for genetics that grow vigorously in my garden without any special care. These are descended from Kral, turnip-rooted parsnips. I haven't been happy with how slowly they grow, thus the heavy selection this year for the quickest growing parents.

I also planted paw-paw, persimmon, jujube, custard apple, and papaya. Thanks for everyone that sent seeds.

I mixed up a batch of potting soil, and pasteurized a couple of batches of it.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageAndi
Jan 30, 2015 10:56 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
It is cold and blustery here. We'll be having snow on and off for the next few days. At least we will get clear days in between storms to dig out of the snow. The utilities are staying on and roads are getting clear, so life goes on.

Did you find you pack of precious peppers Ella? I hope you are starting to feel better. Being sick is miserable.
Deebie
Jan 31, 2015 8:56 AM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Andi wrote:

Did you find you pack of precious peppers Ella? I hope you are starting to feel better. Being sick is miserable.



Yes, Ella. We're Ears perked up!

ImageMistirose
Jan 31, 2015 5:36 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Any advice on germinating these Peony Poppies? (breadseed) Some say needs light others dark, some say doesnt transplant well others say transplants with no issue.
Imagechelle
Jan 31, 2015 6:10 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I think I usually just sow my Papaver somniferum on the surface of whatever I'm using. Shrug! I don't recall ever doing anything special to exclude light. They can be potted up into paper to grow a bit more before planting out, but this needs to be done very soon after sprouting. Their taproots grow amazingly fast.
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 31, 2015 6:27 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Arlene So glad you said what a Kabloom was. I was scratching my head wondering what kind of plant is And talking about. Hilarious!

Just watched the weather and looks like alot of Ga and Al up above gonna get some snow. I woke up at 26F. So much for the weather man's prediction of 40F. Froze my tushy off in an unheated van last night and woke up to frost everywhere. I'm still trying to get warm. I gonna be one mad person at myself if I come down sick again. Grumbling Grumbling

Joseph Another reason I think the potatoe seed so popular is because not to many folks knwo what true potatoe seed is. It's kind of like you have introduced them to this new type and way to grow potatoes. Til you first offered them here in the piggy swap, I never knew there was such a think as a potato seed. Most folks have only ever grown potatoes from a piece of a seed potato. Some folks are astounded that you can grow a potato from a true seed.

Nope no sign of my peppers yet. Every time I think a bout em I go start back through tearing stuff up looking for them. I was half out of my mind at that time with fever and barely able to breath and hold head up, so who knows what I did them. Thing driving me crazy, is I have no recollection of what I did that whole rest of the day after holding the seed in my hand and that driving me crazy too. My sometimers, I usually can figure it out and it comes back, but for now, my mind is a total blank. I don't like losing time. Blinking Blinking Confused

Just watched the world news and aggggggg.. Looks like all you northern folks are gonan get hit and get hit bad again and be in negative digets. So

Andi You better drip your pipes. You sure don't need one to burst, than you will have a night mare. I have to drip mine tuesday and wed or mine will be frozen and I'm no where as cold as you.

ImageMistirose
Jan 31, 2015 7:06 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thanks Chelle, Im gonna try some now and see if I can transplant early then. I have a seed starter with narrow deeper cells to allow for better root develpment soooo maybe this will work.
Imagechelle
Jan 31, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Mind blown. Hilarious! I sowed seed from Catchfly Short and Sweet yesterday. They're already 3/4" tall this evening! Blinking Whoops! They're going to have an awfully long wait to get outdoors.
ImageArleneB
Jan 31, 2015 7:52 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hard to believe something can grow that quickly!

Imagechelle
Jan 31, 2015 7:56 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
It truly is! Especially so, since I wasn't expecting it! Whistling
Imagetcs1366
Jan 31, 2015 7:56 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
>> I gonna be one mad person at myself if I come down sick again. Grumbling Grumbling

Ella -- this is very OT, but DH and I swear by a Neti Pot for staying healthy. They are at Walgreens, maybe Walmart, but it's a nasal wash and honestly will help keep the illnesses away. ~~ Google Neti Pot.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageAndi
Feb 1, 2015 9:51 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Thanks for the reminder Ella. The water company must love this weather - everyone is dripping their pipes! Best to keep things in perspective, if a pipe burst I would have a HUGE bill. Last night was 6'F, but my water kept flowing!

I have foam insulation on my shopping list to finish insulating the pipes. I deduct the cost from my rent. I started, but ran out of insulation. I also have to add insulation over the trap door to the attic. It is over the laundry room. I can feel the draft. I hope they have big bags of vermiculite in stock. Home Depot is the only store that carries it locally, but they don't always have it in stock. I cut the bar code from the bag with a bit of the label. It makes it easier for the workers to check the computers to see if it is in stock.

I got a HUGE electric bill this month - for the electric heat. I ordered an infrared heater. My neighbor has a catalog membership to a place called "Heartland" that has an excellent price on them. He gets free shipping and has a $10 off coupon. He has the same model. It makes his place really warm while using less electricity than baseboard heat. I worry about space heaters, but this kind seems much safer than the standard varieties. The wood casing around the heater is cool to the touch, even on the bottom of the heater. It has an emergency shut off if the heater gets tipped over also. I don't want to have to haul the space heater to the crawl space again.

I am getting used to the crawl space, it isn't so scary anymore! I have a well sealed bin of dahlia tubers and a double bagged bin of vermiculite, some little bins of assorting potting mixes and all sorts of things down there.

I am still wintersowing seeds and looking for the electric cords to convert electric fixtures to plug in fixtures for the light shelves. If I run out of time, I can sacrifice a couple of extension cords. So far, I have been wintersowing up a storm! In a couple of weeks, I can start things inside. This years seed starting strategy is to wintersow perennials and seeds needing stratification and spring sow hardy annuals like mirabilis. I don't want to run out of space on the light shelves. My little cottage could get really crowded if we have a late spring.

I can relate to the catchfly dilemma Chelle. It is exciting to see sprouts, but you hope you can keep them thriving until spring.

I am still shopping for nasturtium seeds. I get distracted by all the other seeds. I tell myself they will be there next year, and focus on things I NEED this year.

BTW, has anyone tried Kalettes? They are cute enough to sneak some in the flower garden. I like Kale and I love Brussel's sprouts.....
ImageAndi
Feb 1, 2015 10:19 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Joseph potato seed may also be popular in areas where stores don't stock potato and onion sets. Very few garden centers stock them in this area. It is a challenge to grow tubers in rocky mountain soil. Most people didn't learn to cut and prepare potato eyes from their grandmothers...

Onions, leeks and potato seeds will lead the indoor seed starting parade! If I get baby potato tubers, I am going to try to grow them above ground in a cage thing - which I will have to build from mesh.

Over time, I will be building raised beds. This year's plan is one rectangular raised bed for asparagus grown from seed and perhaps some purchased crowns. I tried some in my past garden, but they didn't like the winter/spring wet.

I amend the soil in place for roses, shrubs, day lilies and other plants.
SCbuttercup
Feb 1, 2015 12:28 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
I'm so thankful for all the goodies you folks sent to me, I have also been wintersow ing and am almost out of containers. This week I will scavenge neighbors recycling bins. Just snagged a few more jugs and bottles from church today.
Imagechelle
Feb 1, 2015 3:56 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I had to take a break from sowing; there's just way too much snow to deal with right now! Rolling my eyes.
ImageMistirose
Feb 1, 2015 4:44 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
When should I plant these Surprise Lily bulbs here?
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 1, 2015 4:56 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Misti What's your weather like there? What kind of winter do you have normally? If you have war weaher like some parts of Texas go ahead and put them in the ground. If you get snow and cold and frost. You might want to just store them in a paper bag in a dark dry, cool place and wait til it warms up or put them in a pot and keep in the house for now.
ImageMistirose
Feb 1, 2015 7:09 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
fairly warmish, getting into the 40's at night now but could still get a freeze. I may do the paper bag idea till closer to March. Thank you! Hurray!
Deebie
Feb 2, 2015 8:36 AM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
I'm going to go ahead and plant mine soon. We do get cold and frost/freeze, about the same as you Ella, I think. Snow is rare here. That's the kind of conditions they came from, so they should be able to adjust fairly quickly. I'll try to wait for a week when it's not freezing at night continually and then put them out, and then when I do, I'll plant them under the shelter of a tree with mulch on top. I see leaves in other peoples yard, so this must be the time of year when the leaves are growing, taking in sun to strengthen the bulb so that it can bloom. so, on second thought maybe I should skip placing them under a tree and just them in a pot and sink it in the ground and mulch it well w/ pine straw. Later, I'll be able to find them if I have to move them to a sunnier spot. Believe me, I'll be keeping and eye on them. I just love those plants.
indianamike
Feb 2, 2015 10:57 AM CST
Name: Mike
Southern Indiana
Thanks for the shelving idea, here is a pic of my setup:

Thumb of 2015-02-02/indianamike/2107da

Hoping for good germination with 12hrs of light!

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