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

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Feb 13, 2015 10:52 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Flinter Cuties they are. Thumbs up I enjoy Hollyhocks, especially the double blooming ones. Unfortunately, I have to try and the ones that don't get more than 3 feet tall as with the heat and humidity here in the South, powdery mildew is a big problem and it loves Hollyhocks. It's just too hard to be out there every few days trying to give the ones taller than 3 foot a milk bath every few days to keep the mildew away.

Peppers, tomatoes and a host of all other kinds of veggies, travel all around with no problem at all from the cold. The cold alone won't hurt them, it is if they get cold and wet. Then you may have some problems. So don't be afraid to grow them or ask for them.

Thanks for sharing your babies. Hope ya have plenty more piggy babies. Big Grin
Feb 13, 2015 11:15 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana

Not my chocolate...Misti's! Hurray!

I do have yellow Tricyrtis sprouts though!! Hurray!

I'm up to 17 species sprouted now...indoors. Rolling on the floor laughing These little fellas like it way too much in here!

Great news and cute babies, Flinter!
Feb 13, 2015 11:23 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I love the tips on growing veggies. It is good to have them together. I mean to mark key pages, then the phone rings or something and I forget.

I got a giggle about fertilizing corn...

"Corn really likes nitrogen. A bit of urea between the rows when the plants are about knee high will really boost performance. Any high nitrogen fertilizer works well, urea's what's commonly available and inexpensive around here."

I could walk Winston by the garden and give him treats for fertilizing the corn. If I planted it near the road, the other dogs in the neighborhood would help, but the deer would eat the corn. Or I could find a place that sells urea. I have seen it available in small amounts in fiber dyeing suppliers, but there must be a less expensive source (other than Winston). It is hard to find vermiculite in the local stores (same with alfalfa and chick grit) I can imagine what the salesmen will say when I ask where I can get urea. Maybe Tractor Supply Company - it is a new store, here, but has good prices on potting mix. Winston got his rabies shot there. My vet says he only needs a shot every three years until he is 10 years old, but the township wants yearly shots.

Guess who has a leaky cold water pipe under the sink. Argh. The floor is so cold that the soaked kitchen runner froze to the floor overnight. I am mopping up the mess and tidying up for the landlord and plumber to come look at the pipe. It is one thing after another in this place.

My neighbors are moving to Charlestown, SC. Days like this, I am tempted to hitch a ride!

Feb 13, 2015 12:42 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
I think that urea might be an ingredient in bomb-making. I finally got a 50-pound bag of 46-0-0 urea for less cost than a 20-pound bag of fancy brand-name 10-10-10.

But the first 5-10 times I asked for it, the clerks gave me a long look, then said 'we don;t sell that".

Finally I went back to one of the stores that "don;t sell that" and chatted up the clerk enough that he knew I was a garden nerd, not an urban terrorist, and he sold it to me.

Just be sure to dilute the heck out of it! If any fertilizer will ever burn plants, 46-0-0 is it. Super-concentrated Nitrogen.

Remember it is instantly soluble, the very opposite of "time-release".

From reading: "Maximum recommended spread rate: to avoid burning two pounds per 1,000 sq ft.".

Counting on my fingers, that works out to 0.29 OUNCE = 8.16 GRAM per square yard. Or 0.9 gram per square foot (1/4 tsp???)

It might be better to dissolve it and use a watering can, than try to sprinkle something this concentrated evenly as dry pellets.

Or rely on Winston!

Feb 13, 2015 4:42 PM CST
Name: Alana
Arlene I ran out of room and don't have the greenhouse heat going yet. In frustration I threw a variegated Clerodendrum thomsoniae out onto a compost heap. The foliage is cold damaged but the root system should be okay. If you want me to bare root it and send it to you when this cold wave is over let me know tonight and I will bring it back in. Big Grin It is going to get into the teens tonight so if I don't get it now, I expect it will be too late.

Misti, love your Chocolate Cosmos babies! Flinter, congratulations on your pepper sprouts!
Feb 13, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Thanks Chelle I changed it *Blush*

It's 32 here so far tonite but tomorrow it's going down to 7 below to 3 above! I can't believe it! I'm sure some of you Northerners are just smiling at me but I'm wimpy Rolling on the floor laughing Working out in these temps is really cold burr!

I have a kitten trapped in the garage with a heat mat plus two little fleece blankets on her bed and two quilts over her cage can't get her fixed until around the 27th so trying to keep her warm she is going stir crazy though she's been there since last week sometime?

Andi seen your kittens lately I hope they are warm enoug esp. at nite. Just can't believe cats have kittens this time of year I think I had a female in heat down in my outhouse out back I heard that 'certain meow' think I was leaving when I heard it so didn't check it out have no more room for cages and pregnant females or time wish I did well I have the room...we didn't have many cats other than the outside cats of the neighbors last year guess this is the year for cats that means no rabbits from what I've seen before that could be good for my huge lettuce bed this year.
Feb 13, 2015 7:18 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Oh goody Chelle isn't it fun to look at all of the babies! I WS my Tricyrtis flava yellows I'm trying to get as many seeds outside as I can to cut down on room in the plant room.

I was reading about the Asclepias variegata, (White Milkweed) Andi and it’s endangered here I’ve never seen any, it is in your area too you’re lucky to have it us little piggies will have to spread it around:

AL, AR, CT (Endangered), DC, DE, FL GA, IL IN, KY, LA MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY (Endangered), OH, OK, PA (Endangered), SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Feb 13, 2015 9:35 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Oh Alana, I am just now reading this! I don't want you to go out in the dark and cold! Thank you so much for the offer. I'll keep my fingers crossed and if they don't germinate, I'll try again next year.
Feb 13, 2015 10:50 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
I could also save seeds from this plant if anyone might be interested-Marah fabaceus var. agrestis, a dicot, is a perennial herb or vine that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California.

it is blooming now also, way earlier than usual- it dies out in the fall, but comes back every spring, the only water it receives is from our very limited rainfall (12-14 inches/year) it is more prolific in our rainier years so might do ok with some watering

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Feb 14, 2015 4:01 AM CST
Name: Alana
I went out and got it right after I posted that Arlene, just in case. I'll cut it off and see if it sends up new growth. If it does, I will send it to you.
Feb 14, 2015 5:55 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
It's that time again folks. Time to make the jump to a new thread.

Grab your new seedlings, soil, pots , seeds and anything else you might need and come join us over here:

Don't forget to click the WATCH button in the top left hand corner, or make a post on the thread, so you don't get lost or left behind.

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