Cottage Gardening forum: Seeds are Sprouting .... Chat # 7

 
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Imagechelle
Feb 21, 2015 9:58 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Hurray! The first pansy sprout is up! Hurray! (In the presence of light)

Of course to further complicate issues, it's one of the primed varieties - not sure if that makes a lot of difference here, but I haven't found a whole lot of relevant info on that subject yet.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 21, 2015 10:34 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
That's awesome Chelle!!!!!!!!!! You little new mama you! Hurray! Hurray!

Primed or not primed just glad your getting some germination. Thumbs up

With your unprimed. I right before sowing I would use a water and hydrogen peroxide mix to moisten the soil and maybe take something like a coffee filter. Put some pansies seeds on it and spray the seeds with same mix real good til coffee filter was fully wet. Let set on that wet coffee filter for an hour or so and than plant in your water and hydrogen peroxide moistened soil.

I was trying to see if I could find my paper with the temps required for priming tomato seeds to kind of give you an idea, but haven't found it yet.

Here ya go, maybe this will help you a bit.

http://ipm.missouri.edu/MEG/2011/3/Enhancing-Germination-wit...

I can't help you with the chems parts that are listed. Maybe Joseph or somebody else that has had chemistry can. I have a hard enough time remembering where I put my glasses most days , sure can't remember an element table. Whistling Hilarious!
Imagechelle
Feb 21, 2015 10:55 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Very informative articles, Ella. Thanks!

So basically, any time we do any pre-sowing treatments we're priming a seed in one way or another. Knowing that makes it all much easier to understand.

Another great tip I got from that was how to do a hot water prime. I'd always wondered about that one because just pouring hot water over the seeds didn't seem like it would be enough...it simply cools too fast. Seeds trapped in a mesh bag and placed under the hot water tap makes much more sense to me. Thumbs up
Mindy03
Feb 21, 2015 11:00 AM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
We are doing good here. Some sleet and snow overnight but currently raining.
We has a minor hot water pipe freeze in the kitchen ester day but a little heat at the spot took care of it.
So far water pump hasn't froze on us so the extra insulating hay is working well.
Now we watch for flooding as heavy rain is moving in.
Supposed to get more sno next week
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 21, 2015 2:11 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Chelle... Glad the link helped. That's like I will prime Iris seeds, believe it or not in the toilet water tank. Of course there is no little blue guy in a boat swimming around, but when the water sits it will warm up to room temp or close and when flushed, the water comes in cold to chill and prime the seeds.

Glad your hanging in there Mindy. Water pipes are a pain.

If I didn't know better I would say were having tornado winds. Today has been worse than the past few days of high winds. I had to go out a bit ago as I heard my underpinning collapse and go flying from the winds. In a way it was a blessing because as I tried to put it back in place I noticed underneath a big wet spot on the ground, so I have a leak somewhere too and I dripped pipes for almost 3 days. Gonna have to get up under there and see where it is and fix it before it explodes bigger and I have a real mess on my hands.
Mindy03
Feb 21, 2015 2:22 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Winter storm warning cancelled for my county. Still raining though.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 21, 2015 4:41 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Mindy Good to hear. Enjoy it while you can. Afraid we gonna get another blast next week.

I need to see if I can go online find out what the Almanac says. It's usually pretty accurate. Usually the little drug store up town has free paper copies of the most important parts of the Almanac. I need to remember next time I go to town to see if they are doing it again this year and available yet.
Imagetcs1366
Feb 21, 2015 6:36 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
yesterday morning, it was 32° when i checked the temp at 7:30am [it was forecasted to go to 28] Tomorrow is supposed to be 81f.

go figure.... I transplanted some seedlings today. I had a few Delphinium volunteers in pots I brought down from IL.
and divided a pot of cat Nip into 3 larger pots, and I need to find a spot for 3 red 4 -O'Clocks. I know Hummers love them.
A bunch of Pot Marigolds have set their 2nd set of leaves... I think I'm going to put them around a Palm in the back yard.

So -- I've just been puttering about...
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageMistirose
Feb 22, 2015 3:03 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Awful quiet in here today Blinking
ImageArleneB
Feb 22, 2015 4:51 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I just finished potting up my peppers and tomatoes. Raining off and on all day and the ground is spongy.

Checked my WS containers and very excited to see two Cherry Lupines have germinated as well as some Delft Blue Nigella I got at Johnny's! I would imagine things should start popping up right and left now.
ImageMistirose
Feb 22, 2015 5:12 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yup I am starting to see Poppy babies as well as kale and chamomile. Been raining here all day supposed to be icy in the am,hopefully not too bad.
ImageArleneB
Feb 22, 2015 5:18 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yesterday I checked to see if any of the seeds I sowed in the covered garden row had germinated and there were signs od a lot! Radishes, kale, spinach and turnips. I also had started some beets in a plug tray and I transplanted them to that row as well as some Red mustard. It won't be long now!!!! We're hoping to plant out my broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and lettuce next weekend. I have some Asian greens and chard I just potted up too!
ImageMistirose
Feb 22, 2015 5:22 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
sounds like a lot of good eatin! I agree
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 22, 2015 5:40 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Just getting online here. Been raining here since yesterday and had a bunch of bad thunder.

Nice to hear about the new babies. Now if the weather would just cooperate. Lots of folks without power. An even bigger mess today with the weather across the country and more bad coming at those folks. I have a terrible feeling our mid states piggies may in that section of states without power from the ice storms. Only thing to do at the moment is keep everybody in prayers and thoughts that they stay safe.

We're supposed have rain everyday now for the next week. It is going to be touch and go here too because so many of these rain days, we are going to have freezing temps.
Imagejoseph
Feb 23, 2015 12:52 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I just came in from outside. Wind is blowing like crazy. Temperature is expected to be 17 F before morning. Finally some seasonal temperatures! Last time it blew this hard the door of the greenhouse took a journey across the yard. Tonight I drilled holes into the door and into the frame of the greenhouse and screwed the doors to the frame. It was a desperate last minute fix. So it would be a pain to try to get into the greenhouse to check on things. I really really want to check. I installed some PVC hoops over the tomatoes, and then covered them with a blanket. I covered the favas with about 4 layers of floating row cover. Now I get to worry until morning....
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
PlantSister
Feb 23, 2015 1:41 AM CST
Name: PlantSister
southeast Asia
(This post is being typed by PlantSister Aik) 

I am very exiting to receive the piggy seeds box today!!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH to:
- All Piggies for the nice, generous and valuable seeds and let me have a chance of many new plants in my garden!! 
- Sarlight/Ella for your generous, smart working and kindness!!
- Greene for your all everything that make me to have and touch the real thing, also via the mail post half way around the world!

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!
Deebie
Feb 23, 2015 7:19 AM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Hurray! for PlantSister and wishing you a happy gardening season.
poisondartfrog
Feb 23, 2015 12:43 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
What a miserable week and a half for most of us, I think. It looks like anybody that got left out is about to be included.
There is still no school here or nearby either because of bad roads, flooding, power interruptions or no water. A few nights ago I got up in the middle of the night and got a drink of water-do it all the time. I went back to bed with my tongue burning. I wondered what the heck I had done to cause that to happen. When I got up the next day I was on my second cup of coffee when I found out we were not supposed to drink the water because of some kind of "incident" at the Aquatic Center. Then we could boil the water and use it, then it was supposed to be potable. Now we are back under a boil water advisory . They were slow to alert people, did it in a way that most people never saw the advisory, and have not been forthcoming about what the problems are. I'm drinking bottled water indefinitely. I hate to do that because of the plastic waste.

Until yesterday my back yard looked like a river as water from heavy rains combined with snow melt and created several waterfalls on the mountain behind me. Messy business, this winter is. Enough complaining; my roof did not collapse (one of the Kroger's did and Sears and others), I have germinating seeds all over the place, I've had a vacation over the last several days, too. I hope all of the piggies are at least this Smiling lucky.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 24, 2015 6:42 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Quoting:What a miserable week and a half for most of us, I think. It looks like anybody that got left out is about to be included.


I don't remember when I have seen so much of the country all covered in nasty weather of sort all at once. And it's not over yet. Thumbs down

Posion That is not good. Maybe your local tv or online news station will have some more info about it, so you can maybe find out what went on. Hope ya feeling ok this morning. The thing you wonder about is why are your home drinking water lines even hooked up to the Aquatic center.

They send out reports here every so often saying our water is safe. For drinking, I stick to bottled. When you look at your water and it loaded full of bubbles and even after boiling it a film of like soap all over the top that takes hours to dissipate, ain't no way I drinking it. I use bottled water for my hummers too.

Glad you having fun with your seeds. Hope the flooding doesn't reach inside your home.





Mindy03
Feb 24, 2015 11:58 AM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Still good here. Over inch of fresh snow and some ice greeted us this morning. The road from our hose to highway is icy. Main roads are clear but parking lots are watch where you step condition. Some roofs have collapsed in Somerset the nearest large city some water lines busted at some businesses. Some roof leaks at yet more businesses up there. Bread and produce are scarce in the stores
It will be a wile before we see the yard here. I'm hoping for a slow melt so as to avoid serious flooding.
We are warm, have food and water and are not suffering from cabin fever since we are able to get out when needed. Eye dr appt this morning was why we were in Somerst today.

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