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

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Feb 24, 2015 12:35 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
That's about the way our conditions are here Mindy03 only difference haven't heard of any buildings roofs collapsing but we haven't gotten all of the snow that you probably got we were very lucky. We got about 8" I still haven't gotten my car
out of the garage my drive is a solid sheet of ice but my truck was parked at the top of my drive outside so I've been able to drive it thank goodness.

Alana the thing is about these business buildings or most anyway I've seen them being built and there is no way I want to get caught in them in a tornado or snow on the roof it's no surprise to me that they cave in.
Feb 24, 2015 1:02 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
The video about cleaning seeds is online now
Feel free to share
Thumb of 2015-02-24/JonnaSudenius/396185
Feb 24, 2015 1:25 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Another great video.
Feb 24, 2015 2:03 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Lebug we got 15 inches here with the first round and there's been an inch or two added to that off and on. We also got sleet and freezing rain at one point which is when it got icy here.
The roofs that collapsed were flat and no one thought to remove the snow from them.
Feb 24, 2015 2:17 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
shared it on my pinterest group board Hurray!
Feb 24, 2015 2:25 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Thank you Misti Hurray!
The more people learn how to collect and clean seeds, the better.
Feb 24, 2015 2:40 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Wow, corkscrew vine - I've heard that's one of the hardest things to try to grow from seed and almost as hard to save seed from. I've seen the seeds listed at some crazy prices and you only get a couple. Good work, Arlene!!
Grazie a tutti,
Feb 24, 2015 2:47 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I'm surprised. I read it was a legume so i used vermiculite and put it next to the heat mats under the peppers. One is potted up and three more are popping their heads up. I's very excited! i don't know who they were from but i'm so happy i got them and will make a real effort to collect seeds this year to share!
Feb 24, 2015 2:58 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
b] Sorellina [/b] if you mean Vigna caracalla ( corkscrew vine): it's not so hard to germinate them, but in my and your climate it's impossible to get seeds of it.
I grew it twice in my greenhouse, but it only starts to bloom late summer/ autumn and won't have time to set seed, because of the first frosts.
Feb 24, 2015 3:09 PM CST
Name: Alana
Love the Corkscrew vine! I've never had trouble germinating it, but I do have to start very early to get seeds. It gets going faster if you save the tuber it will form this year and replant it next year like you would a Lophospermum/Asarina or a Dahlia. I finally abandoned my tuber because it got as big as a small child a couple of years ago. I bet it will be huge in your garden in a couple of seasons Arlene!

Feb 24, 2015 3:12 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Oh, that's good to know! Several years ago, when I lived in maryland, I did but a plant. I was so disappointed, only a few flowers and it didn't set seed or survive. And yep, I did pay a lot of $$ for it!
Feb 24, 2015 3:47 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Arlene If you lose those, let me know, I think I still have a few seeds left. I generally hold back a couple of anything I am low on to regrow.

If you see ants crawling all over the plant and no bugs, don't panic as the ants help with the production of the making of the seed.

Thunbergia grandiflora is another one right off the to p of my head that I know needs ants and Peonies too.
Feb 25, 2015 3:43 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh .. tip toing around in case folks are asleep. Hope that is the case and it not cuz so many are with out power or worse.

It's still raining and thundering here and tonight we'll probably be able to ice skate on the streets. I'm waiting on the evening news to come on here in a bit to see how you folks are all doing.

I sure am glad I decided to hold off on a lot of things. Those two warm days we had, I almost put some stuff int he ground. Glad I didn't now or it would be flooding down the road into other neighbors yards.

Besides everybody staying warm and safe, I'm worried about all your babies and your winter sowing containers. Do you think they will make it through since you've had such cold temps for what seems like an extended period?

Feb 25, 2015 4:03 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Raining all day here, Ella. And cold! I tried potting up seedlings in the greenhouse but the rain was annoying me (sound hitting the roof), roof vents were dripping and it was cold! So, since I had containers filled already with potting soil (paper pots), I brought everything inside. I wanted to get my finger tray vermiculite trays potted up. A bit late for some. Damping off. Just to clarify, this was not regular vermiculite sowing!!!! I tried an experiment and it failed, miserably. Well, not with everything, but with fast growing plants, it was a disaster. Live and learn. I still have a lot of seedlings to pot up though.

It looks like we may not be able to get the brassicas in the ground this weekend with all this rain either. That's really going to throw us off for market, not to mention if we hold them too much longer in paper pots, they may not produce well. Mother Nature sure likes to challenge us!
Feb 25, 2015 4:52 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Trying to keep up with potting up while my holding area window is still plenty cool. I'm averaging 4 containers a day with new sprouts, and on days that I can work with them I get about the same amount done.

Last week's holding area view...
Thumb of 2015-02-25/chelle/b5e711

This week's view...
Thumb of 2015-02-25/chelle/1ac02d

All but two of the pansy varieties I purchased for this year are up and doing well! Hurray! I sowed several others also, but still waiting on those. Smiling

Hope the weather in the south levels out really soon! They're still forecasting zero readings for us all the way into next week yet. Blinking
Feb 25, 2015 4:56 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Looking good, Chelle!
Feb 25, 2015 8:33 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I am still a week behind but catching up with the piggies!

I have been so busy with winter blues and broken pipes that I haven’t started my seeds indoors as scheduled. That is alright, I’ll get to it by this weekend. The groundhog bit its handler, I think that means spring with be historically late this year.

I have been adding wintersowing containers outside as I drink soda. Time to start “late spring sowing” hardy annuals now.

Rick, I think I will skip urea fertilizer unless I get into indigo dyeing sometime. Winston is peeing icicles this week. Any sign of plant life is at least two feet below the snow and ice. I doubt it will do much good.

LeBug, the organic mouse trap leaves tracks in the snow and empties her bowl. Sometimes I see her sitting by the compost heap waiting for rodents. I was away a few days. I returned to find furry remains frozen to both the front and the side steps. I guess she missed me. She is looking healthier now that she is getting half rations and monthly deworming meds. Poor thing. Someone found homes for the kittens this fall.

I am glad that the piggies like the Asclepias variegata. I identified it by reading online, I think I have the right id. I didn’t find much information other than the links on my database page. It has very different flowers and seed pods than the standard pink milkweed. It also blooms later. There is one stand in the neighborhood. I haven’t seen it before I moved here. I still have some seeds left, if anyone missed oinking for it. I spread some in the woods behind my place and across the street. Maybe I’ll start a few more stands. I tried to find interesting native plants to make up for the meager garden offerings this year.

I think the mail is straightened out. Finally. I am so tired of people who don’t want to do their jobs. Companies and the government need to start firing people and hiring replacements who want to work for a living.

Jonna, glad that you are feeling well enough to start your seeds. I hope things are well with you.
Feb 25, 2015 8:36 PM CST
Name: Alana
More snow tonight, up to 4 inches; if this was a few weeks ago I would think that was a big deal. Blech. Hilarious!
Feb 25, 2015 10:38 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
The Weather Channel had this prediction for us last night..

Issued by The National Weather ServiceMarquette, MI

Hilarious! breaking news, it's winter here...

On the bright side, as of Saturday it looks like our lows will be in the positive numbers (Fahrenheit)... so that is Thumbs up

The only things I've winter-sown so far are the hardiest self-sowers, so I fully expect them to be fine. I have onion seeds started under lights, planted 2/15 and starting to sprout 2/20, and it looks like I got excellent germination this year. This coming weekend I want to start some herbs and maybe some other things in vermiculite (indoors), and will probably be able to winter sow more things soon as well. March is always a bad month for me because I think it's going to be spring, but unfortunately we still have a way to go for that... still, usually in March we can breathe without our nose freezing solid! Rolling on the floor laughing

Hope everyone stays safe and warm, without too many plant losses! Group hug
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Feb 25, 2015 11:15 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
It was a warm today, around 50F. So I added a couple of boards above the door of the greenhouse to strengthen it. I worked shirtless to take advantage of the sunlight. I managed to knock both doors off by being ham-fisted. So I changed out the bearings that have plastic parts for a set of bolts that just slide without rolling. It's less likely to be coming off, even if it is more work to move. Then I bolted that door indefinitely closed, and added some hardware to make it trivial to bolt the other door shut if fierce winds are expected.

I have tomato flowers! These are being grown in the basement. They are part of my promiscuous pollination project. I am attempting to get some F2 seed before spring. Woo Hoo! The stigma is exerted. I am attempting to pollinate them both by brushing and by vibrating.

Thumb of 2015-02-26/joseph/fe3b5f

RickCorey: The choi that I planted last week is germinating.... Yay! I planted a tray of 128.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
[Last edited Feb 26, 2015 9:22 AM CST]
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