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

 
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Imagestarlight1153
Feb 26, 2015 1:05 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Finally rain has stopped here for a bit. More coming in later, but at least a body can hear themselves think. We actually had around midnight some small hail come in. I was tying to figure out why the rain on the trailer sounded different and stuck my head out the back door and pulled it right back in. Even tiny hail hurts.

Sun is trying to shine, but it sure is a weak try. The rain stops and there is quiet til you walk outside. The noise factor is unreal. Starlings in masses all in the neighborhood. Have no idea what they are eating though. Doesn't seem like their is much out there at all.

I keep waiting to see the first robin. Then I know spring is not too far behind.

Arlene Hopefully the rain is out of the picture for now more or less. Supposedly we are to have some halfway decent days all next week, and maybe you'll be able to get them plants in the ground and with a bit of warm weather, they will take off for you.

Chelle Way to go! Hurray! Hurray! I know your having fin with your Pansies. Isn't it funny how sometimes we get hooked on one particular type of seed and just not happy til we have some of it growing. Just do not over water them. The seedlings are very susceptible to diseases in the young stages from over watering.

I still think you should do my seeds too. I wish I was as neatly organized. Maybe one day. Whistling Whistling Ya right. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Poison How did you make out? Last news I saw said you all might even get up to a foot of snow. It would be so nice if when weather is this nasty out, that bosses would pay folks and let them stay home til the worst is over. So many accidents and folks hurt. You still got power? Saw the ice on the trees and such.

I know folks like to take vacations during the spring and especially summer. Maybe everybody should save vacation times for winter and stay home and be safe.

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

Sandy You just now figuring that out? Hilarious! That amazing on your onions. Which kind did you sow and how did you do yours? I don't thinkk onions like me. I have a hard time with them from seed.
Hope your staying warm and don't lose power. Don't go out unless you have too. Check in as you can.

Joseph Will you be able to get in and out to water easily enough with bolting it shut? Do you get tornadoes where your at? You would think the mountains around you, would help protect you from high winds. I sure hope after all that hard work that your gh holds. Keep the snow off as much as you can. Amazing how much weight a little bit really is.

Hurray! Hurray! I'll say that stigma is extended for sure. Are you going to let the plant grow any which way or are you going to top it or remove some stems and suckers. Is that the first bloom or do you have more coming on showing the same trait?

Isn't it nice when you finally get to start seeing result from several years work. I can't wait to see what type of tomato it produces. Will you save seed from it and grow it out and try and stabilize it?

I bet your glad to see the Choi seedlings. Now you can eat green instead of orange for awhile. Rolling on the floor laughing

Andi Glad to see your still in one piece. Hang in there. I know it rough, but hopefully it will end soon. Give Winston some snuggles.

Looks like the only state that not having it too bad is SC.



Imagechelle
Feb 26, 2015 2:18 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
starlight1153 wrote:

Chelle Way to go! Hurray! Hurray! I know your having fin with your Pansies. Isn't it funny how sometimes we get hooked on one particular type of seed and just not happy til we have some of it growing.




Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing My big thing was that I just wanted to know why...? Why does all the package info say they need darkness...why do these germinate in light regardless of that...why, why, why? Whistling Now I have a better idea (sort of) and the one thing I do know for sure is that they do germinate very well in plain, coarse vermiculite. Big Yellow Grin

ImageRickCorey
Feb 26, 2015 2:54 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Congratulations, Joseph! I hope the choi seedlings stand up to being planted out.

Those tomato flowers look promiscuous enough to cross-pollinate with tree stumps. Or as if they just spent several hours in an orgy!

Imagejoseph
Feb 26, 2015 3:07 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

The greenhouse has two sliding doors. I'm intending to leave one permanently bolted shut. The other will only get bolted shut during windy weather. I have seen two tornadoes in my life. One of them knocked a fence down. They are very uncommon in this area, and weak. The mountains can act as funnels, to concentrate wind into corridors. The greenhouse is sheltered (and shaded) by trees and buildings.

That was the first flower. There are several clusters about to open. I don't know enough about growing tomatoes indoors to be doing things like pruning, so it'll be any-which-way. I aim for promiscuously pollinating varieties that thrive in my garden. So my intent is to not stabilize anything from these crosses, but to select for families that do really well in this area. I'm daydreaming about a tomato that isn't a spitter. But first I gotta be able to successfully grow tomatoes. The most interesting generation from a hybrid is the F2, the grandchildren of the cross. That's where the most diversity shows up. If I can get that seed during the winter, then I have shortened the process by a growing season. A lady in Alabama is attempting to grow the seed for me as well.


Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageAndi
Feb 26, 2015 4:26 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Still catching up with everyone. Nothing is sprouting here, yet, unless something is in the wintersown containers under 2' of snow. They can fend for themselves until this snow finally melts, and hopefully doesn't flood the garage.

Still alive, water is still running, Winston is alive but cranky. I have pork chops in the oven but am sitting at the desk. How could I not be sitting on the floor in front of the oven ready to pull the chops out and give you know who a bone asap?

I saw fresh kitty track in the fresh snow in the driveway this morning. The organic mousetrap is alive, well, and eating regularly. On the rare sunny day, she lounges by the compost pile. I am not sure if it if finally composting, perhaps it is a bit warmer than the rest of the snow.

I still haven't sown any seeds inside, yet, but I got a few more containers outside. I am running out of places to put wintersowing containers without having to shovel.

The hellebore, crocus, daffodils and other late winter bloomers are under at least 2' of snow. Walking across the snow in the back yard is beyond surreal. I am walking on top of the snow with my feet at least 2' above the ground.

Cold winters like the past two years may be better for the plants than our average freeze-thaw-wintery mix winters. At least the plants have constant snow cover throughout the coldest months.

The first paperwhite opened inside. I have two huge terra cotta pots of them! I need to buy more bulbs on clearance next fall to force inside during the winter! It is nice to see something blooming somewhere!
Weedwhacker
Feb 26, 2015 8:22 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Ella, as much as I love the Weather Channel, they always make it sound so dramatic when we have cold and snow this time of year... I'm in the far north of Michigan, for heaven's sake!! You'd think all the news about the unnatural winter weather in the south would be more than enough to keep them busy... no problems here so far with power, although apparently a lot of people in the area have had frozen water lines (not us, though). I am getting pretty tired of wearing so many clothes to go outdoors, though!

I've been growing my onions from seed for quite a few years now, the only problem of any kind that I have is that the tops get kind of tangled up when the plants are still small. This year I have Candy, Pontiac, Patterson and Ruby Ring -- I should have about 500 plants, plenty for me and to share with my 2 brothers-in-law. I start them in 6 packs (8 packs/flat), with 5-6 seeds per cell, then when they get a little bigger I pot them up with about 20 plants per 3" pot until they're big enough to plant out, trimming the tops back a couple of times along the way. Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagegreene
Feb 26, 2015 9:14 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Hello everyone. I have been catching up reading the posts a little each day and am excited to see the progress everyone is making with their seed germination. Hope everyone stays safe, warm and dry. Is it Spring yet?

Mostly I have been busy cleaning and organizing. The "Yard Police" came through our neighborhood and everyone was told to get their yards in shape. (I was lucky to not get a ticket but I'm cleaning anyway!) One of my neighbors helps me and the work goes quicker with two of us working.

Had to clean inside my house too because the lady who works at the bank was kind enough to give me a free love seat for the dogs to sit on.

A while back I wrote an article for All Things Plants about African Horned Melons. There is a follow-up article that posted today - it was written by PlantSister Hurray! Okay, I helped a little, but it was all her idea.
Please check it out. Thumbs up http://allthingsplants.com/ideas/view/greene/2127/Horned-Mel...

I tip my hat to you.
Imagetcs1366
Feb 28, 2015 6:46 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
we have rain expected for today, but i'll see what kind of puttering I can do outside.

I've been direct sowing / sprinkling of seeds, and I also have to move a few plants that I dont have any attachment to out in the beds so I can reuse the pots they are in.

I planted out the 3) red 4-O'clocks and I had a few others I put in larger peat pots until they are ready to go in the ground.

I hope the rabbits don't wander into the flower beds... but they do have plenty of weeds to eat in their area.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageAndi
Feb 28, 2015 11:48 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I am moving again. I am not sure where or when, but I am actively looking for a new home. Since I got here, one things after another has broken. It continues. Now, my kitchen stove is broken. Guess that is the proverbial last straw!

I have calmed down and stopped over reacting. But I am still moving! If I find a place soon, I can still have fresh vegetables this season. If not, there are plenty of farmers markets in the world.

I'll start a few things anyway. The sprouts will cheer me up. I can plant them in friends's gardens if I don't have my own this year.
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ImageAndi
Feb 28, 2015 1:26 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
My picnic table is covered in soda bottles filled with wintersown seeds.

I think I need a psychiatrist, but that would cut into the moving budget.
Mindy03
Feb 28, 2015 2:24 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Group hug Andi can't the stove be replaced?
plantnutz
Feb 28, 2015 2:39 PM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Sad Oh Andi, bless your heart. You have had a lot going wrong with your rental. But, won't the landlord replace the stove? I hate moving!! Grumbling
ImageAndi
Feb 28, 2015 5:09 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
He'll replace the stove. It is just another item in a long list of things that have gone wrong. I am keeping my options open and looking at other rentals. A few have potential. Honestly, the place wasn't ready to rent. I have endured too many problems that should have been solved before the place was listed. I have spoken with a previous tenant. Some of these things, including the stove, were problematic for them also.

The landlord has a list of things that need to be fixed. I have a list of rentals to visit. I hate to move again, but I would hate to spend another winter of frozen pipes and outrageous heating bills.

One thing is certain - this is the first and last home that I have with a crawl space!
poisondartfrog
Feb 28, 2015 6:12 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Maybe by the time you leave the landlord will have it in tip top shape for then next guy. I'm sorry you are having such a wicked time.
ImageArleneB
Mar 1, 2015 9:05 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I planted my peas yesterday, a 50' double row. Presprouted some Oregon Giant but I also planted Sugar Sweet, Sugar Daddy, dwarf Gray and Knight. The remaining peas (swap) are getting planted here, not at the farm.

Also, I got all of the brassicas planted, two 50' rows. Unfortunately some tags were missing from a couple of trays. Oh well. I did not get the lettuce planted. I will work on that today but I have to watch my granddaughter so I am hoping she will want to hand Grandma the plants. Smiling
Imagechelle
Mar 1, 2015 10:11 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
It's so neat to hear about you planting out, Arlene. Thumbs up

The only things that we can see growing (outdoors) here are the snow inches! Sticking tongue out Warmer today though, so the shoveling is fairly pleasant.

Sprouted container findings had started tapering off in the last few days, so I did up another batch. Big Yellow Grin All but 10 or so of the sprouted varieties have been potted up but I'm finding that there's a definite learning curve involved with the gentianas, so the extras that I've been holding have really come in handy.
ImageArleneB
Mar 1, 2015 12:56 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I have all my seedlings potted up as well. Looks like I have a few survivors from my finger tray experiment disaster. Now I'm ready to plant more seeds! Also, some of my Ws containers are showing sprouts. I brought some inside since we are having such fluctuating temps and i spotted an Electric Blue penstemon!

It's drizzly today so I won't be getting the lettuce planted.

It won't be long now until everyone is seeing green outside!
ImageAndi
Mar 1, 2015 8:09 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
You are doing fantastic, Arlene!

Snow is piling up here, also. It is hard to imagine being able to plant anything in the ground. It will snow all night, snow again Tuesday. I remember planting peas in the ground March 18, my grandmother's birthday. I wonder if the snow will be gone by then. I doubt it this year. We had snow on the ground into April last year.

It is a good year for wintersowing....
ImageArleneB
Mar 1, 2015 10:01 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Andi, I remember very much waiting and waiting for spring when I lived in MI. When I moved, first to PA and then to MD, I used to compare notes with my dad about where we were with our gardens. I'm sure I got my love of gardening from him and many times I wish he was still with us for me to share my experiences and of course to gloat about what I already have growing. The snow will melt but it would be fun if enough melted so you could plant your peas, even if it did snow again.

My dad would also be so proud of my oldest son's interest in gardening as well as my daughter's, even though my daughter's seems to be strictly flowers. To be fair, her husband works for a produce company so they get all their produce there, but she did tell me this year she would like to grow some peas so maybe there's hope for her yet! Hilarious!

Oh, my dad would have been very impressed with winter sowing! (He lived in NORTHERN MI. Not quite as north as Weedwhacker, but almost!
Imagepmb2005
Mar 2, 2015 1:02 PM CST
Name: Promise
Zone 7a Tennessee
I think the last of the snow piles are melting away today. Almost seems like a spring day, reminding me how far behind I am. I've been sick for the last week and the kids were almost home for 2 weeks. It's been nuts!!

The crocus and daffy's coming up. The roses are growing. They started a few weeks back. I have more peppers growing than I know what to do with.... what was I thinking?!! Now I'm getting ready to start tomatoes.

Ok, so the Co-Op seeds, specifically corn, has red coating. I asked what is was, expecting the guy to say, "Oh that's GMO seed!" He just said it's inoculate or pesticide. Is that the equivalent to GMO seed? Can you spray it down with Roundup and it will live? That's what I thought the jest of GMO is.

Hope y'all are well, warm and dry.
Promise :)

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