Cottage Gardening forum: Spring is arriving!!

 
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Imagestarlight1153
Apr 2, 2015 5:13 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
The weather is warming up and spring is trying to make its presence known. Flowers are starting the process of trying to wake up after a long cold winter.

Make yourself comfortable. Everybody is welcome. Don't be shy. Feel free to jump in and share your thoughts and knowledge and meet the piggy swap family and make some new friends.

We came from here:

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/81255/

Let's hope that everybody has a fantastic growing season this year! Thumbs up
Imagestarlight1153
Apr 2, 2015 5:19 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Joseph That was so sad to see. Glad you have babies and fruits coming on this year.


Tcs... I don't know what kind of hoppers them are, but you can keep them down there. At least our hoppers here the birds will eat like crazy. It's amazing how most insects will eat away at our plants like crazy, but it is like they know not to totally destroy the plant for that would destroy their food supply.
Imagechelle
Apr 2, 2015 6:20 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
White Flag Iris sprouted in last year's wintersowing batch. Hurray! These are my first iris from seeds, although I've tried others. Big Yellow Grin This was my third attempt with these and I can't think of anything I did differently except for sowing them in a sealed container of vermiculite.
Imagejoseph
Apr 2, 2015 6:34 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

The tomatoes were outside hardening off. It was sunny and about 50F. A sudden hail storm came along. It dropped about 1.5" of hail all of a sudden. I was about a mile away from them at the time, and I had to wait for the storm to pass in order to be able to drive. So they were only out for about 15 minutes. And then they went immediately into a warm greenhouse. So no harm done that day.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagejoseph
Apr 2, 2015 6:35 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I planted sesame seeds a few days ago. Thanks for those that sent them. It's been decades since I last grew them, so they surprised me by germinating quickly.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageMistirose
Apr 2, 2015 7:08 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Im here!
Weedwhacker
Apr 2, 2015 9:14 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I'm here, too -- I had a feeling we were going to need a new thread soon!

Nice to see redwing blackbirds out in force today -- yet another sign that spring is (almost) here!! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagegreene
Apr 2, 2015 10:14 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Thumbs up I'm caught up reading the posts. Still trying to finish cleaning the yard and garden - it's been too wet.
Got about 1/4 of my seeds planted and fingers crossed for success. Growing cabbage, dill, in the raised bed and Four O'clocks ar growing themselves here and there. I dug up quite a few of the babies for the local swap which happens on Saturday. So far I have potted up 82 plants and will work on the rest tomorrow. I'll let you know if I come home with anything good.
Flinter
Apr 3, 2015 1:04 AM CST
Name: Flinter
The Netherlands
Vegetable gardening is becoming increasingly popular in the Netherlands. a Dutch supermarket makes use of it. at a certain amount, the customer receives a jar of seeds and potting soil (spinach, broccolli, lettuce, tomato, etc.). In many Dutch houses are currently pots with small plants on the windowsill. especially children like this. regularly discuss them at school together how are and watch the plants. So funny when i hear them asking: hey, how is your broccolli doing? Thumb of 2015-04-03/Flinter/0b846b
ImageRedLeopard
Apr 3, 2015 4:01 AM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL
Greene, good luck at the swap today! Thumbs up

And while you're at it, bring us home some goodies (for seed) for the swap this fall! Hilarious!

Isn't it awful, this swine flu or whatever it is, how I'm already saving seed toward (and otherwise looking forward to) the Piggy Swap this year, even while I'm still rather overwhelmed trying to sort out and sow the seed I got from this past swap. Blinking Blinking

I think I enjoyed the swap itself as much as I enjoy having all the new seed to work with. So once again, thanks to everyone that made this past swap so great!

I 'm guessing my flu shot wasn't effective against the current strain of Piggy Swap Flu! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Imagetcs1366
Apr 3, 2015 4:41 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Flinter -- I think that is excellent that your country is getting more folks veggie gardening. Especially to start the children learning at an early age.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

plantnutz
Apr 3, 2015 6:28 AM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
I'm here too.








Imagegreene
Apr 3, 2015 6:44 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Thumbs up I'm caught up reading the posts. Still trying to finish cleaning the yard and garden - it's been too wet.
Got about 1/4 of my seeds planted and fingers crossed for success. Growing cabbage, dill, in the raised bed and Four O'clocks ar growing themselves here and there. I dug up quite a few of the babies for the local swap which happens on Saturday. So far I have potted up 82 plants and will work on the rest tomorrow. I'll let you know if I come home with anything good.
ImageLeBug
Apr 3, 2015 10:16 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
I made it Big Grin

Raining here again Grumbling Basement is flooding and as soon as the rain quits will have to pot up what is coming up in my jugs everything seems to be rotting in them that has come up so far Crying I've only got one marigold from Bluespiral 'moonlight' left and was really looking forward to putting a few of those in my moon garden Crying

I put lids on the jugs in the rain but water will get thru the hole on top for venting and afraid there won't be much air going in either to help dry them out going to try and make a place in the garage with extra shelving to put the jugs on thing is there just isn't much space out there.

Seeding mix is turning green under table top lights and it's brand new just got it at Walmart Grumbling I watered with peroxide mixture hoping that would help but know it won't just going to repot for under the lights downstairs and hope for the best after washing off with peroxide water but it hasn't helped in the past when this has happened.

Not a good week here Crying
Imagejoseph
Apr 3, 2015 10:40 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
It was about 25 F in my garden Friday morning. Subtract from that the radiant cooling. About the only thing that really suffered was the fennel. It wilted, but will probably recover. Peas, garbanzos, favas, onions, carrots, and turnips looked fine.

I still haven't subjected the tomatoes to a frost test. It was too cold today.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageSorellina
Apr 4, 2015 7:21 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
I'm here! Mom's visiting for Easter so very busy around here, but still managed to get basils and tomatoes sown downstairs. I expanded (again) on the winter-sowing and did some bigger Vietnamese soup tubs (open systems) of lupines and sweet peas. No sprouts yet so far on any of the stuff going outside, but the greenhouse is STILL not here yet. I'm hoping it arrives some time next week so Mom can be part of that set-up. Basils are already up along with several eggplants. Duane's peppers are still struggling to grow after being fed 2 weeks after potting up. They will eventually recover but it's a few week set back at this point. We're set with enough pro-mix now for container peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes as well as lumber for a new large obelisk for cucurbits. I think once the weather really improves, I will be outside as much as I can. Pea trellis on schedule for installation on Monday. Soil is 70F on the surface and 45F 1 foot down. Hurray!

Have a Blessed Easter!! Lovey dubby
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageLeBug
Apr 4, 2015 9:19 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
I'm still wanting to plant peas here we have a light frost coming tonite but who knows what will happen the rest of the month we may even get snow yet who knows Whistling

Terese I think that is going to be a nice combination for the Black & Blue salvia and the Spider zinnias. Your water barrel is going to be really nice too!

RedLeopard that Swainsona Formosa is really unusual and pretty!

Joseph great corn sheller pretty nice looking too for an antique you did a good job!

Ella found some old seeds of the pink & blue penstemons didn't think they would germinate but I got one now if it survives Hurray! I think I found the name of them after searching forever the picture sure looks like them:

http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id=818


Deebie
Apr 4, 2015 10:28 AM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Lebug, I hope your blue penstemon survives and produces seeds that you get to offer in the swap. I grew some from seeds years ago (before I knew much of anything about gardening). One survived and grew beautifully. I was so proud of my plant. Then one day, for some reason, I dug it up to move it to a different location. I put it in a pot and never got around to planting it. It sat through out hot sun, heat and humidity without skipping a beat. Then we had nearly 3 months of continuous rain and it died. If I had replanted it sooner, or if I had just taken the time to place it in some well draining potting mix, it would have survived. I just never remembered the name of the plant in order to replace it. All I knew is that it had heterophyllus in the nam, flowered like a salvia, but did not have the stalk, leaves or scent resembling any pictures I looked at. Thanks for jogging my memory. I hope to be able to grow it again as I really loved that electric blue color. It was also the 1st time I'd ever tried seed sowing by stratifying seeds in the 'fridge.



ImageLeBug
Apr 4, 2015 12:16 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Deebie nice to know someone else had that plant and that's what it really looks like I just loved mine but never got any seeds from before just couldn't catch them for some reason I have other penstemons and don't have any problem but I will sure try hard if this one makes it Big Grin This time I'm planting mine in a pot for better drainage think that's why mine didn't survive before plus they are a short lived plant from what I've read.
Imagejoseph
Apr 4, 2015 2:44 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Lots growing for me...

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse

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