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ImageArleneB
Apr 22, 2015 5:29 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
For itch from poison ivy, oak, exzema. Not to use everyday.
Weedwhacker
Apr 22, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Interesting ! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Mindy03
Apr 22, 2015 8:54 AM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
The parts of jewel weed used for medicinal purposes are the above ground parts.
Seeds are said to be edible with a taste like walnuts.
ImageDanita
Apr 22, 2015 11:15 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
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Weedwhacker
Apr 22, 2015 9:05 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Mindy03 wrote:The parts of jewel weed used for medicinal purposes are the above ground parts.
Seeds are said to be edible with a taste like walnuts.


Those tiny little seeds taste like walnuts?

"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Mindy03
Apr 22, 2015 9:09 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
So I read. I've not tried them myself. Hilarious!
Weedwhacker
Apr 23, 2015 7:53 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Interesting! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageSorellina
Apr 23, 2015 10:37 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Oh, it is hateful outside today: 0C with -6C windchill and snow possible. I put some of my winter-sown containers into tubs with lids and the celery into the garage. I'll wait until the weekend to get that transplanted. Onion bed had to be covered last night as frost was expected.

Good news, though: I have Candytuft sprouts in one of my closed systems! I've never had luck with those flowers until now. Hurray! Mibuna is also up. For whatever ridiculous reason, I could never get that brassica to sprout before, so it will get winter-sown from now on.

Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagechelle
Apr 23, 2015 12:45 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Sorellina wrote:Oh, it is hateful outside today: 0C with -6C windchill and snow possible.


I agree. We had frozen water tubs (not to mention plants) here this morning, and now those cold winds are gusting again.






Sorellina wrote:

Good news, though: I have Candytuft sprouts in one of my closed systems! I've never had luck with those flowers until now. Hurray! Mibuna is also up. For whatever ridiculous reason, I could never get that brassica to sprout before, so it will get winter-sown from now on.



Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Yay!

Imagestarlight1153
Apr 24, 2015 5:38 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Christine Thanks. I'll check for the little hairs. I never really looked that close at the leaves.

Nasty... Nasty weather I see all over the place. Looks like our Tx folks are getting slammed now. I am going to be moving plants again all day trying to get them under cover.

Don't think we scheduled for any tornadoes tomorrow, but we gonna have severe weather. At least for us it just rin. Feel bad for you folks getting the cold and freezing temps again.

There still a big loop of that snow and cold up at the top of the earth so looks like we may still have one more good blast of nasty weather still yet to come when it finally rotates around.

I don't remember... Are those Salvia Pink shades an annual or a perennial? Finally got them and the Salvia Forest Fire transplanted and looking like plants again again after the toads did a number on them. Sure hope they all make it. I did have to plant them a touch deeper as the toads had messed up the stems and they was growing all crooked and twisted.

Generally I plant annuals at depth the seedlings are and perennials down deeper as long as they don't have a crown. Anybody else do that or do you bury your annuals down too?

I'm curious. What plant are you most looking forward to seeing this year?

Imagejoseph
Apr 24, 2015 7:36 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
starlight1153 wrote:I'm curious. What plant are you most looking forward to seeing this year?


I'm excited about the okra project. And about the promiscuously pollinating tomato project. I have F2 seed to plant for the tomato project. That's where the most diversity shows up. Exciting times. I collected about 116 seeds from the first fruit, and planted about half of them already.

I always have such high hopes for the watermelon project. Never have enough to take to the farmer's market... Perhaps this year I'll plan on giving them away as gifts.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageSorellina
Apr 24, 2015 10:14 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
I'm most looking forward to anything I've got in my closed systems actually growing. Every one of those tubs has something that has never worked for me before, so any success I have with this is a HUGE celebration!

My okra is being slow to germinate. I'm wondering if soaking the seeds overnight might help.
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageAndi
Apr 24, 2015 10:51 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Greetings piggies!

We may be getting a new piggie from the Pocono Mountains. I don't drive, so I ride the 'Pocono Pony" shared ride bus. One driver is also a gardener. She lives further "up the mountain" than I do where winters are even colder and spring later. She is a vegetable gardener who wants to learn about saving seeds. She is also interested in growing kale and bok choi. I put together some seeds for her. I'll carry them in my bag until we end up on the same bus again.

I am impressed with your seedlings, Joseph. I hope the frost tolerant seedlings also tolerate late summer cool snaps without stopping fruiting. It takes forever to get a garden tomato some years and the season ends so quickly. In between, you water like crazy to get as many tomatoes as possible. I would love to have enough tomatoes left to can for the winter. My indoor seeds are started late and growing slowly. At least they germinated and haven't damped off (yet).

I sympathize with your salvias, Therese. When my neighbors helped blow leaves from my yard, plant labels and a few potted plants blew with the leaves. They trampled a few day lilies. Thankfully, my struggling tree peonies remained unscathed. they saved me days of heavy work, so I am grateful.

Thankfully my wintersown containers were on the picnic table and benches. I had planned to put them elsewhere, but I was surprised with the first snowstorm. They were buried in snow on the table all winter. That was a happy accident that worked out for the best! I will do that on purpose next year.

My neighbor, Joe, didn't realize that the bottles were planted all winter. He was surprised so many things were growing.

My indoor seeds are germinating slowly. Winston and the plants would like me to tern up the thermostat, but the heaters remain in "economode." My electric heating costs were terrible! The neighbors recommended infrared heaters. I bought two, another expense, but they are much more efficient than the electric registers. Winston approves, he sleeps directly in front of the heater. It has safety contact if bumped or tippeds, so it is safer than your average space heater. I found the best price here, if anyone else is in the market for a heater. If you sign up for the email list, you get special price reductions. (I got it for $80 including shipping using coupons an promotions).

http://www.heartlandamerica.com/comfort-zone-wood-cabinet-in...

Thanks again Ella and the piggies for the piggy swap seeds. My heating expenses "burned" my gardening budget this year.

I am both planning this years garden and house hunting. I haven't found a house I like - in my price range. I hope to find a foreclosed property or strongly motivated seller. There were so many problems with this little rented house, but the landlord is fixing things. I have been here nearly a year, but I still have boxes to unpack. It has been a tough year.

I am little worried about Winston. His night vision isn't good. He may be a bit nearsighted also. The vet looked at his eyes during his check up. He didn't see any problems, but there aren't many vision tests for dogs. The vet checked his urine, but I am trying to get him to pee on a test strip to check again. He didn't cooperate this morning. In his little mind, he was thinking "what is this crazy woman doing to me now, this isn't a fun game." There aren't many options to correct dog vision, but I want to be sure he isn't diabetic. He seems his same self otherwise.

If he could sing, he would sing that silly song "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Food, walks in the woods and a comfy bed by the heater - in his mind he has it all ! He is snoring in front of the heater now worn out from walking and barking at cars while I gardened this morning.
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Imagejoseph
Apr 24, 2015 12:52 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Andi wrote:I am little worried about Winston. ...I am trying to get him to pee on a test strip to check again. He didn't cooperate this morning.


What??? I thought that teaching a dog to pee on demand was dog-training 101.... Like "sit", or "stay". Whistling



Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageAndi
Apr 24, 2015 1:02 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
My pink lavender seeds germinated! I have had trouble growing lavender - from seed or from plant. When they are ready, I will plant them with good drainage and hope for the best.

We had snow flurries and sleet yesterday! It didn't accumulate, but it made me grumpy. Winston the pug too! He is enjoying spring so far. We are taking longer walks. This morning he wanted to stay outside, so I put him on his lead.

Weedwacker, your climate is a bit colder than mine . Your wintersown seedlings will begin popping up like crazy as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer. Leave them alone until they are too big for their container or the temperatures get too warm for them in their container. It is tempting to plant them when they are too small. I loose plants when I do that. Some people repot all the seedlings. I don't . When they are ready to plant, I plant seedlings or hunks of seedlings in the garden. I save a few to repot. I baby the potted seedlings in case the direct planted ones die. If the garden planted seedlings thrive, I give the pampered, potted seedlings to friends.

Everyone has their own gardening methods. My goal is a few of each plant I sow for my personal garden. Extras to share with friends is a bonus. People growing for profit have different methods - and hopefully more space and better growing conditions. I have killed more seedlings by fiddling with them than by leaving them alone. Less is more for me.

I remember the first time I tried wintersowing seeds. I was living in the sanity gap townhome complex. I didn't have much room for indoor seed starting - a northern window and lights scattered here and there including on top of the fridge. I tried wintersowing and had more seedlings than I had room to plant in the tiny garden.

I love wintersowing! It is so easy if you have long winters like mine.

I hope we have a long enough growing season for the wintersown perennials to bloom and set seed.
ImageAndi
Apr 24, 2015 1:32 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I must not be a good dog trainer. Winston will pee on demand after he learns to stay out of the kitchen.

I had been trying to get Hershey to "heel" until I learned Joe's command is "walk nice." We are making progress, but I have to hold on to the leash with both hands if a squirrel or a cat crosses our path.

Hershey is very concerned that the organic mousetrap has been in the narrow crawl space under my front room. Given a chance he would dig out the azaleas and dive into the crawl space. That would be exciting - not. The poor guy would probably get stuck.

Winston the pug is not a working dog, but I love the silly little guy. Hershey a brown lab/pit/other mix. He is loyal and social like a lab, but stubborn and fierce like a pitbull. He is a good match for his owner. Most of the neighbors are scared of both Hershey and his owner, but I think they are great neighbors.

Maybe I have low expectations. I am happy that Winston pees outside and doesn't chew anything especially my shoes! I am content if Hershey doesn't hurt my shoulder or kill any cats. I think I need to enroll in the special ed department at the dog training school.

ImageAndi
Apr 24, 2015 3:11 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
starlight1153 wrote:Christine Nasty... Nasty weather I see all over the place.

I'm curious. What plant are you most looking forward to seeing this year?


I shouldn't complain about the snow flurries and cold, it is better than tornadoes and floods or droughts.

I was really excited that the Bletila orchids that I sowed three years ago and moved twice germinated. I was worried that they would dry out or get blown about in their small pot, so I carefully placed the contents in the ground in a protected spot without disturbing the little seedlings. They are still alive. Maybe more will germinate.

I am also excited that the candy lilies I direct sowed last summer have returned. I wonder if any will bloom this season?

I am excited that Oriental vegetables and radishes germinated so well in their wintersown containers. Fresh leafy vegetables are such a luxury for me. The local grocers have limited selection. They typically destroy their greens by over misting and/or freezing.

The white dragon flower from Chelle germinated. I am looking forward to seeing the blooms.

I am curious about growing tobacco. I wonder how big the plants may get. I don't smoke, my neighbor can have the harvest. I love flowering nicotina.

I am waiting for all sorts of things to germinate inside. I have more sprouts in my wintersown containers than in my indoor trays.

I am really looking forward to the first garden tomato. Stores have tomato and pepper plants dying outside in the cold already. I am sure they like the snow squalls and freezing temperatures - not. I suspect that Joseph's tomatoes tolerate freezing temperatures better than Bonnie's meager offerings. It isn't safe to put tomatoes outside until Memorial Day. The ground may still be chilly then. It took FOREVER for my purchased tomato plants to take off last year. Maybe ones started from seed will do better this year.

I am curious about growing corn this year. I don't have much room for it, but I am trying a couple varieties including gem corn from Joseph last year. I tried a bit last year, but didn't get any to harvest. It is too cold to plant corn, yet, this year. I will put stands of different corns in different parts of the yard. Tiny ears of corn are 2/ $1 in the local grocery stores this week.

I haven't started nasturtium, yet, but I am excited about trying them along a walkway.

I hope to generate mustard seed to make my own garden gourmet mustard. They haven't germinated either. I was warned that some mustards grow like weeds....we'll see.

I am so tired of snow that I welcome anything green. I am excited about everything from allium to zinnias!
Imagejoseph
Apr 24, 2015 3:18 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Andi: Ha!! I'm trying to teach my do to bark on demand... Oh my heck! Howling will be the next thing...

I heard a dog one time in the park, that was vocalizing like the Charlie Brown parents... Oh my heck it was fun.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageArleneB
Apr 24, 2015 7:00 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Okay, I've no business starting any more seeds but I did another small round. This is my seedling ghetto.
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Oh, there's more! I am trying to get everything OUT of the greenhouse and planted or potted up to sell but There needs to be a few more hours every day!
Weedwhacker
Apr 24, 2015 9:32 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I have so many seeds from the swap -- oh, and then there are the others that I bought... and a new variety (to me) of potatoes (Carola)... that it's pretty hard to say what I'm most excited to see; but, judging from my reaction today, I guess I would have to say it would be seeing anything sprouting in my WS jugs -- because today I did !! Hurray! Hurray! Hyssop (from the swap) is coming up, and there was one sprout of a wild lupine (from quite a few seeds that I planted) -- so now I am quite hopeful that a lot more will be following these. After tonight things are supposed to get a bit better, with temps at least marginally above freezing overnight, with daytime temps up to mid 50's (F). Who knows -- maybe the trees will even have leaves on them one of these days... Hilarious!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association

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