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Apr 25, 2015 6:58 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
The same for me, my favorites today are the new sprouts. "Sow" happy to find Goji berry-two sprouts Hurray!

I am extra excited to find some tree sprouts, still waiting on hazelnuts, witch hazel, and Pawpaw.

Nice seedling getto! Lovey dubby

Still wishing for a greenhouse. BUT, hubby is warming up to my seed addiction, he's in the process of building me a potting bench for the garage. I think he's even considering putting in some shelves for lighting. Weeee!
FAITH over fear!

Apr 25, 2015 7:44 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Gosh, Arlene, what you have there is a NURSERY!!! That's amazing! I can't wait for our greenhouse to finally ship. The manufacturer expects to be able to ship to Amazon by the end of this month which is very soon, so hopefully!

Today has started cool but promises to warm up to 12C. We'll see. I've got to get my Crimson-Flowered Favas and Giant Red Celery planted today, but then it will have to get covered tonight because of temps going down to -2C. Tomorrow, we will be gone all day and Monday's expected to rain, so today's the day.

I got the herbs sown inside downstairs (no more outside-ready containers) and winter-sown flowers sown yesterday. Here's a break-down:

Mammoth Dill
Bronze Fennel - tcs 2008
Kinh Gioi - RickCorey 2013
Bodegold German Chamomile
Lemongrass - Tuink 2013
Chervil - Tuink 2013
Summer Savoury
Lemon Bergamot
Ngo Gai - RickCorey 2014
Bac Lieu
Korean Perilla - RickCorey 2013

Salvia hispanica - Tuink 2014
Salvia sclarea, Vatican White - Tuink 2014
Salvia pratensis, Lapis Lazuli - Jonna 2014
Echinacea, Pink Parasol - Ella 2013
Salvia splendens, Picante Salmon - bluespiral 2014
Zinnia, Queen Red Lime
Zinnia, Queen Lime Green
Marigold, Red Gem
Rudbeckia, Green Wizard - Tuink 2014
Everlasting, Pierrot - Tuink 2013
Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate - Ella 2014
Cosmos, Snowpuff
Cosmos, Rose Bon Bon
Zinnia, Aztec Burgundy Bicolour - critter 2014
Morning Glory, Hatsu Arashi X - poisondartfrog 2014
Salvia moroccana - Tuink 2014
Zinnia, Mazurkia - poisondartfrog 2014
Celosia, Smart Look Romantica - chelle 2014
Dianthus, Chianti - Tuink 2014
Salvia, Black & Blue - LeBug 2014

So, HOPEFULLY, I will have the happy problem Andi has with more seedlings than I know what to do with even if I get 50% to come up, I'll be ecstatic. Still no kale up, so I'm thinking seeds are duds. Going to re-sow with a new seed source. It's very odd for kale to be taking this long. Also, I'm not getting the germination I need from my Star of David Okra and the seed is brand new. I'm wondering if maybe I should be pre-soaking the seeds overnight to improve things. So far, I have 5 sprouts and I need 24, so not good.

Today is the day to also get my basil potted up. Blue Spice is being really sleepy this time around. I re-sowed with a different source and still, it's lagging behind. I'm going to let that one grow a bit more before I pot it up, but the little sprouts in the solid cell tray need to come out, so hopefully, they will pick up some speed once they have more room and new soil. I'm not going to feed that one quite yet - it may just burn the little things.
Grazie a tutti,
Apr 25, 2015 9:18 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

The variety of tobacco that I grew, and the one that grew in one of the local parks, maxed out at about 4 feet tall. Some of my plants didn't even get a foot tall, but mine were a grex, so that's to be expected.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Apr 25, 2015 4:16 PM CST
Name: christine
i had a fun day today. Smiling Yew Dell botanical gardens in Louisville had their plant sale today! Hurray! my favorite plant i scored was iron butterfly vernonia Lovey dubby
Apr 25, 2015 4:47 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Have a lot of catching up to do on this chat..........the last I look, everyone was still on the old thread. you all have been very busy.

Wow Arlene and Juilianna - what an impressive array of seedlings and seeded plants.

With the great unknown on the water situation here this summer, I am keeping my new plants to a minimum. If they cut back to once a week watering, all my established plants will be fine. Did not want to take any chances with new plants that will require more care and water at the young stage.

BUT, I cannot give up totally on the veggies. I have planted tomatoes, eggplants and bellpeppers. I seeded about 4 varieties of melons and hope by having their roots in a shady area of the garden while the tops wander in the sunny parts, they will do OK.

Thanks to all who sent me tomato seeds (we are known as the tomato capital of the world Big Yellow Grin ) Nickname is Sacratomatoe.......

Sowed 5 varieties and all are doing well. Got some in the ground, keeping some in pots in case something happens to the ones in the ground since I will be gone for 2 weeks starting next Tuesday. My sister will be baby-sitting my seedlings.

Apr 25, 2015 5:02 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
When do you collect seeds from plants that bloom several times?
The first ones or collect them more than once?
Apr 25, 2015 5:25 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I collect when I have time, either or both.

Parsnips were a big hit at market today. These were planted last September. Met someone who wants me to save seeds for her. I promptly gave her Piggy Seed Swap info. We'll see if she joins. Ella, her name is Kim.

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I was able to find enough flowers to make 15 bouquets for market and one woman bought them all for the people in her office!
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Apr 25, 2015 5:35 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Beautiful bouquets! I have yet to succeed in growing parsnips.
Apr 25, 2015 5:36 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
They are tricky alright! But I got hooked on them roasted so I keep trying. Seeds HAVE to be fresh!
Apr 25, 2015 5:45 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Tomato seedlings sowed in vermiculite - nicely sprouted on March 24
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Acclimating well to being transplanted to small pots - April 13

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A few planted into the ground April 24th.
Apr 25, 2015 5:55 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I love the clear eggcrate for vermiculite. I may have to get some of those!
Apr 25, 2015 10:30 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Well our Joseph is famous! Someone may have mentioned it already but I can't recall. Reading the Carol Deppe book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening and Joseph Lofthouse is mentioned in a chapter where she used his landrace winter squash to create an exceptionally sweet winter squash. Hurray Joseph!

I am especially excited about seeing my 'new' perennial bed in its third year... it is looking so hale and hearty with the salvia, sages, baptisia, penstemenon and centaurea already making a showing. When the Echinacea, rudbeckia and annuals kick in (I planted tons of zinnias, cleome, cosmos and marigolds) it will be the riot of flowers I've always envisioned. At least that's what I hope.... waiting is so hard.
Apr 26, 2015 11:30 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
ArleneB wrote:They are tricky alright! But I got hooked on them roasted so I keep trying. Seeds HAVE to be fresh!
I think that's where I went wrong with trying to grow parsnips. Will try to find some fresh seeds for a shorter variety to start later in the summer. Thumbs up And, those are such pretty flower bouquets!

Soils, great job on the vermiculite seed starting. My vermiculite seed starting efforts had mixed results. I'm wondering if the molding that sometimes occurs is due to fluxuating climates and condensation that would build up in the closed container.

Oh, and I have 100% germination on Blue Peter pole beans. Thumbs up

Can't wait to see pics SCbuttercup!

and, Yay again for Joseph's fame! Hurray!
FAITH over fear!

Apr 26, 2015 1:23 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Arlene, Wow and double Wow. Those parsnips look so healthy and delicious and then you sold out all your beautiful bouquets. It sounds like you had a great day at the Market. Congradulations! Thumbs up

Welcome back, Soils and congrats on your vermiculite seedlings. And yes, I agree that we do have a famous person on our site/forum and welcome his sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience in growing landrace vegetables. We're also thankful that he shares his precious seeds with us as well. Big Grin

Apr 26, 2015 3:42 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Christine (Wildflowers) -- so glad the Blue Peter beans sprouted so well for you!! Even though I've been saving my own seeds of those for many years, my biggest fear with giving people seeds of any kind is that they won't grow Blinking .

Soils -- I love that clear eggcrate container for seed starting; is that literally an "egg crate" (as in, eggs came in it?) -- or, where do you get them?? And I really hope the water situation turns around sooner rather than later in CA Sad

Arlene -- those bouquets are gorgeous... no wonder they were all bought at one time! Roasted parsnips... do you just do them in the oven, like carrots and potatoes? Now that I know "they can be tricky," I hope mine will grow!

I was excited to find quite a few sprouts of rosemary growing in one of my vermiculite bottles -- rosemary has always been very hard for me to get started from seed!! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Apr 26, 2015 5:52 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I'm wondering if it's too late for me to start some of Joseph's watermelon seeds? I usually start them indoors in March. This year I wanted to direct sow. It's been so wet and soggy that I just haven't started them yet and I don't want to be waiting for watermelons to ripen in September. Hilarious!
FAITH over fear!

Apr 26, 2015 7:58 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Been interesting to read what folks are most excited about for this year. Glad to read folks are getting seedlings and plants going.

Arlene How are you and your gardens doing now? We didn't go to market this past Sat. Got about an inch of rain during the main market time and we had warnings of nasty weather again starting in afternoon. Did you get any of it?

I barely got most of my plants under plastic when it hit again. Tornadoes the other week and this weekend straightline winds a few miles in the area behind me and a bunch of damage. Plants don't look so hot when you have 60 pmh winds and massive down pour of rain. I tell ya been awhile since I been as scared as what I was Sat. Hurried and packed a bag with a change of clothes, grabbed sealed up important papers and a jacket , a big cup of coffee and was ready to hit the nasty culverts for protection. I still say we had another tornado touch down as the sound was unreal and it wouldn't stop for a long time.

I ain't gonna get nothing blooming or growing at this rate. The other day news said that for us to expect this kind of weather all the way til June. Uggggggg. Seems like it always feast or famine. All I know is I am getting tired of seeing my area on Tv all the time for bad weather.

I know Tx got hit bad . How did you folks make out? You in one piece?

Greene You doing ok? I know alot of Ga was without power and the storms moved from us up and over to you.

Arlene What pretty bouquets!!!! What's that kinda yellow.greenish looking flower in vase on front right side? How you getting so many flowers blooming so early?

Soils Good to see you. Glad you got some babies coming along too. Tomatoes looking real spify there. : )

Glad I held off on trying to plant squash and cukes. With all this rain folks already starting to fight mildews and other fungal diseases. Went and got me some liquid copper today to start treating plants. My Hollyhocks are starting to show signs of something. Haven't had tiem to look real close to see what exactly it is yet.

Wild Which watermelon did ya get from him? If he don't pop in, check his database and see if he has DTM listed by it.

Anybody seen or heard from PatRob lately. Been worried as to how she doing?

Whose, got more pics?

Apr 26, 2015 9:28 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Im still alive, prepping for our neighborhood garage sale this weekend.
Apr 26, 2015 10:40 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity


In my garden, I plant watermelons about June 5th, and harvest them the first or second week of September. That'd make them about 90 DTM.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
Apr 27, 2015 4:40 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Glad to hear that you're okay, Ella. Group hug

These are Impatiens capensis most likely. Pallida has a softer toothiness, I think. I was very afraid that I was going to lose these, but I set a gardening stool over-top them and washed off the frost every morning before daybreak...and they're okay! Hurray!
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(Draba sakuraii) from Jonna, 2013. I'm loving these sturdy little rock garden plants. This one hasn't flinched during the three late freezes we've had during the past 7 day period.
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Livingstone Daisy (Cleretum bellidiforme 'Shimmer Apricot')
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The third freeze finally finished these off, but I will transplant more. That's the loveliest thing about the sealed container sowing in vermiculite...I still have sprouted seedlings safe and sound for backups. Smiling

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