Cottage Gardening forum: Spring is arriving!!

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Apr 4, 2015 2:52 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Lea --- regarding Penstemon heterophyllus

I knew that name looked familiar... I WS'ed some last year... and it was 1 of the plants that actually survived our horrible year. I brought it down here... it was stagnant over the winter but around Feb, the foliage just took off. I originally got the seeds from Jonna. Most Penst are iffy down here as they do not get the winter to "sleep" but time will tell... I'll keep ya posted.

an aside... the 3 Agastaches I brought down here have begun to grow and one already has buds.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Apr 4, 2015 4:33 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Joseph that sure is a lot of babies Hurray!

Aren't those blooms pretty on that penstemon Terese they just glow in the evening I love them! Congrads on your Agastaches I was going to plant more of the Tuti Fruity but the seeds are hiding from me I know they are here somewhere every year at least one has to hide Rolling on the floor laughing Mine isn't even up yet I bet you are loving this 'planting thang' in Fl. Thumbs up
Apr 4, 2015 5:26 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
yeah -- its great, but we jump from fall, barely a winter [50's] which is fall actually, then right to summer. OK< yeah -- i'm not complaining... Whistling
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Apr 4, 2015 6:23 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
[barely a winter [50's] I could live with that Thumbs up
Apr 4, 2015 7:16 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
More babies:

Kohlrabi and Peppers.
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Onions, tobacco, spinach, mullein, and weeds. Always plenty of weeds.
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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse
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Apr 4, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
shoot, lost my basic red tomato for slicing. Too late to start something from seed? or am I stuck getting one from the store?
Apr 4, 2015 10:21 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL

My Blue Shrimp Plant (Cerinthe major 'purpurascens') seedlings are doing well:

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There are six seedlings... well, young plants now... in this large patio pot. Haven't grown these in years, so really looking forward to them. Thank you, Risingcreek!

Apr 5, 2015 5:57 AM CST
Name: Alana
Yes, thanks risingcreek, mine (Cerinth major 'purpurascens') are looking good too. I had forgotten about the silver spots on the leaves, a nice bonus.
I think I got Syneilesis aconitifolia from bluespiral and I am thrilled with that one too.
The plants from seeds from Globetrotter Agastache from Arlene are podded to bloom already.
Golden Sun Carnations from patti are growing beautifully, too.
So many more nice plants are coming along thanks to generous piggies!

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Apr 5, 2015 7:56 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,
Apr 6, 2015 8:30 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
I hope everybody had a nice Holiday and also had a Blessed Easter for those of you that celebrate.

Misti Nope it is not to late to start tomatoes. I still sowing them like crazy myself. We got plenty of time. Plant ya some more seed. How bad did you lose your plant? If you still have part of it and a little bit above where the cotyledons were it will put out new leaves and still grow. Tomatoes are very forgiving. : )

Quoting:Yes, thanks risingcreek, mine (Cerinth major 'purpurascens') are looking good too. I had forgotten about the silver spots on the leaves, a nice bonus.

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I remember the first time I tried to grow them. I didn't know about the spots and I went crazy trying everything I could think of to treat those plants. *Blush*

Apr 6, 2015 1:15 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thank you Star, it was still small, and just keeled over. I have tried the same seed twice, gonna try a different one this time. Thumbs up
Apr 6, 2015 1:24 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Revamped the garden this year too.

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Apr 6, 2015 6:39 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL

Misti... What is the purpose of the blocks down the middle?

Apr 6, 2015 7:09 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I can grab another pic but I actually have my water plants on them. I have a Venus Flytrap, water lily and Sundews out to eat bugs and catch rain water. but they can be used for bird bath, feeders etc...
Apr 6, 2015 8:13 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL

Sounds kinda whimsical and fun!

Apr 6, 2015 9:13 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I like them being able to sit out in the garden and eat the bugs. I will try to get some pics tomorrow.
Apr 7, 2015 6:34 AM CST
Name: Promise
Zone 7a Tennessee
Hi y'all!

I love reading this thread!!! Y'all teach me so much. Things are really growing around here. I've been so busy I haven't been able to keep up.

Look who visited for the first time yesterday!
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Older picture of these peppers Ella suggested I start back in January!!! They are fruiting already and a major pain in the back hauling around. I can't wait for it to warm up so these needy babies can go outside!!!
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My new strawberry patch! Grew all these but 1 from seed this year.
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The covering of the plants and a nice view of the backyard.
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Forever busting my tiller! It's fixed tho, my awesome neighbor had parts on hand!
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Here is poor rescue puppy we thought was hit by a car, but now has a loving home in Michigan with my Dad.
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I've been working like crazy around here. My re purposed boxspring matress is the most awesome raised bed ever. I've grown so much awesome food in it I had never been able to grow before. I will have to show you a picture soon. My peas are creeping their way. I don't think I could ever grow enough peas to satisfy my family but we are sure trying.


We have added 100 ft of fence to grow peas and beans!!! So excited. Finally got the roughly 70'X100' tilled, but there is still so much more to do. Hubby has been sowing corn. It's our first time with corn, but I'm seriously considering buying one of those garden seeders. Holy Moly is it a pain in the back to plant corn! Any suggestions on the seeder? I'm looking at the Earthway Seeder, looks like you can adjust the plates with bees wax and manipulate your way to seeding whatever you want.

It's great to see what everyone's growing. I will bring more pics soon if you don't mind. I hope the pics don't slow down Ella's connection.

Happy Spring Y'all!!! Oh, my favorite time of year!!! Well, that and Piggy Swap!!!! Thumbs up
Promise :)
Apr 7, 2015 6:53 AM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, FL

Misti, I've always, since a small boy, been fascinated with carnivorous plants. My first exposure was one summer when my mother brought home a cobra lily potted plant, and her explanation to me of what it was and how it worked sparked an interest, which though never well fed, has remained ever since.

Many years ago, when I was managing a tropical fish farm, the owners purchased a second pre-existing farm. Around a couple of the ponds there were clumps of wild cobra lily. At another time, when my wife and I were looking to purchase a piece of property, there were tons of sundews growing in the moist shallow banks of a pond. I've also owned Venus fly traps a time or two over the years.

I don't own anything at present, but in talking about them I'm thinking I need to set up a small terrarium for at least a couple fly traps. I would love to introduce my granddaughter to them!

Looking forward to your pics!

Apr 7, 2015 7:11 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Misti Was your tomato a seedling? Had you let it get leggy? You can bury them down all the way to the top leaves and it will not hurt them.

Mine start out leggy in these 1/2" xx 1/2" seed trays I use.

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Then I transplant up into them tiny bathroom cups.

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Then when they start getting top heavy I transplant into 3" pots and bury them down and let grow up again. I don't like my babies when they little to get root bound.

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I was so upset yesterday. I was about ready to toss all my seeds out. Sunday I was to ill to go out and check gh. I went out yesterday morning to check on babies in there. When I seen what had happened I said some not so nice words, cried a bit, then got angry, said some more not so nice words and hate to say it , but if I would have found them toad/toads I would have been having frog legs for dinner. I was so upset I had to walk away from gh and close door til I calmed down later and could try and salvage the mess.

I had 8 flats of all kinds of assorted flowering babies in gh. I guess the feel of soft fresh dirt was just too much finally for the toad/s. Every flat but one looked like this. Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling

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The pots all had toad rump spots in them. Soil all kicked out, seedlings destroyed. The only flat where they did not touch a single pot was the Salvia Assorted Pinks. Thank goodness or I would have been tearing the gh apart from pot to pot to find the destroyer.

I tried to repot what was left and have the trays now 4 feet in the air. If they can jump that high I am gonna give up.

I have got to find something to put on the soil of the pots to repel them. The thing is I have fresh pots of nothing but soil all over for them for toad houses and they don't use them. Nope they gotta get into my plants. They even tore up some of the Verbena I had just reported where they had dug it up last week.
Apr 7, 2015 7:24 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Promise Bread and Butter! Guess we was posting at the same time.

Ahhhhhhhh . Nice pic capturing the hummer. I try, but my camera is just not powerful enough. Gotta love a hummer. Big Grin

Oh my! Those some gorgeous peppers you got going on there. Nice and green and healthy. Just make sure you work them slowly into the sun so you don't scorch your leaves. I'll be glad to take them off your hands so you don't have to worry about lugging them around. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Looks like you got it going on there. Looking good. Hope the weather holds and the bugs are minimal this year for all of us.

Ahhhhhhhh and double Ahhhhhhhhh. How sweet. If you would have shown me a pic of that baby I would have fought with your dad over the pup. Big Grin It's adorable. Lovey dubby Thumbs up

I'm still running behind. Been raining on and off all night. Today is bean day. Have some neat beans I need to get sowed so I will have them for the swap that your hummers will just love.

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