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Imagejoseph
Mar 13, 2016 2:30 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Today in the greenhouse. The onions are doing well. And there are some tomatoes and a S. habrochaites plant that are just starting to flower. I intend to cross them.

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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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ImageSorellina
Mar 17, 2016 8:50 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Joseph, yeah...I should have started my onions inside out of the gate as soon as I got back from CA in late Jan. Instead, I winter-sowed them. Bad idea, I'm thinking now. Oh well, I will have onions, but they'll be much later than I had planned.
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagewildflowers
Mar 17, 2016 1:40 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
When is the best time to start chives? I don't know why I have such a problem starting them. Probably because they are easy, I always seem to have the most trouble with easy to grow plants! Ho hum.

Did I show you all the potting bench my dh built for my birthday last year? It sure is making seed starting so much easier! Big Grin Big Grin

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FAITH over fear!

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ImageSorellina
Mar 18, 2016 4:50 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Wildflowers, he's a keeper!! By the way, I'm growing the last of your Variegated Cat Grass as an Easter present for the monsters. I always think of you now when I grow it. Lovey dubby
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagewildflowers
Mar 18, 2016 7:55 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Aww, that's a nice thing to be thought of, my cat loves it too. Smiling

Guess I'll be dragging some plants back inside, that cold front is coming all the way down here tomorrow. Just in time for the first day of spring!
FAITH over fear!

Weedwhacker
Mar 19, 2016 12:00 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
That's a great-looking potting bench, Christine!

Are you using fairly fresh chive seeds? I'm thinking they are probably like onion seeds, which only have a "shelf life" of about a year, normally. Otherwise, what have you been doing in terms of starting them? they really should be pretty easy...
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagewildflowers
Mar 20, 2016 8:18 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hi Weed. Thanks. Smiling I've never actually bought any chives so I've used whatever I've been given in trades. That means I don't really know how old they are but wondering if that could be my problem. Looks like I need to make an on line seed purchase. Hilarious! Hurray! Whistling

I usually start them outdoors in pots about this time, early spring. Just regular soil with a little seed starting soil on top.



FAITH over fear!

Weedwhacker
Mar 21, 2016 6:48 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Or maybe just test the germination indoors before planting them out, in a damp paper towel in a baggie... they can be used for growing "sprouts," so I would think that would work fine.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageDanita
Mar 22, 2016 7:12 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Jonna, thoughts and prayers going out for your country today. Group hug

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and sound. Group hug
Imagewildflowers
Mar 22, 2016 2:11 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Thank you again, Sandy. Thumbs up

Oh, yes, I thought of Jonna this morning after seeing the news! I don't know if she's following along but definitely;

Sending my thoughts and prayers as well. Group hug
FAITH over fear!

poisondartfrog
Mar 22, 2016 4:22 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Jonna says she is fine and was safely at home in the country when it happened. Group hug
Weedwhacker
Mar 22, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
poisondartfrog wrote:Jonna says she is fine and was safely at home in the country when it happened. Group hug


That's certainly good to hear! So much craziness everywhere... Crying

"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagewildflowers
Mar 23, 2016 8:48 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Thank you for letting us know, Alana. That is good news.

Crazy times, indeed.
FAITH over fear!

ImageBluespiral
Mar 24, 2016 3:23 AM CST
Thanks from me too, Alana, for letting us know Jonna is fine and safe. Thoughts and prayers for better use of Golden Rule for wellbeing and safety of all.
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
Imagestarlight1153
Mar 24, 2016 3:53 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Wild I love your bench! I bet it does make work alot easier. Your hubby did good!

Jonna I too thought of you and yours when I saw the news. Glad your safe and sound and prayers for your country. The world is getting to be a sad place now a days.

I had a couple of days of frost. Then we started warming up and now I just had to bring babies back in and move what I could under shade cloth. Gonna be another rough night. They say 60 mph winds and hail has been moved up to a 5/10 scale. I hate when storms come during the middle of the night. Raining and thundering now , but worse will be from 11 to 4 am.

Danita Salvia Cherry Queen is putting out blooms. I couldn't believe it. Never had blooms this early. I'm happy. Now all I need is for the hummers to show up. Surprised I haven't seen any yet. They seem to be running late this year. Hope they survived the winter.

Had an interesting visitor the other day. Out back was this huge, and I mean huge, pure white turkey with the prettiest shades of blue and white, is it called a gullet. The thing that hangs from their nose on down. Found out it had belonged to neighbor down the road. Must have got out and followed kids across yard when bus came.

It was the kids pet and when they got home from school, 5 kids came on down to take it back home. We had corralled it in neighbors pen. The turkeys name was Thomas and he walked like an old man and slow as molasses. He didn't want to walk back up the hill even with the little boy trying to push him. Finally one of the young teen girls who hardly weighed anything, picked up that turkey which must have weighed 25 or 30 pounds under her arm.

I did have to laugh though, as she was walking up the hill with this big ole turkey under arm like a sack of potatoes she ask Thomas what did he think he was doing and didn't he know he shouldn't go wandering into people's yards without being invited first. Hilarious!

Life is such fun and never dull when you live in the country. Whistling Thumbs up

Imagestarlight1153
Mar 24, 2016 3:56 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Forgot to add we have anew member Phylis who has joined.

Phylis Welcome and make yourself at home. Thumbs up
Imagewildflowers
Mar 25, 2016 9:03 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Thank you, Ella. Smiling What a funny image of the girl and her turkey! And I know what you mean about things never being dull out it the country! Hilarious!

Welcome Phylis Hurray!

I'm so ready to plant something, anything in the ground! But, the weather is being too unpredictable, of course! Soon!
FAITH over fear!

Weedwhacker
Mar 26, 2016 7:51 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
LOL about Thomas the turkey! Our across-the-road neighbors have a small flock of chickens that run loose during the day; one day DH was going out to get the mail and a hen was on our side of the road so he was shooing it back -- the neighbor promptly scolded her for being a bad girl Hilarious! .

Welcome to Phylis!

I am also more than ready to plant something in the ground... but a couple of days ago we got about 8 inches of snow so I guess it's a little early to start thinking of that for me. I do have quite a few seedlings started under my lights, though -- and in about another week I'll be starting even more seeds; time to put the heater out in the GH so some of the hardier things can go tough it out.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Mar 28, 2016 10:19 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I awoke to 6" of fresh snow on the ground this morning. A typical spring snowstorm. I expect snow until the end of May, so no big deal. The favas, onions, peas, spinach, parsnips, garbanzos, garlic, bok choi, etc will do fine. The warm weather stuff can stay in the greenhouse.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagejoseph
Mar 30, 2016 8:03 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
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Another dusk, another snowstorm. No worries. The stuff that I've already planted loves the moisture. The frost sensitive things aren't going out until about June. Except for the tomatoes in the cold/frost tolerance trials.

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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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