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ImageRickCorey
Dec 11, 2015 3:57 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Hi Ella

I wish you would feel better! At least you fell without breaking anything besides your toe. One time my Dad went down, he whacked his head hard and got a deep cut on his face. I'm not steady on my feet, so I always STARE at where I'm walking, even if that makes it look like I'm always depressed.

We had heavy rain but no floods where I live. I live on something of a slope, and one of the first things I did after moving in was to dig a trench to divert runoff from the roads and driveways away from my driveway and beds.

Where Becky lives, they had just TWO INCHES of water on one road, and those sissies shut it down!

When I lived in New Haven many years ago, I was near a river. One flood put mud on tree-trunks above head level, several miles from me (and down-river). It soaked all the labels off the bottom shelf of bottles in a liquor store just 4 blocks away. People 1/2 mile away had to be rescued in small boats.

My block, however, stayed above water.

Take care of yourself, Ella!



ImageArleneB
Dec 11, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Wow Rick, that flooding is scary! Glad you didn't get it. It can be so dangerous and people tend to underestimate it.
Weedwhacker
Dec 11, 2015 11:04 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Scary, yes... but Rick, what did they do with all those bottles of liquor with no labels?? (Let's focus on the really important stuff here! Hilarious! )
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageArleneB
Dec 12, 2015 11:19 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagejoseph
Dec 13, 2015 4:45 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I built a workbench in the greenhouse today.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageArleneB
Dec 13, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Joseph, now get busy planting!
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Weedwhacker
Dec 13, 2015 8:14 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Looks good, Joseph! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageRickCorey
Dec 14, 2015 4:00 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Weedwhacker wrote:Scary, yes... but Rick, what did they do with all those bottles of liquor with no labels?? (Let's focus on the really important stuff here! Hilarious! )


Good question! But when they re-opened, there was no evidence of the bottles, just water damage to the lowest foot or so of the shelving.

Unlike a tobacco shop that had a fire. They threw their "smoke-damaged tobacco" (?) away in the dumpster and I brought a big bag home.

Weedwhacker
Dec 15, 2015 7:20 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Hilarious!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Dec 16, 2015 7:30 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I planted true garlic seeds today. In an unheated greenhouse via the wintersown method.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Weedwhacker
Dec 16, 2015 8:49 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
What type of garlic were the seeds from, Joseph? (My 'Music' garlic - a porcelain type - makes seeds, but the other hardneck that i grow produces little bulbils; or are those considered 'seeds' as well?)
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Dec 17, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Weedwhacker: The variety of garlic that produced the most seeds for me is PI540319. It was collected in Poland when it was still part of the Warsaw Pact. The other variety, which is the seediest, but I have fewer plants, so got fewer seeds, doesn't have a name. I also collected one seed each from about 5 other varieties without names.

I collected 44 seeds from a couple hundred plants. That's great odds by the way. The first year I collected three seeds from a couple thousand plants.

I am planting pollinated garlic seeds. People sometimes call the bulbils "garlic seeds", but they are not true botanical seeds, they are clones.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Weedwhacker
Dec 17, 2015 6:41 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Interesting! The 'Music' garlic that I have makes seedheads that look a lot like an onion seedhead (except much smaller); is that the sort of thing you're talking about?
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Dec 18, 2015 5:47 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Garlic flower stalks have both flowers and bulbils in them. The flowers sometimes make seed pods, and the pods sometimes have seeds in them. The seeds are black. The bulbils are purple or yellow.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagejoseph
Dec 18, 2015 9:55 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Today I made a seed-winnower and ran about 8 lots of seed through it. I am very pleased.

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It separates things into "too light", "good seed", and "heavy stuff"

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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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Imagestarlight1153
Dec 19, 2015 11:11 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wishing a safe and Happy Holidays to everybody. I know some will be starting to hit the roads this weekend so wanted to catch folks before ya left and as this may be last chance I get to puter before Christmas.

Arlene Be a little bit before I start digging in seeds, but soon as I find mine, I'll send them on to you of the Chocolate Cosmos. If your Corkscrew Vine cuttings don't take, let me know. Think I still have a few seeds left. I usually keep back a few seeds of things, though I may have sent them all off to you. I'll keep an eye out as I look for the Choco ones.

Wild My Mexican Oregano is still going strong. Right now it is sitting in my bathroom getting some sun and staying warm as we had major frost and cold winds today and tomorrow again, than more rain, than back up to 70's again for a few days. I think I may try and see if I can root a couple of stems. I probably need to pick leaves off of it, but it looks so pretty after almost losing it completely.

Brenda Wonder why it didn't work. hummmmmmmm Especially if you post and than click the watch this thread it will give you updates on your home page. Now when we start a whole new thread, you have to come and click to have the new thread saved. It doesn't switch automatically.

Joseph Orange corn. Hilarious! I like the idea. Cool winnower too. What gets me is how so many folks think they need to have to buy big expensive equipment to get a job done, when it can be homemade and work maybe even better. Big Grin Just wish I was talented enough to figure things out.

Corey Glad to see your here and in one piece. At least your not throwing mud pies. Whistling Hilarious!





Imagejoseph
Dec 23, 2015 8:50 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
fixed the corn sheller and made a handle for it.

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shelled flour corn.


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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagewildflowers
Dec 23, 2015 5:52 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b

Ella, So glad the Mexican Oregano is doing so well! Thumbs up

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to everyone.

Been busy with my grandsons but they left for home today. They made my Christmas.

Arlene, I'll be looking for those chocolate cosmos seeds for you too. Hubby goes back to work on Monday, I think, so I can get back to spending time on my seed addiction. Whistling
FAITH over fear!

Weedwhacker
Dec 23, 2015 8:24 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Christmas Eve tomorrow! I've really been having trouble getting my mind around the fact that it's nearly Christmas, when we have no snow and our temp was 47F today with a pouring rainstorm. I LIKE not having snow, just very confusing... Blinking

I hope everyone has a good holiday, and I especially hope that the southerners in the area of all the tornadoes today are all safe and sound. Group hug
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageArleneB
Dec 23, 2015 9:23 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Sandy, I am at my mother's (near Traverse) and it has been raining a lot, green grass! Hope you don't get any of those damaging winds.

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