Cottage Gardening forum: Winter Chat #10

 
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plantnutz
Dec 25, 2015 8:30 AM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Merry Christmas everyone!

We are in a lull in the rain. Hopefully, it is over.

Be safe!

Brenda
Imagejoseph
Dec 25, 2015 11:47 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Merry Christmas. It's definitely white for me. Here's a photo of my garden.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageDanita
Dec 25, 2015 12:35 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Merry Christmas!!! Angel
Weedwhacker
Dec 25, 2015 10:30 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Joseph, that snow definitely looks prettier to me when it's somewhere else -- my garden today looks more like early spring...
Thumb of 2015-12-26/Weedwhacker/4970f8

and Lake Michigan is very serene (and watery!)
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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagewildflowers
Dec 26, 2015 6:34 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Both beautiful views, with or without snow. Smiling

Arlene, I found them! Two whole seeds of Cosmos astrosanguineus. Big Grin
FAITH over fear!

ImageArleneB
Dec 26, 2015 8:02 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yay!!!,
plantnutz
Jan 1, 2016 1:04 PM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Hey, where is everyone? Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a good Christmas!

Brenda
ImageDanita
Jan 1, 2016 2:54 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Happy New Year! Hurray!
Imagewildflowers
Jan 1, 2016 3:54 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Happy New Year! I've been spending my day with seeds! Hurray! What a great start to the new year.
FAITH over fear!

Weedwhacker
Jan 1, 2016 11:01 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Happy New Year, everyone! We had a pretty nice day here, weather-wise... partly sunny, and we only have a few inches of snow on the ground from "winter storm Goliath." Lake Michigan is still completely open, which is a huge thing for us because that will keep our temps a bit warmer for as long as it lasts. And had dinner with family, which I always enjoy. A very good start to what will hopefully be a good year!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Jan 2, 2016 11:04 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Happy new year. I spent the morning packaging seeds: tomatoes, muskmelons, and dry beans. Then I went to visit friends.

I received oca seeds in a swap yesterday. They are a new order being added to my garden!!!
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
plantnutz
Jan 2, 2016 2:51 PM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Oca is new to me. I had to google it.
Imagewildflowers
Jan 2, 2016 6:17 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I had to look up Oca too. Very neat!

Oh, found this website, there are apparently many varieties of Oca. Big Grin
http://www.realseeds.co.uk/unusualtubers.html
FAITH over fear!

plantnutz
Jan 2, 2016 8:04 PM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Googling it brought up an article from Mother Earth News. Neat stuff!
ImageDanita
Jan 4, 2016 1:52 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Peace Seeds offers around 11 kinds of Oca.
http://peaceseedlingsseeds.blogspot.com/

I've never tried any but it sounds interesting.
Imagecritterologist
Jan 4, 2016 7:02 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
I've never heard of it... but I can grow big clumps of oxalis in my containers, so why not oca? The tubers are so pretty! Waiting on Joseph to report on their actual taste... not everything that's "edible" or "nutritious" is actually desirable on the dinner table! LOL
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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
ImageLeBug
Jan 4, 2016 10:37 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Happy New Year to everyone! Been having computer problems again always computer problems but computers make your life easier right Rolling on the floor laughing

I'm so sorry to hear Patty, Plantnutz, Andi and Ella being sick hope the new year brings better health for you!

We had an awful year for flowers this year so much rain there wasn't enough sun for the flowers but of course the weeds grew out of control and they towered over the flowers shutting even more sun out! Everything seemed to be stunted my cleomes were about 2' does that give you an idea Sad

Not on my computer it won't work anymore got too hot the fan quit working under it and didn't know it so it just shut off haven't been able to bring it back but I grew the cactus dahlias I got in the swap can't look and see who sent them but they never bloomed I put straw over them hoping they will be back for next year then uncovered them because we are still having so much rain hoping they don't rot.

I finally got around to planting the purple leaf salvia and just as it got too cold it finally bloomed so I'm hoping it shows up again next year and blooms a little earlier so I can get some seeds from it the leaves were really nice and big and it was a lot taller than I thought it would be.

The blue milkweeds were a beautiful shade of blue Cinda really loved those but Andi the white ones didn't bloom this year so guess I'll have to wait till next year for those.

And Karen didn't I get those cute little pink flowers from you I forgot what they are I did manage to get some seeds from them and your moonlight marigolds they looked really nice in my moon garden they were right at home!

Tony is asking for his computer back everyone get to feeling better Lovey dubby



ImageArleneB
Jan 8, 2016 8:36 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I started my first seeds yesterday. Just some flowers I want to get started early so they are in bloom to sell at market. People just don't like to buy them without blooms. Snapdragons, petunias, craspedia, allium drumstick, wallflower (I got red, white and a mix!).

I got a new snapdragon from Johnny's that is TALL, like 40-60" I'll have to stake those guys. I still had lots of seeds from last seed swap too. I planted every kind but saved a couple seeds back in case. Oh, I planted scabiosa too. I don't think they'll bloom this year though.

Everything was vermiculite sown.
Weedwhacker
Jan 8, 2016 11:55 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I'm looking forward to February and starting some seeds! (if it weren't for seed starting, I'm pretty sure I'd NEVER say "I'm looking forward to February" Rolling on the floor laughing )

We're still having temps in the 30s (for highs), which is unbelievably mild for this time of year; supposed to be colder this coming week, but still pretty much in the 20s. What a great change after the past 2 winters!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
SCbuttercup
Jan 11, 2016 6:30 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
I'm doing some winter sowing. Also I just ordered from peace seedlings, it is a great site they have ova and lots of original varieties of food plants and flowers. It if owned by daughter of Alan Kapuker, a seed guru who was at seeds of change more than 20 years ago when I first started ordering seeds. Back then it was mail order. Peace seedlings has one of my favorite cherry tomatoes PeaceVine. I had lost track of who was carrying it and sure enough they had it! Brings back fond memories from my kids growing up and "stealing" the little tomatoes right off the vine. Tiny very sweet, great for kids and eating right off the vine.

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