Cottage Gardening forum: Winter Chat #10

 
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ImageRickCorey
Jan 15, 2016 4:33 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
So quiet!

Imagewildflowers
Jan 16, 2016 10:53 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
It's cold too! brrrr
FAITH over fear!

patrob
Jan 16, 2016 1:01 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
I'm busy with two seed swaps, one I'm hosting and Alana's on ATP. In a couple of weeks, when those are wrapped up, I'll start tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc., and hopefully some flowers in the greenhouse. Right now there's nothing in there that cold will hurt, and the heaters are not even plugged in. We still have not had what I call real winter. I don't miss winter at all and hope it stays away!
ImageArleneB
Jan 16, 2016 1:41 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I have been busy starting seeds. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower for market. The rest, flowers. I did 15 containers of WS seeds today but I'm not sure what will happen because of our fluctuating temps this year.

Weedwhacker
Jan 17, 2016 11:22 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I wish I was starting seeds -- still too early for even my earliest things, though; and I also haven't been attending to the other things (my "spring cleaning" -- which of course doesn't really get done in the spring around here -- for instance) that I should be doing. Oh well Hilarious!

Having some real winter weather recently, our high today was around 10F, but I think in another week it's supposed to be back to the mid 20s for highs -- which is good for us; and we didn't have any snow until almost the end of December, so I'm not going to complain. Other than I just want it to be gardening season again!! (where is the "stomping my foot in frustration" icon??)

I have SOOOOO many flower seeds to get started -- many still from the Piggy Swap last year; I need to make it a priority to figure out just when (and how) to start them; I wasn't going to do any WS this year, but there are so many I might need to resort to that just for lack of space. The veggie garden might take a bit of a hit this year because I am definitely going to work on my flower gardens, including a new, more or less naturalized, spot for a "bird and butterfly garden."
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Jan 18, 2016 3:58 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I'm running germination tests this week. Mostly of vegetables and herbs. I started 9 sets of opuntia humifusa seeds using different conditions. Trying to get an idea about best germination strategy.

Opuntia Humifusa
Thumb of 2016-01-18/joseph/6e7c14
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 28, 2016 7:51 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I'mmmmmmmmmmmmm back!!!!!!!!! Thumbs up Back online hopefully for good now. Head is healed. No more headaches, nausea or blurred vision. I may have lost a few brain cells but than there wasn't much to lose to begin with.. Whistling Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing Concussions are definitely not something to mess around with. No staying on for 24/7 though for awhile yet, which will be hard as I have so much to catch up on. Now to lose about 25 pounds fromm spending so many months just having to lay on couch and non-stop munching.. Sure tasted good when it was going down though. Whistling Whistling Hilarious!

Got my foot healed. Can get a shoe on again although my toe still don't look exactly as it had before it pretty close. Still aches one in awhile but hopefully that will clear up soon.

Weather been so crazy here. Three days bitter cold than temps rise and it warms up for a couple days which brings rain and then back to bitter cold. I was hoping when I saw on tv how the east coast got hit that Bluespiral and Andi and other piggies up that way were safe and ok.

Tomorrow I am starting to plant seeds. Running a bit behind on peppers and tomatoes. It's just hard to decide what to plant and when with weather as unstable as it has been. I have no idea what to expect for the season this year. Are we gonna have a late winter and freezing frosts at the end of April or be cooking in the 80's? After last years mess with tons of rain and flooding and have so many seedlings destroyed I'm real nervous about this year.

How's everybody's weather looking? What you think it is going to be like for this year? Anybody doing anything different in their gardens for this year?

Joseph Lovely Opuntia picture. I'm not sure if mine will bloom this year or not. Poor things start to grow and then get frost bit and look like mush then we get a warm spell and they try and grow again and it back to mush. Now do you make a drink from yours like that Cactus health drink that advertized on tv all the time?

I hope everybody else is doing ok!

Just a note too, if you see forums and such closed don't panic. As I get the time and get back online full time, I will be making some changes and doing some updating and such.

Hope ya all got some goodies from Patrob's and Posion's swaps. Thumbs up Thumbs up I sure thought about ya all and was so sad during that time frame.





Weedwhacker
Jan 28, 2016 8:24 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
So good to see you back here, Ella! Thumbs up

What is more unpredictable than the weather?? My winter has been such a pleasant change after the last two -- but so many bad storms going through in places that shouldn't have them! I hope we all manage to have good -- if not great -- gardening seasons in 2016 !
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
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patrob
Jan 28, 2016 9:56 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Good to have you back, Ella! I'm so happy to hear you are doing well and healing. Nothing takes the place of the PIggy Swap, but I am so glad you took the time you needed for your health instead of trying to host it this year. My Wish List Swap is in the final stages. I'm packing up bags for the return trip but waiting for three late packages that have been delayed by the weather, illness, and incompetent postal service. I think one must be in a storage room somewhere waiting to be rescued! Don't ever mail anything in the Poconos!

My new kidney is working well, but the transplant team thinks I am having a reaction to one of the main immuno-suppressant drugs. I have not been able to stand or walk without extreme pain in my feet and legs for over six weeks. Besides the transplant team doctors, I have seen a podiatrist, who assured me all the bones in my feet were not broken as I was insisting, and a neurologist, who found lots of nerve irritation in both feet. (The nerve conduction test should really be called "Let's try to electrocute you!") Next I will be switching from the suspected med as soon as my insurance approves the new one. Very soon, I hope!

I am hoping to build new raised beds this spring for the veggie garden. I bought the cedar boards in 2014 and due to weather and health, they are still stacked waiting to be used. I have not even begun to work in the greenhouse and am behind already on sowing tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, but as you said, we may have a late freeze. Or not. There's just no way to know. If I transplant outside in late March, I always keep some of each variety back in case of late freeze. Some years it's spring in Texas in February, and some years we have ice on the bluebonnets in April.

I hope all the Piggies are doing well, staying warm, and anticipating spring gardens!
Weedwhacker
Jan 29, 2016 5:25 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Pat -- so glad your kidney is doing well, but the pain in your feet and legs sounds horrible; I hope they get it figured out soon for you (and without any more torture!) Group hug
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageArleneB
Jan 29, 2016 8:31 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
WELCOME BACK ELLA!!! So happy to hear your head is okay, your feet are okay. Now if we can get the weather to cooperate! I still want to come down and get together with you. Soon.

Pat, glad the kidney is working and I also hope they can get the meds adjusted for you. If you were insisting there were broken bones in your feet, the pain must be pretty bad. Try and hang in there.

I had continued to start seeds. Drowned a lot of the first ones, plus finding out which seeds are too old. Whistling
patrob
Jan 29, 2016 9:33 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Today my insurance told the clinic where I will receive infusions of the new med once a month that pre-certification was not needed. I will go for the first dose on Tuesday. I'm hopeful and thankful that retired Texas teachers have excellent insurance. I'll never take feeling good for granted again!
Imagewildflowers
Jan 30, 2016 9:02 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hurray! Wonderful news, Ella! Group hug

Pat, also great news that your pain will be eliminated very soon! Group hug

I'm looking forward to receiving a package from the wishlist seed swap soon. I think you are right about not mailing in the Poconos and lost packages ~ Why does that sound familiar?! It seems like the very same thing happened in the piggy swap before?

I'm just now starting my seed sowing too. Getting some tomatoes and peppers sown today... that should get me going to start even more seeds!! Just when I thought I had it figured out that I could wintersow in February, the temps are going up into the seventies the next few days! Ho hum! Well, it's Leap Year so we get an extra day! Hilarious! Hurray!
FAITH over fear!

poisondartfrog
Jan 31, 2016 11:17 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
Hail piggies, well met! I did not realize it was a leap year.

I'm happy to hear that you are going to get relief soon, Patricia.

Ella, I hope to be standing at the gate the next time you open the barn doors. I've been sharpening my hooves.

I've been doing a little sowing but I have not even cleaned out the greenhouse this year. If I am going to use it at all I need to get that done.
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 31, 2016 1:53 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Kinda crazy weather today. Got sunburn on my legs and arms yesterday. It wasn't all that hot. Up in the 60's but that sun was strong or maybe it is because I haven't seen it in months and months. Today it is supposed be warmer but the rain clouds are moving in and it's windy too. Getting ready for big storms early week and probably be a few tornadoes too. Then we drop down to below avg temps again. Like that one old cartoon with the little duck that says " Elevator go up! Elevator go down! " Can't even get out and burn because it is way to windy.

Got me buckets of bleach water yesterday and got my seedling trays all sterilized and dried and washed and started cutting up blinds for the tags so as soon as I take me a nap I am going to start sowing seed. Thumbs up

First things going are the tomatoes and peppers. I hope to get a few plants of each variety that I have then it will be on to other veggies and then the flowers.

Poision Don't feel bad. I have to get out there and spend days looking up backwards to try and get all the leaves off the top of my gh that are all stuck in the chicken wire and get mine swept out and boards replaced before I can use it. I forgot to throw plastic up over it to catch all the leaves and branches and the nuts so now I have xtra work to do.

Patrob I hope they get your medical issues taken care of very soon. Just out of curiosity have they checked lately to see how your sugar is doing? Not a doc but if you have changed your diet or with the meds from the new kidney maybe you have developed diabetic nerve pain. It will make your feet and legs scream day and night just about. I know cuz I changed my diet and that happened. JUst something to ask or think about. Never know. In the mean time will keep praying for you. Group hug

When we had first frost it took out most everything but than we had a couple of warm days afterwards and I had one plant of the Salvia Coconut Ice that sent up a new shoot. I brought that baby in and have been tenderly caring for it. It's getting it's fourth set of leaves. Little guy yet but is alive. Big Grin I saved alot of the seed from the Pink Shade seeds from the swap and the Red from the Forest Fire but the Coconut Ice had very few seeds in it. The Pink Shades are beautiful. They ranged from palest pink to dark pink.

If somebody would like some of those seeds, send me pm with your mailing addy. The Pink Shades and the Forest Fire red are mixed up. I was keeping them separated and than tags fell of containers of saved seed and didn't know who was who just lumped them all together.

Arlene For sure. Soon as I find out when Callaway is having their big plant sale I'll let you know and maybe we can all meet up there for it and spend the day together and any other piggies who want to come can. It usually is around end of March I think.

Weedwacker Sandy did you get buried under that snow storm? Looks like you got arctic cold coming in again this week. Your not trying to plant out yet are you?

I'm hoping that KMart has its soil and especially Tomato Tone on sale soon. Need to get stocked up on the TT especially before it is all gone around here. All the veggies love it and it has lots of the good bacterias in it too.

Posion I think it was you that was growing beautiful Carnations we got seed from. If you don't mind, how did you start your seed again?



patrob
Jan 31, 2016 4:49 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
I have lots of blood tests every two weeks and sometimes in between. No diabetes. I can tell the edema and pain are worse within an hour of taking the suspected med at 8 am and 8 pm daily. I'm really hoping switching meds this Tuesday will help. It's hard to keep taking the pills that may be causing the pain, but I have only tonight and twice tomorrow before we try the new stuff. I appreciate the prayers and hug, Ella! I keep you in my prayers as well. I'm glad you are resting and taking care of yourself. Lovey dubby
Weedwhacker
Jan 31, 2016 9:13 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
"Weedwacker Sandy did you get buried under that snow storm? Looks like you got arctic cold coming in again this week. Your not trying to plant out yet are you?"

Ella, none of the storms have really hit where I am -- we might have about 4 inches of snow on the ground (which is next to nothing for this time of year here). Supposed to have some more coming this week, but it sounds like probably only a few inches; of course, you can never tell what the Great Lakes are going to do for sure, until it happens. Definitely not planting out yet, though -- still have a couple of weeks before I'll start planting IN ! Big Yellow Grin
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagejoseph
Jan 31, 2016 10:10 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

So far, I only grow cactus as a decoration. I haven't harvested any from my place for eating. I've eaten them occasionally from the grocery store. Making cactus fruit wine is on my to-do list for next season.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageLeBug
Feb 5, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Ella so glad you are feeling soo much better now you will be able to work even harder on your plants this year Thumbs up If you have a leaf blower or maybe a neighbor you can blow those leaves off of your greenhouse so you don't have to ware yourself out trying to get them off and be careful us little piggies really want to come in the barnyard and play next fall we sure missed you this year Group hug

Group hug for you too Pat you have been thru so much hope they get your med. straightend out asap!

The weather here? I can sum it up in one word 'yuk' I'm having to work outside for the cat lady and I'm out there quite a bit it's so nice one day then 20 the next, sun one day then pouring rain and so much wind the next. The groundhog wasn't supposed to see his shadow so I'm really hoping for an early spring!

I've seen some really bad weather on tv lately hope everyone is safe! That Polar Vortex is getting ready to hit us again Tue. and Wed. I think gonna really be fun to be outside working then Grumbling

Haven't done any WS yet and haven't gone down to clean the plant stands yet I've got a touch of the flu I think that's been coming on for the last couple of weeks so just haven't really felt like it with this weather the ways it's been can't believe more people that I know here aren't sick I took my room mate to the emergency room last week and they told me the hospital is really full now I believe it!
Weedwhacker
Feb 6, 2016 8:49 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Oh boy -- I wasn't going to do any winter sowing this year, but I have SO many seeds still from the last Piggy Swap, and then more seeds from the beta swap on ATP, and a lot of them are very suited to WS, so here we go again... must do that in the next few days, but probably not tomorrow, with the Super Bowl and all.

After that it won't be long before I have to start some seeds under lights, and from there things will heat up pretty fast! I'm so thankful for the easy winter that we're having this year, seems like it will soon be spring! Hurray!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association

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