Cottage Gardening forum: Springing into 2016 chat #11

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Oct 30, 2016 11:34 PM CST
Sounds like your new apartment might have an interesting flavor of antiquity, due to its church-y roots. And how wonderful that a place to garden comes with it. Congratulations Thumbs up
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Oct 31, 2016 7:46 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Andi, congratulations on finding a new place to live! It certainly sounds like an improvement compared to what you've been dealing with... and a great idea to join a community garden, as well Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Oct 31, 2016 5:22 PM CST
Name: Brenda
Best of luck to you in your move! Hope your new digs will be a major improvement!

Nov 2, 2016 6:50 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
The old landlord is harassing me. He insists on inspecting the space tomorrow. If he had paid as much attention to broken appliances, repairs and other problems ...

Being sick and moving are enough stress. I don't need extra from the slumlord. I am tired of his lies, excuses and attitude. Thank goodness I found a place and can move out this month.

I will miss some of my friends in the neighborhood, but not the house.

I hate to have to start over yet again in a new rental, but the new one is an improvement over this one. The area is an improvement too.

Moving is a nightmare, even worse on a tight budget without a car. I managed twice before. The third time is the charm ...
Or something like that.
Nov 3, 2016 2:42 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Andi, forgive me but I don't recall... can you drive, or does your health prevent that at present?

Have you looked into using one of those "pods" that you can load up at your own pace, have moved to your new location, and then unload? I know that's more $ than help from friends, but you might need more than one angle to gitter done.
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Nov 7, 2016 6:54 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

How's the fall seed collecting going? Have any of you recovered your horizontal surfaces yet? At least some of them? I've recovered the bed, and part of the floor.
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Nov 8, 2016 10:13 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Oops. reply disappeared. I don't drive, yet, but am beginning the process of getting a PA driving license. I won't have it in time to move, but I will get it anyway. I am happy living somewhere like my soon to be new home where I can take reliable, accessible public transportation and walk. I don't want the expense and hassle of owning and maintaining a car. I have a place to park should I change my mind.

I have been thinking of my seed sharing piggy friends as I dig up my plants to move -
Valerian from Patti, Alpine plants from Jonna, agastache from Arlene, dahlia from tuink, dianthus from a couple piggies, others that slip my stressed mind at the moment ....and even more seeds.

I am taking a year off from seed swapping as I move and get settled. I will probably be back in 2017 with a list of seeds from my future garden, current pot ghetto on the move. I threw out two large recycling bins of saved soda bottles for winter sowing. I amy try the plastic cup in bin method this year. I'll be back with questions for those who tried that method.

I was thinking that I would be able to store my dormant tubers in the basement - how blonde of me! The gas fired hot water furnace is in the basement. Never had one of those before, but I bet they keep the basement warmer than 40-50 degrees. Plan B - a seed starting shelf among the storage shelves, if I have room. I have lots of stuff, and never enough storage space, but I have more living space in the new place than the current nightmare (no garage but the garage here could blow away on a windy day or cave in under a blizzard.) It is so much fun being me today! Not! I am alive and kicking like a mule. If I were from the south I would be spitting nails. I'll survive.

Can't wait to be moved! Wish I had the budget for a moving company and a couple of vans of merry maids. Unfortunately, I don't. It will be a few trips in a suv, a pickup truck for my plants if one of two neighbors keeps his/her promise, and a moving truck, a couple friends and a local kid for some extra muscle. I want to move this weekend/early next week my health and movers' schedules and weather permitting. Another friend is driving from Michigan around Thanksgiving to hopefully help unpack or possibly move if something goes wrong between now and then. Everything has gone wrong since I moved to this dump. I am afraid to hope for anything any more.

I have been to the state police to file a complaint against my soon to be x slumlord's threats and harassment. The police called him asking him to "cease and desist". That is the talk of the neighborhood, so he must be complaining. I am not wasting my limited breath talking with gossipy neighbors about that fool. I have been in communication with the state attorney general since July. There will still be legal action by me and possibly by him after I move,. but the most stressful thing is the move itself.

The landlord's wife told a neighbor she wanted my peonies and lilies, so I dug them up first. I am leaving him the bindweed, tons of acorns and some poison ivy....which is still a vast improvement over the yard when I moved in. I have pictures to prove it!

Back to the grind. Hope you are done voting. Maybe you are having some apple cider and doughnuts or other pleasant afternoon activity in the lovely fall weather.
Nov 10, 2016 8:25 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I've been saving seeds like crazy but my garden beds do-not look any better for it. Whistling

Started looking at lots of garden pictures to begin making plans to redo the cottage garden... something that does not include my enemy (Bermuda grass) that has infiltrated everywhere! Next year I will win!! Thumbs up
Nov 13, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Group hug Andi... moving is stressful under the best of circumstances, and you have had an awful lot of issues to deal with. I'm glad you've been able to dig plants to take along, and it sounds like you have a group of helpers that should make things easier. Take one day at a time... and here's hoping you have found a place that will bring you great happiness for a long time!
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Nov 14, 2016 8:54 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Offering to help and actually helping are two different things.

My one armed neighbor Joe is the only person helping this week. My friend Terri is driving out for Thanksgiving to help me unpack. She arrives the 21. I hope to be unpacking, not still moving at that time.

My breathing is getting worse. I am beyond stressed. I had to call the state police about the slumlod's harassment. It is a really tough time, but I have survived tougher.

I was thinking of Ella this weekend. I hope she is alright.
Nov 16, 2016 5:42 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
Congratulations on moving to Civilization!

Your landlord sounds like he has some New Jersey ancestry - plus maybe a little Ferengi blood.

He sounds like he needs a leg or two broken, to teach him about good business practices. "But that would be wrong".
Nov 18, 2016 9:44 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Andi -- Group hug Group hug
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Nov 26, 2016 10:49 AM CST
Name: Brenda
Thinking about Andi and hoping she got moved without many problems. Check in if you can Andi.

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Dec 25, 2016 7:01 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everybody! I hope you all have a special day even if you do nothing more than sit and watch tv all day and look at garden catalogs. Big Grin

I'm borrowing a friend's computer right now.

Sure hope all you folks in the North are able to stay warm and safe. Can't believe all the accidents I saw on Tv. Hope nobody here was involved or hurt. Benn so long since I had to drive on snow and ice I think I done forgot. Now I still remember how to make and throw a good snowball. Too bad there no snow. Can do a mudball. Thumbs up

I don't know where this year has gone too. Can't believe it time to start sowing seeds again. Can't even get caught up on what needs to be done for everyday life right now. Glad to be able to finally burn some leaves. They lifted the bann for now. Hopefully we will keep getting the on off shower.

One thing I noticed while raking is the amount of stink and flat footed bugs that are trying to over winter under the leaves. Even have grasshoppers out and about. I was hoping the cold chill we had would have killed a bunch of the pests off.

Anybody have any special plans for the coming gardening season or something they especially looking forward to growing? Me, I just hope to be able to grow something. I hope to grow a bunch of different types of sweet bell and non bell peppers this year. I kinda tired of growing the hots and super hots for a bit, especially since I can't eat them.

I also want to focus on growing heirloom hearts and paste tomatoes this year. All them cherries kicked my tail keeping them picked. I've still got to get a bunch of stuff removed and tossed out before I can start any seeds. Still tossing stuff that got ruined and need to figure out something strong to get rid of mold. I tried spraying pure bleach down around the baseboard of one wall, but it didn't even touch the mold. I got a feeling besides tossing everything out, I may have to replace some walls. If I do it gonna have to wait til spring.

I saw on neighbors tv, preview for program called Tiny Houses. That what I need. Just would have to make it tall enough so I don't have to duck. Whistling Big Grin

Well, glad I got a moment to say Hi to everybody. Will check in again when I can.

Merry Christmas to one and all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 25, 2016 9:16 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Merry Christmas Ella!

Not much going on here. Kinda taking some time off after years of intense gardening. Not sure how many seeds will get started this year but I know some will always find their way into the starting mix.

Very peculiar weather this year. Cold, hot, dry, wet. But still can use more rain. We felt so defeated finally with all the challenges, rats, voles, deer, bugs, just didn't seem worth all the effort. We'll scale back and see if we can get control of some of it.

I wish you the best for the New Year, and I still want to meet up at some point!

Dec 26, 2016 9:01 AM CST
Name: Alana
Great to see you online, Ella.
My plan for this season is to do a better job than last season. I had to let things go for various reasons and I'm going to scale back a little more this year and try to recover some of what I let languish.
Good 2017 gardening for everyone!
Dec 26, 2016 10:56 AM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Yes, very good to hear from you, Ella, and all of you who have been checking in here. I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and your Christmas or Hanukkah was rewarding in every way. If you have today off from work, ENJOY!

My gift to myself is working at this moment! Our little town is in the middle of nowhere and getting a good landscaper to come work here is nearly impossible since it's such a long drive. The landscaper I have been trying to hire for a couple of years arrived to work on my 1.5 acres two weeks ago. He has been landscaping the property next to us for the last three years and comes highly recommended plus I have seen his work up close.

He and one helper have already cleared immense amounts of brush, trash trees, dead trees, etc. Now they have started smoothing and adding soil. I am very pleased that our yard will not be the eyesore of the neighborhood any longer. It's a rural area with pasture all around, but most people have nice yards without johnson grass blocking the view ot the house.

Even more exciting is the idea that I will be able to plant my irises in the ground instead of pots! lol The landscaper said we could some of them in the landscaping. We have to talk a bit more since I have a few hundred varieties and want all of them growing somewhere.

My sister said a few days ago she had thought a kidney transplant would be like putting in new batteries. It has not been that easy, though the new kidney is working very well. I am walking much better, though I don't think my feet and legs will ever be as strong as they were before. The doctor finally admitted that one of the meds was at least partially responsible for the swelling. I am taking only 1/4 the amount of it that I was when the problems started, and all the swelling is gone. I can do more than I could do from last December until about June, and I hope with more exercise I will gain strength.

In mid-November during my one-year post transplant checkup, an ultrasound of my old kidneys showed a lesion on the back of my liver. That led to an MRI, which showed two lesions, but could not determine the type. That led to a liver biopsy about ten days ago. Fortunately, the lesions were not cancer, but scarring with possibly some inflammation caused by an old infection. Almost every med I take says it can cause cancer, so I was expecting the worst and hoping to be wrong. My prayers were answered, and I am giving thanks daily.

I wish all of you Piggies a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Dec 26, 2016 11:48 AM CST
Name: Alana
So glad you posted that Patricia! I was worried about you, but didn't want to ask directly. Smiling
Dec 26, 2016 1:03 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
That is good news Patricia! I hope your recovery continues and you can regain strength this year.

Dec 29, 2016 10:42 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Hey Ella so glad to hear u are alright I was concerned about you with that last tornado not being sure if it was in your area I'm never sure about where people live at, you've had such a rough time!

Patricia, gotta keep those doctors in line and keep you informed of the drugs and what they might do to you that's not on the paper that comes with them they are so busy with so many patients it's up to you to bug him until he really understands that something isn't right I'm so glad you got straightened out.

My roommate was taking three meds together that almost killed him his Dr didn't listen to him he finally got straightened out then he went to the emergency room last night because one of his meds reacted with another again not life threatening but still it was pretty scarry we thought he was having a stroke!

Andy hope your getting straightened out from the big move and hope you can be happy with this home and have some peace for a change wouldn't that be different Thumbs up

My flowers were really pretty last year but hardly any seeds with the drought we had we just got out of it this week.

I got a new laptop a couple of months ago and wouldn't you knowv I have to take it back the place you plug it into is loose so it won't charge just my luck but I bought me a tablet just for situations like this lol I finally got wise I'm tired of not having a computer that doesn't work.

Thumb of 2016-12-30/LeBug/65a4e1

Andy your blue milkweed is infront of the bike didn't get to get a picture of the blooms hope to next year.

If this picture works I've got a bunch to share later Hurray!

Happy New Year everyone have a safe one!

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