Cottage Gardening forum: Springing into 2016 chat #11

 
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ImageArleneB
Dec 30, 2016 8:44 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
LeBug, the picture worked so please, share away! Love the bicycle. I never heard of a blue milkweed. I have orange and yellow.

I have a seed swap with my garden club and they put me in charge. Just someone to carry the seeds over from year to year. We just collect seeds and spread them on a table. Supposed to be you can take as many as you bring but people just take without bringing any and no one seems to care. I have plenty of seeds so I'm fine with it, besides, I get first dibbs! Hilarious! I still have seeds to get cleaned and need to go through my seed boxes and purge some.

Hopefully I can get organized enough to do another Piggy Swap if Ella decides to have one.

ImageLeBug
Dec 30, 2016 11:18 AM 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.


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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!
ImageLeBug
Dec 30, 2016 12:49 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Arlenei did manage to collect what seemed to b a few seeds this yr but when iu look at my lights on the kitchen table they are covers in sees so I may have collect a few more than I thought :rofl:

Here are some zinnias I got from the swap.


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They got really tall I just loved them!
Weedwhacker
Dec 30, 2016 8:59 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
I'm happy I thought to check in here tonight -- good to see so many people posting!

We had a nice long autumn, and once the garden was pretty well done we constructed the framework for a new 16x20' greenhouse, which will replace my 8x16' Rion that was used mainly for growing seedlings, and also allow room for planting in the ground. The tomatoes that I grew in the small (7x15') hoop house were so successful -- early, almost no disease, and extremely productive -- that we wanted more room for the tomato plants, plus will also have a couple of planting beds for herbs, greens, or whatever. The weather had gotten pretty cold by the time we finished the frame, so I decided to hold off on covering it with the greenhouse film until spring, so we could get a tighter fit. Can't wait to finish it up and start planting!!

This was taken on November 22nd
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We're having family over for dinner on Sunday, and after that I will be happy to see the holiday season come to an end so I can get down to the business of checking the seed catalogs and ordering seeds. (Oh, and I still need to finish the house cleaning that gets left by the wayside during gardening season... Whistling )

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy New Year! Lovey dubby
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageArleneB
Dec 31, 2016 10:26 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Awesome greenhouse Sandy! I know what you mean about that housework that gets in the way.

Weedwhacker
Jan 2, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Thanks, Arlene! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagestarlight1153
Jan 7, 2017 3:11 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Ok who turned off the heat and brought the bitter cold in. Brrrrrrrr and double brrrrrrr. With wind it 15F out and regular temp not much warmer. It a frozen world of ice out there. Drought finally broke and all the rain turned things into an ice skating rink. Not supposed to warm up til next wed then we back in the 60F from the teens. Got me lots of cans of soup the other day and not going outside til next wed. Too old to be busting my rump on a patch of ice.

Oh!!!!!!! Pretty flowers. Makes aperson smile Lebug on such a cold day. Hopefully spring isn't too far away.

Sandy ... love your greenhouse. Can you send it down here to me. Be glad to take it off your hands. Whistling Hilarious!

Yep, going to have a piggy swap next year. Once weather warms up a bit, then I'll work on setting up the database for folks to start making wish lists and listing seed they already have. There will be a few changes. Nothing too. too major. So if you have seed you saved this year and plan on having it for the piggy swap this year, start bagging and labeling it now. The one big change is that when I seeds have to be mailed by a certain date, if they not, I not gonna accept late packages. I'll mail them back at your expense. When folks are late it holds up everybody including myself who needs to get things done too. So keep things caught up as you go along. Big Grin

Anybody starting seeds yet? I just got my selves all dusted off and cleaned and the lights dusted too. Dug my trays out and got them bleached and soon will start the sowing for this year.

Wild... Have you ever started the Mexican Oregano from seed? I finally figured out what was the seed. Teeny tiny things and saved them, but haven't tried to sow any yet. Saving most for the swap.

Don't forget folks to start spreading the word to your friends about the swap this year. I have special surprises for those folks that bring a new member to the swap this year. Thumbs up

And yes, still eating as much bacon as ever. Hilarious!

Stay safe and warm folks during this cold winter mess. Don't go out if ya don't have too.



poisondartfrog
Jan 7, 2017 4:15 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I'm excited!!!!
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ImageArleneB
Jan 7, 2017 7:00 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Imagewildflowers
Jan 8, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hurray! Yay good news about a piggy swap this year!

Ella, I've never been able to identify seeds on the Mexican oregano so that is more good news that you have!! Thumbs up My plant makes plenty of what looks like seed pods but I can't tell. If it's those tiny brown spots, they are really tiny! I can't even see what they look like under a magnifying glass, maybe I need to get a microscope! Hilarious! That's really exciting that you found the seeds!

Imagestarlight1153
Jan 9, 2017 6:53 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Wild ... You have the tiny white flowers. If they get pollinated and not all parts will. you'll see the teeny tiny almost like dots of pepper on the little flower bud. Those are the seeds and actually as the bud dries the little pod falls apart when you run your finger over it. It like falls all apart and then you have to go crazy sorting the seed from chaff out. When I sort them out I just about have my nose in the plate. Did learn the hard way not to sneeze or breath when over the plate or you might end up snorting them. Hilarious!

I think I have a tiny pod or two still on my plant. If I can figure out how to get this puter to load pics, I'll try and take some pics.

I busted off a big branch trying to bring it in the house to keep it from freezing, and plopped it in a glass of water with a little hydrogen peroxide, so gonna try and see if it will root that way. My bathroom is tiny and plant finally got big, so you can't sit without having leaves all in your face. Whistling Too bad I don't have a sense of smell. Big Grin
Imagewildflowers
Jan 10, 2017 8:24 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hilarious! Okay, Ella! I have put some of the pods/flower heads in an envelope to check later, will have to go see if I can find where I put it and see if there are any little pepper flakes laying in the bottom...

We are having crazy weather this year! Went from 14°F a few days ago with a hard freeze and today it's supposed to get up to 71°F!

Looking forward to spring and a new year of growing new things from seed. Plus, now that I know we're having the Piggy Swap, I'll be planning on finding and collecting those lovely spring flower seeds. Smiling
Weedwhacker
Jan 11, 2017 8:28 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Hurray! Hurray!

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"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageLeBug
Jan 12, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Sandy lv your greenhouse you are so fortunate to have someone to help you build it Hurray!

Our weather is so messed up 60 one day 20 the next, freezing rain for in morning 60 today. We have had rain the past few days and rain in the forecast for the next seven days Thumbs down

Haven't cleaned lights off here yet but really need to it's getting past time for me to start my coleus and petunias. I've got my table lights on the kitchen table with seeds I collected all summer that haven't been cleaned yet *Blush*
Weedwhacker
Jan 15, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Thanks, LeBug! I agree, it's a bigger project that I think I could have tackled by myself. In fact... it probably could have waited one or two more years (as far as replacing the old one), but I thought it would be a good idea to do it before we both get any older Rolling my eyes.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagewildflowers
Jan 15, 2017 4:07 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I really like your greenhouse too, Weedwhacker! Thumbs up

ImageAndi
Jan 17, 2017 5:25 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
starlight1153 wrote:
Anybody have any special plans for the coming gardening season or something they especially looking forward to growing?



I moved again! I am starting my garden over yet again. This time in a tiny city yard in Easton, PA. It is a zone warmer, about 10'F warmer, and within walking distance to shops, two libraries and the "city" bus route. Allentown-Easton-Bethleham are adjacent and considered a metropolis in these hare parts. Definitely closer to civilization, but once one has lived in NYC, "the city" means NYC. 

I got really sick from mold in that nightmare of a house I rented from the worst landlord ever. Be careful, Ella. There may be help available to remediate the mold if you call your state housing authority, especially if it was due to storm damage. It is worth calling. They may take on the expense and do the repairs for you.

I am planting my surviving roses and perennials in a cottage style planting with slate pavers in the middle as a walkway. I need to take pictures, but didn't feel like being out in the rain and mud today.

I am thinking of joining a local community garden to grow veggies. It will be a good way to get out and meet people. There are several to choose from in the area. There is also a farmers market which I haven't visited yet. Right now, I am dealing with boxes and trying to get feeling better. Winston the pug even got sick from the mold. We are on the mend, but it will take time to be fighting fit again.

Winston likes walking on sidewalks again instead of gravel roads. He really likes his little yard.

I'll pop in and tell you about our neighborhood adventure after I take Mr. Fussy out. He is hoping it stopped raining. No such luck.
Deebie
Feb 8, 2017 3:03 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Hi everyone. So sorry I've been MIA for a while. Life just got in the way, with health issues and family obligations complicating matters. It's sooo good to hear from you, Ella. I'm happy to hear about the Piggy Swap this year. Hurray! Thumbs up

Andi, I'm so glad to hear that you've moved from that nightmare place you were renting. When dealing with my breathing issues, I kept thinking about you and hoping that you and Winston got out safe. Be sure to keep detailed records/notes of all that transpired, because you could possibly end up with mold related health issues later on. It's a shame that landlord has been allowed to get away with what he has. But, hoping that it's all in the past. Please do post pictures of your new home and garden area when you can. Your description of the area sounds wonderful.

Weedwacker, I agree you will have a wonderfully spacious greeen house when it's all done. Congrats.

Lovely zinnia photos, Lebug.

Patrob, we're so glad to hear that you're mending/recovering so well, and that your new kidney is working well. Hope that things will continue to get even better for you.

Arlene, I'm with you in enduring the crazy weather we've been having. So, sorry to hear about the gardening issues defeataing you, though. Hopefully, this year will be a new beginning for you, as you scale back some. I'm trying to learn how to arm myself against our gardening foes--voles, rabbits, deer, squirrels, etc. this year, without resorting to using a lot of harmful chemicals. Wishing us both a more successful gardening year.

Everyone, have a wonderful time gardening this year.
ImageAndi
Feb 8, 2017 4:55 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I am suing the slumlord! I have all sorts of pictures and everything. Winston got sick too. Vet thinks he has a fungal lung infection. I have environmental copd. I am hoping we both don't have permanent lung injuries. Time will tell. It was a nightmare. He was harassing me so badly - parking outside the house as I was packing, walking past the house, trying to corner me alone when walking Winston. I couldn't even enjoy walking around the little lake in the summer or enjoy the fall colors! The last three days, I was staying in my neighbor's spare room so that I could breathe. Every time I walked out the door, the slumlord or his woman ( not married, but together, not sure what to call the creature, and any word that comes to mind for that nasty person isn't appropriate for polite company) would yell at me, calling me names, threatening me. I was so stressed and anxious!

I am starting to feel better. I had to wait to see doctors in the new place (made them in December). I took the local bus to a new doctor today and have other appointments the next couple of weeks. A local library is sponsoring a trip to the Philadelphia flower show. I haven't signed up, yet, but I think I will. I was reminded about the trip when I rode the bus past the library today and saw the sign. Maybe I will meet some gardening friends.

Sorry that you were having breathing troubles too. It is terrible to feel so weak!

We may get snow tonight. It was warm and beautiful today. Viol;ets were blooming outside the doctor's office complex!
Weedwhacker
Feb 12, 2017 8:22 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Deebie -- thanks for your comment on my new GH, and I don't think you need to apologize for being MIA; lots of us are sort of lying low during the winter!

Andi, I'm very glad to hear you are feeling somewhat better, and I hope you (and Winston!) will continue to improve!

Still winter here, but my seed starting has begun... I've planted 4 flats with onion seeds, which are sprouting very well but -- OMG, the flats are also full of gazillions of some other kind of seedlings! I used a new bag of MG potting soil (which is what I always use for seed starting), so I have no idea what these little things are. Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of "tweezer weeding" in those flats! Blinking
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
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