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Imagestarlight1153
Mar 15, 2017 7:17 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Here's something special for folks to listen too

https://soundcloud.com/seedbroadcast/joseph-lofthouse-shares...

You know our Joseph here and how he grows Landrace crops. The other day he got to be guest speaker about Landracing. There part of the talk.

Went to a friend's house whose computer could go to the site and had speakers.

Give ya all a chance to get a bit more personal with him.

P.S. You don't have to sign up or in to listen to it.

Hope ya all enjoy it. Thumbs up Hurray!
Weedwhacker
Mar 16, 2017 8:54 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Hi Ella -- I hope you haven't had the bad storms that have been running through the country! The big recent snow storm totally missed my area and our snow is nearly gone, except where there's a lot of shade from the trees; ground is still frozen, though, so no outdoor gardening going on yet here.

I saw a post about the Cheerios seed offer and sent for some too; one can never have too many seeds, after all Hilarious!

I clicked on the link that you shared and got a message saying something like "this track was not found, or maybe it has been moved"

Just a few days until the first day of spring! Hurray!

"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
plantnutz
Mar 16, 2017 10:36 AM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Sandy, ignore that and click on Seed Broadcast. 2nd one is Joseph.
Weedwhacker
Mar 17, 2017 4:53 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Thanks, Brenda -- got it! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageHemophobic
Mar 22, 2017 12:36 PM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Interesting concept.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

PlantSister
Mar 23, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Name: PlantSister
southeast Asia
Hello All,
I am happy to hear all your news from this thread.

From Oct. 2015, I had to stop to work in my garden because I has to work as a caregiver and I can manage for the available time not much. A few month before the end of last year I has been trying again to work my garden if I had free available time. 

I have some photos from Joseph' s Lady finger seeds (from Seeds Swap 2014).

http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/zpuyaik/media/Mobile Uploa...
http://s1369.photobucket.com/user/zpuyaik/media/Mobile Uploa...

These fruits grow from second generation Joseph's seeds here. 
'It is very soft, big size and the taste is very delicious!!!'

Thank you Joseph and All for sharing me and my family to have the food from my small garden.

Thank you Star light for your kindness helping and the good threads the Piggy Seeds Swap. 

Thank you Greene, my Plant Sister who helping me all as the Piggy Seeds Swap, new friends, my English and a lot of things about gardening I did not know before, etc.

Thank you all members for friendship!!!

I am very happy to post here and hope I can post again and again. Please apologize if my English has any wrong.

Thanks again,

Plant sister (Aik)



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PlantSister
Mar 24, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Name: PlantSister
southeast Asia
The other photo:-
http://rs1369.pbsrc.com/albums/ag207/zpuyaik/Mobile Uploads/...
ImageLeBug
Apr 16, 2017 9:31 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Where are all of the hummers this year put my feeders out the last of March it's been in the 80's no hummers Shrug!
Imagewildflowers
Apr 17, 2017 1:59 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hi PlantSister so nice to hear from you Hurray!


LeBug, maybe they are at your neighbor's house. Smiling

Here's the Spring 2017 Migration Map http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

I saw some down the road from my house in March but they didn't arrive here until April 1st.

ImageLeBug
Apr 18, 2017 8:34 PM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Thanks wildflowers looks like there was a sighting really close to me 4/4 maybe any day now Hurray! My son is watching for me while I'm at work he can't wait either! Silly neighbors haven't put feeders out since I moved here in 2000 so I've given 3 of them a feeder and Shepard's hooks so guess who gets to take care of them Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageArleneB
Apr 19, 2017 5:00 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
We've only spotted a couple so far too. They seemed to be a bit later this year for some reason.

Hi Plantsister! Good to hear from you. I have had you on my mind because I was the recipient of some of your Moringa seeds and tea and now I am hearing about how good the plant is for you. I did plant the seeds but unfortunately they did not germinate. I may have planted them too soon, in the greenhouse so it may have been too cold. My germination skills seems to be waning a bit as I get older too. Maybe I am too impatient? Hilarious!

Ella, I want to get together with you this summer for sure. I am traveling to Valdosta next week to see an online buddy and you certainly are closer. I'll c-mail you later. I have to get a lot of seedlings planted today because I am going to MI to visit my daughter for three days. DH is staying home and taking care of things here.

Even though we are not doing market this year, my garden seems pretty big still but some things I cannot cut back on, and they are things we didn't really sell at market like onions and potatoes and corn but they take up a lot of space. It is nice to just plant four cucumbers and a small patch of beans though. Of course we are planting enough to share too! David has been taking lettuce to church and they are enjoying it.

We have our tomatoes planted and I even put my peppers out. I just planted beans, corn, cukes and melon two days ago. Now I am working on mulching everything so I don't have to spend all summer fighting the weeds. We'll see how that goes.

I hope everyone is busy planting seeds or getting the beds ready!
ImageArleneB
Apr 19, 2017 5:01 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
By the way, I don't remember who I got the seeds from, but my corkscrew vine is coming back for the third year! I am so happy because I have never been able to get any seeds to mature before frost. I am going to try and take cuttings this year, just in case! I also had a stevia plant come back for the third year!
ImageLeBug
Apr 19, 2017 9:23 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Thanks wildflowers looks like there was a sighting really close to me 4/4 maybe any day now Hurray! My son is watching for me while I'm at work he can't wait either! Silly neighbors haven't put feeders out since I moved here in 2000 so I've given 3 of them a feeder and Shepard's hooks so guess who gets to take care of them Rolling on the floor laughing
PlantSister
Apr 21, 2017 11:19 PM CST
Name: PlantSister
southeast Asia
Thanks wildflower for your welcome and kindness.

Thanks ArleneB for your welcome and think to me. Sorry to hear the Moringa seeds did not germinate. You did the best. It may because the seeds too old. This year I prepare the new seeds of the Moringa seeds for you and the others who interest.

http://rs1369.pbsrc.com/albums/ag207/zpuyaik/Mobile Uploads/...

http://rs1369.pbsrc.com/albums/ag207/zpuyaik/Mobile Uploads/...

I hope they will germinate well.


patrob
Jun 3, 2017 12:34 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
I hope all of you are well and having a pleasant spring with no bad storms. We had rain throughout the winter when it's normally dry in the middle of Texas, and we had very little very cold weather. I don't think we even had a real freeze after early February. The cows quit wanting hay earlier than usual this spring and just about the time the grass was getting short a month ago, it started raining again.

I have been thinking about you, Ella, and all of you Piggies a lot the last week or so. It's late but I have finally been able to plant my raised bed veggie garden. It took longer than expected to have soil delivered because of rain, and the health issues keep coming up. I'm doing very well, but I've sure had lots of tests run, and each of those doctor visits and procedures means another trip and day lost from doing what I want to be doing, gardening!

I am thoroughly enjoying digging in the dirt again and being reminded of all who have given many of the seeds I am sowing. I have little bush and pole beans up already, too many, but I wanted to try every variety I had. Nearly every seed sprouted though I have had some for quite a few years. Summer squash and okra just went into the ground, and once again I planted too many for the same reason. For the first time in years, I bought hybrid tomatoes to set out since I had no opportunity to sow seeds of the heirloom varieties at the right time. I'm still going to sow some pepper seeds and set the plants out as soon as they are a few inches tall. I'm hoping to have heirloom tomato plants to set out in the fall garden.

Now that I have filled my veggie beds, I am going to start planting flower seeds. There are still lots of perennial weeds, briars, etc., that keep trying to come back. I have waited to plant anything in my new iris/flower bed until I have those pests under better control. The briars are very old and well established, so digging the roots out of my very rocky soil is nearly impossible. The landscaper scraped with his skidsteer and put new soil in most areas and has been spraying the briars with RoundUp. They are not fazed.
(No herbicides are being used in or anywhere near the veggie garden.)

I read recently that briars (Smilax) can be killed by putting a small tube with a piece of paper towel or cotton ball soaked with triclopyr herbicide over the cut stem and securing it. I don't think I could ever treat all of them on the half acre I am dealing with. My Sheltie would remove the tubes as fast as I put them on unless I bury the whole thing. Have any of you had a briar problem and solved it?

I thought there were no hummingbirds here this year since we have had our property cleared of the brush and trees they like to nest in, but when the landscaper set some pots of red salvias on the porch until he could plant them, here came the hummers. A crowd gathered when I hung the feeders. They and our five nests of barn swallows eradicate the mosquitoes until fall when they head south.
We love our birds!

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Imagewildflowers
Jun 5, 2017 12:48 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Nice to hear from you Pat! It sure is quiet around here! How nice that you are getting to dig in the dirt and enjoy a garden.

Smilax is one of the less bothersome weeds if you ask me. But, if you ask my hubby he will say they are terrible. I guess I give anything edible a slight break! Hilarious! I've found that cutting them back all the way to the ground a couple of times weakens them enough that they have a hard time growing and disappear after that. Hubby cuts them with the weed eater and we have way less of it from his efforts. Our worst problem these days is poison ivy and its so hard to get rid of. Our most current removal method is spraying them with a vinegar (20%) and salt solution. It's a potent combination that will kill just about anything. We can spray it on the poison ivy without worry because it doesn't bother the tree trunks where there poison ivy likes to grow. But it will kill any plant that it comes in contact with, so be careful if it's growing next to something you don't want to kill. The vinegar kills the plant above ground, the salt changes the soil so that it won't grow back. This is not a good choice if you are worried about other things growing where the smilax is growing. You can take a paint brush and dip it in the vinegar, brush it on the smilax and kill it back that way.

patrob
Jun 11, 2017 2:17 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
lol I think the briars (Smilax) I am dealing with have roots to China. I will avoid planting anything where they are the worst until they give up or I do. I am going to start cutting them off and putting herbicide on the cut end. I have some 30% vinegar too, so I'll try that on some and see what happens.

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Imagestarlight1153
Jun 25, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Ok folks, everybody make the jump to the new thread.

We here now:

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/86069/

Don't forget to mark the watch for the new thread.

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