Cottage Gardening forum: Springing into 2016 chat #11

 
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Imagewildflowers
Sep 5, 2016 7:34 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Yum! Honey! And what good looking tomato plants, the flowers really are big and showy! Thumbs up

Well, I'm not sure if Ella is considering doing a piggy swap this year or not but...

Maybe it would be worth trying over on the new seed trading system at ATP (Now Garden.org). I was part of the Beta Test Seed Swap last year and boy is it a pretty nice system that Dave put together. Worth checking out anyway Ella, and those of you who haven't looked it over. The system keeps track of all of your seeds for you and when you oink seeds from someone else, it keeps track of those for you too. Thumbs up Takes a lot of work out of it, everything you offer and swap is right there, so no more forgetting to mark a pack of seeds. Ella, it will make it so much easier for you too! Hurray!

http://garden.org/apps/swap//
ImageAndi
Sep 7, 2016 7:48 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I am moving instead of swapping this year.

I have had asthma issues also. It is so bad that the doctor prescribed oxygen! It is caused by mold in this miserable rented house. I feel better when I am outside or elsewhere. I will feel better once I am living somewhere else. I am considering snowbirding with friends and house hunting south of here.

I am saving seeds from my plants because I am crazy that way..... i will be moving my seeds and my favorite plants in pots (and bulbs and tubers in tubs). Maybe I will swap next year. Until then, I have plenty of seeds and plants to keep me out of trouble.

I need to photograph my bountiful harvest - I harvested tomatoes today. I have 2 ... not not bushels, tomatoes. Two Indigo Rose cherry tomatoes. I am saving seeds because I am crazy that way, but had to buy fresh tomatoes at the store. Luckily, our local grocery store stocks produce from local farms.
Weedwhacker
Sep 7, 2016 10:37 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Andi -- as hard as it is, I am very glad you are moving out of that house! Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagestarlight1153
Sep 9, 2016 6:44 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Just popping in for a quick minute and hope I can get this posted before my puter has fits.

If you will, keep Patti1957 in your thoughts, prayers. She's not one to say much, but usually always around. She hasn't been here much, nor on her cubit as for the past year especially she has been taking care of her 82 year old mother and 62 year old brother who has medical issues too.

Her mother just passed away from stage 4 cancer. Her mother wasn't even diagnosed until a few months ago, and it had gone to far for any kind of treatment. She has had to deal with that and now has to deal with the care of her brother.

Patti.... Know that you are in my prayers. I know times are rough for you now, but stay strong and hold on to your faith. Things will get better eventually and hopefully better for you soon and you'll be able to play in the dirt again.

Group hug Group hug Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Mindy03
Sep 9, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Hugs and prayers Patti
Weedwhacker
Sep 9, 2016 8:15 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
It's good to see even a brief post from you, Ella -- and I'm very sorry to hear about Patti's difficulties; I'm sure that was quite a shock to lose her mother to cancer so soon after the diagnosis. Crying

Group hug Group hug Patti, we are here for you.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
plantnutz
Sep 10, 2016 7:59 AM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Good to see you around Ella! So sorry to hear of Patti's troubles. Sorry to hear about her Mother.
Imagewildflowers
Sep 11, 2016 10:29 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hi Ella!

Patty, so sorry to hear about your mother. Sending hugs your way and prayers for you and your family.

patrob
Sep 11, 2016 10:39 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
I am so sorry, Patti, to hear that you lost your mother. I lost mine last year only six weeks after she was diagnosed with end-stage throat cancer. I miss her every day.
plantnutz
Sep 12, 2016 5:52 AM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Losing your Mother is so hard! So sorry patrob to hear about yours too. Sending prayer and hugs to you patrob and patti1957.
patrob
Sep 17, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Thanks, Brenda. I appreciate all the prayers and hugs that come my way!
Deebie
Sep 19, 2016 5:18 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Group hug Group hug Patti and Patrob. I'm so sorry to learn about your loss. I hope that things get better and you can return to gardening Patti. It's good to hear from you Ella, and thanks for keeping us informed.

Andi, I too am glad that you're moving out of that place. I too have asthma, and believe me, I know that it's no joke. I can't even go outside and garden without wearing a mask. It's really taking the joy out of outdoor gardening. But, I'm not giving up in the least. Wishing you a successful house hunting.

Yummy tomatoes, Sandy. And Joseph, I'd love to get hold of some that honey you all robbed. I bet it's tasty. I'm so looking forward to cooler weather.
ImageAndi
Sep 22, 2016 9:24 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Patti and patrob, so sorry for your losses.

Sorry you are still having computer problems, Ella.

I haven't found a suitable place locally. I may but everything in storage and snowbird with friends. I am still packing up the house, haven't started on the garden, except for saving seeds for some plants that I can restart from seed. I feel better away from home, so I am sure I will feel much better once I am out of here. Doing my best to make that happen.
poisondartfrog
Sep 23, 2016 3:54 AM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
I'm so sorry Patti. Take care.
ImageArleneB
Sep 23, 2016 5:08 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Hugs for patrob and Patti. Deebie, sorry to hear about your health issues that hinder your gardening too.

Still a lot of heat here. I can't wait for fall as well. We were away for three weeks and most things died from no rain. Good opportunity to start over, right? No fall veggie garden this year though and I'm not really even upset. The house will get a good cleaning finally. Smiling

Not much seed saving going on here. My mother gave me some lupine and columbine seed. She has parsnip seeds but I forgot them so she will send them to me. Gonna sort my seeds later and update my database.
Imagejoseph
Sep 23, 2016 10:31 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Patti and Patrob: I'm hoping that you had good mothers. It seems better to mourn a loss than to celebrate a demise.

It's squash picking time for me.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageArleneB
Sep 23, 2016 1:35 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Good haul Joseph!
Imagewildflowers
Sep 23, 2016 1:41 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Lookin' real good!! Thumbs up
plantnutz
Sep 23, 2016 2:05 PM CST
Name: Brenda
7b
Wow, Joseph, good looking squash!
patrob
Sep 24, 2016 7:59 PM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Beautiful squashes, Joseph!

Yes, my mother was a great mother, and I do miss her. We did not always agree, and sometimes she was a real pain (she thought I was too and often told me so!), but she was always there for me when I needed her as I was for her. She was an amazing, independent, strong person, and I really thought she would last forever. Throat cancer from smoking most of her life killed her at 87. She suffered so much the last few months that she lived that her death was a relief for her and for those who loved her. I feel blessed that I tried one cigarette when I was sixteen. I inhaled, and it burned all the way down to my little toe. I never picked up another. I wish everyone could be as fortunate.

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