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RE: Salad greens containers for WS? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: mcc371 on 01.20.2014 at 07:19 am in Winter Sowing Forum

I have used the clear 2-3 liter coke bottles. I sowed some radishes in one and a few carrots in another as a experiment with my granddaughter.

Hubby works in oilfield and he gets these white and some are blue 55 gallon plastic drums. I split these down the sides and it makes a long trough instead of cutting in half circle. Drilled holes in bottom for drainage. I have cut a hole in each side close to bottom and run soaker hose thru to other side and on through several troughs I made. I put potting soil, sow my seeds and cover with Saran wrap and or plexiglass. Hubby has made wooden stands. I water from top until I see seedlings then, They get watered all at the same time from soaker from bottom up. I have noticed bigger and better roots this way. This is how I winter sow and in spring I sow herbs and other vegetables - I put wooden boards with twine behind one of the troughs and my beans last summer love it. This is how we adapted my gardening since knee replacement surgery an I have back problems.
Sorry this is long - just wanted to share some tips.
Happy Gardening!


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September 28th -- Central Ohio Fall Plant Swap 2013!

posted by: alison on 07.16.2013 at 08:31 pm in Get-Togethers Forum

I can't believe I waited this long to post this -- thanks the Jennifer for a nudge.

Terri D. and I will once again be hosting the Fall Plant Swap -- small but gaining ground! -- at her house in Columbus. Saturday September 28th is a Buckeye game day -- but it's a 8pm start, so you have plenty of time to rest up for the game after the swap. Just like the spring event, we'll have some time to meet and chat, a potluck lunch, and plenty of plants to share.

Here's the particulars:
Location: 3755 Atwood Terrace, Columbus (directions to follow)

Date: September 28th

Time: 11:00 - ? (when all the plants are gone and there's nothing left to eat!)

Bring your plants, a dish to share at the potluck, a lawn chair if you've got one and -- an appetite for some fun!

We'll set up around 11:00, and plan to eat around noon. (Personally, I like to eat before, during and after the swap, but YMMV....).

Swapping will start around 12:30 As with the spring event, it's a round robin style swap:
Round 1, everyone can take a plant.
Round 2, everyone take a plant.
Round 3, take 2 plants
... etc, and you can take home up to as many plants as you brought. If you bring 50, you can take home 50. If you bring 5, you can take 5. Plants can be divisions, full size plants, rooted cuttings or starts. Non-plant, garden related items are also nice; seeds, planters, gardening magazines and the like.

Looking forward to another great chapter in the garden swap saga!

Getting to Terri's from I-71

Heading north:
Take I-71 to the North Broadway exit.
Turn right (east) at the head of the exit ramp onto North Broadway travel 2 blocks.
Turn left (north) onto Maize Rd, travel about 10 blocks.
Turn right (east) onto Elmore, travel 4 blocks to the intersection with Atwood Terrace.

Heading south:
Take I-71 south to the Morse Rd exit
Turn left (east) at the end of the exit ramp, travel 5(?) long blocks to Maize Rd
Turn right (south) on Maize Rd, travel 5 (?) long blocks, cross Cooke Rd and keep going 2 blocks to Elmore.
Turn left (east)onto Elmore, travel 4 blocks to the intersection with Atwood Terrace.

When you reach the roundabout, at the intersection with Atwood Terrace, Terri's will be the green and white house on the corner to your left (the north-west corner, for those with a compass) but the driveway where we'll be checking in is actually on Elmore.

Hope to see you there!


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RE: How best to start seeds for an ebb and flow system? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Billyoscar on 12.19.2013 at 09:30 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

I have discovered a cheap, simple method of starting flower and vegetable seeds for the home garden. It utilizes the principle of capillary action and a moist newspaper mat. To construct such a device, the following items will be required:
1. A roller paint tray and plastic liner obtained from the paint department of a box store.
2. A 5-foot length of 1¼ inch PVC pipe obtained from the plumbing department of the same store. This needs to be cut into 25 2-inch cylinders and then filled with a good seed starting mix.
3. A 6-inch piece of I-inch PVC pipe to be used as a plant ejector.
4. A half dozen sheets of newspaper.
Lay the newspaper on the sloping part of the paint tray with several inches immersed in the paint holding well. Fill this well with water and watch as the newspaper mat slowly becomes saturated as it draws up water. Plant a few seeds in each mix-filled cylinder and tamp lightly so the bottom of the mix is in contact with the wet newspaper. It will soon start drawing up moisture via capillary action and become damp. Keep adding water to the well as needed.
Using short pieces of an old venation blind and a lead pencil, identify each cylinder with name and date of planting.
In a week or two, the seeds will germinate and green leaves will appear. When about 2 or 3 inches tall and ready to transplant to a larger container or the garden, use the 1” ejection tool. Place this over the green leaves of the sprouted seedling. It will telescope nicely into the 1¼” planted cylinder. Pull up on the planted cylinder and the seedling will be bottom ejected without disturbing the roots. Add fresh planting mix around the new, larger container and place in a bright-lighted window for further development.


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top gun hosta - warning....enabling...

posted by: josephines67 on 11.01.2013 at 01:18 pm in Hosta Forum

Which, out of all the hosta you own, if you could only choose ONE....(I know, I know, but TRY) which one would you name TOP GUN for this season?

No runner up, no honourable mentions, not even close....only TOP GUN

If you include a photo (or multiple photos to illustrate your point) (but photo not necessary if it will prevent you from posting a reply) it will have more impact for the viewer. To re-iterate:

1. NAME your Top Gun and
2. WHY did you choose it?
3. Post PIC(s)

Your reply may be the one that helps someone decide ... when they already think they have too many ... or they only add one new hosta per year ... your reply can help narrow down that decision ... and have your name attached to a particular hosta someone decides to buy next year!

This is not as easy as it sounds.....some of us will have a difficult time to choose JUST ONE.


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Labels that won't fade?

posted by: loribee2 on 01.02.2011 at 05:59 pm in Growing from Seed Forum

I'm having a heck of a time finding a way to label my seedlings with something that won't fade in the sun or otherwise disappear before I'm done with them.

I started out using a Sharpie on wood sticks. The humidity in my seedling tray caused the ink to run beyond comprehension. I then cut up slats from an old set of vertical blinds. The slats are thin plastic and work great, but when I write on them with a Sharpie, the ink fades in the sunlight before the plant is done producing. I then resorted to wrapping a stake with duct tape and "etching" the duct tape with a ball-point pen. That seems to be holding ground in our wet winter, but I can't help but think there's a better way.

I just started some new seeds and used ball-point ink on my plastic slats. The jury is out on how that will work.

So pray tell? What do you use to mark your seedlings that will last through humidity, rain and sun?


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What is your best 'bang for the buck' plant? ie, zuccini...

posted by: juliamay67 on 05.06.2009 at 11:52 pm in Frugal Gardening Forum

Hi there - I wanted to start a thread of what plants are really worth your time & money. The most obvious is zuccini as it can have great production. Another of mine is black eyed susan. After only two years I have divided them into a few plant for me and a friend.

What are your best value, most prolific plants?

Thanks in advance -

Julia in Woodinville, WA


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RE: Jessie's Sweet Pear Mint-for those who grow this plant, opini (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: jll0306 on 04.13.2013 at 01:31 am in Herbs Forum

I just received this mint, Hillary 's sweet lemon and oregano - thyme mint from Fragrant Fields. The plants are sturdy and well rooted in their 4 inch pots. They were labeled, though one of the markers was stuck down in the side of the pot and not easy to see at first. Service was prompt, packaging was careful and al arrived in good shape.

Just posting this to add another opinion of this vendor.



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If you could only grow 3 herbs, what would you pick?

posted by: tomatotomata on 02.24.2013 at 03:12 pm in Herbs Forum

I've been persuaded by knowledgeable voices here to grow only one plant per pot. Basil is a given, but what else? There are just too many choices! What would be your choice?


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RE: What'cha doin' with your GREEN tomatoes? (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: annie1992 on 10.11.2009 at 11:41 am in Harvest Forum

Yes, gardenweasel, I'm THAT Annie. LOL My claim to fame....

I just wash the tomatoes, slice them, put them on a baking sheet and freeze them, then package them in ziplock bags in serving sized packages. When I want fried green tomatoes I take them out of the freezer, blot them a little with a towel, dip them in the egg wash, then the breading. Back into egg wash and another dip in the breading, and into the frying pan. Do not thaw them or they get too soft to deal with easily. Use any mixture of crumbs or flour/cornmeal or whatever you like for YOUR green tomatoes.

I dip them twice because I like really crunchy green tomatoes...



clipped on: 10.24.2013 at 06:36 am    last updated on: 10.24.2013 at 06:42 am

New hosta-babies arrived!!

posted by: esther_b on 10.19.2013 at 09:48 pm in Hosta Forum

When I got home from work Friday (after herding a bunch of ill-behaved teenagers through the Bronx Zoo on a field trip), THREE boxes were waiting for me! One contained some mini-hostas from a reliable seller on eBay, one contained some mini-heuchies from In the Country and one contained 3 small hostas from Made in the Shade.

All of the mini-hostas were perfect (the eBay seller said they were from Walters Gardens), no browning from the fall yet. I was absolutely delighted to find a BONUS hosta-baby in the box from eBay---Appletini, in perfect health. So cute! So I took some pics of them with my cell phone camera:

The box with the mini-heuchies contained 3 gorgeous Lil Cuties by Terra Nova--Sugar Berry, Frost, and Peppermint. All three were perfect, from In the Country. It also contained a surprise---a gorgeous Maui Buttercups. We had exchanged emails and I told them how upset I was about my hosta garden being destroyed for absolutely no reason other than a power play. I mentioned the loss of Maui Buttercups and heuchie Ginger Snap. I guess they were trying to make it up to me in some way (boy, DID they!) by sending me this beautiful Maui Buttercups. Yippee!!

The third box from Made in the Shade with the small hostas contained the ordered hostas, no surprises there. Marilyn Monroe had no browning and was simply a beautiful plant with great roots. Grand Prize had some fall browning, but great roots. Ripple Effect was perfect and had a great root system as well.

I ran upstairs to doff my backpack and grab my trowel, and got all the new arrivals planted before the Sabbath (can't plant or water on the Sabbath) AND watered. AND collected my first compliment on the new arrivals from the downstairs next door neighbor and her fiance.

Here is the "hosta pot plot", the 16" glazed ceramic pot:

Mini-heuchie in the center is Peppermint, surrounded by Holy Mouse Ears (at 1 o'clock), Cracker Crumbs (11 o'clock), Pure Heart (at 8 o'clock), Sparkler (at 6 o'clock) and Appletini (at 4 o'clock). All the hostas have ample access to sunlight, although from the angle of the photo, it doesn't look like it. This new hosta pot plot drew a particular compliment from the downstairs next door neighbor's fiance.

All in all, a great Friday afternoon.


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before and after, a work in progress

posted by: dansgrdn on 08.06.2007 at 01:20 am in Hosta Forum

Koidom and Janice's project photos have inspired me to share some photos of my own. This is definately still a work in progress. I started out with a plan, but the collector in me usually rules out, and things tend to end up looking a little cluttered and incongruous. It'll take a few years for me to get it dialed in, omitting certain things and possibly adding others.

Before (May '07)
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End of day one ( who would have thought 3 tons of rock would not have been enough, notice the unfinished black paint line in front)
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Rain postponed my next effort but that gave me time to rest my aching back. I ordered 2 more tons of rock (this time 8-12" vs. the 12-18" that I ordered the first time) and this is was what it looked like at the end of day two.

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Finally here are some pictures from yesterday. Should look better next Spring.
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Well gotta go to bed, long day tomorrow, hope you like the pics. Have a great week! Dan


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wanted: have lots of varieties of groundcovers

posted by: bunky on 10.07.2013 at 08:45 am in Plant Exchange Forum

I have to offer in trade, English Ivy, Variegated artemesia, snow on the mountain, grass on the hill (same as snow on the mountain but taller and solid green), mixed ajuga, sedum, Herman' pride, lysmachia archangel and lysmachia gooseneck. I do NOT want groundcovers in exchange (unless it's really different!). Please let me know what you have to offer. I usually do a stuffed priority mail box (the ones around $5.) and would appreciate this in return.
Thanks for any interest you have in trading!


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update: mnf scared my plants off halloween seed swap

posted by: poisondartfrog on 10.10.2013 at 06:04 am in Round Robin Exchange Forum

Welcome to the haunted hayride.
katyerra/Kathi /received
primrose 1x3/Karen

This post was edited by poisondartfrog on Sat, Oct 12, 13 at 17:21


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HAVE: Updated Trade List: Lots of Veggies

posted by: DraigAthar on 09.29.2013 at 08:03 am in Seed Exchange Forum

I did it! I made it through the whole seed box, done and sorted. :) I updated my trade list with everything I have extra to share. Have a peek and let me know if you're interested in a trade!


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NEW: Seed Purge Fall 2013

posted by: legallyheidi on 08.10.2013 at 11:18 pm in Round Robin Exchange Forum

I did this last year and had a blast, so hopefully I will again this year :)
I'm going ahead and posting this...though the deadline is October 15th. Yes, a long time away...but a few folks messaged me last go 'round that they didn't see it until it was too late...hopefully everyone who wants to participate has ample time to see this.

Swapper should have the ability to send seeds in by the deadline (October 15th).
The ability to post then they've received their seeds back from me.

Let me know in this thread that you would like to participate & I will message my address to you. THE PURGE IS OPEN TO ALL...USA, CANADA, & INTERNATIONAL.
*PLEASE make sure that it is legal to send and receive seeds in your there are a few that do not accept seeds from the US*

1. You can send in up to 100 seed packs. If you are sending in extra seeds as a bonus please mark them clearly as a bonus. If you send in 100 packages, you will get 100 packages back. If you send in 5 packages you will get 5 back. There is a maximum of 5 packages of each variety per person. Variety meaning "Dixie Butterpea", not legumes in general You can send veggies, flowers, and herbs.
As a rule, seed packets should *try* and contain the following:
Tiny Seeds (basil, hyssop, poppies): 1/4 tsp
Small Flower Seeds (calendula, bachelor button): 1/2 tsp
Small Vegetable Seeds (tomato, pepper, eggplant): 10 seeds
Large Flower Seeds (4 O'Clock, Nasturtium, Thunbergia): 10 seeds
Large Vegetable Seeds (Squash, Beans, Corn): 20 seeds

2. Please send NAMED VARIETIES of seed. Please mark the seed package with the type of seed (annual or perennial flower, herb, vegetable, etc.) & the cultivar name. PLEASE DO NOT SEND KNOWN HYBRIDS. If seeds are from a commercial source, please note that as well. Basically put as much info as you can on the packet. Or if possible, send seeds in the original packet. If there is anything that is unsure of, just ask! Do not include mystery seeds. It isn't fair to send mystery seed to people who followed the instructions & sent in named varieties. Unknown varieties will be sent back to you.

When you grow out the seeds that you receive please try not to be upset if an occasional plant is not true. That being said, please don't send in seed that you know is crossed & will not grow true.

Please do not include seeds that are older than 2011.

3. Please include a list of the seeds that you are sending in (or message me with the list). Also include a wish list or preferences and if there are any seeds you do not want to receive. I will try my best to accommodate your wish list, but there are no guarantees, of course. The returned seeds will be completely dependent on what is sent in. The easiest wishlists to fill include some specifics (Malachite Box Tomato), but also some general wishes (Green-when-ripe tomatoes). Don't be shy. It is easier, if your wishlist has 100 things on it. If you wish to message me your wishlist, please feel free, and if you'd like, post it (or some of it) on the thread. If you have something on your wishlist & get it from another source, change your mind, or find something that you wish to add to your list, just let me know. It is no trouble to change the lists until the day that I send them out, then you're kinda stuck.
Please include both your real name (for mailing) and your screen name, so I know who has sent in their seeds! I had trouble with a few last go 'round who didn't include a screen name

Inside your envelope you should have:
1. Whatever seed you are contributing to the swap
2. 5 US Stamps (Canada & international can send monetary funds, if need be)
3. An address label with your address on it.
4. A wish list or list of preferences or do not want list
5. Include your name & Screen name

I'm downsizing in the winter, so my stash of seeds will be added...everyone will end up with more than they sent in.
I'm posting this on Idig, as well...there were quite a few participants from the site last time.


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new: october mnf scared my plants off halloween seed swap

posted by: poisondartfrog on 09.28.2013 at 04:25 pm in Round Robin Exchange Forum

Welcome ghoulies! Old and new ghouls are invited to participate. This swap is open to everyone, requiring only that you are a GW member age 18 or over.
Halloween goblins scare my pants off and the threat of cooler weather and shorter days is scaring the seeds right off my plants! Yours too?
Those seeds won't have to be afraid if we collect them and share them around with other gardeners so that they can live another season.

This is my favorite time of year and this month's swap will reflect the special features of the season. Here are the rules.

1. Sign up on this thread by October 8.

2. You will receive the same number of packs you send in unless there are extras available, and then you may receive more. If you send mostly ornamentals you will receive mostly ornamentals in return, if you send mostly vegetables, you will receive mostly vegetables. Please send no more than 3 packs of any one variety or cultivar.

3. The minimum number of packs to send is lucky number 13. The most to send is 4 times thirteen- 52 packets. Any over 52 packets will be considered extras. You can send any seeds you want, but try to include a few that reflect autumn, harvest time or Halloween. Seeds with scary names or that bloom or produce fruits in colors like orange, purple, black, blood get the idea, would be great choices. For example, you could send orange Calendulas or Carrots, Bloody Butcher Tomato, Black Scabiosa, Pumpkins, Gourds, herbs used for spells, Eryngium Miss Wilmott's Ghost, etc.

4. Seeds should be no older than 2012 and although there is no need to send stuffed packets they should contain enough seeds to insure a reasonable chance of successfully germinating a few specimens. I hate to assign numbers but would stipulate no fewer than 8 seeds for super large seeds like Castor Beans, for instance, and no fewer than 15-20 seeds for smaller seeds. Practically speaking I don't need any more small seeds than I do large ones, but it is nice to be able to see them in the pack.

5. You will put your seeds in the mail to me no later than October 18. I will provide my address once signups are closed. If not mailed timely I will return your package unopened. I want to get them back out in time to arrive for Halloween. In addition to the seeds you will include a return mailing label and stamps according to this schedule:
If you send 13 packs-2 first class stamps
If you send 26 packs-3 first class stamps
If you send 39 packs-3 first class stamps
If you send 52 packs -4 first class stamps

This is not a wish list swap and will not be open to side trades, but if you have a GW "want" list I will be reviewing them in case there is a match.

For entertainment we will play Disappearing Bingo once sign ups's are closed. You may play or not, as you like. A prize will be awarded to the winner. More information about that forthcoming.

That's it. I hope you will jump on the hayride with me and savor the season. I'm saving you a spot on the bale right next to mine....


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WANTED: Creeping Phlox

posted by: llnoe on 10.08.2013 at 10:46 pm in Plant Exchange Forum

Hi, anyone have any creeping phlox for trade? I'm especially looking for Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple', but would love anykind of creeping phlox as I have lots of space and would love some.

My trade list if interested:

Lily of the Valley established plants
Rose of Sharon seedlings (or small bareroot trees) (mixed/unknown)
standard royal hostas
common orange daylilies
Rose of Sharon seeds (pink, lavender, white) not quite ready yet
Tiger lily seeds
white hibiscus seeds
yellow daylily seeds
canna lily seeds - dark pink
pink morning glory seeds

Thank you!



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