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Seeds on Ebay

posted by: katydidd4365 on 08.27.2007 at 04:17 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

Has anyone ordered any of the seeds offered on ebay? There are a couple I want, but don't want to be disappointed.

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clipped on: 08.30.2007 at 08:53 pm    last updated on: 08.30.2007 at 08:53 pm

An interesting day at the Rainbow Bridge

posted by: hedgwytch on 09.12.2006 at 09:18 am in Cottage Garden Forum

A friend of mine found this on Animal Planet:

An interesting day at the Rainbow Bridge.

Rainbow Bridge is a place of both peace and anticipation as departed pets await their beloved owners. There are plenty of things to keep them contented while they wait: trees you can't get stuck in, endless meadows, splashing streams, thickets perfect to hide in for pounce-attack games.

But one day the residents noticed some rather...unusual newcomers arrive.

The koalas and the kangaroos slipped in rather quietly, but then came the bearded dragons, the skinks and the goannas. The influx of snakes startled an entire family of cats up a tree. Pythons, cobras, tiger snakes, brown snakes and even fierce snakes. There were so many at one point, it seemed the ground itself was alive with writhing. A burly wombat shouldered his way through the crowd and plopped down in a shady spot, barely missing a Jack Russell terrier who yapped indignantly as he abandoned his position.

And then the crocodiles showed up.

Finally, a Great Dane managed to get up enough nerve to approach one of the reptillian giants.

"Um....excuse me," he said hesitantly. "But why are you all here?"

The croc dropped her jaw and laughed. "Same as you, mate," she said. "Waitin' for someone who loved us."

The dogs, cats, gerbils and other "typical pets" looked at each other in confusion, then at the plethora of weird, ugly and downright deadly creatures assembled. Who on Earth could possibly love some of those faces?

"I see him!" shouted a green mamba from his vantage point in one of the trees. A cacophony of squeeks, hisses, bellows and roars erupted as the mob surged forward toward a lone human walking across the field toward the bridge. The other animals managed to catch a glimpse of him before he was overwhelmed by the crowd.

"CRIKEY!" he shouted joyously right before he was bowled over by the wombat.

"Well I'll be," said a Persian as she tidied up her fur. "It's that Aussie my human liked to watch on TV. Had to be the craziest human on the whole planet."

"Oh, please," remarked a echidna as he hurried by. "Is it really that that crazy to passionately love something God made?"

RIP Crock Man

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clipped on: 09.13.2006 at 09:18 am    last updated on: 09.13.2006 at 09:19 am

romance readers

posted by: busdriver12 on 07.17.2006 at 08:07 pm in Seed Exchange Forum

Are there any other romance readers out there?Are you still reading during the summer or do you save them up for winter?I still love my books,it's too hot to go out when you don't have to!!Are there any book trading sites?Who's books do you love the most?I am crazy about Jude Deveraux!

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clipped on: 09.08.2006 at 06:25 am    last updated on: 09.08.2006 at 06:25 am

Planting lilies now

posted by: pameliap on 07.14.2006 at 12:26 pm in Lily Forum

I just received 15 lily bulbs that I found on Ebay. They are nice, healthy looking, have nice looking roots and about 2 inches to 3 inches of sprout. My question is, how deep should I plant these? Should I go six inches to the bottom of the bulb or leave the sprouts exposed?

I'm not expecting blooms this year, but I know it would be best for the bulbs to get some leaf growth to feed the bulbs.

The lilies are Narbonne (sp?), Stargazer, Lollipop, Rosato, and Centerfold.

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clipped on: 08.13.2006 at 09:04 am    last updated on: 08.13.2006 at 09:04 am

'Instant beds'

posted by: donn_ on 03.28.2006 at 07:01 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

Need quick bedspace for your new babies? Here's a surefire way to build them quickly, using nothing but lawn and cardboard.

Groundlevel beds: Cut the lawn/sod about 6-8" deep, in sections you can handle easily. In the space you dug the sod from, lay out sheets of cardboard. Soak the cardboard. Flip the sod chunks upside down, so the grass side is on the cardboard. You now have a new bed, which can be planted into immediately, with a little compost added to the back fill.

Elevated beds: Find a part of the yard that could use a new woodchip path (alongside a bed is a good spot, because it doesn't have to be mowed or edged, because there won't be any grass to grow into your bed). Dig out the same sod chunks outlined above. Lay out the cardboard where you want the new bed, and soak it down. Flip the sod chunks same as above. It's ready to plant. Put down some landscape fabric where you dug out the sod, and cover it with 6-8" of woodchips. You now have a weedfree path that will make compost at it's bottom, which you can harvest every year. Just rake back the top, shovel the bottom into adjacent beds, rake the top back into the bottom, and put a new layer on top.

The primary benefits of instant beds are that you don't need layers of greens and browns like with lasagna beds, and they don't shrink down like lasagna beds.

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clipped on: 07.29.2006 at 03:48 pm    last updated on: 07.29.2006 at 03:48 pm

RE: 'Instant beds' (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: broodyjen on 05.14.2006 at 04:37 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

Okay, not to brag, but I think that my instant bed method is easier....

Ingredients: lotsa newspaper, bales of straw (one average sized square bale covers roughly 15-20 sq. feet), greens (coffee grounds from Starbucks will do just fine, or grass clippings), mulch, and water. Border material, such as rocks, bricks, edging, etc is helpful, too.

Instructions:
1) Lay out newspaper over designated instant bed area. Needs to be 6-8 sheets thick. Mowing the area first helps the paper to lay down better. Wet the paper with the garden hose to keep it from blowing away while you work.

2) Cut the twine off the bale of straw and start separating it into flakes (each flake should separate easily, and will be 4-5 inches thick). Lay flakes out on top of newspaper, snugging them right up next to one another, so you now have a layer of straw on top of the newspaper, about 4-5 inches thick).

3) Sprinkle coffee grounds/grass clippings liberally on top of straw.

4) Cover it all with mulch (preferable the fine kind, not the pine bark kind), so it looks like an ordinary raised bed. This is where border material comes in--will hide the fact that your bed is made of straw and not dirt.

5) You can plant immediately, if you want. Just make a little hole in the straw, add a little pocket of soil if there's not much clinging to the roots of your plant, and then spread the mulch back around the plant.

I made one bed using this method last year, and one bed by digging, adding amendments, etc (aka the hard way). I planted WS babies in both beds. The plants in the instant bed are twice as big as the ones in the backbreaking labor bed. From now on, I will create all my new beds with straw. The best time to do it is late fall, when you can aquire lots of great straw bales that have been sitting out in the weather in peoples' fall yard decorations. Totally FREE--just ask nicely!

Jen

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clipped on: 07.29.2006 at 03:46 pm    last updated on: 07.29.2006 at 03:46 pm

Cottage Garden Fall Seed Swap

posted by: faltered on 06.15.2006 at 10:13 am in Cottage Garden Forum

I know it's been mentioned a few times before, but I thought I'd start a thread so we can discuss it and begin to make plans.

Last fall (for those of you that weren't here), we had our first ever cottage garden seed swap. Here is a link to one of the main threads from then, with instructions:

Fall 2005 Cottage Garden Seed Swap

I was hoping you all would like to do it again. I enjoyed hosting and seeing all the wonderful seeds everyone sent in. I'd love to host again this year if you guys and gals would like to hold the swap again.

So... what do you say?!?

I thought we'd better start the discussions now so that people in all the different zones can save seeds whenever the time is best.

Tracy

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clipped on: 06.16.2006 at 10:52 pm    last updated on: 06.16.2006 at 10:52 pm

RE: Gardenias (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: rhizo_1 on 06.07.2006 at 02:20 pm in Carolina Gardening Forum

I am going to gently disagree with most of the advice above, sorry Nancy. ;-)

The BEST time to move them, I think you know, is when temperatures cool down and they cease active growing for the season. Especially in your zone 8 climate. It is no longer recommended that you prune in advance of transplanting, since it is the leaves that generate the energy for your plants to make new roots! The foliage is extremely important (absolutely critical) in the process of new root generation. Hopefully, if you've done a good job of digging and replanting, your plants won't blink an eye. Dormant season digging can be extremely successful.

I would advise against fertilizing your plants with anything before, during, or after the move, as well. New roots could be harmed as they begin to grow, AND a sudden blast of nitrogen could actually encourage a bunch of top growth at the time, something you don't want to happen. Again, transplanting is ALL about root development. Force a plant to put out a bunch of new growth when it has lost most of it's root system, and it ceases making new roots.

If you have any other questions about this, just let me know, okay?

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clipped on: 06.07.2006 at 09:05 pm    last updated on: 06.07.2006 at 09:05 pm