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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/14/2019, 12:10 pm

Suz, an easy (to me!) chicken-wire cage is pictured in the Third Edition.

Also, do you store your seeds in the fridge?  I do, and have had good germination rates.  This year, though, I'll test a couple of packs from 2008-2009 and see what the results are.
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/14/2019, 1:28 pm

@donnainzone5 wrote:Suz, an easy (to me!) chicken-wire cage is pictured in the Third Edition.

Also, do you store your seeds in the fridge?  I do, and have had good germination rates.  This year, though, I'll test a couple of packs from 2008-2009 and see what the results are.

Any cages I use must be ornamental, since this garden is in the "formal" Rolling Eyes  backyard (pool area).

Nope, no seeds in the fridge. I never had room before, but the new fridge that we bought when we moved in, actually has the perfect little shelf for them, so I will start doing that. Do you keep all of your seeds there all year long?
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/14/2019, 1:34 pm

Suz,

Most of my seeds remain in the refrigerator 24/7, although when I take them out to do inventory or some planting, I sometimes forget or neglect to return them.  So far, I haven't noticed too much difference, although time will tell.  I do believe that refrigeration, as Mel recommended, is advisable.  

If I find any aesthetically pleasing covers, I'll let you know.
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/14/2019, 4:12 pm

Started onion seeds today, per OG's instructions in the Seed Starting thread. My heating pad is a cheaping with no thermostat, so I can't control that part, but the seeds are fresh and I just patted them down onto the top of the soil and covered lightly with vermiculite.

My seed starting table is under a west-facing window, so everything gets some light. Do I need to add the grow lights now or can I wait until the seeds start to sprout?


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Post  countrynaturals on 3/14/2019, 4:20 pm

@donnainzone5 wrote:Suz,

Most of my seeds remain in the refrigerator 24/7, although when I take them out to do inventory or some planting, I sometimes forget or neglect to return them.  So far, I haven't noticed too much difference, although time will tell.  I do believe that refrigeration, as Mel recommended, is advisable.  

I didn't know there was going to be a test or I would have studied. Embarassed

Okay, I dug out the book and read what Mel said about refrigeration. I hope plastic bags are as good as glass jars because they suit my system better. I have the perfect little door shelf at the bottom where Hubby didn't even know it was there. It will be perfect for organized seed packets. Thanks, Donna. thanks
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/14/2019, 5:08 pm

Suz, I separate each type of seed packet and place them in good-quality quart-sized freezer bags, which I then label with a waterproof pen.

Examples:  corn  pole beans   bush beans   tomatoes   cukes   leaf lettuce   , etc.  

I have so many seeds for lettuce and other greens that I think I'll put them all in a large Christmas cookie tin.  Some, however, remain in the box a toaster came in.  Fortunately, I have a large (27 cubic foot) fridge.  The seeds still take up a great deal of space!   lol!
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/14/2019, 6:56 pm

@donnainzone5 wrote:Suz, I separate each type of seed packet and place them in good-quality quart-sized freezer bags, which I then label with a waterproof pen.

Examples:  corn  pole beans   bush beans   tomatoes   cukes   leaf lettuce   , etc.  

I have so many seeds for lettuce and other greens that I think I'll put them all in a large Christmas cookie tin.  Some, however, remain in the box a toaster came in.  Fortunately, I have a large (27 cubic foot) fridge.  The seeds still take up a great deal of space!   lol!

I will have to be selective. There's no way all of my seeds will fit, but that's fine. Butterfly Junction - Page 24 3170584802
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Post  sanderson on 3/15/2019, 12:56 am

Suz, those boxes look neat!

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/20/2019, 7:26 pm

Onions, marigolds, tomatoes, and zinnias are starting to sprout. Baby cabbage, baby pak choi, and romaine transplanted into permanent balcony containers. Baby turnips direct sown into balcony container. Sugar snap peas planted in old peat pots. Hopefully they'll be ready to go into the Salad Bar. along with the kale, after this patch of rain ends on the 29th.
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Post  ralitaco on 3/20/2019, 10:32 pm

Wow, you have been busy!!!!
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/20/2019, 10:40 pm

@ralitaco wrote:Wow, you have been busy!!!!

I'm like a little kid at Disneyland. I lost a whole season and now I just can't wait to make it up. bounce
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/26/2019, 7:59 pm

YEE-HAH! Went to a going-out-of-business sale and scored Yukon Gold seed potatoes for $1.98 a pack -- regularly $7.99. There are about 4 to a pack. Not sure if the price is good, but they're hard to find around here at any price, so I'm jazzed. I know right where to put them to keep them away from the deer, too. Now I need a sweet potato from the grocery store and I'm all set for taters. happy turtle
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/27/2019, 6:58 pm

Worst hail I've ever seen.
Here is the master bedroom balcony, with baby cabbage and baby pak choi in the containers.
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Here is the kitchen balcony, with romaine in the planter boxes.
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/27/2019, 9:04 pm

The little guys are all okay, but the artichoke suffered some damage. (The other leaf has 3 big slashes in it.)
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/29/2019, 12:21 pm

A gardening I shall go,
A gardening I shall go,
Hi-Ho the derryo,
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Mother Nature took pity on me and dried up the rain a little early. After dumping another ton last night, this morning is starting to dry up a little and we have SUN scheduled for this afternoon and THE WHOLE ENTIRE WEEKEND! happy turtle  

I should have time to finish prepping the Salad Bar and get all of my seedlings in the ground (including an onion box on the kitchen balcony). Hopefully, I can also get the host garden cleaned up and my milkweed planted. Then, when the rain comes back next week, I can start another batch of seeds inside, while I got back to my knitting. Rolling Eyes
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Post  sanderson on 4/1/2019, 2:39 pm

You have an artichoke plant! None of the nurseries here have them in stock. That's some hail, there.

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Post  countrynaturals on 4/1/2019, 3:36 pm

@sanderson wrote:You have an artichoke plant!  None of the nurseries here have them in stock. That's some hail, there.

I planted that poor thing from seed over a year ago. It was the only one to sprout. The plants I bought died when we had to evacuate for the Carr Fire. That poor little guy survived. I up-potted it. Then it went through the snow storm. Now it's the hail. Do they make a purple heart for plants? Like a Star @ heaven
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/2/2019, 1:27 pm

April 2 and I'm setting up grow lights. Grrrr! There have been years when I was already working in the ground on Feb. 2. All those tiny seedlings I planted on the balconies last month are still sitting there. They aren't dying, but there's been no appreciable growth, either. My asparagus bed is still dormant. Daffodils are still blooming. I swear it's like living in the movie Ground Hog Day. I've been re-living the same weather day for over a month. I give up!
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Post  ralitaco on 4/2/2019, 3:17 pm

But the most important part is that you are "living" them...and sharing on this forum
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/2/2019, 4:03 pm

@ralitaco wrote:But the most important part is that you are "living" them...and sharing on this forum

Thanks, Ralitaco. I needed a little encouragement. Also, love your avatar. It gave me a nice, big smile -- also much needed, today.
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Post  sanderson on 4/3/2019, 3:23 am

@ralitaco wrote:But the most important part is that you are "living" them...and sharing on this forum
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/3/2019, 3:29 pm

Learn something new every day! Did you know that if you start melons from seed inside, you should get them in the ground within 2 weeks. Baker Creek says never let them become pot-bound. That explains a lot. Many times I started them way early to get a headstart and could easily have let them get pot-bound. Or . . . bought bigger plants from a nursery that were already pot-bound before I got them home. Or . . . bought nursery plants, then left them outside for too long without planting them. Then I wondered why they failed. At least that's one lesson I won't have to learn again. silly me
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/4/2019, 4:52 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Learn something new every day! Did you know that if you start melons from seed inside, you should get them in the ground within 2 weeks. Baker Creek says never let them become pot-bound. That explains a lot. Many times I started them way early to get a headstart and could easily have let them get pot-bound. Or . . . bought bigger plants from a nursery that were already pot-bound before I got them home. Or . . . bought nursery plants, then left them outside for too long without planting them. Then I wondered why they failed. At least that's one lesson I won't have to learn again. silly me
Caught a break in the weather and started my melon seeds in big peat pots, so I can keep them inside until May 1 without worrying about them getting pot bound. happy turtle
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/6/2019, 6:57 pm

Just learned about farmscaping, today. Thought I'd start out small. If I could control the aphids on my milkweed, I would be a very happy camper. Here's what I found:

MonarchButterflyGarden.net wrote:Some plants, including onions and marigolds, have been shown to repel aphids and naturally reduce their numbers. Planting these repellents close to milkweed can attract more butterflies while keeping aphid numbers down to reasonable levels.

Since this is the "year of the onion" for me, and since I had to start over with milkweed, I'm gonna intersperse my baby milkweed plants with some of my baby onions, in my host garden. Fingers crossed. If this works, I will definitely share. geek
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Post  countrynaturals on 4/9/2019, 1:41 pm

April 9, 2019 -- 1st butterfly sighting -- Painted Lady. Boy, these early ones are fast. Rolling Eyes
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Okay, here's what it's really supposed to look like:
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