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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/21/2019, 11:38 pm

NICE!
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/23/2019, 12:04 pm

Beautiful, sunshiny day. Wasn't supposed to freeze last night. Didn't look like ice anywhere. Walking down the front ramp my legs went out from under me on black ice that shouldn't have been there. Evil or Very Mad  I landed so hard on my tailbone I started screaming. Woke Hubby. He came running out almost full monty -- good thing we don't have near neighbors. Rolling Eyes 

Thank goodness we have one of those fancy adjustable beds (on sale, 60% off yahoo ). I'm in it right now, adjusting back and leg settings to minimize the pain. I got sooo lucky -- I landed flat, which distributed the impact. It still jarred every inch of me. I took an Alleve and now I'm just waiting for it to kick in. hiding

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Post  donnainzone5 on 12/23/2019, 12:07 pm

I'm sorry to hear about your mishap.  Having had similar falls several times, I know how painful tailbones can be.

Nowadays, I wonder if those falls might have contributed to my subsequent lumbar pain.  Take care, and Merry Holidays!
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/23/2019, 2:37 pm

@donnainzone5 wrote:I'm sorry to hear about your mishap.  Having had similar falls several times, I know how painful tailbones can be.

Nowadays, I wonder if those falls might have contributed to my subsequent lumbar pain.  Take care, and Merry Holidays!
Thanks, Donna. I got sooo lucky. I could have done some serious damage, but I think I'll be okay. good job!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/24/2019, 7:52 am

Oh, dear.... Glad you're okay, Suz!
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/24/2019, 11:24 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Oh, dear....  Glad you're okay, Suz!
Thanks, Marie. Now, guess what's black and blue and yellow and green? -- My tush! -- yahoo TMI, TD? rofl
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/27/2019, 4:49 pm

The weather has finally cleared up enough to start raking again.  rock on
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/28/2019, 9:28 am

I just found a reference to a Mexican zucchini that can grow in the winter, down to 28 degrees. I can't find it, but now I'm on a mission to grow zucchini inside in the winter. I found this one at Baker Creek, so I'll be working on my first order for 2020, today.

https://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/squash/summer-squash/nimba-zucchini-summer-squash
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/29/2019, 5:42 am

How are you feeling, CN?
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/29/2019, 10:00 am

@AtlantaMarie wrote:How are you feeling, CN?
I still get painful twinges when I get up and down, but other than that, no apparent damage. Thanks for asking. I love you
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/29/2019, 10:09 am

@countrynaturals wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Nice!
Thanks, Scorpio. I'm holding my breath to see how it does when there's no sun. bounce
Not well! Sad I can't get enough light on these plants to compensate for a month of pretty much no sun at all. Without a commercial setup, I guess gardening under lights only works on small plants -- greens, radishes -- or plants that don't mind some shade -- serrano peppers, basil. My carrots didn't make it. I can't add any more lights, but I can make some adjustments. I'm not giving up. Razz
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/29/2019, 12:23 pm

Working on my first Baker Creek order for 2020. THEY'RE ALREADY OUT OF STOCK ON HALF THE STUFF I WANT! Butterfly Junction - Page 36 671790
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/31/2019, 3:31 pm

Blueberries! I just found out there's a kind that grows in Zone 9 -- Southern Highbush. I looked all over the internet, and only found bare root from Gurneys that would ship here.

Just for grins, I thought I'd call a local a high-end local nursery and ask them about it.

JACKPOT! alrighta


The 3rd week in January, they will get their 2020 shipment -- 4 varieties -- 1 gallon containers -- already in bloom -- WILL PRODUCE THIS YEAR! This will be a very expensive investment, but I don't care. I'm gonna buy 2 of each one. We'll have to plant them in the pool area, cuz it's the only place the deer don't frequent, but it will still be a risk, cuz the deer could get in there if they wanted to. The plan is to plant blackberries all around the fence line for them, but they will take time to establish. Wish me luck! weeee
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/1/2020, 7:41 pm

Carrots are up and Phase I of 2020 seeds has been planted. That's cilantro, kale, kohlrabi, & lettuce. geek
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Post  Dan in Ct on 1/2/2020, 6:53 am

Suz, you have me chomping at the bit to get some seeds wet and I am a month out from starting anything. So on Feb. 15th, I will start some rosemary, lavender and several varieties of onions. The good news is Jere of Baker Creek bought Comstock Ferre in 2011 and although they scaled back plans they do have almost the complete Baker Creek line at the old Comstock Ferre site. Diagonally across the street is Chas. Hart Seed, both in Wethersfield and New England Seed is in East Hartford, all of which I will be visiting soon on the same day so as not to forget and duplicate some of the seed packets from different vendors. I am a lucky gardener indeed. I do touch up my thumb before I go so they get the right idea.
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/2/2020, 11:06 am

@Dan in Ct wrote:Suz, you have me chomping at the bit to get some seeds wet and I am a month out from starting anything.

I'm so glad I'm not the only nut on this forum. I am also at least a month out from putting anything in the ground, so I'm probably too early starting most of these seeds, but I just couldn't help myself. Maybe I need an intervention.

So on Feb. 15th, I will start some rosemary, lavender and several varieties of onions. The good news is Jere of Baker Creek bought Comstock Ferre in 2011 and although they scaled back plans they do have almost the complete Baker Creek line at the old Comstock Ferre site. Diagonally across the street is Chas. Hart Seed, both in Wethersfield and New England Seed is in East Hartford, all of which I will be visiting soon on the same day so as not to forget and duplicate some of the seed packets from different vendors. I am a lucky gardener indeed. I do touch up my thumb before I go so they get the right idea.

ROAD TRIP! neener
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/2/2020, 12:42 pm

YEE-HAH! A successful experiment! geek 

About a week ago, I was pruning and trimming the Super Sweet 100 tomato plant I brought inside last month. I found a nice-looking sprig to use as a cutting, and stuck it in a tall container of vermiculite. It hung in there for a day or 2, then started to wilt. I had to do something or throw it out.

Over Christmas, we brought home some leftovers in plastic deli containers. Since I'm too cheap to throw anything out, and these were in good shape and mini-greenhouse size, I washed them and kept them.

Day before yesterday, I took that limp cutting and laid it down in one of those containers, sank it in water, put the clear cover back on, then put it on the top shelf of my indoor garden, where it actually gets a little sun. Yesterday, there was no change. Here's what I found this morning:
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It looks like the original problem was a broken stem. I cut off the bad part, and also the few leaves that were still wimpy, put the cover back on, and stuck it back on the top shelf, where it will stay until it starts to root.
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This was a very nice surprise to wake up to. Gave my day a happy start. reading
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/2/2020, 4:39 pm

Nice!
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/2/2020, 6:48 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Nice!
Thanks, Scorpio. Very Happy

Finished my seed planting. Today was heirloom toms, onions, parsley, pumpkins, peas, spinach, pansies (for Katie), and *radishes.

*Another new experiment: I have a terrible time getting radishes to grow. They always start out leggy.  After that, they get big and bushy, then don't produce bulbs. I decided to try some in Jiffy Pellets under lights. If I can get them launched properly, maybe I can actually harvest some. Rolling Eyes
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Post  donnainzone5 on 1/2/2020, 6:55 pm

Suz,

I find that bone meal helps root crops.
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/2/2020, 8:33 pm

@donnainzone5 wrote:Suz,

I find that bone meal helps root crops.
KEWL! I have that. Cool
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/4/2020, 1:01 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Carrots are up and Phase I of 2020 seeds has been planted. That's cilantro, kale, kohlrabi, & lettuce.  geek
They're up. I'm not impressed with the new lights, but I'll give them a chance. It looks like I'll be buying even more. Mad Butterfly Junction - Page 36 Seedli10
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/4/2020, 3:40 pm

Ya know what we're supposed to do when life gives us lemons . . well . . . life just gave me leggy radish seedlings -- my own fault for not getting the lights on soon enough. I've been fighting this battle and losing  for years. ENOUGH! Butterfly Junction - Page 36 950477 

This time, I pulled one out, pinched off the dirt, and popped it into my mouth. EUREKA! I loved it -- and I don't even eat radishes -- way too much heat for me -- but just one little sprout is just right . Next, I tried one on Hubby. HE LIKED IT, TOO.

From now on, when a radish comes up leggy, I'll just call it a micro-green, harvest it for the next snack, sandwich, salad, or smoothie, and stick another radish seed right in the same hole. I must have over 1000 radish seeds, from various failed attempts. Now those babies will get another chance to be productive.

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Post  countrynaturals on 1/4/2020, 4:06 pm

Radish Sprouts Quick Facts

Name:
Radish Sprouts

Origin
Probably, it was originated in Eurasia.

Taste
Zippy

Calories
16 Kcal./cup

Major nutrients
Vitamin C (12.22%)
Vitamin B9 (9.00%)
Vitamin B6 (8.31%)
Vitamin B3 (6.78%)
Phosphorus (6.14%)


Health benefits
Promote Digestion, Cardiovascular health, Cancer prevention, Assist to lose weight

Contains naturally occurring plant estrogens which are similar to human estrogen and are helpful with symptoms associated to menopause, fibrocystic disease and hot flashes. It is a great source of Vitamin B, A, E, C and K and possess chlorophyll and essential amino acids.

All of the above came from:
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/14/2020, 10:45 am

Nothing to do outside for yet another 10 days. Sad Yesterday, I organized the "Cat & Garden Room" where I have a light setup for seed starting. I'm also growing radish "micro-greens" out there (behind the garage). Not very exciting right now. I may buy another plant light for it. The one I bought before Christmas is doing okay (4 little goose-neck LEDs on a clamp). sawing logs
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