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Post  OhioGardener 2/4/2020, 4:43 pm

Sounds good, TD!  I started my onion seeds this past Sunday, so I'm ready to go.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 2/4/2020, 7:03 pm

I haven’t started anything yet...but did get the seeds out and started to “stage them” for starting.  I too think of you daily TD, I can see how you are basically obsessed with health related issues.  

Aerogardens would be the easy button to dip your toe back into the pond!  Herbs might be nice, too.
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Post  trolleydriver 2/6/2020, 8:02 pm

Frustrated ... I went to two stores today to buy onion seeds. Seemed like there were seed packets for every flower and vegetable on the planet.  But no onion seeds except for green bunching onions. I guess I must be the only person here in the great white North who starts onions from seeds indoors.
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Post  trolleydriver 2/9/2020, 3:42 pm

Took a positive step toward having a SFG this summer. I am doing a seed viability test for last year's Leek, Bunching Onion and Walla Walla Onion seeds.  I'll give them a few days on wet paper towels sealed in a plastic bag. If ok then I'll start some indoors for transplanting in the Spring.
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Post  countrynaturals 2/9/2020, 4:46 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Took a positive step toward having a SFG this summer. I am doing a seed viability test for last year's Leek, Bunching Onion and Walla Walla Onion seeds.  I'll give them a few days on wet paper towels sealed in a plastic bag. If ok then I'll start some indoors for transplanting in the Spring.
I'm also planting different varieties of onions. So far, I've only been successful with potato onions. I've failed at all others -- including chives. Sad
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Post  trolleydriver 2/17/2020, 2:57 pm

Results of seed germination test.

Leeks from 2019 ... 70% success

Green bunching onions  from 2018 ... 60%

Walla Walla Onions from 2019 ... 20%  Sad
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Post  trolleydriver 2/17/2020, 6:08 pm

Mrs TD likes to do scrapbooking.  Here are some pages she created using photos from our veggie garden taken over the past five years.

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Post  OhioGardener 2/17/2020, 7:01 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Results of seed germination test.

Leeks from 2019 ... 70% success

Green bunching onions  from 2018 ... 60%

Walla Walla Onions from 2019 ... 20%  Sad

Pretty good results, TD!  I only had two varieties this year, and now I have one planted.

Bridger from 2019 -- 94% germination

Yellow of Parma from 2018 - 0.0% germination

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Post  ralitaco 2/18/2020, 10:14 am

Love the Scrapbook pages and your big smile!!! 
I'm glad she included the end results too.
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Post  sanderson 2/26/2020, 4:20 am

@ralitaco wrote:Love the Scrapbook pages and your big smile!!! 
I'm glad she included the end results too.
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Post  bluelacedredhead 2/27/2020, 3:25 pm

Outstanding!
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Post  trolleydriver 3/2/2020, 7:35 pm

Not SFG but I did some indoor gardening today. I got one of my Aerogardens started up with various herb seeds.Sixth Year SFG in Canada - Page 2 Img_2645
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Post  bluelacedredhead 3/2/2020, 7:44 pm

Not much more than a SF of garden space there. Wink
It's a start to the season for those of us in short season areas.
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Post  ralitaco 3/2/2020, 10:48 pm

Herbs??? Really???? You sure you're not some wacky backyard breeder?

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Post  sanderson 3/7/2020, 12:50 am

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Post  Kelejan 3/10/2020, 1:02 pm

@ralitaco wrote:Love the Scrapbook pages and your big smile!!! 
I'm glad she included the end results too.

Me too. It also keep TD on his toes so he has to keep everything nice and tidy.

I think TD does a wonderful job.
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Post  sanderson 3/15/2020, 5:07 am

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@ralitaco wrote:Love the Scrapbook pages and your big smile!!! 
I'm glad she included the end results too.

Me too. It also keep TD on his toes so he has to keep everything nice and tidy.

I think TD does a wonderful job.
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Post  trolleydriver 3/16/2020, 1:14 pm

I have not been very motivated for gardening over the past few months. But given what is happening with coronavirus I need to ramp things up. Must  get some transplants started.  One of my Aerogardens is starting to show life.Sixth Year SFG in Canada - Page 2 Img_2652
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Post  trolleydriver 3/17/2020, 1:20 pm

Got my second Aerogarden going today with lettuce, kake, spinach, etc. seeds.
The one on the left was started 14 days ago with herb seeds and has small plants growing now.
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Post  trolleydriver 3/17/2020, 5:07 pm

Started thinking about this year's SFG. Got my book out. In the yard the snow and ice are slowly going away. The Table Top is almost clear but the MM is frozen solid.

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Post  trolleydriver 3/18/2020, 2:40 pm

Took some action today to dig out things I need to start seeds indoors.  To do that Mrs TD and I had to go through the snow to the mini-greenhouse. Thankfully the snow was hard enough that we did not sink in.  

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This is where it will happen in the basement.  I have to set up the grow lights above the shelves at the back. Also lots a washing/cleaning of the pots that I will use. I have way more than what I really need.
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Post  mollyhespra 3/18/2020, 2:49 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:Results of seed germination test.

Leeks from 2019 ... 70% success

Green bunching onions  from 2018 ... 60%

Walla Walla Onions from 2019 ... 20%  Sad

Poop.

That means most of my seeds from pre-DH accident in 2017 are probably going to be slow to germinate if at all. I keep them in the fridge, though. Where have yours been kept, TD?

Oh, and great job at getting outside and in your garden. It's wonderful to see you smiling!
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Post  trolleydriver 3/18/2020, 2:58 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:
@trolleydriver wrote:Results of seed germination test.

Leeks from 2019 ... 70% success

Green bunching onions  from 2018 ... 60%

Walla Walla Onions from 2019 ... 20%  Sad

Poop.

That means most of my seeds from pre-DH accident in 2017 are probably going to be slow to germinate if at all.  I keep them in the fridge, though.  Where have yours been kept, TD?

Oh, and great job at getting outside and in your garden.  It's wonderful to see you smiling!  
Thank you about the smile.

I just keep my seeds in their original packets and put the packets of similar crops (e.g., all tomatoes) in clear plastic sandwich bags which are then stored in the basement (cool and dark).
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Post  Kelejan 3/18/2020, 3:34 pm

I had better get cracking to see what the germination is of all the seeds I have.
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Post  yolos 3/18/2020, 6:06 pm

Leeks and especially onion seeds do not keep long neither do lettuce seeds.  Peas and beans last a long time.  All depends on the type of vegetable.
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