Help!!?! ...it's a wintersowing disease. I feel like I have developed "jug eyeball" from peering into those milk jugs morning and night looking for any hint of green! I strain to see if it is a slimy green piece of perlite or a real sprout ~ lol
I am so ready for springtime.
I heard one treatment will be to find out what sprouts first in the jugs. This weekend I saw the first hints of green here.
It was a tie between the Huisache daisy seeds a friend shared and the vintage package of Dill Bouquet which I sowed.
What has sprouted right before your jug eyeball???
Sounds like you will be suffering this affliction for a bit longer... sorry!
I feel like I get eyestrain just looking. When I get home from work it is dark already. But... I find I can see the inside well when I shine a flashlight on the outside of the jug while I "eyeball" in the peephole. 8 ))
Oh I just love your Jug eyeball term... I'm hooked on it now...
I've not gotten it yet as I'm just now getting my jugs out. We are still in winter although this week we are getting a break and will be above freezing for most of the week, at least during the day anyway...LOL
Well... we had one of those soggy but incredible days today. The sun shone and it was delightfully warm. Of course it was a day at work for me. But tonight I grabbed the flashlight and ran out to peek in the jugs. I cannot believe the dill germination. I seeded that jug heavily as the seed was so vintage. Amazing how viable it was. Only one new sprout and it was in the fall orange cosmos container. Grrrrr!!! I just knew the sun and warm would cause them to pop.
Janet, your turn will come... we will laugh when you suffer this malady! I promise... 8 )
I know and I'm looking forward to it, provided the squirrels leave them alone... DH said one of them was nosing around the jugs this afternoon.
We had temps in the 60's today, can yall believe it, at lunch it was so warm I actually took my coat off and was outside without it... such a renewing day, with sun all day long and warmth... I never get tried of the two.
I will admit living in TX right now has Ohio beat.It was in the mid 70s today and I was out in a tank top and jeans. Im a native Daytonian and come summer Ill be wishing for the not so hot, less humidity of an Ohio summer!!
Podster.. I lived in ohio for 20 yrs then moved to MI for 25 yrs,lived all over the syate of Mi then moved back to Oh for 3 yrs.. then it was off to Az for 3 yrs.. Ive been in Tx for 3 going on 4 yrs now..
Im a gypsy!!!...lol..
I've been from the east coast to the west coast and it wasn't until I was 30 and married the best man in the world that I stayed put for 18 years and we would have still been there had it not been for him losing his job to mexico and so we are in no. Ohio now but this job laid him off last June so we are waiting the game to see where we go next...LOL I've got my request in for a warmer climate...LOL KY is beautiful but so humid and hot in the summer, I'm a native Floridian so any state by the water is cool with me...LOL
I spent many a summer on lake cumberland, dale hollow and laural lake in ky and TN..try east tx for hot and humid in the summer..lol. No comparison.. trust me on this one...lol... My first summer after I moved from az it felt like I was breathing water everytime I went out side.. I left a area that considered 13% humity very high to 98% thats not unusal.. I learned after moving to tx that you can have 100% humidity and it not rain...lol.
Aha! You too... we lived in AZ for 4 years before moving to east TX. I agree on the humidity but my gills have developed and I love the summers. On any terms, I would be hard pressed to move too far north. When I consider moving south, I think about having to learn a new language at this age. Grrrr!
Janet ~ good luck with your husbands' jobs prospects. Tough times to be in the market I suspect. Although the TX economy doesn't seem to suffer as much this time.
Podster good to hear that my sweet Texas isn't having to rough of a time. I love east Texas my aunt and uncle lived in Reklaw and had 30 acres, and the most wonderful place and home there, wish I could buy it back from the people my aunt sold to. nice quite place.
Hey Pod~I found 3 mater jugs sprouting this morning! Looks like it's not too late for maters after all! These were jugs I'd moved into the enclosed sunroom, so on warm days it gets plenty hot in there. The rest are sitting on the concrete slab out my back door. I put them there thinking the sun would warm the concrete and also warm them from the top and they'd sprout faster, but nooooooooo!! The inside ones are sprouting before the outside jugs. Guess I'll be moving all of them inside.
I've been lurking and keeping my jug eye under control until this past week...To my shock I came home from work today to find that a few bachelor's buttons and african daisies and several alyssum have popped up overnight. I wasn't anticipating them to pop up so early! I'm now left with the question--if the containers dry out and I need to provide a little water, should I worry about watering from the top and getting mildewy plants?
I think I'll pop a tarp over them tonight since it's supposed to drop into the lower 20s here as a precaution. Oh, and I think my neighbor was getting suspicious of my increasing number of suspicious packages...he just warily came over and asked what I was doing with all of them =X.
all I plan to do with mine when the temps drop is just put the top back on the milk jug. I'm not going to cover them. With the top on it will act just like a green house and build up warm humidity that should take care of the seedlings.
Cool beans it is! LOL But Janet, don't forget to pop the caps in the daytime or they will roast.
Runnerboy ~ can you open the edge and water from there? I have also wondered if these containers (with the appropriate drain holes) could be set in a few inches of water and let it absorb it from the bottom maybe. I lost some sprouted containers to frost last year as I didn't think about closing the jugs or covering. Now, I will move them in just in case.
Sounds like you need to get your neighbor hooked on gardening/wintersowing too... lol
Tonight more maters, Porter, Druzba & Homestead. So I'm curious... all the mater seeds were planted at the same time in identical jugs, soil, moisture, sunlight, etc. Are there different tomato germinating times? I still have some different ones being "jug eyeballed" with no hint of green yet. Stephanie ~ are all yours the same cultivars? Or different?
Wow, I've been off DG for a couple months now - so glad to see my friends are still here! Janet, I'm also very late at getting a lot of my WS done - the snow just melted - Stephanietx has given me the go-ahead on another thread to plant more so off I go! LOL! I have two jugs of lupine sprouting - I am soooooooooooooooooooooo excited as it's my first year. Also have 17 ladies who winter sowed with me this year, so I'm praying (!!!!) they get some sprouts too!
Now, if it'll stop raining for a day or two and we can see the sun?
I leave in a week for grandbaby - so I have to get my WS done now! Yikes, it's 4:51 a.m. and I'm heading to the garage - have 100 jugs out there marked, filled with soil and ready to wet down and seed. I'll have 170 total then ... woohoooo... and I will do the annuals when I get back from New Orleans! I have missed DG!
I have 20 finished and placed outside, about 80 more to finish today. I plan to leave Sunday to go see that baby born, woohooo. First granddaughter - or so we will find out for sure with tomorrow's ultrasound. The first was "iffy". I only have one full closet of girls clothes to return if she's a he, lol. Off to the garage. Say, how is the "real" Pod doing? Han sends his best!