Oh Corey, You are by far more enthusiastic than I am, roll around on the bags. You have quite the imagination. You did however give me a good laugh, big hugs to you for that. Annette Picture is of my fiance Dave and me.
Dave does have 2 brothers, but they are both married. Lots of seeds to package and add to the box this am,may not get it out til tomorrow. Have to see if my daughter comes home to cover the kids for me.
checking in... apparently I am next. I haven't been online like I should be, DH and I have been sick for the past 2 weeks - now I think I have an ear infection. I missed time at work, so now I am working like a whirling dervish to try to get caught up...
I will have seeds that I will be sending on a to one basis as I had seeds that were not dry by the time the robin initially took off.
found lot's of goodies. Met Dave 4 years ago on tomorrow on Cupid.com. You can fall in love in your 50's. He is such a Blessing to me. He didn't have a flower on his property when we met and he is now more obsessed than I am.
The bird has flown the coup. Added about 150 packs of seeds at least 30 varieties, as all that I had contributed early in the game were gone. Have fun Carolyn. Cost $10 to send. confirmation # is 03082690000186256529 weight is 6 lb. 10.60 oz.
WOW You All are just really on the ball with all these trades thank you for making this a great robin :)
We all Need Some laughter in our LIVES :)
well be busy today getting things around for daddys bithday this next week The cards Are coming in from all of the kids,GK"S , GGK"S & GGGK daddy has about 90 some i'm still trying to contact all that i can.
many are on facebook :)
so you all have a great day i'm off to work on the list then it is off to town.
Going thru my seeds and will post later today or Sunday some time.
Good grief, I didn't realize I had so many seeds!!
Now a question?
DOES ANY ONE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SEEDS COLLECTED FROM 2009 AND KEPT IN A DARK COOL ROOM?
Please state if you don't and I won't include them, but I have sown seeds that have been from 6 to 10 yrs. old by keeping them in a dk. and cool room. No problem, generally have to find people who will take them off my hands.
Maxine wrote:Going thru my seeds and will post later today or Sunday some time.
Good grief, I didn't realize I had so many seeds!!
Now a question?
DOES ANY ONE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SEEDS COLLECTED FROM 2009 AND KEPT IN A DARK COOL ROOM?
Please state if you don't and I won't include them, but I have sown seeds that have been from 6 to 10 yrs. old by keeping them in a dk. and cool room. No problem, generally have to find people who will take them off my hands.
The seeds I think will be fine from 2009. I also had seeds that are over 5 year old and I had no problem with those seeds.
Folks, I am so impressed with this group. I can't believe how "on top of it" you all are. And generous! Have NEVER been in a round robin that moves so quickly and without a hitch. In the past there are always a few "corkers" in the group, and at times, the robins have just disappeared. Susie, you are the best group leader, too.
I'm willing to try a few of the HELENIUMS
I Think maryellen can tell you that when I Had a couple RR's Go Missing From another Garden spot & I Have learned since then to get more info & Screne just a little better to get those that are trully into Gardening
& When someone Do not follow guidelines then they are dropped .
but we do have some honest & eager players I Have gotten some great seeds to plants .
from the last 3-4 robins i cannot keep track how many this makes :) But So Far we have not lost any ROBINS .
& Its Thanks to all of you.
hope everyone is haven a great weekend
Susie, I have a package of gaillardia and others for you. will just put the packages of the heleniums in and you can take out what you want, ok?
Mary, what I listed above is not for containers. They grow around 2' to 3' tall. I have them mixed in my flower beds as they blossom from Aug. thru frost when their is not much else blooming other than some mums.
Hope this helps you.
going thru my seeds, I will look and post what I think would be good for your containers.
1-poppies, all in a plastic baggie [separate baggies] take what you want. I think most of them are annuals.
2-butterfly bush [lilac/red eye]  one could be down sized.
3-monarda fistulosa perennia 
4-lavatera arborea variegated, common name Malva perennial 
5-south african foxglove annual 
6-love-lies-bleeding annual  can be very invasive
7-Royal Blue butter fly bush perennial 
8-pretty purple pepper  could be ornamental
9-butterfly milkweed 
10-Cosmos [candy stripe] annual 
11-cockscomb [wine colored] annual 
12-orange cosmos [annual] 
13-Calendula [mixed colors] 
14-Marigold "Mars" annual 
15-french marigold [orange] annual 
17-goats beard perennial 
18-orange marigold annual [1 envelope]
19-shasta daisy perennial 
20-blanket flower annual blooms from July thru frost 
Maxine ... May I have some of the wine colored cockscomb, butterfly milkweed, both cosmos and shasta daisy? Are the red and orange marigold you have the flat petal or the mounded flower? What is the Mars and French marigold?
Will check on the pics of the marigolds maybe tomorrow.
I will need your address if you aren't in the 2nd round?
Mars marigold is gone.
Will keep the wine colored cockscomb, butterfly milkweed, cosmos and shasta daisy for you.
As for the French marigold, suggest you look it up as I truly don't know. Recd. it last yr. in a trade.
GM Well I Just checked & The robin should Land Today
HOPE Carolyn "s Eatting her Wheaties or cherios :) she will need her energy to carry it in the house :)))
very snowy day also have some rain so it is a mess out side sure happy I will not be going anywhere today .
off to make pancakes for the critters you all have a great day .
that was my biggest fear also, that i would send it on to the next person and it would never arrive. such a relief when the person says it landed. you can tell i have not got much faith in the postal system
Just posting as directed to let you know I am still here and awaiting the robin in two or three weeks (?)
From what you are all saying the number of seeds is monstrous. I tell myself I shouldn't be tempted to buy any seeds now and have instructed my family to rip the seed catalogues out of my hands if I weaken.
drooling here waiting for the robin in the eagle disguise to arrive on my front porch!!!! I'm in another seed swap and am going through that box right now. DH laughed at me with all these seed packets spread all over the dining room table and me at my laptop looking them all up on plant files. LOL (my dining room table is 8 ft long. ha ha)
Crit You Should Have the Robin sometime in April For your in the 2nd time around robin :)
can you imagine how fat it will be when there is about 12 other stops before you :)
Hope you have a PING PONG Table Just kidding :)
Corey: Happy to See your Not into the Flood area out your way .
well I have been trying to make over a couple rooms.
this winter that needed to be done but i will check in when i can .
Nice garden carolyn
would love to find seeds for the hanging baskets :)
Carolyn, very pretty garden! What's the yellow coneflower..."Mac n' Cheese"?
We have freezing rain here. there have been accidents all over the place because the roads are nothing but ice. We had to have the salt truck come to the station twice. We made a run and returned to the station and slid across the parking lot! What a helpless feeling.
I believe the yellow echie to be harvest moon. I liked this bed so much. I ended up taking all my echies out several years ago as I had that dreaded echinacea disease. I am only in the last year or so starting to put them back in.
My younger daughter came over for her weekly visit today. She is the super bargain shopper. She handed me a ticken for 2 free admissions to the NJ Flower & Garden Show (Feb 17th - 21st).
We usually stop at one or 2 stores and eat out. Today we went and investigated a farm store which I doubt we will revisit ... I had sticker shock on their prices. A humming bird feeded that was similar (but very inferior) to the one I recently purchased at The Christmas Tree Shop was more than triple in price!
We ate at IHOP (used a 20% off coupon) and left a nice tip. ... Next stop was Office Max (short distance away)to check the cost of magnetic paper for a project for her pre-k class. She decided it was too costly ... but she did buy some fabric paint pens (75% off) on clearance. She mentioned that she wished she had an AC Moore discount coupon with her ...I was pleased to inform her that I had a 40% off coupon for AC Moore in my purse.
Since JoAnn's was in the same shopping center as Office Max, she decided to go there. She was able to find what she needed and used the AC Moore coupon.
Susie, I can locate where the zip baggets are at Wallyworld ... Only problem ... all that is ever there when I visit are the price stickers.
Susan ?FOTV I Have Sprouts :)
These are from the canna seeds that Susan shared with me in that FALL 09 swap That I Planted 4 seeds out of about 8 she shared with me & I Had 4 laft so thought i would Plant them & WALA 3 out of the 4 are up :)
so I Will transplant them today in a better pot .
for anyone trying them for the 1st time POUR Boiling Hot Water into a cup add the seeds let soak till you can reach your hand into the water to pick them out :) or till the water is cool But them I took a UTILITY Knife & Cut a KNICK
in them . I Planted these JAN 3rd .
was excited & Had to share :) have a great day everyone
When my younger daughter paid her weekly visit yesterday, I was opening a small package from WalMart. To my surprise it contained a free sample of SmartBlend dog food from Purina. Well, my daughter started to laugh and asked if I remember requesting it (I have no dog). I said no and she informed me since it was a limit of one per household, she made the request.
Then, I inquired if she knew anything about a very nicely boxed package from Lowes that contained a small (7.2 oz) jar of valspar paint, a mini paint tray, mini paint roller, and a replacement roll for the paint roll. I had realy started to be concern abount my memory as I had no recollection of ever requesting this free sample.
Oh that makes my day, Susie. Good growing! Not sure what the deal was last year but some of the same cannas that produced oodles of seeds in '09 only yielded a few last year. Keep us posted with your progress :)
tHANK YOU CAROLYN
Merrymath tell your daughter to sign me up for free stuff any time as long as i don't have to sit for hours to fill out servys :)
let see i love PLANTS < SEEDS < SOIL< PORTABLE GREEN HOUSE SO ON & ON :) HEHE
Oh ALSO WOULD LOVE TO GO EAT FOR FREE :)
well guess i better go feed my critter & get them bedded down you all have a great evening .
Thank you for letting me know, Carolyn. I will be watching for it to land in the snow. It's pretty miserable here right now and will be for the next few days. At least I will have the seed Robin to keep me warm, when it arrives!
I have these 3 on the kitchen table and 3 more upstairs. One of which is sending up a bloom spike and the the other 2 are not. I lost one this past Summer and I am beginning to think it was because the bulb rotted. One thing my sister was telling me the other night on the phone was that the amaryllis bulb needs to be watered from the bottom in order to stay a strong bulb and not weaken. Who would've known something like that? Definitely not me.
Thank you that you think my flowers are so pretty. That makes me feel good. I just love flowers and I do think I have addiction there - I never met a flower or a plant I didn't like.
For the moment mine have finished blooming. The last two clusters of blooms last week were so heavy they broke the stems, stuck them in a vase with glass marbles but they've dried up. Really had hoped some would have a chance to set seeds, maybe with the next flush. "Royal Velvet" was cheery to start the New Year.
snip off the anthers with the pollen on them and rub them on the stigma - the central thicker part. The pollen should stick to the stigma and this will fertilize the flower. After the petals fall off, you will see the part where the petals attached, start to swell. This will eventually dry and split open. There will be seeds that are brown, round and flat in the pod. The seeds are a bit smaller than a dime.
I too had thought about cross pollinating some of mine...
Thank you for your envy that came today, Carolyn :)
Anyone else interested in Amaryllis, critterologist has written two other articles about them that I found helpful. If you want to check them out, go back to the link I posted yesterday, click on her name and scroll down to Amaryllis 101 -- it's a two-part article.
Merrymath - Mary, The Robin is repacked and ready for the post office tomorrow. Be on the lookout for it.
Thank you so very much to everyone who participated and who gave me seeds directly. It was a lot of fun to go through and look at the plants these seeds will produce. What colorful gardens we should all have this coming year thanks to everyone's generosity.
FruitOfTheVine, there were lots of Echinacea Milkshake and Echinacea Tomato Soup seeds-THANK YOU. I separted them and packed several up separately for future traders!
I'll post the Delivery Confirmation Number as soon as the box goes to the post office.
Just wondering: after reading the post above about the coneflower seeds, I was wondering if there are seeds available for some of the new varieties of cones. In my feeble little mind, I thought they were hybrids therefore, the seeds were not true to variety. If they are true, I would love to know a source.
Am putting up another list of seeds to give away on the "round 2" robin entry.
You are so welcome to the seeds I sent you, Linda, and appreciate the time you took to make extra coneflower packets for others. Those seeds are like needles and that was very sweet of you!
ME, The only hybrid Coneflower I've read about that comes true from seeds is "White Swan". It's not one growing in my gardens so I can't tell you from personal experience. Perhaps someone else here has it and has tried? Hybrid seeds from others will give you a plant similar to the parent for several generations before it reverts to common Purple.
THANK YOU FOTV for including them! What I do to release the "cones" which are what the seeds look like is press down on the the dried flower head on a piece of copy paper-and roll it around a bit - and then divide the seeds from the dried petals, which are like sharp needles.
My experience with the newer varieties of cone flowers has been pretty good. I've had seedlings bloom from Sundown and Harvest Moon/Summer Sky -they are planted near each other. The plant bloomed pretty much like the parents. So far I've not had a single seedling from Sunrise. It produces loads of seeds but I'm surprised that I haven't had any volunteers from it.
I've had White Swan for 4 years too, and it produces lots of seeds and seedlings. I give the seedlings away or compost them because of lack of space. I've not had any feedback to find out if the seedlings are true to the parent or not.
I've found that I've not had trouble with any of these plants being hardy in zone 6. We were down below zero the last couple of nights but we do have snow cover, which helps insulate the plants. Thank goodness for that!
I received seeds from some where and they said they were white swan and when they finally bloomed...they were black eyed susans. I wasn't happy. But, my mom had white swan so she shared a division with me. =) I did get some of the tiki torch and tomato soup out of the robin and I'm gonna give those a try when I winter sow.
Yay! We're next! I just told my daughter Kat (21 yrs old and our other household gardener) that the robin was getting close! She said "Mom, you've been telling me that every day." Right now she's looking through the Breck's bulb catalog.
I just ordered some seeds (don't tell my family) and they will arrive before the robin does. So I will have extras to put in the robin...if there's any room.
I just received multiple 'edible' seeds I don't hace space for,
and will put them into the second round of this RR.
One there is just trade each, usually no year or source stated.
purple hyacionth bean
1/2 runner bean
Brown Crowder bean
Harris Model parsnip
purple top white globe turnip
blue-podded garden Peas
Long Island Improved Brussel Sprouts 2010
evergreen long bunching Onion
There is room in the box IF you pack carefully and make sure to take air out of the bags after taking what you want out of them.
All the padded envies and paper envies take up a lot of room. Just a suggestion for future Robins - There should be a zip lock bag with the name of every member on it and promised seeds could be added to the bags as they reach each trader. When the Robin would get to you, you could remove your bag! Just a thought to keep the size of the Robin down and postage costs down.
you can do what ever it takes to pack the robin as long as everyone gets there promised seeds . any seeds that are promised can be put into one Baggie as long as the baggie is marked as so & Everyone name is on the outside & please when you take out your seeds CROSS OFF YOUR NAME .
I did consolidate some bubble-mailers into a plastic bag so I could get it closed ... and I was only the second stop!
Sandwich baggies without ziplocks are the smallest things I could find, and they "jam together" really small. Scotch tape holds them closed.
Postal rates transcend human understanding, but one clerk told me that whay we were sending around was "priced by weight", not by size. Maybe that changes with distance, weight, size, phase of moon and Postal Whim, who can say?
But I did finally figure out that a bigger, sturdier box is HEAVIER than a small flimsy box, so what can you do? I'm pretty sure that one box is always cheaper than two.
There should be some fairy tale or myth like "Stone Soup", about "the seed Robin that kept getting bigger" ... and bigger ... at each stop, until it was bigger than the mail truck, then bigger than the Post Office, and then bigger than the whole town.
Maybe it is no myth. Maybe we don't need a tracking number any more to follow the Robin, just Google Earth. Or a seismograph !
Headline in The Enquirer: "Scientists on Mars spot an earthly Seed Robin the size of Pittsburg that looks like Elvis' head!!"
Corey, may I have the following seeds?
I will pay postage for you to send them to me.
Pinto Beans We love these dried beans. Purchased some either in Colorado or N.M. on our travels.
straight 8 cucumbers. Have planted these for yrs.
Cherokee trail of of tears beans. If even one grows I can save the seed for the following yr.
Corey, what can I send you for your little one to plant? Or aren't you teaching them to grow things?
Corey, you always make me laugh. What a great way to start the morning. "Rock Soup" ... I remember this from when I was a little girl, but for the life of me can't remember the lyrics. Guess I had so much stuff in the gray matter, that one got pushed to the back and filed somewhere. :-)
LoL Corey I would love it if you signed on at least twice a day...1st thing in the morning with something to make us all laugh and again at the end of the day with something else to make us laugh. We all know that whe4n you post something we will all have a chuckle. You are sure to get our day off to a good start.
I do try to find the humor in any situation. it helps to have a rather warped brain. Thank you all, kind people!
Maxine, here is the advantage to my being so disorganized and slow once I get behind. I still have 5 tiny pkts of mostly-early, mostly-indeterminate tomato seeds set aside for you, that got sidetracked during the Holiday rush.
(Early Kus Ali, Golden Rave, Early Cascade, Early Wonder & Bonny Best)
So I will send those along with:
- Pinto Beans
- straight 8 cucumbers.
- Cherokee trail of of tears beans.
No need for postage: so many people have been overwhelmingly generous to me with seeds that I'll be playing catch-up for years. (You-all know who you are!)
It's a pleasure to send them, I just hope the early tomatoes aren't too late for this year!
>> I want whatever you've been sneaking in your coffee.
I think it's that seed-head high. I received a swap recently, from another site. As soon as I opened it, I went on a binge - a real seed bender. As soon as I finished looking at one, I found another in my hand. I lost count!
When I looked up, it was after midnight and visions of seed packets danced in my head. Fortunately, I didn't need to drive home afterwards. I just stumbled to my bedroom and passed out.
I knew I had over-indulged, and yet, the next morning, I still couldn't put down the Baker Creek seed catalog.
No mail yet ... in a lull ... roads pretty clear ...same for sidewalks ... 4 to 5 inches fell ... major snowfall suppose to start about 7 pm (predicting 1 to 2 inches per hour) ... suppose to stop about 1 am.
gee, i thought it was really organized. everything marked, labels printed, bags labeled, extra little bags for seeds, and enough seeds to send me into seedhead overdose. well, not really overdose, more like overwhelmed by the sheer number of packets. i dont think i came up for air for two days. it was my very first robin, and i was ever so happy with it. i cant wait for round two !!!!
That's the same box I packed the Robin in when it left here shortly after Christmas. I use digital scales and that box alone weighed 6 oz less than the previous one that was still in OK shape. As the Robin makes its rounds across the Country and it gets closer to home, it's bound to pick up more weight with earmarked envies for the next round. Some people used bubble envies to zip up their trades and others used paper envies.
Linda, including a large Ziploc bag with each person's name on it during the next round is a great idea. Another thought I had that might help hold down postage a little bit next time is for each of us to provide our own baggies. There was 1/2 pound of small plastic envies when I had the Robin. They're only $1 per hundred at Wally World in the craft department, and if that fails most of us already have snack size Ziplocs to use.
You know I'm not complaining at all, Susie, since I never could have ordered a pinch of this and a pinch of that and have so many new seeds to try for only the $12 postage I paid to put the Robin back in flight. Just putting my two cents worth in.
Edited to say: I did double check the list and everyone in line ahead of me had removed their envies, or I would have mailed them individually.
OH WOW... and I thought the Robin I just mailed out was big! I was dreaming in seeds surrounded by little plastic baggies. What is going to happen when I receive this one. wooohooo Maybe WE will get a huge snowstorm and I will have to stay home and go through it. That happened on the last one. tee hee The night I got it we had freezing rain, sleet and a few inches of snow. I couldn't get to the highway so stayed home! LOL
I don't WANT a 12-step for being a seed head... I LIKE IT!
Does anyone here have ponds? I have a preformed pond and will be putting it in the ground (again) and need help deciding what kind of pump I need. At first we started out with a solar one and that didn't work too well. Everytime the sun went down the pump went off. I would appreciate the help . Thanks!
Carolyn, nice pond! size?
Here is mine. I only have one as the preformed sprung a leak 2 yrs. ago and we filled the hole and I now have daffs, Jap. iris, and other perennial flowers planted there. No pictures as my health wasn't very good last yr. Had vertigo and am still suffering with it.
I don't know if it helped reduce the weight of the box, but I removed layers of tape and labels from the top of the box. It was getting to the point that I was afraid that my label and tape wouldn't stick properly.
The box could have been much smaller without all the padded envies stacked up. I think one ziplock with a name on it for private trades could have made things more compact. That is how it was handled in the last robin I was involved in.
That being said, I agree with FOTV. It would be hard to get all the seeds and pinches of this and that to try for this price!
Grrrr ... I just lost my post ... it was fairly long ... gonna do it on a word processor file and save it ... then copy and post.
Please be prepared for me to VENT
By the way Susie ... the prodical grandson has returned ... with 3 friends and a small tractor that has a plow.
FYI ... almost 17 inches of snow fell here in the last 24 hours. I was outside shoveling snow when my 22 yr old grandson returned ... gave him orders to shovel the back deck from door to steps ... clear the steps and shovel a path to my detached garage (50+ feet away). That is where I prepare my winter sowing jugs ... and it is heated by a small electric heater so my growing medium is not frozen.
it is all well and good to vent, but for what reason? you were allowed to participate in something wonderful. isnt that sort of looking a gift horse in the mouth. just a suggestion-but maybe constructive suggestions for improvement rather than venting would be more appropriate. if i am out of line sorry, but i love this robin !!!
I knocked out early last evening …. Woke up in the middle of the night and continued to review the Robin. Just finished my review shortly before 9 am. I still need to place labels on a few packs requested by others and I want to recheck each of my envies for them to make sure I did not omit anything.
Four out five of the individual bags containing “Seeds for ALL to SHARE” from the five participants right before me in this Robin’s were a pleasure for me to review.
I think I spent more time in organizing some of the Robin’s contents (seed envy with names identified for others and the contents of one participant’s baggie’s contents …. Used an entire box of snack zip baggies in doing so) than the time I spent looking up on the internet info for some seeds.
If it were NOT for all the seed pods in the Robin the contents could fit inside a flat rate box.
I did manage to reduce the required space of the special envy for others by at least 40 to 50 percent.
I am posting 3 pictures.
1st …. Plastic shopping bag containing all the special envies for others
merrymath, could you let us know what specifically Jennifer did in labeling her seeds that made it special? This is a learning experience for all of us.
The last seed robin I was in required us to put the name of the seed, which cultivar it was unless it was unknown, what perennial zone it was hardy in, sun requirements, year of collection, and our Dave's Garden name. I did that on mine. Was there something else you were looking for?
Linda, you did a great job! Yes, this is indeed a learning experience. I think as Robin participants we should all practice Do unto others as you would want done unto you. I truely believe all those who were/are participating for the first time strived to adhere. Unfortunately, for many the Robin ended up not being organized as it was the last time. I was not prepared for its present organization. I am going to post more pictures of this Robin.
Including a seed pod in an envy reserved for someone is OK ... but a large bag filled with seed pods is not abiding by the set guidelines.
Apparently someone forgot to return the samples of mesh screening from Corey to the Robin. I can understand forgeting ... but that participant had to realize it later and should have reported the blunder.
Corey IMHO has gone overboard to make this Robin really great. I know he included large bag(s) of Zinnea seeds for all to have an ample helping. But alas, many did not have the opportunity to partake of a measley few.
Linda ... did you get to see his mesh screening? What seeds from Corey do you recall seeing? I found one small packet inside DeeJay's original bag for all. I know how generous he is and a red light went off.
At one point yesterday, I decided to discontinue participating in future seed Robins. Today, I reconsidered ... I do want to share my seeds ... so I will give it one more go and see what happens ... seems that a monitoring system might bee advisable.
oh boy, i hope i am not the one that put in the seed pods. i only had a few kinds of seeds, but lots of those seeds, datura, nicotiana, lilac cosmos, yucca and safflower, so i put large baggies full of them into a gallon baggie. the gallon bag was full with just these and i hate to admit it but there were some seed pods in the nicotiana (really small ones) and the cosmos had some chaff. so sorry. i did not put seeds in individual bags, just figured people could take what they want. hopefully if this was not okay someone will tell me, please. i had such a good time with this robin i dont want to do anything wrong. next time should i do individual seed pkts instead of one big one? please advise
Thanks for giving the feedback, Mary. Now that you mention it, I don't remember seeing zinnia seeds from Corey. I would have noticed them because I was interested in zinnia seeds. I did get one variety directly from another Robin member, but do not remember seeing large numbers of them to look through.
I didn't remember seeing the mesh screening either.
Opening the box was over-whelming to me. There was stuff everywhere. I wasn't prepared for the numbers of padded envies there marked for members - I had to look at every one to see if anything was in there for me. I had lost count of who was putting things directly in there for me! Getting old I guess!!! I too removed at least one empty padded envy.
I too want to participate in future seed robins. I enjoy sharing and also enjoy looking at what is in there.
I was surprised as to how little there was in veggies. Nothing was there that I was interested in growing. We have a very small veggie garden, so we don't grow melons or anything that takes up a lot of room.
There are participants interested in veggie seeds ... so if I again have the opportunity to purchase all those nice quality veggie packs of seeds at the same discount ... I'm a stocking up.
Poor DeeJay ... receiving complaints (too many) ... and she puts in considerable time and effort to make the Robin an awesome experience for all of us.
So can we all make viable suggestions in regards to our concerns.
I believe the 2nd time around Robin will have to be composed of individualize bags of seeds to share ... to reorganize it into categories would be an extremely time consuming and overwhelming task that I would not wish on anyone ...esp DJ.
I suggest we all refrain from including pod fill bags and that when this Robin returns to DJ she removes them.
By the way, I just spoken with NisiNJ, I plan to leave my residence around 9:30 to 10:00 am (will call to say I'm on my way to make the 10 mile drive to her abode.
I informed her that the contents of the present Robin could all be squeezed into this box
I wondered about the screens from Corey too, nor did I see zinnia seeds from Corey. I too was wondering, particularly as I was looking forward to some of the zinnia seeds as well. Not sure what happened...
I don't want to complain, because at the same time, I thoroughly enjoyed the robin and I think that Susie has done a fantastic job.
It would be interesting to have someone post who remembers seeing the screening and zinnea seeds from Corey.
It is in the best interest of the Robin, if when you receive the Robin if you think something is missing to D-mail DJ. That is what I did. When I realized her phone number is listed with other Robin information, I telephoned her.
And DeeJay, I for one would appreciate if you would inform us of any general complaint ...
Complaints such as I made ... all those bags filled with pods ... general organization ... missing items (such as the screening) ... postage expenses (not something I am concern about and surprise at some who complained), etc.
If you share the complaints, no matter what they are, without mentioning names you can get our input
Those little pieces of screen? Is that what you're talking about? They were in there when the robin came to my house. I picked out a couple baggies of zinnia seeds but they were from poisondartfrog. Corey did set aside some for me. I didn't really see any from Corey in there now that you mention it.
Maybe the many big BIG bags of seeds encouraged people to dip deep into my smaller bags, early in the Robin, and they ran out.
I still have some left from several varieties, so how about if anyone who is still interested in commercial Zinnia varieties, let me know, and I'll circulate the remaining seeds around to you? And I'll put some into Round Two. It seemed as if Benary Giant was the most popular variety, and red the preferred color. (What I have most of left are Lilliput Mix, Cut and Come Agian Mix, and Gem Orange.)
So far I've noticed Linda, Mary and Carolyn possibly interested.
(P.S. Many other people have been MUCH more generous than I've been able to be. Susie and LazLo in particular were heroically generous when the Robin first took flight, and if I ever get past issues like mold and lack of pollinators, I would love to be as generous as they were!)
As long as someone is getting use out of them, it's OK if someone kept some of the screens. I'll put another set into Round Two, and/or the Zinnia sub-Robin. That will be just a light bubble mailer, cheap postage. I think I still have a spare of each mesh size, but I know I have the (kind of useless) 30 mesh left over.
My plan was that, after seeing them, if there's interest in certain mesh sizes, I'll order more and share. My guess right now is that a few sizes in the 6-8-10-12-14 range are best for big seeds. (Kitchen strainers seem to be around 16-18 mesh.) I was thinking of getting something like 8 and 12, or 8 and 14.
Maybe someone working with small seeds would be interested in 22 or 24 mesh. The weak and floppy fine meshes kind of need some heavier mesh to support them, but that could be cheap 1/4" hardware cloth as easily as more expensive stuff.
The 4" diameter "sewer pipe adapters" make great nesting seives.
P.S. I found some "Danesco" stainless steel measuring spoons, set of three: 1/8th, 1/16th and 1/32nd tsp. $6 per set from Amazon or (chuckle) $3.50 plus $9.64 S&H from someone else. Amazon would give free shipping if we got an order over $25. Is anyone interested in a co-op buy?
the screens were in the box when i had it, and the zinnias also, but i think i was right after corey. and, come to think of it, there was a big bag of just vegetable seeds. I remember it because it was the only one i didnt go through that was for everyone cause i was not looking for veggies.
I Appreciate it when I Can get input on the robins . & I try my best to make things right but it is not always easy to please everyone .
I Also Believe I Had Put a Quart size baggie of Mixed ZINNIA's In my Mixture along with a quart size baggie of
Marigolds , also had many 2x3 baggies full of seeds where even if you take out out a TBLS There was Much to go around But I Here some were Taken the Whole baggie So many others did not get any of them so you see
this is called greed & So unfair to other Players .
But as Mary said the Biggest NO NO To these Robins are SEED PODS .Some chaff Is not a problem if you cannot get them completely clean we do understand.
as for MELON SEEDS, Squash < ECT Please Put 10-15 seeds to a Baggie & put in No more then 5 pk .unless you do a pretrade this is fine .
most of the comments was about paying the extra postage for the pretraded seeds . & I look at it as
there is not that much extra for themwhen there is all the other variety of seeds to sort through.
when EVERYONE SHARES .
Many of the baggies had a 1000 seeds & yet some took the whole baggie & Not just a few seeds this is another
comment & Concerns .
So with that said what is your view on how we can make this better ?
we have one or two that maybe dropping out of round 2 but i have a friend from another garden site & She also is a DG member & I Have ask her to join us for it will also help on the postage you will see in a day or so waiting on an email & I will post it on the 2nd time around forum .
well time to go set super on will try to get back later .
Im sorry that anyone has had a problem with the RR. Susie (and everyone who contributes) puts great effort into harvesting, cleaning and organizing seeds for the RR. I may have added some seeds that had some chaf but I did try to clean to the best of my ability however there may be participants who have limitations or disablilties that may not allow them to thoroughly clean chaf. I don't mind seed pods, however, Susie did ask that no seeds pods are put into the RR. I love swapping seeds. I'm sorry that people are not honest and considerate. I think Susie enjoys sharing her seeds with others. She is extremely generous. So let's come up with a game plan to keep this going. You all are a great bunch of people and this RR brought us together. I would like to continue to interact with you all. I would hate to stop this RR because of a couple of dishonest inconsiderate people. I will do whatever is needed to continue with this robin on a positive note. I may be guitly of including the bubble envies because I mailed seeds in those envelopes. I didn't realize at that time it would cause a problem, for that I apologize. What can we do to make this a pleasurable experience for everyone?
Corey...I never asked for zinnias from you because I figured I'd wait until the robin arrived and get some them. There is still someone ahead of me before it arrives here. Could you put some aside for me in the second robin? I'd really like to have some.
Zinnia Cut & Come Again Mix 3" flat petal, dome shape double pumila type, pink, red, white & yellow/orange (lots)
Salvia x superba "Violet Queen" 6-12" tall space 24-36". Aromatic Perennial to Zone 7. violet, small qty
Salvia nemerosasylvestris "Amethyst Blue" 18" tall. Perennial to Zone 5. bluish pink or pale amythest small qty
Swan River Daisy = Brachyscome iberidifolia (Asteraceae Family) lots
- Brachycome Splendor Mix - Blue & White & Purple/Violet/Lavender
- Annual - sow 5 seeds per cell indoors before last frost
- "from seed to sales in 12 weeks"
- 12-18" tall, 6-9" spacing
I just read merrymath's post that she dmailed me about the USPS "shoebox" sized box and skipped other succeeding posts to respond immediately. I read her dmail (thank you Merry) and will go to the post office (there is a large, regional one near me) to ask if they have that size on hand. Unfortunately, the USPS site indicated it would take 7-10 business days to receive any online box orders...
...and I'm sure you don't want me holding up the robin that long!
I do have some Benary's zinnia seeds I was going to add to the robin, but they're a mix of all the colors. Well, I'll go back up and read all your other posts now.
Edited to say: Aha! I knew after I read the succeeding posts there would be something in them needing a response! janaestone, do you want some of the Benary Giant mixt zinnias? You're next after me.
Many of the Bubblewrap envies I had put into the robin for they were seeds from those at tail end to share with the ones in the front. so that was my fault & they should have just been put in one for all to go through & Take out theirs .
so for that sorry & we won't do that any more.
Please let me just say as for seed pods I Guess it just DEPENDS on the type of pods for what type of seeds.
if they are thorny pods or over an INCH thick like Datura PODs They are easy to take Plyiers to open them
& collect seeds .
We do Not Want like dried tomato with seeds those need to be cleaned Please. I have not seen the seed pods so i cannot say any more as to what they are.
I would like to just ask that you do your best to clean .
as long as you Put the type of seeds such as (cosmo) my garden 2011 Tall or short from DJ9
On your seeds to me that is plenty of info but if you know if they are COSMO ( DBL CLICK) My Garden Full Sun
2011 From Dj9 Please add what info you can give .
well my friends I Just want to say Thank you & We will make these robins fun Yet .
well my dishes are calling me ya all have a great evening :)
When I had the Robin there was a good bit of seeds left in the bags. They should have more enough for everyone and plus some. Just an idea that I use was a 1/4 teaspoon it made it easy to get seeds out of and it was enough seeds for me to start. It is just an idea for others. For the plastic bags I thought it was a great idea but it does add more weight to the Robin. For the ones that used the bubble envelopes to the player they could just used regular envelopes that would also would help. But I will say that Susie did a great job with this Robin.
Hey Dane, nice to have you chime in. But grrrrr, I'm jealous ... had almost 17 inches of snow this past Wed/Thurs. Snow shoveling is not my cup of tea.
I have experiencing teams that work cohesively because they would not permit one participant turn the group sour.
On the other hand, I have experienced the direct opposite also.
Last year I realized I was involved with a sinking ship ... major push in my considering retirement. The school were I taught had a new principle ... within 2 months of her taking over people starting thinking about how soon they could get out of there. This administrator would throw her own mother under the bus. Before she was appointed, a large size of the faculty had initiated steps to begin collabrative improvement teams ... we even stayed late and met after hours on the last day of school. Before the start of the new school year we met with the new principle ... it was our last meeting.
I am glad I brought my concerns regarding the Robin to the attention of others. I was really deliberating continuing my participation. What bothered me most was knowing that there were so many wonderful participants that wanted to share and learn.
that is what so great about this group, learning from everyone and sharing. i have never met such a great group of people. Meeting here is usually the highlight of my day (tells you how excitng my life is LoL). I don't always chime in with something to say but I watch the threads religiously.
I have to admit that I have not been following closely and have not read each post, but I did want to chime in about this round robin. Yes, there were a few problems, but I have done many other round robins on other sites and I have to say that this one was one of the best I have been in. Frankly, the last one I was in had such poor quality seeds that I did not take anything from the box.
Having said that, I too was disconcerted by all of those large seed pods. There were several baggies of them. There was also a large bag of super heavy seeds that was probably more than anyone could want in three robins. If the limit was 4 individual packs of one kind of seed, I am not sure it was useful to have no limits on these big "sharing" bags of seeds. It allowed someone to add a lot of weight without actually adding but 1 kind of seed. I had never seen that before in a robin and I actually remember adding something I had not had time to clean myself because there was already so much of that in there.
I realize that as the robin travels some seeds will disappear completely and many will never make it to each person but I too was surprised that more of Corey's zinnias were not in there. I think there were some Giant Cactus zinnias from Corey in there and some Benary's Giant Red zinnias. I took some of the latter. I don't think there were any others in there and I wondered about that at the time.
The screens were in there.
I agree that the little plastic baggies are an unnecessary addition. They are easily obtained and add unnecessary weight and girth.
Just my 2 cents...overall it was fun and I have no criticism of deejay at all. She did a fantastic job and I am sure I will jump in next fall when she starts a new round.
I know how you feel. I lived on a mountain in AZ (zone 5a) near a ski resort for 23 years. We got the snow but it would usually melt in a week or two but still had freezing temps. It would warm up in April-May and many people would plant their gardens then some years we would get a frost in June. Made the nurseries happy.
Here we have to plant early because the more tender plants can't take the heat and humidity. Most of the farmers here don't even plant a summer crop. I've found alot of annuals can't take it and most people here don't bother with them.
Any where you live has it's perks. I had some friends that moved to Hawaii and after a few years they were ready to move back to the mountain.
Yes very TY But maybe Jen's should be sent to her as she is out your way & she won't have to wait so long for them .
well i was going to fix pancakes for daddy but he wanted cereal so here I "AM :) less time in kitchen better i like it :)
Thank you all I Know many of you really understand How much fun & How much we can learn from each other in this forum & As ANLANA Said With the Bigger seeds Less is More if you know there is only a few more players after you in the robin Place enough for each to take 4-10 seeds pending on type of seeds they are .
& If you take out 5-20 pks DON"T Put in one large baggies of something to take the place if you do not have seeds to replace all i ask is take from each pack what you can use NOT FOR TRADING IN OTHER ROBINS
Your Cheating your friends in this one .
well i order from a company 3 wks ago & still no seeds from them yet & Not even a note to say they have been shipped & yet they have their money . so I'm off to find out why .
Maxine ... Beautiful pond! And a log home! I'm so envious
Round Robin... I'm really looking forward to getting this in the 2nd round.
I just mailed off one I got from another RR. This was my first RR and these are some of the things I noted.
1. Would be nice if all the seeds of one kind could be put in a small zip lock baggie. It took a lot of time coming across something that looked like what I already had. Had to go back through the seed packs I had just gotten to see if it was a duplicate. There were several different seed that there were several different packs of the same thing. If they could be put in a small zip lock, would keep it more organized and easier to go through.
2. I agree with no bubble envies or large seed pods.
3. I do not mind some chaff with my seeds. It is very difficult for me to get my seeds really clean. I do use a kitchen strainer the another one with really fine screen. I would like to try what you all use to clean yours
That is all I can think of right now, but I may have some more input later. I thank anyone who takes the time to start/organize/keep going/play by the rules for the RR. They are fun!
The robin has arrived. Merrymath (thank you MM) had to negotiate the snow-lined streets of my development to find my house. I sent out my 24 yr old daughter Christine to carry in the giant box so Merry wouldn't have to pull in my driveway, which has giant snow banks on each side (courtesy of snow plow). I watched my daughter with box in one arm, gesturing with other arm, explaining to MM how to find her way out of the development. (Thank you Christine)
My OTHER daughter, Kat, emerged from the shower and quickly located the envelopes designated for me (Thank you all) Most of my requests were for her, as she lives with us and does a lot of the flower gardening on our property. (Thank you Kat) I have been mostly a veggie gardener.
Now Kat has requested that I go out and replenish our stock of seed starting/transplanting supplies, after I make my husband his sandwich. (Thank you Mom/Denise.) Do you think Home Depot would have them yet?
And when I return home, I will be planted in front of the computer, Googling seed ID's all afternoon. (Thank you DJ9 and all the rest of you.)
Hope you and your daughters are having fun with all the seeds!
One more comment on labeling, for future Robins. Please use legible printing and not cursive writing. Everyone writes a little different, but if you print carefully, all members should be able to read the label without spending time trying to decipher which letter is which letter. This is especially important when the seeds are unfamiliar to someone. Almost everyone could figure out "zinnia," but some of the less common names can be a challenge. I found that when you put this type of seed name into a Google search, the correct name does not always come up. Unfortunately.
Planting trays ... if there is a Big Lots near you (1.2 miles for me) they have them at $4.00 ... tomorrow there is a 20% off total purchase (must have a coupon) ... if you need one d-mail me your regular e-mail address so I can send you a Word Doc with the coupon.
I have a lot of zinnia seed still on the heads that I brought in that I need to collect. That is another thing I meant to mention earlier, I will be putting in a bunch of mixed zinnia. These grow from 3' tall to 7' tall. Red, orange, white, pink, purple, yellow, maybe something else I can't think of right now. Last spring I just sprinkled some seed I had brought from my old house and kind of scratched them into the surface dirt. If I can locate the picture, I will attach it.
1st ... I will be post a slew of pictures of the Robin's content before I repacked it. Good luck Denise in your repacking endeavors ...you're gonna say "How did she manage to fit all those seeds inside this box.
A suggestion to help you ... if you have quart size zip baggies to replace all the gallon size whose contents can fit inside a quart bag ...it will save a lot of grief. The only quart and gallon baggies I have are the expensive vacumn ones and miss frugal was not about to use them. And I was not about to venture out on treatorous roads to purchase some.
The streets around Denise were a challenge to navigate ... lots of thick ice covered surfaces. To make matters worse, when I left Denise's, I was almost to the main highway and encountered a detour that led to an even more challenging driving experience ... I was traveling at the great rate of 5 mi/hr ... praying to find my way back to the main highway.
Linda, it was the packs written in cursive that made me decide to not even consider reorganizing the ROBIN into caregories. I am not that knowledgeable ... but I do know a lot more now then I did 6 months ago. Back then I was ignorant regarding many of the common names ... had no idea what a rudbeckia was (thought they were talking about veggies).
If you write Helianthus annus for the ID ... seriously doubt if I'm going to remember it is sunflower unless sunflower is written on the same label.
I did not take any zinnia seeds ... Corey sent me some ... I'm a gonna try a few again Corey ... but those #@?^! slugs devour them ... and my marigolds also ... only way for any success is in planters
I am planning on having some sort of water garden .. I want frogs ... frogs eat slugs ... and I want fat happy frogs that crave slugs.
I was considering visit my daughter in Maple Shade after delivering the Robin to Denise ... glad I scratched that idea ... parking there is a problem without snow ... so with snow it has to be a nightmare ... and boy do we have snow ...more forcasted for Mon evening.
A different group of indivdual for to share with ALL
I found more treasures for myself in the sanwich size pack baggies that contained individualized packets for individuals to take.
If you notice one of the individual portion bags with a smaller quanity than the others ... well Miss Frugal took a smitten out (thanks Corey for those little baggies ^_^ .. I ran out and could not remember where I placed the box I had recently purchase)
I did not take any zinnia seeds ... Corey sent me some ... I'm a gonna try a few again Corey ... but those #@?^! slugs devour them ... and my marigolds also ... only way for any success is in planters
Have you tried sprinkling epsom salts around the plants to keep the slugs out? Salt kills them
Here's what I did to find out exactly what some of the flowers were that I'm not familiar with. Put the name in a Google search and most of the time, a link came up from Dave's. There is tons of information on plants right here at Dave's. You can also go to "Guides and Information" here at Dave' s and then go to "Plant Files" and then click on the green bar to put in the name of the plant, Latin name or common name works too, and up comes a page of info, including pictures of some plants. That is where I got the zone info and sun info that I put on my labels.
I have lots of perennials and not a lot of room. That is why I'm looking for specific varieties and why I asked for specific seeds from some of the Robin members. I do love all zinnias, but this year, I wanted to grow more disease resistant varieties - mildew resisitant. That means that a bag marked as mixed zinnias doesn't do me much good. And I'm interested in growing only shorter varieties of marigolds that I can put in a large mixed pot. So, mixed marigolds of different heights don't help me either. This is why I think it's important to accurately mark seeds so the Robin member can make intelligent choices as to which seeds they would like to try.
Linda, I think approximate height esp for flowers is very helpful in deciding if and where we want to plant something.
I am going to try to remember that the next time I print labels ...If I make the print smaller, I can fit more lines ...and more info.
Flower selection criteria for me ... 1st does the flower have visable appeal for me
So I like to see a picture on the label ... esp for plants I have never grown
2nd ...its height ... can I incorporate it into my landscape
3rd ... sun requirements ... which local in my garden works best for the plant ... and if I would want such a plant in that location.
hardiness zone is my last consideration It would be nice if all the flowers that I like were perrenials ... but alas, that will never be.
merrymath wrote:Here's my little baggie of FOR ALL TO SHARE ... grrr ... I forgot my For All to Share label.
I hope Denise will do it for me ... pretty please Denise
Just starting to go through Robin now. Hope to send it on its way Monday. Especially since my husband heard that there will be more snow Tuesday. Tired of looking out window and seeing white. Can't wait for green.
Thanks, Mary. When I looked up plants to see how to handle them, I usually typed a short form of that info onto the seed packets. My handwriting is AWFUL, so even if the laser print is only 10 points or even 8 points tall, it's easier to read tan my scrawl.
The part I'm proud of is lining up "tables" on alternate pages so that I can print double sided labels!
It may be obsessive, but it's fun for me. Some year I hope I'll be showing off more ability to germinate and grow out plants, instead of just printing labels!
Corey, I for one could use your expertise on how to use my printer for some thing other than printing ordinary things.
We are under a winter storm watch here, so my DH will be happy as he loves to plow snow with his blower that takes 6' at a time with him inside. It is an industrial model.
Boy, can hardly wait. Only 2 more people before me!!!WHOOOPPPPEEE
Then dishes, floors swept, clothes washed, nothing will get done other than going thru the seeds. Forgot to say, will be taking food already prepared out of the freezer. I do believe in being prepared!!
Thanks in advance for all the seeds that people so graciously shared with me. I will have lots of seeds to include, but you are out of luck if you think I am going to print out pics and include them in each pac. You are on your own. I am ducking in case you wish to throw some thing at me?
Denise, if you're wondering why I gave you the box that housed the Robin upon its arrival to my abode, it because to I compressed almost all the air out as I packed the Robin to hand over to you. Each time I added a few items to the Robin, I pressed down on its contents to remove air that had returned (I think some of the zip baggies have developed pin holes that allows air to creep back in).
I like to have 2 boxes when I review the Robin ... one for baggies I have reviewed and the other for those still to be reviewed.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I appreciate the birthday wishes. We didn't do anything much due to the bad weather. I made a pot of cream of potato/cheese/broccoli/cauliflower soup and baked my own birthday cake. We will be meeting both daughters and their families for a dinner out on Friday night.
My youngest called to wish me a happy birthday, and she asked if I felt a year smarter. I told her absolutely NO!
Well I Don't concider myself Dumber But I would agree alittle more crazy & Out of control with Gardening.
But when you look back to See all these STARS OUT There Richer then Myself & What they are doing to their Life.
Just shows me I'm Not that bad :))) .
OH My Looks As the BIRDIE Is Going to Land Today :))) Di Are You All Plowed OUT :)))
We are still Snowed in here Not sure why the guy has not been here to plow us out when the road is plowed.
but going to call him soon.
Finally! Yep, I'm ready to go and get the mail when Speedy arrives here with the robin. We were on the very southern end of the storm and only received flurries and 3/8 inch of ice. School is back in today and the sun is shining nice and bright here right now.
I am getting excited as if Christmas is in a few days and I'm getting somehting special for Christmas. LoL
Susie, I agree with you. I am getting sillier with my gardening (as far as spending) as I get older. Before long, my entire yard will be a garden. right now I'm just working on the perimeters. LoL
Does anyone here shop at Kmart? We only have one here in town. I went there yeaterday and they had beautiful Peony (bareroots or bulbs) but they were all sold out! I could not believe it and they were on sale!!!! I think thye were under $5 and there was a red double bloom that caught my eye. I will have to hit up Lowes, Menards and Home Depot now. LoL I may be able to find more good deals, as if I need any more flowers!
ANITA: I Will Have DBL RED< BLACK < PURPLE, PINK Poppies & I will send you some seeds as soon as they get here . I Have the DBL RED PINK HERE Now . But have The black & Purple & Also White DBL Coming Soon . Be happy to share with you.
well still not plowed out the guy who was to do it says my drive is to narrow for his plow & his plow was not
up to handling our long drive & amount of snow that we have .
another guy wanted $125. to plow it out So I just said forget it I'm Sure it will melt by spring I have plenty of food & heat ,
Anita let me know if you would like some of the seeds .
Susie I would love the Dbl red, purple, and white. I'll pass on the pink. where did you find the seeds? Are these the Peopny Poppy or just Peony seeds? If they are the Peony Poppy, I ordered those by mistake so I have some. I was so disappointed that those were annuals. Very pretty blooms!
Carolyn, I have never seen anything other than Peony bushes sold in the stores. I couldn't figure out it was being sold as a small start or what. Every single Peony was sold out! there were on display with the Dahlia tubers.
sorry anita I have the peony poppies Not peonies & & My Pink & Reds Dbl peony poppies Are mixed
I have not been out to check our stores we just got plowed out about 1/2 hr ago :))
off to go clean up the dishes then my time to sit back .
have a great evening to all
I'm geting closer to mailing out some pending trades, yours among them.
However, I just remembered this:
>> Corey, what can I send you for your little one to plant? Or aren't you teaching them to grow things?
Unless you know something I don't, I have no children! If I'm mistaken, please break it to me gently.
Mr. Toby, the cat who owns me, disdains to garden. He prefers that food be brought to him, when he's in the mood, for his approval.
I forget if you have excess lettuce seed just hanging around, but if you happen to, you might put a little into the RR box for me to find in the second round. Any lettuce will do - I just recently realized that I might be able to lure slugs away from delphiniums by giving them something even tastier. They didn't seem to like Chard very much, and Bok Choy was not as appealing as Delphiniums to them.
(Wickedly) I'm planning to put small, vented plastic soda bottles over at-risk seedlings. Hopefully the slugs won't smell them in there, and won't be able to climb the plastic if they do. And if they DO get in, they won't be able to climb the reverse-curve to get back out! Bwaaah-hah-hah-hah-HAH! Sic semper slugs!
>> they say slugs & LUSHES & Love Beer So Try Filling your vented plastic soda bottles for them .
Well, I don't want to attract slugs directly TO my seedlings.
Last night, as I cut the bottoms off small plastic bottles, I saved the larger bottoms for "slug saucers". I set them out with really cheap beer or beer-like malt-beverage.
I already caught a couple dozen boozing slugs! Take that!
I've already started trying to "psych out" those slugs, placing saucers of beer AWAY from plamts I wnat to protect, but not so far away that they won't smell the beer. (If my experience with my cat and squirrels teaches me anything, it is that I might have a hard time out-smarting mollusks. We'll see!)
The beer itself is SO cheap and awfull that I'm not even tempted after the first taste-test. Of course, I have some nice, hoppy IPA and ales in stock at all times.
Susie, I am fairly new to seed collecting and cleaning. I know that other Robin participants are in the same boat.
I strived to clean seeds to the best of my ability. Most of my packs were small ... but IMHO contained fairly clean seeds with minimal chaff. I was not successfull in harvesting some seed pods.
What was most challenging was identifying the actual seed from some of the chaff.
While listening (spent more time listening than watching) the superbowl, I spent time cleaning seeds that I obtained in the robin. In the picture are the seeds I was able to obtained from a 2x3 baggie stuffed with sage (salvia). pods + stems.
What a waste of space. I could have added some different varities of salvia, but did not because they were still in pods on stems.
yes now we know why some seeds cost us so much for they have to pay someone to clean those seeds .
all i ask is that everyone will try to clean the best they can .
If you have seeds that someone whats really bad & you cannot get them clean then tell that person & maybe work out to send 2-3 small pods . from now on we will list type of seed pods & If someone wants them there will be a limit as to what is sent.
>> Your slug Party will be carried over from your neighbors yard
I know, I know. As I put out my first few beer saucers, I could hear slugs all over the neighbrohood calling to each other: "Hey Dudes! Party at Corey's place! Just bring your own slime, he's got beer."
I also read that they can lay up to 6 batches of eggs per year, that might hatch and mature over a two-year period.
>> too DRUNK TO MATE :)
>> not take their keys
>> they drink... I say let them drive.
>> And they can crash into the other slugs on the way to the party. Double duty.
That explains all the intersecting slime trails with skid marks and broken glasss. Drunk slugs driving home.
I used to live on a tight corner with long straight runs in either direction, speed limit theoretically something like 25 MPH. Weekend nights were prime time for doubling that, leaving deep skid marks in our lawn and knocking down and flattening the mailbox.
Then my parents got smart and had me haul just enough stones to build a very LOW stone wall on that corner .
That way, we didn't destroy anyone's car or mash their drunk head through their windshield. But it protected the mailbox!
And we caught a fair number of low-slung cars that way.
LOL Corey ... and to all of you others too. What a conversation ... slugs, and drunk slugs at that. Makes me smile!!!!
Do you remember the song 'Here we go again? Well ... here it is. We have passed the record of snowfall that had held since the 1920's. I know it isn't a drop in the bucket to you folks in some of the northern states, but we are at 26" of snow for the year already. Our normal is something like 9". Off from work again. The piles and ruts that were around from last weeks blizzard are covered up. Can't even see where they were! Sheesh. Have a couple pictures to share.