I am thinking of May 14th for the date of the swap, before it gets too hot. At this point I am trying to determine if there would be enough interest. On second thought, I will do it for just a few or a large group because I know I will enjoy any and all participants.
If the May 14th doesn't work for most, I will try to free up the 21st (which is already taken in my date book).
We had lots of fun last year and I'm hoping to see the same people with lots of new faces.
hi Teri and everybody! it was a loooooong ride for us, but if possible we would love to come again. Last year was such a nice time. I will still be in my dietetic internship so it will depend on my schedule. Hopefully we can make it =)
thanks for the invite...and by the way Teri, the begonia in your pic is gorgeous!
I would like to try and come again this year. I promise to bring fewer (WAY fewer) tomato plants than I did last year. After obtaining and WS'ing some flower seeds from swaps, WS.org, the Robin, and purchases, I should have a greater variety of plants to offer.
NisiNJ. I enjoyed the tomato and pepper plants from you last year. I am planting the small sweet peppers and Super Marzano tomatoes from their seeds this year! I also started seeds from Fourth of July tomato seeds - a variety recommended by others at the swap.
I would love to attend again, but don't drive. I am minutes from Route 80 and would love to catch a ride with someone passing by. I hope that the seedlings wintersown and/or those started inside are big enough to share by that time. I am ready for spring, but my seeds are taking their time.
I am so happy you enjoyed the tomatoes. I truly was worried about the impression I left...when I left. If I can come, I WILL be bringing quite a few tomato plants this year (just not the jungle I brought last year).
I have a lot of admiration for you for saving seeds; I am not yet brave enough to try fermenting seeds (everything I read about it says it smells really bad.) Unfortunately, Super Marzano is a hybrid--so you might not get the same type from saved seed. I believe it is "San Marzano" that is the OP version, and the "Super" is hybridized.
wmf8vm (can we have a first name please?)***************************CAN'T MAKE IT
Gardadore and Jim********************************************************.Jim CAN'T MAKE IT
HollyAnnS and Ric
Onewish1 and Michelle
Cricket and Larry
Sunnygrrl*************************************************************CAN'T MAKE IT
Stormy and Larry
Looks like I'm going to be looking in two places for the participants. Hope I don't miss anyone. Please let me
Larry & I plan to be there but we are in charge of an event at our church (5/7) and I'm pretty sure that the 14th is the rain date. So I'll pray that it doesn't rain on the 7th! Holly said the other one is on the 21st which is already scheduled in for us.
I've already cut some black pussy willow & have them in water. I also have a lot of rose of sharon it anyone wants them. Please give me enough time to dig them out. Last year we were fighting the rain all the time. (Anyone want to make a hedge of them?!)
Hi Cricket...so happy that you decided to make it again. You're surprise visit last year because Holly couldn't make it was really a great gesture to insure that Holly's promised plants got here. You guys really are dedicated.
Looking forward to seeing everyone. I have just d-mailed GardenQuilts and offered to pick her up again. Nobody should miss this great event because they can't get a ride!!
Some of you sound so far ahead. I just got back from being away for 2 1/2 months and am anxious to get started. Did the laundry today and have finally gotten through the mail and tax materials! Whew - now can turn my attention to the important thing in life - GARDENING!!
I have a ton of Barnsley House Lunaria seedlings popping up all over the place this year - am so excited to see how well that have taken. Must get them potted up before they get too big so I can share them with all of you!
Thank you for offering me a ride, Jessica. I had such a good time last year, I am glad to be able to attend this swap.
I don't know what plants I'll have to trade, yet. I am waiting to see how this year's wintersowing effort progresses and waiting for my indoor seeds to germinate. Things are starting to pop up in the garden - including my first blooms of irises and crocuses- but I am not sure what survived the winter. At this point, I am playing the "Is it a weed, is it a plant?" game. I always have big green hostas, purple star of yelta morning glories and hanging purple trandscendia, (kept as a striking house/patio plant). I hope to have some more interesting things, germination and gardening fates permitting.
This weather really gets our gardening juices flowing. There will be a new thread in a couple of weeks where we can all kind of figure out what is doing well enough to offer. Hopefully, I will have some delphiniums, agastache and blushing susie vines along with some perennials. Some grown indoors and some winter sown.
Another thread for the "foodies" will be started also. The grilling meats and beverages will be my contribution. We could then use potato, pasta and gardens salads. Of course all those luscious baked goods and some good rolls will also be very welcomed.
The tents and chairs and tables will be available here (no need to cart your own).
Now I have the incentive to go out and clean up more of the mess out there. Nothing like having a goal.
I probably won't know until the end of April / beg of May if I can make it or not, but I'm always up for a trade before then. I've also got manure for anyone that might want some (the real thing - not that nice shredded stuff that comes in a bag!).
i am definitely interested, but the life of a freelancer is not something that allows planning 2 months ahead. So, i'll say hopefully!
I'm sure i'll have something to trade by then, and i will definitely be looking for stuff since we moved into a new apartment in the fall (with a mess of a "yard") and i'm about 70% starting from scratch!
Really enjoyed your event last year. This year on the 14th. of May we will be honoring a grand daughter's college graduation. Can't miss that. Her next stop will be two years with full scholarship at Purdue for her Masters. Glad to hear your Christmas Cactus is putting on a show for you. A fair amount of mine are blooming as we speak. Start pinching now to shape up the plant and keep it compact. Just snip or pinch at the joints. Each piece two joints of more will start a new pot. Bury the one segment up to a little bit above the joint of the second leaf. Takes six weeks approximately to know they are growing. Keep them damp not wet. No fertilizer added to the new until you are sure they are growing.
Sorry I am going to miss all your fun. Maybe another year in good health.
I am looking forward to coming I am new to the gardening but like anything else I do I go big. So with lots of plans and ideas this should be fun for my daughters and I. We are looking forward to meeting people and getting more ideas.
I'm very disappointed that I can't make it, but if anyone is in the Bridgewater Mall area I'd be happy to meet up for a quick trade. I was out working today and see that the Bee Balm is getting a little carried away.
Just a short note from Teri that she is continuing to have Computer problems accessing the Internet so she asked me to let you know she will be out of communication here for a couple of days! I can pass any info onto her by telephone if there are any pressing questions!
After some stressful phone communications, including the one where the tech on the other end was asking me to download something, when my problem was that I could not access the internet...I found the cell phone number of the person who installed the service 5 years ago, and he came and fixed everything with a few keystrokes.
just looked at our monthly temps... going to drop down to 38 the night of the swap.. a lot of my seedlings are not going to be hardened off yet... my greenhouse is just about packed full.. and no way am I putting coleus out there yet.. UGH
ok either I am whacked because I am not feeling well.. or they just changed my temps for that day on the website ... LOL.. I just looked before I posted.. maybe it pulled up an old one in my history.. but now the one I am looking at says it's a low of 50.. need to go back to sleep
thanks I am going to add some impatiens .. long story short I received an order last week that was all busted up.. and I told the guy that the 2 trays of impatiens were ok.. and he sent them again anyway.. so now I have 2 flats of each one... and don't mind sharing a few
Great Amythstsm. Do you need name, telephone and directions??
I am trying to convince two young couples from my family to come. Please talk to Laura (and Danny) and Adam (and Josie) about joining our clubs.. Of course I have been trying to get them interested since they're so interested in gardening, but I think I need some help from Stormy, Ric, Holly, Gardadore and etc.
Thanks Holly. I remember how helpful you guys were when my DH had an appointment the morning of the last swap and I was rushing around to get done. Knowing what a great group we have, definitely takes the pressure off. I saw that the forecast for a sunny day is only coming from one channel, but all the rest call for rain. No matter. We'll have a great time and stay comfy and dry anyway.
Alllison, if you can fit it, I would need about 3 more coir bricks to finish up when the rest of my plants come in at the end of May.
hummingbird cake just came out of the oven... figured I wouldn't have time to get the truck.. visit dad... bake cake & put icing on tomorrow.. so I had to make it day.. and do icing tomorrow.. hope it's a good as it looks!!!!
I am checking in to ask if we are still planning on holding the swap tomorrow in spite of the scheduled rain?
I haven't been feeling well and have been out of touch. I am currently trying to fight off a migraine with strong coffee and aspirin. I need to get my plants together before it starts raining - time in the garden always makes me feel better. I will wait to hear for certain before starting baking.
I will check back in later.
Jessica-Gardadore and I have been talking to each others answering machines. If the swap is still on, Terri, I will be coming early with her to help you get things ready.
It's still on. We will be dry in spite of the weather. We have the two car garage all cleared out with 5 or 6 tables to sit at. We have 4 pop up tents set up outside the garage with tables for the plants.
You are fortunate to have such a big, beautiful house and garden!
My migraine is abating and I can finally see straight. It has been a long winter and difficult spring for me.
My winter and spring sown seedlings aren't ready to trade, but I'll check the trade list and pack up the plants I have. I threw some clothes in the wash so that I would have something to wear tomorrow other than business suits and evening dresses. Funny how I wear out my jeans and sun dresses while my "good clothes" rarely need replacing.
My garden looks better than my kitchen at the moment, in spite of the weeds, but I have butter softening for the baked treats.
I'm still a definite maybe - i feel a little like a party crasher as:
a. I'm not really on this site that much anymore and don't know most of you and you don't know me from anyone...
b. i don't have much to trade... some seeds... maybe a few annuals
c. there's not a lot on my wish list (but i'd take some stuff people want to give away - esp shady things), since i don't plan on being here more than one year
d. i don't have much together, nor prepared food (though i could run to the store) something came up and i wound up in the city during daylight hours today.
e. i know i can't get there till afternoon
I don't want to take advantage of your gracious hospitality, but then again, it would be nice to meet some other gardeners, and to re-meet Allison and Jen (Jen, are the liriopes you're giving away from mine? I tried to warn you!) and to maybe come back with different things than i left with!
I hope that you come amethystsm. My friend lives in Belleville, NJ the drive here takes typically him between 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. You can have some of my pachysandra for your shade. Be forewarned, it has dreams of world domination and doesn't play well with others, but it doesn't need mowing and eventually chokes out the weeds. I think most of us are there to meet each other anyway. No one wanted any of my plants until I posted them on the other list.
Besides, you may decide you like the Poconos so much that you want to move here. You can buy twice the house for half the price of one in Belleville.
Already posted on the offerings thread but wanted to make sure everyone saw my thanks! Great photos, Jen!!
Thanks everyone for a wonderful day and for bringing so many fabulous selections. It was a true bounty and a real pleasure to just stand back and look at all the offerings. Happily I went home with only new acquisitions - thanks to all who took what I brought off my hands so I had room for the new! I have spent most of the day in between the misty showers deciding where to put things and weeding for new space. I don't know how people actually PLAN a bed. When I do it all grows together anyway or part dies out and I end of putting in new things as I get them and think they will work. So I have been checking out all the "spaces" available for the babies - such fun!!
As usual the great food and company made the day as well. Can't wait to check out the recipe page! Already looking forward to next year's Swap. Since I note you are all such avid "acquirers" I will be more aware of what I can divide and mark it for division for next year! It's certainly a wonderful way to make room for new things - this swap idea is fantastic!
Thanks to Teri for her herculean efforts including the tents and cleaning the garage for us! What a trooper! This is truly one of the special gardening events of the year for me! Looking forward to meeting you all again at another SWAP. Happy planting!!
I couldn't have said that better myself so I will just say "ditto for me"! Teri, thank you for opening up your home for us!
And if you wouldn't mind, Jen's photo #22 - I heard you say that it was a malva? Which one is it? It's beautiful. They always are covered with rust in my yard. It's nice to see what a healthy one looks like.
It's a Malva Silvestris . It orginally grew elsewhere, nearby, but died off. The original plant dropped seed in the spot where you saw it growing. I'm going to try to collect seed this year from this plant and several different plants. I usually don't get to do as much seed collecting as I should at the end of the growing season, but I intend to try.
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 Tablespoon of canola oil
1/2 teaspoon soap (not detergent)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 Gallon water
Blend ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly and apply weekly to tops and undersides of leaves (where rust often lurks).
I also have Neem Oil in my list of rust preventers - don't know it it would work or not.
I received this most appropriate forward from a friend which couldn't fit us all any better if we tried. After witnessing the collecting enthusiasm at our SWAP this weekend I concluded we were all a little "cracked" or "potty" or both. But no worries as you will see from this little story - we have our role to play in the scheme of things!
THE CRACKED POT
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."
The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?"
"That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.
SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!
And send this to your friends within 5 minutes and see what happens!
Don't forget the Cracked Pot that sent it to you!!