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It's that time of year again! Eating lunch with old friends and new, swapping seeds, and talking plants. I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon!
I'll add some details to this post later, but I wanted to start the thread so everybody had the date to pencil in on their new calendars.
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE -- 1 HOUR EARLIER!
TIME: 11 am to 3 pm, we'll start the seed swapping around 12:45 or so, as we *must* be out by 3!
WHERE: Frederick, MD, Chef Lin Buffet (scroll down for directions)
WHAT: Eating Lunch and Swapping Seeds
WHO: DG subscribers and their guests (see list at bottom of post)
BRING: Extra seeds, either commercial or self-harvested. If you're going to split seeds into smaller packs, try to do that ahead of time, because it gets crazy! Most people bring a small item for the "gift table," which is sort of an expanded door prize thing that we like to do. Most of all, bring your enthusiasm -- we're going to have a great time!
If you've never been to a DG Mid-Atlantic event, don't worry... we are a fun and casual group. Everybody brings their extra seeds to swap & share (it's very useful to make up little labeled packets ahead of time), everybody visits and talks, and everybody goes home with a nice selection of seeds to try! I wrote an article that may give you an idea about how this event goes: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1479/. This will be our fifth year for a midwinter seed swap here!
You may want to plan to come early so you can drop by Dutch Plant Farm, my favorite local nursery for winter visits. Joyanna's favorite bird, Pogo the Parrot, lives there. I wrote an article that has a lot of photos taken there, if you'd like an idea of what they are likely to have. http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/769/ If we're lucky, the truck will be back from FL by then with new plants. I usually manage to arrange a discount for our group on that day, so please be sure to ask for it at the register.
At 11 am we'll meet for lunch at Chef Lin, a local Chinese buffet that's one of my favorite Frederick restaurants.
First, we'll gather in the back room to get name tags and put our "stuff" down. I'll have a tray with bags for putting in seeds or little goodies for everybody (your name will be on the bag, but please leave it where it is until after lunch). There will also be a "gift table" set up as well as some tables/chairs where you can leave your seeds for the swapping part of the afternoon.
This year, we'll be eating our lunch *outside* the room, at the tables in the rear of the restaurant. This will let us all eat together but be a little less cramped than in the past. As always, people are encouraged to change seats after then make another trip to the buffet, so they get a chance to talk to different people during the meal.
Just before 1 pm, we'll change gears, maybe play a game before starting in on door prizes and seed swapping. If you have something you'd like to donate to the "gift table," please Dmail me or post that you're bringing something (so I know around how many items we'll have). Purchased items for the table should be under $5. If you got a pair of too-small garden gloves for Christmas, or you have a pretty grapevine wreath you're just done with, or you have an extra rooting vase or other container -- those are all wonderful gift table items!
We can get away with a few plants on the gift table, but "serious" plant trading will have to take place in the parking lot, or at my house for anybody coming over later.
We'll concentrate on seed swapping from 1 to 2:45 pm or so. Of course, seeds can be swapped outside of that time, and of course anybody who doesn't want to swap seeds can just keep chatting and visiting. It's an unusually busy day for Chef Lin, with a wedding reception and then an evening party after us, so Donna (the very accommodating owner-manager) needs us to be out of the back room by 3 pm. We can (and usually do, at least a few of us) continue visiting as we shop for bargains over at Dutch Plant Farm. If you want to come back to my place afterwards for the Duke-Maryland game (scheduled to start at 6), just LMK.
There's a seed swapping DISCUSSION thread as well as a thread for HAVE/WANT lists (one post per person, edit as needed). It's not necessary to make any arrangements ahead of time, but it can be useful to see what people have and what everybody's looking for.
The cost for lunch will be $15, including the tip and your choice of water, hot tea, or soft drink. Snow crab is an available option for several dollars more, but let's make it easy on Sally & on our waitstaff by skipping the snow crab, please. There's a lot of other seafood on the buffet -- sushi, steamed shrimp & mussels, clams/oysters on the half shell, fried fish/shrimp/scallops, and various hot dishes. The buffet also has everything from soups and stir-fries to fried chicken and mozzarella sticks... there's salad, fruit, and an array of desserts, including Hershey's ice cream and hot little fried doughnuts. The selection is remarkable, and even if you don't like Chinese food you'll find plenty of possibilities.
We will all be on one tab, so please bring $15 in cash to pay for your lunch. Give your money to Sally (the tall blond with the lovely smile) when you arrive.
I know some folks might be on tight budgets, and we've all been there. If the cost of the meal might keep you from coming, please Dmail me or Sally, and we'll get you covered. I don't want anybody to miss out.
Swapping of plants (with potting soil or dirt) that we can't bring inside can be done in the parking lot, maybe when we head outside at 3. I know it's not an ideal arrangement, but bear in mind this was meant to be a seed swap. :-)
Please post on this thread if you're interested in coming. It's useful for the restaurant (and for me!) to have an approximate head count.
If you can't come but still want to swap seeds, please post here or on the seed swapping thread to ask somebody to volunteer to be your "seed fairy." You can post have/want lists, send your seeds and return postage to your person, and they'll send your seeds to you after the swap.
I had a blast at our previous seed swaps, and I'm so excited about this year's gathering!
The restaurant is in Prospect Plaza, at 417 S. Jefferson St,near a nest of interchanges where 15, 340, 40, and 270 all come together. This makes it both easy to get to from different directions, and hard to describe, but these directions worked well last year, LOL. McDonalds is at the front of the Plaza, easy to spot. Chef Lin is toward the center of this strip mall.
Combine these directions with a look at the map! (I failed to get a link... type 417 S Jefferson Frederick, MD into google, but don't try to follow the really confusing step by step directions, just use it for a map)
From the north, coming down 15 South. Get off at the Jefferson Street exit, turning LEFT (going east). Cross over the highway, and Prospect Plaza will be immediately on your LEFT (turn LEFT at the light).
From the south, along 15-340 North (the two highways merge together just south of Frederick): Stay on 340. (Don't get off onto 15 North when it diverges.) 340 more or less becomes Jefferson Street. Keep left. You'll cross the bridge over the highway, and then turn LEFT at the light into Prospect Plaza.
From the south, along 270N (coming up from the DC beltway): Get off at the Jefferson Street exit and turn RIGHT at the end of the ramp (east onto Jefferson). Make an immediate LEFT at the next light to turn into Prospect Plaza.
From the east (Baltimore), you'll be on 70 West. Take exit 53b, 15 North. Take the first exit onto Jefferson Street. Turn RIGHT at the end of the ramp (east onto Jefferson). Make an immediate LEFT at the next light to turn into Prospect Plaza.
From the west: you'll be on 70 East. Take the exit for 15 North. You're now on 15-340. Stay on 340. (Don't get off onto 15 North when it diverges.) 340 more or less becomes Jefferson Street. Stay to the left. You'll cross the bridge over the highway, and then turn left at the light into Prospect Plaza.
From Dutch Plant Farm, at 151 Baughmans Lane. Turn LEFT onto 40 East. Take the first RIGHT onto 15 South. Take the first exit, Jefferson Street. Turn LEFT onto Jefferson Street, cross over the highway, and then turn LEFT at the light into Prospect Plaza.
I'm not sure if we have our "usual" 10% discount at DPF this year or not, as I didn't hear back from Mike this week... but ask at the register. Their selection isn't quite as good as usual right now but still impressive, and pruners are 35% off (making them a reasonable price and who knows, maybe the perfect pruner for you awaits).
Dutch Plant Farm is off "the Golden Mile," highway 40, W Patrick St. At the corner of 40 and Baughman's Lane, there's a shopping center with a JoAnn's. DPF is just behind the shopping center. Coming from 15 onto 40W, you'd turn RIGHT at the first light onto Baughmans Lane and then take the 2nd entrance on the LEFT into DPF. (The 1st left is the side entrance into the shopping plaza.)
You all are so impatient!! I am in the "B" County--so, naturally, that comes after "A"... HERE I am!
Anyone coming from the "C" (Cecil) County? Then--"D" for Delaware--Yooo Hooo Jan!
I had "more important" things to do today---like spend $$$ looking for after Christmas bargains.
Spent too many hours running around...
Now i am home--and chilling out. Have to work tomorrow...8-5. Grateful for the hours!
Of course i will be coming!!! With Sally and Robin and Coleup--the usual crew.
Just hoping Judy does nor wimp out this year. She is such a busy lady...bring your "Hon" too--Judy!
He can sit among the boxes of seeds in the back of sally's SUV--as we have all the "prime" seating...
Paul--Jill does not use pencils---she uses indelible, permanent, professional, fade-proof Sharpies.
No chance for you to renege once you been "sharpied" in... just kidding...but you will LOVE
this place and all we do. Jill is MOST proficient in all she organizes.
Running to my kitchen, as soon as I hit 'send' to put this on my calendar... Gita
Dare I ask you to pencil (or, every so lighty, indelible-marker) me in?... depending on school schedule. I saw what happened to Paul when he asked to be penciled in... I'm wearing my frying pan in the seat of my pants just in case. ;)
Please do not be reluctant to be penciled. chiseled, or sharpied in! I have been on the attendee list for all four of the Feb Seed Swaps since I joined and this may be the first year I actually appear in person!
The room at Chef Linn's can accommodate lots of people and the buffet is huge and for the entire restaurant, not just us...food is paid for by # consuming but, if a last minute cancellation funds can be sent to Jill "later" if any owed. Seeds can be mailed to individual requesters or via a 'seed fairy', so no one is left hanging per se...
Nothing bad has happened to me (yet, lol111) for my non attendance other than my missing out on the fun and fellowship. And there are the ever popular mini swaps for prior commitment conflicts!
Jill, if any of what I've said isn't so, please correct. Thanks and hope we all see each other soon.
Once I know we'll have as many as 20 people, the back room is secured for our gathering. For planning, the more important number to me is to know the MAXIMUM number of people who might come, so if you think you might be able to make it, please let me pencil you in.
The Sharpie marker thing is just a joke, because I'm really fond of them for labeling and have offered them at discounted prices in the past (by ordering a big box that we can split).
If we were driving down to Florida for two weeks, we would probably stop in and have some fun with you guys, but we are flying and won't be available (really too bad). Maybe I'll see most of you at Jan's swap in the spring.
Thanks for the bump & the nudge! i didn't notice until now that I didn't put an image up at the top of this thread for a thumbnail. No worries; I'll have links to it at the top of the threads with the snowy daffodils, so it should still be easy to find.
Spread the word!
Guests are welcome, whether they are new gardeners or "old hands." Kids, too, if they won't get too bored during the swapping/visiting part. (Joyanna is only 3 1/2, but she's never been bored at any event with people, and she's looking forward to swapping her own seed packs this year.) Chantell, I think you need to bring that nephew of yours. I'll find him something exotic from my stash.
Judy, it'll be there, and so will the meal cost and other details... meanwhile, for driving time, you can just put "Frederick" into mapquest and be pretty close.
I did make sure we're on the calendar at Chef Lin on that day... they have another party setting up at 5 to arrive at 6, which gives us a "hard stop." I'll talk to Donna next time we're there and get the rest figured out.
The latest I've ever left has still been before 4:30. No worries.
We'll see how many people we have coming as we get closer. Just the back room is fine with 20 or so, but as we get close to 30 it starts getting crowded during the "eating" part of the swap. I'm hoping for a big group this year (keep telling people!), and if so I'll talk to Donna about using the rear portion of the dining room for lunch and then moving to the back room at 1:30 or 2 for our swap party.
I would love to come, but my car is old--1991--and I do not go out when it snows--Frederick is also kind of far. If someone could give me a ride --I also would ask a neighbor if she is interested-- I would like to come--I live in Falls Church (Fairfax County, VA). I also have to learn a lot about planting from seed--- :)
Does your neighbor also need a ride, or would she drive you both is we can get her interested?
Are you near enough to a Metro stop to be able to get to a different Metro station that might be en route for somebody? (Shady Grove, I know, is at the end of the red line, and just a quick detour off 270N)
I hope to get a DAFFODIL / fall bub buy organized (same supplier) also... they'll have their fall availability list up in mid-Feb, and they said we can have free shipping when we order.
Also, I just got a note from Dusty at Texas Water Lilies. Turns out early Feb. is a *great* time to ship LOTUS (since they are dormant then), so if we hurry, we can get in a group order for wholesale prices on "BOWL" LOTUS, which can be grown in water garden pots just 2 or 3 gallons in size! We need to order 5 of a kind, and quickly, so Dmail me if you're interested and I'll send details. DG article on growing lotus (which are *hardy* for us!) is here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/3338/ I would have these for delivery at the seed swap
Thanks, Sally! Next mild day, I'm going to dig up some clay dirt (2-3 gallons for each bowl lotus plant) so I'm ready when they arrive. They can also be "floated" in a dish of water until they break dormancy, and then they must be planted. TWL site has great culture info, too. The wholesale price break is about $10 off retail, and even their retail prices are a lot lower than what we'd find locally. So I'm hoping we can do this!
I would want 2 each of 'Beautiful Dancer' and 'Wann Shou Hing' if those were the 2 we picked for a minimal order. (Both are "bowl lotus," that need only a 2-3 gallon no-hole container... I figure they are the easiest size to find a spot for.) That leaves 6 bowl lotus available. For pricing, figure about $13 each including shipping and a handful of TWL fertilizer tablets.
Chef Lin has a very busy afternoon, with a 200 person wedding reception starting at 3:30 as well as a dinner party at 6. Donna (the sweet and extremely accommodating owner-manager) asked if we could be out by 3.
The NEW TIME is from 11 to 3.
We will still start out in the back room, to put down our stuff and get name tags. I'll have "goodie bags" with names on them on a tray near the door of the back room... don't take yours until we all go back into the room after lunch! They also serve as "mail boxes" for people to drop seeds they've earmarked for you.
This year, we will go outside the room and use the tables in the rear of the restaurant for our meal. This should give us more elbow room, and I'm glad Donna was willing to let us try it this way.
By 12:45, we should be done with lunch and back in the room to play a game (being devised by our lovely Donner-Sally -- thank you!). Seed swapping will then continue until 2:55. By 3, we must be heading out the door! But since we've all figured on being in Frederick until 4, let's head out to Dutch Plant Farm where we can browse and keep right on visiting. (I will check to see if they will give us a "DG discount" that day as they have in the past.)
Duke vs. Maryland (men's basketball) is at 6 pm. Anybody who wants to hang out at our place and watch the game -- just LMK!
An individual copy of this D-Mail was sent to aspenhill, Buttoneer, Catbird423, Chantell, coleup, critterologist, donnerville, ecnalg, Gitagal, greenthumb99, haighr, happy_macomb, HollyAnnS, Jan23, Marlene4, orchidfancy, ROSES_R_RED, sallyg, speediebean, ssgardener, UMD_ terp. and Bec No Va.
I saw the new time too, I hope I will be able to make it.
My BIL (I won't call him an ex-BIL) who is Anna's father has at most 4 weeks left. He had throat cancer last year, now the cancer is wrapped around his carotid artery. He is tired of fighting and hospice has been notified. I just hope he hangs on long enough for his mother to get here.
UPDATE: I just put in an order for enough polymer moisture crystals to last until Joyanna goes to college... unless I share! I'll have a final price on them soon (when I know shipping), but we got an extra discount, and it looks like it'll be around $5 - $5.25/pound for the medium size (about the same size as "soilmoist" and other brands you'd find locally). That's an awesome price!) We'll have small crystals and powder available, too. I only got 2 pound bags of those, so we may be doling it out by the quarter-pound, and it'll be more than the medium. I ordered 10 pounds of the large size, as well, which I like for planting trees, shrubs, and other large perennials (I just mix a few in with the medium crystals). I like the small crystals for miniature violets and seedling flats. The powder makes a great "gel" for dipping/planting or wrapping/shipping bare root plants.
If you want to discuss any aspect of the moisture crystals in more detail, please start another thread for that so we can stay focused on the swap here.
Robin, I am so sorry to hear about your BIL, I will keep your family in my prayers! =(
I'm sorry to say I'm not going to be able to make it after all... without going into details, the kitchen is in COMPLETE disarray, half the cabinets are torn out, and DH is beside himself with BEING NUTS over putting it all back together again... Thought that getting a few new appliances would be a good thing... turns out it's been more work and headache and worry than expected, have to remodel darn near the ENTIRE room around that one Honkin'-Big refrigerator! Sheeesh, when it rains it pours! < =/ (and I couldn't possibly leave DH to fend for himself working on this while I go have fun... NOT FAIR!) < =/
I really REALLY wanted to come today too, but MAN, this house is making us BOTH nuts. The bathroom is finally FINISHED, thank God... that's one thing off the "To Do" list. Wheee!!! We are not disorganized people, and disarray makes us very on edge. (Very thankful the appliance situation is finally straightened out, they all work, YIPPEE!)
Pics of the finished bathroom: I think they're pretty self-explanatory as the bathroom is quite small. The last pic gives a better close-up of the faucet... I really like these faucets!
I think I posted on the seed starting thread also that I did a series of "Seed Starting 101" articles on everything from light shelves to preventing damping off. There are links to the others at the bottom of this first one: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/464/ Certainly there are lots of ways to successfully start seeds; this is just what works for me.
Well,we're home and a good time was had by all, with the exception of possibly Buttoneer. We will let everyone know how she is as soon as we get word. I almost grabbed the camera on the way out this AM, now I wish I had. It seems no one remembered one. I would have liked a pic of our " Little Princess." Ric
Joyanna reports that she had a really, REALLY good time! You all spoil her shamelessly, and she loves it of course. Ric, you were so sweet to help her with her Bingo card... she did recognize a few of the photos, too! (Those were the ones that made her leap around shouting, "I won! I won!" LOL)
As usual, I put my camera in my purse... and then proceeded to forget I had it! I'm usually a pretty good picture taker, but not at events like this -- I'm too busy visiting & having fun!
I haven't heard anything from Buttoneer & Bobbin, but they could be there a while waiting on test results. They do have my phone number. I know I can't get any information from the hospital over the phone, but I might have Judy's cell phone number buried back in my Dmail somewhere. I'll look for it. I want to make sure Bob knows he can stay with us if they keep her for observation. For that matter, late as it's getting, even if they sign her out soon they might both want to stay the night with us before heading back.
When I said I'd just keep twisting her arm until the two of them agreed to stay over with us sometime... well, a dislocated shoulder wasn't at all what I meant!
speedie, your bathroom looks really sharp! It feels good to have a project DONE.
Yup, we sure wish Buttonneer hadn't taken a tumble. Still she amazes me for being a trouper in adversity.
Robin, or Holly? Remember that fuzzy Calathea we were looking at, at Dutch PF? Turns out that is what Buttonneer gave me- a little start of. Woo hoo! Thanks so much Judy! Hope your shoulder feels better soon.
Thanks everybody else for the seed and gift table generosity. Mark really liked the meal.
I'll post later with picture of the mini-Epiphyllum I got at DPF, after much mulling over clearance plants, and non clearance plants ..
Hi all! I am So sorry I missed this, I've been miserable since yesterday, this back and forth with temps is not agreeing with me one bit! Jill, I'll just invite myself to your house in a few weeks when I'm done with treatments! ^_^
Bec, you've got a standing invitation, as you know... we'd have gotten together months ago if we hadn't seemingly been continuously sick with one form of "crud" or another... I'm glad you've kept your immune system strong through this ordeal!
I finally found her cell phone number and was able to reach her... they left the hospital about 5:30 and are on there way home. She promised the docs she would report promptly to the specialist at Hershey first thing Monday morning, so they sprung her.
She's OK. Sort of. Her head is fine, but she did dislocate and also break her shoulder. Ouch! She's still all "bummer!" about missing the lunch and the seed swapping & visiting afterwards. But she did stop by DPF beforehand, so she got a plant "fix" at least!
It was good to hear her voice. Still smiling... she's tough. And sweet. A rare combination!
You're not losing your mind---
I think you were just overwhelmed by it all--too many women yakking...too much going on...
When we got back to Sally's--I got out of the car--then remembered I had left my neck scarf in the car.
Went to get that--then Mark said--"You forgot your purse in the back seat..." See? It happens...
I hope you will come to the Plant Swap at Jan's. It will be all different. Outdoors--good weather--
pot luck food--more Guys--and actual plants to look at.
You already know that--as you were at Sally's last year...G.
Sounds like great fun! So sorry to hear about buttoneer's shoulder. Got back this evening after an overnight of babysitting. Kind of glad the older one was at a sleepover, cuz after only being home for an hour this afternoon she had things heading downhill. Glad momndad got home soon after that. Heehee.
Already looking forward to May. Thinking I'll wait til April to put up threads about it.
Good to see everyone again! Hope Judy recovers from that tumble sooner rather than later. Glad she was released and on her way home. I had a nice evening nap, and now I'm up and about sorting thru all the seeds. I picked up quite a few columbine and foxglove seeds - think I'll try the winter sowing method with them, and get them outside tomorrow. Love the strep from the gift table - thanks Marlene! Happy seed sowing!
I had a fabulous time. I am very sorry to hear that Judy did so much damage to her shoulder, I can't imagine how painful that must be for her. She and Bob had their camera in a case and were prepared to do the photo shoot, but shoot that didn't happen. I'll just have to keep the memories in my noggin'!
Thanks to everyone for sharing such wonderful seeds with great explanations on what to do with them! Can't wait to get started. I do think I am going to try the poppys in the milk jug enmasse!
ow ow ow...its gonna be a sling for weeks for sure...
Me too, getting seeds ready for wintersowing right away with this cccccold day. Step one make labels for all the seeds. THe thing that annoys me- getting into the seeding and going from label making, to dirt scooping, to seed sprinkling...I am tying to consolidate the tasks. Make labels, fill a bunch of pots or packs, then seed and stick label...hope it works that easy,
What seeds are you Winter Sowing? I tried it once--and never again.
Hated the milk bottles...but I know it would be nice to sow a perennial now--
and have it, actually, bloom the same year.
I may try some of the clear plastic, high-domed produce containers.
Would they work just as good???
I have some Columbine seeds in my fridge. Would they sprout if I planted them now
and put them under my lights?
I actually saw you fall--I was a couple people behind you. You just went over like a Domino...
Right on your face.
I too hope your recovery is quick--as you will go nuts not being able to garden.
Not easy when yoy can only use one arm...
Thank you for the labels, Sally! That takes a step out of the prep for me. :-) I've been trying to stick a label inside my WS container and also mark the outside of the jug. That way, I have a label that can stay with the plant... If I make a "real label" (metal marker) for it, then I bury the plastic label with the plant to give me another way to ID it (I can maybe find the name when I dig to divide). For me, labels aren't just a way to keep track of names... keeps me from digging where there's a dormant plant, or makes me realize that some little twiggy thing will eventually grow into a 5 foot shrub. OK, and also I like to know the names LOL.
THANK YOU also to those who must have put extra into Sally's envelope to treat us to lunch.
"Like a domino" ?! Really, Gita! Must disagree. A domino-buttoneeer would have taken haighr, bobbin, and several more down with her. Judy is much too kind hearted for that!
Gita, just so you know, most perennials won't bloom the year they are sown, even if you winter sow or start them ahead under lights. Your refrigerated columbine seeds might have had enough stratification (changes from cold to warm weaken the seed coat so it'll germinate), but if they don't sprout in a couple of weeks just put them into the fridge for a week or two (pot and all). Some people also swear by soaking them in peroxide water before sowing. There are a couple of columbine varieties (the "Music" series, maybe?) that will bloom the year they're planted -- if so, the commercial description of the seed will proclaim it loudly LOL.
I am "wintersowing" into fourpacks, or similar size individual pots. Perhaps breaking the rules, but my goal is to get them in moist soil and get them outside for the chill. Needs moisture plus chill for stratification, I have read.
So I filled one flat with packs and pots. SOme of these say they need it and others I am just going to see if they grow or not and be done with them.
Brent's perennial salvia
What will you cover the WS flat with? or--will you leave it to be under the elements?
I think seeding in 4 or 6-packs is easier on the plants--as you don't have to take a dense batch of
seedlings and separate them .
Now that the Swap is over--I can start thinking about seed planting. A wee bit of each--
as I will not have room for all my heart desires. Alas...:o(
SO cold today! sitting here at work freezing! Every time a customer comes in the front door--
the cold air wafts right over the wall into the Phone Center.
An hour and a half to go...haave 2 more Time magazines to look through...how exciting...
I plan to cover loosely with a large plastic bag and put it in my shed on the nice cold cement floor. When they start sprouting...hm...I am thinking I will take the cells or pots as they sprout and sink them in sheltered nursery area in the garden, or sink them into larger pots. Last time I used cell packs it was hard to keep them from drying on the edges. Cell packs and small pots are so subject to the elements. I think 'size' is the aspect of milk jugs that makes them more stable. I could use milk jug bottoms as short term pots for these guys if WHEN they sprout.
Scratch Verbascum thapsus,, it is common mullein and I don't need to work for that. 5 cells to go...
When they come out of the shed they can go under 'row cover' Maybe I'll sink the whole flat in one of my new raised garden beds made by filling last fall with leaves and manure. and cover with row cover. Maybe I should just do that now.
Not sounding very well prepared am I?
just wanted to thank everybody for helping me get up off the floor at chef lin's. having never doing any damage to my shoulder before, it REALLY hurt. going to hershey tomorrow. yes, i was bummed out, going to try to find out why i fall. i think it has to do with the tia i had a couply years ago. so glad i got bobbin to take me to DPF. the hospital wanted to keep me overnight but i told then i would rather go to hershey so i am taking the disks and paperwork with me. again, thank you all so much. button.
Judy, OH DEAR!!! I'm so glad to hear that you got checked out and are (relatively) OK, but MY GOODNESS!! I will keep you in my prayers that you stay well on that road to recovery, and that you you are pain-free very soon! < =/ ((((HUG!)))) (but a careful one). =)
I am struggling about the same thing. Last night, I got as far as sorting out all the seeds I WANT to sow.
I, sort of, tried to sort them into 4 categories.
--Winter sow--anything that I know to be a perennial or a biennial. NOT expecting these to bloom this year.
Not sure I will get to it...as I have not done this--just (once).. just trying to mimic Nature.
---Sow NOW--slower germinating/growing plants--daturas, Snapdragons, Angelonias, Parsley, Basil, etc
These are slow to grow once they have germinated. I categorize these just
from experience and "been there done that'...
--Sow beg. of March--(the 6 weeks before...) most veggies, Herbs, Zinnias, Marigolds, etc
--Direct sow--cukes. peas, etc...
Must put a disclaimer here--
I have NO scientific reasons to sort them like I did. Just my thinking...
I say this as others may take me to task---and-I am willing to listen and learn if I am wrong...
But hurry-------I will be starting to plant seeds end of this week.
So sorry to hear that Judy, but they are an excellent facility and will do a great job. I really am sorry I could not reach out and grab you from behind, it just all happened so fast, yet in slow motion. Hope you are up and running again soon and meantime will keep you in my thoughts.
Ditto to all the well wishes above and a special prayer for what if anything contributed to this fall and its resolution. Once is more than enough. Special prayers for 'Bobbin' too as he is now the care giver of record! Keep us posted.
For anybody who got a few of those funny little oxalis tubers from me at the swap, I came across the list of what they might be (from Easy to Grow Bulbs, 20100. I'm pretty sure those came from a green-leafed pot (not Atropurpurea, Mijke, or Iron Cross), so they could be 'Fanny', Birgit', or 'Irish Mist'. You can probably tell which one when they bloom. They are tender, and you can keep growing them like a houseplant or let them go dormant over the winter. Just shove the tubers an inch or two down into a pot, water them, and they'll soon pop up.
I'd plant them with something else that has to be brought in but can be dormant over the winter (like a geranium or an elephant ear). As you can see, they can get really dried out and still (hopefully!) be just fine.
Jill, I grabbed a few of those oxalis tubers and potted them up the day after the swap. I labeled them oxalis 'Jill'. It might be nice to know what they REALLY are, but I think if they do sprout up I'll keep them labeled and think of them as 'Jill' anyway. I found some dried up 'Birgit' my basement "garden stuff" pile. I sorta remember going in with you on an oxalis buy a few years ago. I potted them up at the same time. Will be interesting to see if any of them grow.
just a short note; surgery in 2 days. if i feel up to it, bobbin wants to take me to the york pa flower show this saturday. if the surgery goes well on thurs, they will let me go home on friday. and bobbin wants to take me to the jumbo chinese buffet in hbg to make up for what i missed out on the 16th. i never even thought of take out from chef lin. ha ha. button.
Hopefully you'll be feeling much better very soon after your shoulder gets set to rights!
ANY time you and Bobbin feel like making the drive down here, Joyanna and I will take you out to Chef Lin. "Take out" LOL. I can just see explaining to the ambulance guys that they needed to wait just a few minutes while we put together a lunch container for you. *roll eyes*
critter, bobbin wants to go to frederick once a month because there is a gold prospecting club there, 2nd friday of the month is the meeting and weekend after that is a gold prospecting get together so we might be going there twice a month and you might be seeing more of us. time will tell. judy.
Judy--I don't know how many surgeries you have had, but everything will turn out OK.
Trust the Dr.'s--they do good work.
I've had so many surgeries i feel like a "used car" that always has to go to the garage to have this and that fixed.
They fill a full sheet--typed!
I keep that in my Documents as all the Dr's always want to know what meds. you take,
and what surgeries you have had. I just hand them the sheets.
You are a tough cookie! I KNOW you will come out of this in tip-top shape.
Best to you--and a good recovery! Keep us filled in. Gita
I am "playing around" with WS'ing. Did just a few different seeds. Used qt. size Sparkling water bottles.
Cut the top 1/3 off, put some soil in the bottom, sowed the seeds, and put the top 1/3 back on--cap removed.
I did some of my neighbor's Columbines (the ones I gave you, Paul), a couple different Gaillardias, some Portulaca,
Put them all outside against my house on the table. Kind of protected...
We shall see...we shall see...
Many of my other seeds I sowed on 2/21 are up--and now under my lights. That was fast!
I got a bunch of different Snapdragons from "Ibartoo"--they are up too-but so VERY tiny!
The stems look like threads. Not sure how to go about these???? Anyone?
Purple daturas are coming along--the yellow ones not so well. Only a few germinated. Whassup?
Sally--do your yellow ones come up slower? May be that the seed is a couple years old--
but i have read that Datura seeds stay viable for several years.
Spent most of the day rearranging all kinds of things so i will have room for sprouting seedlings,
baby AV's. all my CC babies. etc..
Wore me out--running up and down the steps all the time...16 total each time i go way down--
and come way up again. many, many times a day.
Sounds like you got your exercise G! All the work will be worth it come spring!
Need to get some seeds started soon for the AG Center Plant Sale on 4/27. Will be one of my projects while studying to become a Master Gardener. I have already done a lot for the upcoming cut flower plant clinic in April and am finding this to be a lot of fun!
Ric and I looked into the MG Program and were very interested in it but all the classes in our area seem to run in the fall just about the time we travel. You can't miss any (maybe just 1) of the classes or you are out of the program. So we couldn't take the classes at the time. They only take so many people and run the classes every other year so admittance to the program is limited.
Good luck with your endeavor.
The MG program is great. It gives one an excellent framework of knowledge and understanding to unify all the random things we pick up in our gardening careers. I went through the program in Maryland, but when I moved to Loudoun County, Virginia they said I had to go through their whole training program to participate there. Maryland, or at least Frederick County, is/was more welcoming since they accepted folks from other jurisdiction's training. If one can work the program in, it is a great learning experience and an opportunity to associate with like-minded people. Kind of like a year-round plant swap combined with community service.
So far it has been a great learning experience. I was fortunate that the classes are weekdays on a day that I am not previously engaged.
I know what you mean about moving greenthumb. I asked the head of our extension and was told that as long as a person is up to date with continuing ed and lives somewhat locally, they can get into this program. However, if you are from another state or significantly different Zone then it may be a different story and you may have to retake the program.
I am going to be helping with the local plant clinic and the HCC Garden Show coming up and the big plant sale in April.
Well, for Ric and I we wanted to apply for the personal growth, education, volunteerism and to meet new and interesting people with similar interests. A more active social life and more activities, we have since found that we seem to have plenty of both of those especially in the summer. Since it didn't work out for us to take the classes we are looking into different avenues, checking out the Garden Clubs in our area.
I think the non-transfer is because you need to be familiar with the specific locale in which you are volunteering. I would not need to speak about pine trees out in the desert southwest. I would need to learn about that particular environment which would mean a few courses to know enough to talk about it to folks in that area of the country. County to county is not such a big deal, but different areas of the country are.
I wanted to learn more and give back to the community more than just what I currently do. I do a lot with our local breast cancer awareness program, but wanted to do more in the way of garden activities and this was the prime opportunity with lots of areas of interest in all types of things to do. There is hands on gardening (I do a lot of that at home), presenting at events, plant clinics giving advice, helping with local activities such as plant and garden sales and shows and the list goes on and on.
I hope to learn a lot and have fun at the same time and so far that is what is happening.
Aspenhill, keep checking with your program and ask some questions. Here in Washington county they offer weekday classes once a year and evening/weekend the next time. Perhaps you can get enough interested folks to add a class to yours???