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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

507 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
507 Posts

Posted - Mar 20 2020 :  08:54:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I discovered yesterday that last yearís parsley self seeded an entire bank of seedlings! I could share parsley plants with everyone in the county! Finding unexpected food in my yard is one of my favorite things!
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

1281 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
1281 Posts

Posted - Mar 20 2020 :  10:25:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lucky you! Parsley can sometimes be difficult to start but it is full of vitamins. We eat so much of it that I could almost classify it as a leafy vegetable. My mother said only witches can grow parsley :-)

Judith

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Mar 20 2020 :  10:40:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara happy harvesting the volunteer parsley. Dandy lions are starting to grow. Hope to have enough of the tender leaves for a mess of spring greens.

Saw the little toad this morning - happy he survived the winter under my Yellow Rose Cottage. Old folks use to say "a healthy garden is one where wee critters live".

Speaking of parsley my one plant survived the winter on back deck. Used some in broth the other day. May need to add another plant this year.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

670 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
670 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2020 :  12:32:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found mint, chives, lavender and oregano popping back up!!

~ Betty ~
Farmgirl Sister # 5589
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2020 :  1:12:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Betty good to see you posting again. Have missed you. Isn't it fun to see our old 'friends' again. My grandmother's irises are blooming which is really early for them. They usually don't bloom till April.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

507 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
507 Posts

Posted - Mar 23 2020 :  09:55:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judith, I assure you, if I had tried to grow parsley I would have failed!

Sara the other day I traipsed happily through our equipment yard collecting an armful of dandelion flowers, some a good inch and a half across. I headed to the kitchen with visions of dried blossoms for winter tea, only to find that you really canít dry the blossoms, they turn into fluff. You must steep them while fresh. So sad!
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Mar 23 2020 :  09:59:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes sad but thanks for letting us know. I wonder if you harvest the newly opened flowers you could dry them. Maybe the larger flowers are ready to fluff and blow away.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Mar 25 2020 :  09:30:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My yardman is mowing for the first time this year. He's blowing out all the leaves in my front beds. Makes my yard work easier since I don't bend like I used too. I get dizzy and that makes weeding & tiding up hard to do.

My great nephew works for Lowe's in Dallas in the gardening department. He told my sister that most of their customers have been little old women. He worried about them being out because of the virus but guessed gardening was what made them happy.

Gardening does the soul & body good.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

507 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
507 Posts

Posted - Mar 26 2020 :  08:35:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Itís too bad those ladies donít have someone to pick up plants for them, or help them figure out how to order them online. Itís amazing what you can have delivered to your house these days.
I saw the same phenomenon at church before Masses were cancelled. Most of the stubborn congregation was the elderly who just wouldnít consider skipping church. The one good thing, in those situations, is that itís kind of like senior shopping hours, and they may still be pretty safe. If I had no one to be responsible for in this crisis Iíd start calling my elderly friends and offering to bring them something to make their day less lonely. Sara, are you still meeting with you sister?
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Mar 26 2020 :  10:39:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, we still get together. So far there's only been one confirm case of virus in Paris.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

3110 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
3110 Posts

Posted - Mar 26 2020 :  3:10:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello fellow gardeners. I am going to try planting some lettuce in a container raised bed I have. It is actually an old freezer end cap from a store. (i work at a refrigeration business) I will put a piece of plexiglass over it and hope for the best. The soil was nice the other day. Our snow is finally starting to melt, which brings us to mud season. sloppin, sticking to your boots mud.

Farming in WI

Michele
FGOTM June2019

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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4313 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4313 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2020 :  06:18:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good luck Michele with your new raised bed. That is a great way to repurpose an old freezer! Please let us know how it goes.
I have started seeds in my basement a few weeks ago and yesterday I began a new batch. I'm busy trying to decide how I want to do my containers this year for my patio and deck. Fortunately I have lots of old magazines and books to help me plot & plan.

Happy gardening everyone!
Dawn in IL

Bloom, where you are planted.
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2020 :  06:54:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Michelle love your new raised bed. Happy gardening.

Dawn great job on starting seeds. I have given up on starting seeds because I have no sunny windows or space for grow lights. I do miss starting the seeds you couldn't find plants for in the nurseries.


Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

507 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
507 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2020 :  09:16:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, I agree Dawn. It takes a true Green Thumb to be successful with seed starting indoors. Kudos! Iíve mostly given that up for lack of the right equipment. My seeds go right into the garden row and Mother Nature is my Green Thumb. Even my tomatoes and peppers, if I start with seed. When I see volunteers coming up from last year, I know the soil is ready for them. Of course, I never have the first tomato in the neighborhood that way.

I love the freezer planter! Sounds like a true cold frame (-: Stretching out the seasons.
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14435 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2020 :  10:11:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last fall, I dug up my (only) 'Bellflower plant, potted it and brought it indoors..
well, all Winter long it looked sickly,, but then... all of a sudden,, it took a turn... for the better!

it started to bloom!

and now there are 4 more buds getting ready to open!
Ahh, I may not be out in my garden,, but 'Hope springs eternal'...


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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com


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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2020 :  10:19:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace, bell flower is new to me. It's great it made it through the winter and is blooming for you.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

1281 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
1281 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2020 :  11:13:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pretty flower. I'm not familiar with that one either. Does it go by any other names?

Judith

7932
Happiness is Homemade
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

14435 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
14435 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2020 :  4:12:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bellflower also know as 'Cup and Saucer'..
Genies name is: Campanula medium,,, Calycanthema


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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

1281 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
1281 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2020 :  5:55:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Grace. I will look for it at the nursery, when it is open again. I think nurseries should be considered essential businesses, at least in Spring.

Judith

7932
Happiness is Homemade
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

5532 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
5532 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2020 :  10:10:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So far Paris is open except for restaurants and groups have to be 10 or less per guidelines. I'm ready to put basil in my raised beds but it's not time yet. Will have to wait till mid April.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015. & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

2692 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
2692 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2020 :  10:17:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
saram, awesome about the parsley! I did not grow it last year but I will try this year. I've been drinking a lot of the tea and love it!

My mint, lavender and sage is popping up voluntarily but I'll be adding to it.

Stay super busy mulching and planting! My garden is about 1/2 acre size. I plant veggies, flowers as pest control and herbs on one side, and the other side is all flowers for the pollinators and cutting and some edibles! Just got my dahlia section finished and a few are already growing nicely! The zinnia, coreopsis, calendula, and others will go in after this rain passes. We've not had rain in 3 weeks! As far as veggies, so far, pole beans, cukes snd okra are popping up. Corn , tomatoes, herbs, watermelons and sweet potatoes next! I've been a happy camper isolated but then again it's not new to me. The only difference is all the neighbor kids arent here hanging out with my Sara.

Praying you all are staying healthy, safe and happybusy!



Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

1281 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
1281 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2020 :  12:09:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dianna -- Good for you getting things planted already. We're still in the process of getting our tiny bit of ground prepared.

Judith

7932
Happiness is Homemade
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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

2692 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
2692 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2020 :  12:58:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been working on it for last 6 weeks Judirh. Thank you! Has to wait till dh got home so he could plow one more time for me. It's a slow, busy process but so rewarding in the end isnt it?

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

1281 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
1281 Posts

Posted - Mar 31 2020 :  6:05:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very rewarding, especially the eating part. Then all the work seems worth it.

Judith

7932
Happiness is Homemade
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

507 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
507 Posts

Posted - Apr 09 2020 :  12:12:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dianna, Iím hoping you have a successful season this year. It seems your weather so often wipes out all your hard work!

Here, the soil just canít quite warm up enough to germinate seeds. Except, of course, the weed seeds! I spend part of each day pulling weeds til my hands are dried up! Iím just itching to put in a garden!
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