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Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2015 at 7:46am

And speaking of parsnips and carrots--onions, potatoes, and garlic: I added them to a slow cooker with  a large roast. I could smell it all day and tore into it like a ravenous wolf at suppertime.

What a tremendous pleasure it is to dig into the freezer or take something out of a bucket or off the shelf that I placed there last summer or fall. My list is endless, seemingly--berries, sauces, dehydrated tomatoes, etc. etc. Who says gardening ends in the winter?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 6, 2015 at 7:42am

Barbara, I just store my sweet potatoes and squash on shelves in the cool (55 deg) basement. I do put parsnips and carrots and beets in my fruit cellar in buckets of sand, where it's as cold as freezing.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 5, 2015 at 10:21pm

Ahhh, progress!  Both trees and all berry bushes have many new buds and leaves in just a couple of weeks. I'm taking that to mean they are alive and growing. I feel like I should start a 'baby book' to track their progress. :) 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 5, 2015 at 7:56am

Wow, another learning example for me - different sizes, shapes and colors because they are hybrid! And I thought they just woldn't germinate.  Well, that should be fun! And if I keep saving seeds and planting them will I eventually arrive at a stable variety, weird that it may be? (I never finished the book on seed saving (';') )

I prefer sweet potato pie over pumpkin - have never tried other squash as a pie. Butternut squash baked and drizzled with a bit of honey is like having a veggie and desert combined. :) 

Since you produced so many how do you store them? In sand?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 5, 2015 at 7:40am

Did I mention that I made a squash (acorn) pie the other day? I had a bumper crop of squashes (a variety), and can't eat them fast enough. For some reason I'm not a pumpkin pie fan, so I make either sweet potato or squash pies--although this was my first attempt at the latter.

I've planted seeds I've saved from squash. The results can be spectacular--or a total failure. By the former, I mean squash can come out in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Hybrids are crazy!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 4, 2015 at 9:19am

Daniel, thanks for the pics and all the good information.

Randall, (':') definitely not a fanatic here. lol  a tad OCD, perfectionist, worried about 'getting it right', afraid they won't grow and I'll be branded a 'failure' - all those things. Then after first cup of coffee this morning I stood looking and my plantings sitting under light on my kitchen counter and realized - well, hell if they don't grow I'll just plant some more outside in the dirt - and I'll keep planting until I find something that grows.  Easy peasey! Frees up some time from worrying that I can spend reading a gardening book since it's too wet and cold to do anything outside.

Cenek, I remembered I saved butternut and acorn squash seeds and put in fridge for a month - they are part of the seeds I planted. Will be interesting to see if they at least germinate as they are probably hybrids or at least treated with something - originally from Mexico. If they do germinate inside, I'm also going to plant some directly into the soil.  Love those squashes!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 4, 2015 at 7:46am

Oh you "fanatics"! Such complicated set-ups, Daniel!  I'm way too lazy to do all that. I've recently failed at trying to start radishes. They sprouted, then died. Every year I try to start early and fail. I say "never more". I'll just wait 'til April.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 3, 2015 at 12:53pm

My county extension agent said most plants need less than 8 hours darkness, so grow-lights can be left on for 16 hours.  I forgot why he said you might want to do that, but I think it would make the plants grow faster and be healthier.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 3, 2015 at 8:56am

Joan, my biggest problem is that I often want to do something as "cheap and easy as possible".  However, painful as it has been, that often is not the best way. Nothing beats doing it correctly - i.e. laying the pavers in sand turns out the EASY way!  I had to re-set all the pavers for the rain barrels - and in a few months get to re-do my walkway.  In spite of all my mistakes, the sense of accomplishment when I've completed it correctly is immeasurable. Lesson learned late in life, but at least learned. :)

Cenek, the only really successful thing I've been able to grow from grocery store is chives and celery - and an avocado. Probably did not provide them adequate food/light as they never seemed to grow into healthy plants.

Re Runner Ducks - just amazing. Can you imagine having that many ducks following you?

Rain again here today - everything is soggy and muddy. Good day to read a gardening book. :) 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2015 at 3:28pm

p.s. Your plan sounds like a good one and similar to what I do to start plants. I like your idea of a blog, "A collection of mistakes." It would be helpful to have "A collection of Remedies" as well. 

 

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