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Using Bone Ashes in the Garden. 12.9.18
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
I've been trying to sprout pomegranate seeds from store-bought fruit. I think that perhaps they are hybrid and I'll have to buy saplings. Which is probably all for the better anyway.
Pomegranates should do very well in my dry and windy climate. Also the soil pH here is ideal.
Barbara, my answer to grow-lights, YES !! you definitely need to increase the candlepower, even in Texas. I started seeds for my gardens in Alaska, Washington, DC, San Antonio, El Paso, Killeen Texas and Washington state. You can get seeds to sprout with a south facing window, however, after the seedlings get past the cotyledon phase, they will need the energy of the sun or more candlepower from lights to make a nice, lush, robust plant.
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