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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2017 at 11:41pm

Kathy, Spokane has been redesignated USDA Zone 6 from Zone 5. I don't believe it! If I were still in Spokane I would be looking for vegetable seeds that mature in 50-60 days. I don't even try to grow the more tender seeds because we always have late and early freezes. I feel sad going into my garden and seeing the ravages of late and early frosts.  Our growing season is too short. I should have moved south, except I like the lilacs, tulips, and daffodils that like cold weather. How do these plants do in your zone, Kathy? 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 25, 2017 at 5:16pm
Daniel, I don't know how much trust we can put in our zones anymore. The weather is crazy. There was a program on Vice on HBO that discussed it last night.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 25, 2017 at 5:13pm
Joan, I'm always surprised at how many old seed's will sprout. I had some that were fifteen years old do very well. It's just a little time and dirt so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it. Over half of them came up :)
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 25, 2017 at 3:21pm

I pruned my pear tree today.  I removed all branches that overhung the road so that the pears that fall by themselves will not hit people's cars that park underneath it.  It will also be better for the trucks that pick up garbage and recycle containers.

I also removed all the tall branches so I'm not tempted to try picking the ones that grow way up there, which is dangerous.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 25, 2017 at 3:15pm

I'll watch for his second video to see if those 87 year old vegetable seeds produce good vegetables.

I'd never heard of using sugar water to help germination, so I looked for articles about it.  The 2 articles I found that tested the idea, showed that better results were had by using plain water than sugar water.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 25, 2017 at 7:47am

Well, they aren't old seeds, but I just planted "pea shoots" from peas I "stole" from my SIL, Nate. They're sitting on top of my wood burner for heat to germinate. I have no idea how they'll taste, assuming they show their faces.

I have my "hole" filled up and now will look for trees. I like the idea of a butternut. However, I hate buying trees through the mail. I'd rather go to a nursery to check them out up close. Usually, mail ordered trees die on me. I'll have to wait 'til April before nurseries have any available. By the way, we got an inch of snow overnight!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2017 at 6:41pm

I ran across this video while looking for something to relax after a busy day. I wonder if there are any old seeds in my shed in Spokane that I haven't brought north yet. The snow is too heavy at L&L Acres to get into the greenhouse or shed. The shed in Spokane has an old box of seeds Dad had. They may be an interesting project if I attempt to grow them. The greenhouse will be perfect for that experiment in a month or so. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 24, 2017 at 7:20am

Around here, no icicles but plenty of robins. And I've never seen so many sandhill cranes fly over--and so early! Thousands and thousands of them. Our 8 day streak of over 60 will end tomorrow--high of 35. Ugh. Shock to the system.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2017 at 2:07pm

Nasty Mosquitoes and Nats!  I hate the buggers.  I get very few here in the city.  

Comment by Plinius on February 23, 2017 at 2:01pm

A beautiful picture, Spud! I´ve never seen icicles that big here.


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