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Old 02-26-2013, 11:20 PM
 
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For those of you within driving distance of Philadelphia...the city's (actually the the Phila. Horticultural Society's) wonderful Flower Show starts this weekend and runs through next weekend.

I went last year, and am going again this year!
Last year's theme Hawaii...this year it's London and Brilliant British Gardens

I saw a TV show -- an old episode of Victory Garden -- that focused on the Northwest Flower show (in Seattle I think) and it looked great, too!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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For those of you within driving distance of Philadelphia...the city's (actually the the Phila. Horticultural Society's) wonderful Flower Show starts this weekend and runs through next weekend.

I went last year, and am going again this year!
Last year's theme Hawaii...this year it's London and Brilliant British Gardens

I saw a TV show -- an old episode of Victory Garden -- that focused on the Northwest Flower show (in Seattle I think) and it looked great, too!
the words "victory garden" takes me back to my childhood when dad was overseas and mom grew a victory garden. She would plant mainly things like beets, radishes, I think carrots and I don't remember what else. It gave her something to do while she waited for dad to come home. She also had a dozen hens. The eggs she would sell and the money would go to our Sunday afternoon outings, usually the movie and Bob's Big boy for an early dinner. Daddy came home in Aug of 1944 and we were moved to Miami where he was stationed until the war was over. i don't think mom ever had a garden after that..
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Those of you who are waaay more into gardening from seed than I am likely already know about this, but....
I saw a segment on a garden show that was all about seeds: growing from seeds, saving seeds, finding rare seeds, etc...

It was on a public TV channel in MD, but the video may be online...
The show is: Growing A Greener World"
This episode was called: "Seed Savers Exchange - Saving the Planet by Saving Seeds" (they have a catalog)
It featured:
-- a segment on how it started (with a woman whose dad had brought over marigold seeds from BAVARIA!)
-- a segment on saving your own seeds
-- A guy based in SYRIA called 'the seed hunter' who travels the world finding rare seeds
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Those of you who are waaay more into gardening from seed than I am likely already know about this, but....
I saw a segment on a garden show that was all about seeds: growing from seeds, saving seeds, finding rare seeds, etc...

It was on a public TV channel in MD, but the video may be online...
The show is: Growing A Greener World"
This episode was called: "Seed Savers Exchange - Saving the Planet by Saving Seeds" (they have a catalog)
It featured:
-- a segment on how it started (with a woman whose dad had brought over marigold seeds from BAVARIA!)
-- a segment on saving your own seeds
-- A guy based in SYRIA called 'the seed hunter' who travels the world finding rare seeds
I don't know anything about that but we do save some seeds from our produce and use to start the garden the next spring. Right now, in the freezer I have cantalope seeds from last years cantalope and acorn squash seeds. I will plant them just like any other seeds I buy. It always works for us. I know a lot of people do their tomatoes the same way, but I have never tried that.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I did not know you could freeze seeds! I always keep mine wrapped in paper towel in a baggie or a paper bag. The only thing with squash seeds is I think sometimes you get a "new" squash because of cross pollination.

My neighbor had some sort of watermelon squash combo one year, and last year I had green-striped ones that seemed to be a cross between zucchini and butternut squash.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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I did not know you could freeze seeds! I always keep mine wrapped in paper towel in a baggie or a paper bag. The only thing with squash seeds is I think sometimes you get a "new" squash because of cross pollination.

My neighbor had some sort of watermelon squash combo one year, and last year I had green-striped ones that seemed to be a cross between zucchini and butternut squash.
I froze the squash seeds from the year before and planted them last year, we had plenty of squash. As for the cantalope, I have no idea, but we will see. The story of my cantalope garden last year made me want to give it a try. I didn't plant cantalope, but I did have seeds in my compost. Long story, but about the middle of the summer I had these strange looking cukes, everywhere. Throughout the summer we would watch them, let them grow, etc. Suddenly we started paying close attention: they were not round, classic cukes, but green cantalope. By the fall we had so many, I started just pulling them up and tossing them. We love melons but enough is enough.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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I froze the squash seeds from the year before and planted them last year, we had plenty of squash. As for the cantalope, I have no idea, but we will see. The story of my cantalope garden last year made me want to give it a try. I didn't plant cantalope, but I did have seeds in my compost. Long story, but about the middle of the summer I had these strange looking cukes, everywhere. Throughout the summer we would watch them, let them grow, etc. Suddenly we started paying close attention: they were not round, classic cukes, but green cantalope. By the fall we had so many, I started just pulling them up and tossing them. We love melons but enough is enough.
That's awesome. I'm jealous because I only got 3 melons last year. It got cold too fast. This year I am going to be a good girl and start a couple (or try, anyway) in those peat pots.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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That's awesome. I'm jealous because I only got 3 melons last year. It got cold too fast. This year I am going to be a good girl and start a couple (or try, anyway) in those peat pots.
It was awesome and fun, but it was mind boggling at first. I had planted some specialty cukes the year before and thought that was what these were. In fact, I actually pickled a couple of jars,I have not opented them yet. Anyway as weeks went by we realized they were not cukes. Now watch, this year we will plant the seeds and not get a single melon. I think, if the weather keeps warming up this week, we will be able to start pulling weeds and getting ready for planting the end of next week. of course we won't plant anything for at least 3 or 4 more weeks, even without frost the ground is way too cold.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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OK..is this the thread where I admit to being a garden Juncky...I can't walk past a seed display without paying something...does that qualify me? I usually end up with so many seeds or plants I don't have room for them. I guess that means I need a bigger garden. I can't wait till spring and play in the dirt.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:40 AM
 
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Those of you who are waaay more into gardening from seed than I am likely already know about this, but....
I saw a segment on a garden show that was all about seeds: growing from seeds, saving seeds, finding rare seeds, etc...

It was on a public TV channel in MD, but the video may be online...
The show is: Growing A Greener World"
This episode was called: "Seed Savers Exchange - Saving the Planet by Saving Seeds" (they have a catalog)
It featured:
-- a segment on how it started (with a woman whose dad had brought over marigold seeds from BAVARIA!)
-- a segment on saving your own seeds
-- A guy based in SYRIA called 'the seed hunter' who travels the world finding rare seeds

Wish HGTV would put on more simple garden shows like that one, instead of all the garden show where they spend $20,000 to redo a backyard. I use to watch the Victory garden, gave good information. It gave infromation and showed you how. Garden Diary and Gardeners Journal where you saw peoples backyards that were actually gardens. Not about swimming pools, decks, bbq pits, patios.
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