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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 12/10/2012, 2:48 pm

Lindacol, you might try this website by the Master Gardeners: http://www.geocities.com/mastergardener2k/frost.html It helps ascertain your last and first frost dates (if any). Lucky you to be anticipating fresh beans from the garden! Mmmmmm. Nonna

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Post  FamilyGardening on 12/11/2012, 9:31 am

we ordered study and recieved some seeds cheers

so excited for spring to come flower ....its really hard not being out in the garden i will go out if/when we get a break from the rain sawing logs

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Post  PinkRoses on 12/18/2012, 12:38 pm

I just ordered from Baker Creek. I also like Bountiful Gardens. These are good places if you do Open Pollinated seeds. Smile

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 12/18/2012, 1:23 pm

Thanks, PinkRoses. The Bountiful Gardens website is great--I've ordered a couple packets of seeds from their "new for 2013" listing. I know, I'm probably beating my head against a wall, but will try their Cajun okra. We'll see. Nonna

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Post  bwaynef on 12/18/2012, 1:26 pm

My Pinetree catalog just came in. So far for me, off the top of my head:

Pinetree
High Mowing
Johnny's
Baker Creek
SESE (I think)
SSE

And I'm probably going to be placing an order @ Baker Creek (since they're the only one with all of my "must-grows" in their selection) sometime soon. I'll probably have to pare down my wishlist as I've got ~$200-worth circled/highlighted/asterisked ...and I certainly don't have the room for all those varieties.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 12/18/2012, 1:29 pm

bwaynef, Do you have another SFGardner nearby? Perhaps you could divvy up the list(s), both get half, then split the packs. And remember, you can store seed for more than one year. There are several recommendations on the best way to store seed right here on this forum! Happy growing to you. Nonna

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Post  camprn on 12/18/2012, 7:56 pm

There are also a few folks who have offered some seeds to swap or send. Look for the Seed Swap subforum.

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Post  littlejo on 12/19/2012, 8:51 pm

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:Thanks, PinkRoses. The Bountiful Gardens website is great--I've ordered a couple packets of seeds from their "new for 2013" listing. I know, I'm probably beating my head against a wall, but will try their Cajun okra. We'll see. Nonna
Nonna, Okra is not easy to grow. It usually grows well here in the South, we had heat, but also had too much rain. Okra does not like too much water. I'd suggest planting under black plastic to raise the heat level. If you tuck the plastic in where some of the water will be deflected, maybe that will help. I'm going to put the plastic down this yr, not so much for the heat, but to keep the mm a little dry, so maybe the okra will put on more.
I think the 'Cajun Okra' sounds like I might just have to order some too. It doesn't get so tall that I cannot reach the pods!
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 12/19/2012, 9:32 pm

Kind thoughts, LittleJo, but Oregon's cool, wet springs are a challenge for a lot of things. Having said that, I did manage enough okra pods to put up 1 (I'm bragging now): 1 full pint of pickled okra. Sigh! No one, and I mean no one, gets to open that one pint on New Years' Eve but ME! Last year, six okra plants were grown in the greenhouse, and two outside in a bale bed. I'm here to tell 'ya, the bale bed was a bust. Great for squash/corn/beans, but not okra. Gonna give the Cajun a try....besides, forehead imprints on greenhouse give it character. Nonna

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 12/19/2012, 9:56 pm

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:Kind thoughts, LittleJo, but Oregon's cool, wet springs are a challenge for a lot of things. Having said that, I did manage enough okra pods to put up 1 (I'm bragging now): 1 full pint of pickled okra. Sigh! No one, and I mean no one, gets to open that one pint on New Years' Eve but ME! Last year, six okra plants were grown in the greenhouse, and two outside in a bale bed. I'm here to tell 'ya, the bale bed was a bust. Great for squash/corn/beans, but not okra. Gonna give the Cajun a try....besides, forehead imprints on greenhouse give it character. Nonna
Nonna, so you've tried bale beds, I'm assuming you mean straw or hay bales? I'm thinking of using them over against a hillside on one side of our driveway and planting my squash, melons and other "take over the world" kind of plants. What have you learned that I need to know?!!! Treat me as ignorant and you won't offend what little I know, LOL!
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 12/19/2012, 10:15 pm

Audrey.Jeanne, we've built bale beds two years now, and both have been successful. The first year was a rectangle of 6 ancient hay bales with the center filled with home-made compost and almost 8 inches of the top pure Mel's Mix. It was very successful for the beans and squashes planted with the "three sisters planting" of corn/beans/squash. The scarlet runner beans were too enthusiastic for the corn we chose and broke the corn stalks. Both the Australian Butter and Galeux d'Eysines formed HUGE fruits (over 20 lb. each) of delectible winter baking/pie squashes. After the corn/bean/squashes were harvested, I amended the soil with a bit of bone meal and some soy meal, planted potatoes (Chieftan and Rose Finn) and had a wonderful harvest of these two (grandkids especially loved rooting around in the soil to find the Red-skinned Chieftans). Last year's bale bed (a bit smaller) was planted to things that prefer warm roots: okra, Indian cucumbers--Sikkim, baby watermelons. Only the Sikkim cucumbers delivered, and, boy, did they deliver! We ate them fresh, pickled and cooked German style. This bale bed is now devoted to garlic for 2013. A note about 2-year-old bale beds: the hay has turned into a rich soil full of earthworms. Anything else you want to know? Nonna

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Post  camprn on 12/19/2012, 10:35 pm

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:Audrey.Jeanne, we've built bale beds two years now, and both have been successful. The first year was a rectangle of 6 ancient hay bales with the center filled with home-made compost and almost 8 inches of the top pure Mel's Mix. It was very successful for the beans and squashes planted with the "three sisters planting" of corn/beans/squash. The scarlet runner beans were too enthusiastic for the corn we chose and broke the corn stalks. Both the Australian Butter and Galeux d'Eysines formed HUGE fruits (over 20 lb. each) of delectible winter baking/pie squashes. After the corn/bean/squashes were harvested, I amended the soil with a bit of bone meal and some soy meal, planted potatoes (Chieftan and Rose Finn) and had a wonderful harvest of these two (grandkids especially loved rooting around in the soil to find the Red-skinned Chieftans). Last year's bale bed (a bit smaller) was planted to things that prefer warm roots: okra, Indian cucumbers--Sikkim, baby watermelons. Only the Sikkim cucumbers delivered, and, boy, did they deliver! We ate them fresh, pickled and cooked German style. This bale bed is now devoted to garlic for 2013. A note about 2-year-old bale beds: the hay has turned into a rich soil full of earthworms. Anything else you want to know? Nonna
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 12/20/2012, 11:37 am

Sorry about pictures, Camprn, but this computer does not play well with picture uploading to the forum. Perhaps I'll be successful with the new Christmas Mac. Fingers crossed. Nonna

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Post  floyd1440 on 12/21/2012, 1:09 pm

I purchased from Johnny's last year but leaning towards Baker's Creek or SSE. Anyone try the Hillbilly or Flame tomato? Looking for a striped and higher producing than Mr. Stripey

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Post  quiltbea on 12/21/2012, 1:31 pm

My Red Zebra was productive but also very delicious.

And its purty!
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Post  floyd1440 on 12/21/2012, 1:40 pm

@quiltbea wrote:My Red Zebra was productive but also very delicious.

And its purty!
That is on my list as well and you have always steared me in the right dirrection Bea
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 12/21/2012, 1:49 pm

Floyd, For the first time, we're trying Hillbilly this summer, too. Perhaps we can compare results come Sept. Should be interesting to see how this variety acts in your neighborhood compared with our Pacific North Wet. Nonna

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Post  floyd1440 on 12/21/2012, 6:23 pm

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:Floyd, For the first time, we're trying Hillbilly this summer, too. Perhaps we can compare results come Sept. Should be interesting to see how this variety acts in your neighborhood compared with our Pacific North Wet. Nonna

Sounds like a plan Nonna. I liked Mr.Stirpey but it was not very prolific, perhaps due to the hot summer, but my WV 63 produced until first frost. However I did like the taste of Mr.Stipey so looking for a good bi-color tom.
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 12/21/2012, 9:49 pm

Floyd, our most prolific and best tasting tomato (remember: PNW) was a variety from TomatFest called Dagma's Perfection. A beautiful, huge golden tomato with fantastic flavor....and generous! I'd never heard of it before (came as a bonus pack from TomatoFest), but we're both saving seed from it and planting from TomatoFest seed forever after! Okay, I admit, not the color usually associated with spaghetti sauce, but what a great tomato. One weighed out at nearly a full pound of deliciousness. (Is that a word?) The West Coast variety Indigo Rose produced more per-pound tomatoes, but they didn't have quite the flavor factor as Dagma's Perfection--though I did can several quarts of tomato/spaghetti sauce from the Indigo Rose (known for their antii-oxident content, though). Praise the Lord, though, we still have lots of canned tomato sauce for the upcoming winter! Nonna

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Post  floyd1440 on 12/22/2012, 6:35 am

I will have to check than one out nonna. Have you every heard of these tomatoes as they are from the west coast.

http://wildboarfarms.com/

Some were in the Bakers Creek catalog this year but never heard of them before?
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 12/22/2012, 8:16 am

Floyd, Wild Boar tomatoes is totally new to me. The only variety on their list that I somewhat recognize is the Indigo Apple, which probably is either a cross of Oregon State U's Indigo Rose, or a sport of same. We grew Indigo Rose last summer and got lots and lots of smallish dark purple-skinned tomatoes. Pretty good tasting, but tough skins. Looks like Indigo Apple has larger fruits. If I didn't already have too many tomato varieties to plant, the variety pack at the bottom of the list would tempt me. Rolling Eyes
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