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That toilet paper tubes , cut in half , make excellent starter pods ? Put a bunch of them in a round tinfoil cake pan standing on end , Fill /em with <your choice of> soil , and plant the seeds . By the time the plants are ready to move into the garden the bottom half will be mostly decomposed . -- Snag
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Interesting. But you should get started now to have enough for next year.
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Egg cartons work well too, and you won't have to be the butt of any jokes.
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On 1/14/2014 6:19 PM, Terry Coombs wrote:

That's a great idea. Have to try it.
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28oz plastic coffee containers around groups to keep them together and stand the whole ball of wax on end in the container's lid. Warning: The tubes are flat-wound helixes that do not always unwind easily or disintegrate as readily as one might hope. You may have begun to notice the "Lifesaver Effect" on toilet paper rolls: That is, the hole is bigger while the roll appears to be the same size. The large, thin cores work better than the older "good" ones.

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Derald wrote:

This comp is still being sorted out - This is my desktop , I left it with my kids at my house in Memphis "We don't use your stuff." . Pure bullshit , they had this thing so eaten up with virii and trojans that I had no choice but to wipe the HDD install the OS fresh . Actually I swapped in a new drive so I could salvage most of the stuff on the old one . I thought the sig delimiter was "space hyphen hyphen ... oh and I turned that particular annoyance off in the AV program - I think I did anyway .
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says...

The width of the roll has gone down too.
Another marketing cheat.
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the shelves at the same time, briefly.
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Terry Coombs wrote:

i've been shredding mine and feeding them to the worms for the past few years. not thinking i would be doing seed starting at all anyways. looks like i might try to find some room here this season and might have to make do with strips of cardboard slit up halfway and then interleaved to make cells...
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made to order. Check with grocer or a liquor store. I'm fat with dividers from liquor cartons, if you think they'd work and are interested, lemme know.
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Derald wrote:

ah, no thanks, i've got plenty of materials here on hand already to recycle.
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walk around, move around.
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Derald wrote:

shredded cardboard is one of the best mulches for worm food. any time we go to a certain store we always scrounge up free boxes. Ma uses quite a few of certain ones for things she does. any scraps i shred and that eventually ends up in the worm farm. within weeks it's gone. a few box tops i use for drying veggie scraps or projects, after a while they get beat up so they get shredded and get fed to the worms. it is a nice system where pretty much everything eventually gets used or recycled. i line the box tops with newspapers so they don't get too gunky too quickly.
today i finished up sorting through quite a few box tops of garlic from last summer's harvest. the garlic i brought in a few months ago was sprouting and some of it was starting to ferment. quite nice smelling. :) the garlic i brought in from the garage (where it has been repeatedly frozen and thawed and generally ignored) is in much better condition. that was purely accidental as i thought i had brought all of it in. good thing. perhaps this weekend i'll see if it is still in good enough condition to put some of it up to hold us over the next few months. the bucket of garlic that will get buried deeply this spring when the ground thaws is some really stinky stuff. wonderful. i had to put it out in the garage a few minute ago. the lid on that bucket didn't fit as well as the one i used last night. didn't smell it at all until i opened it back up today. a whole 5 gallon bucket of garlic scraps, small heads and scapes. i took most of the tunics, roots and stems off to use as worm food as the worms seem to really love it. the roots especially. i'll have a 5 gallon bucket of those scraps to run through the wormies the next few weeks. i've never heard a worm drool.
haha, guess i'm in a chatty mood tonight, but now i'm tired and ready for a snooze. cold and windy tomorrow. will hope y'all don't get too frozen by this blast. we were planning on going out tomorrow, but i think i'll stick close to home and enjoy a good fat book and this pile of blankets here in the roost.
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the variety I'd prefer. Maybe next year.... Garden doing well. 27°(F) for about an hour-and-a-half in the small hours of 23 Jan. That was our first frost, really light, no ice. Wife picked the few peas that were ready, just in case; needlessly, it turned out. Much warmer now but wet: Late night sprinkling of rain and then morning fog. Good day in which to prep a small space in which to transplant some collards that need some elbow room and to replace some volunteer deer's tongue seedlings with lettuce.     Garden first-timers this fall are bok choy, celery, broccoli raab (rappini), two additional varieties of carrots, and one of lettuce. Don't know what to expect from any of the first three. Will continue to succession plant them, possibly as late as April or May.
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Damn! Forgot to _change_ the subject line! Silly old fart....
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Derald wrote:

i didn't know you could do that!
(joke, it's a joke, ok? :) )
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Derald wrote:

glad you made it through the first blast ok, i sure hope this latest doesn't wind it's way down there. i miss the little fellers here, i.e. pea plants, they just seem to be rather cheerful plants to me.

if the raab is anything like the plant i had growing here that was leaves/stems and nothing else, it grew great, got to be as large as the neighboring soybean plants, but i had no idea what it was, and then the aphids decended upon it and i finally gave up and removed it.
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Derald wrote:

how long has it been growing?
i'm also assuming that you must like it if you've determined to plant more already. :)
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Derald wrote:

this isn't what we had, by two months it was 18" or taller.

hahaha, ok... :)

we gotta pile of snow to melt here, i sure hope it doesn't all go at once...
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