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May 2013 • Southern Rural Route

I start my seedlings in pots so that I know where they are and don’t accidentally weed them out of the flower bed. This post is for gardeners who like to plant their seeds directly in the soil. When you plant seeds of Echinacea Paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower), the first two leaves that appear are very round, then a single bladed leaf shoots straight up into the air. Really weird … Read More

I don’t know why I do these things to myself. You’d think I’d learn. I brought a box of mail order daylilies into the house to open the box. This is the sort of thing a reasonable person would open up OUTSIDE the house because daylilies are live plants. Nope, I take the box into the living room and plop it right there on top of the Bible on my lamp table. I proceed to cut the … Read More

I was in Lowe’s the other day so I checked the Down-and-Out-but-Not-Quite-Dead table.  I found a red Ixora for $2.50 and that’s about all they’re worth considering I’ve never been able to get one through the winter. Then I wandered around looking at everything just in the outside chance that they had something cheap enough for dollars to squeak through my fingers. They did. For … Read More

I awakened at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning coughing and shivering from cold. After piling on extra blankets, I hit Facebook and discovered Amishland Heirloom Seeds. The two websites took several hours to explore. Around 4 a.m., I wondered what the cats were doing. The minute I opened the front door, Whiskey ran in but I noticed Big Foot’s face in the door of the cathouse Poppie … Read More

I saw a photo somewhere on the web (you know how that goes) of January King Cabbage. It was so pretty I started looking for seeds. Although an heirloom, seeds were hard to find. I ended up ordering a stingy 20 seeds from Cherry Gal.  It’s not that I wanted to grow 20 cabbages but 20 seeds are barely enough for reseeding due to garden, uh, accidents. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds … Read More