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    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    winter seed sowing, shrubs, veggies, heirloom tomatoes, gardening for cats
  1. A local small business, Garden Hoard in Livonia, sells seeds, as well as gives away seeds for free (and accepts donations of seeds). Other seed companies I enjoy (though not all have printed catalogs) are: Renee's Garden Seeds Botanical Interests D. Landreth Monticello (yes, they sell seeds!) Also, if you like trading seeds, there will be a Project Grow seed swap in February in Ann Arbor. I'll post details once I have them ~Monica
  2. Yes, deffo cut in spring. If you have really huge grasses, I like tying a string about half way up around the grass and then cutting the grass with a hedgetrimmer around the base. The discarded top will now be in (more or less) one handy piece to remove.
  3. I winter sow and even get regular old green fungus on peat pots in the very moist containers. I have not found that to harm the seedlings, either. As others have said, fungus on the outside is generally part of natural decomposition--however, I would also check the actual moisture level of the soil--if that gets and stays too wet, that could cause damping off. IF the soil is too wet, I cut slits in the bottom of the peat pots--I know they are porous already, but this does help the water drain through if moisture is a problem. Normally peat pots dry out fairly quickly in indoor sowing, though, so this would only really be a concern to outdoor/winter sowing.
  4. I never even heard of inoculant until very recently and have grown peas fine without it--I will do a little experiment this year--inoculating some plants, but not others, and seeing if there is any difference. In the Ann Arbor area, I'm hoping Downtown Home & Garden or the Dexter Feed Mill will carry it.
  5. livoniagardener, If you like 'Purple Cherokee,', also try ''Chocolate Cherokee,' Loved it! 'Green Zebra' is fun, but I prefer 'Black Zebra.' For a red beefsteak, I love 'Mrs. Benson.' For cherries, 'Snow White,' 'Brown Berry,' and 'Gajo de Melon.' A fun one to try is a fuzzy-skinned tomato, either 'Garden Peach' or 'Wapsipinicon Peach.' I'm trying to narrow down which tomatoes I'll winter sow this year--have limited sun and it's always a challenge finding a good balance between old favorites and new-to-me varieties. I only grow heirlooms, but there are hundreds!! Monica
  6. I put the pine cone in the oven so it opened up, and it's either a Jack or Scotch pine. Amazing how different the cones look at the immature stage.
  7. Red pine family, two needles per bunch, attached by stalk to branch, planted at entrance to a park, so could be landscape or native tree. It doesn't look like an Austrian, Scotch or Jack pine cone to me--could the cone be immature? Thanks! Monica
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