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Re: [San-Antonio-Permaculture] Another Activity Idea

From: Barbara L.
Sent on: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:03 AM

Thanks so much for your input on meeting times. I can do week-day evening meetings too. 

The Kombucha sounds interesting. I've never tried to ... grow? ... culture? ... it.  It sounds sort of like a cross between beer and vinegar. Do you like the taste?

I don't have many seeds this year either. I kept them in a plastic box that I thought was safe. But a mouse (or mice?) chewed its (their?) way into the box and destroyed most of the seeds. 

I'll make sure you get some of the seeds from the member who wants to donate them, if he's able to get them to us.

What other sorts of plants do you want to grow? If you like rose bushes, this is a great time of year to start cuttings. 

Even tho the mice destroyed my veggie seeds, I do have castor bean and mesquite seeds, and many sophora (Texas Mountain Laurel) seedlings pop up all over my yard each spring. If I get them early enough, I'm able to successfully transplant them into containers.  I also always have many loquat seedlings. These are the earliest fruits of the year to ripen. I've already been getting ripe loquat fruits from the garden for more than a week now! And I also have pomegranate seeds, but I've never tried growing them from seed. It would be a crap shoot -- you might get delectable fruit or the seedling might turn out to be a dud. Almost all the loquat seedlings end up producing palatable fruit, and the trees are quite attractive in the landscape. Also, I usually have many more baby aloe vera plants than I can use. 

Oh, and I also always have hundreds of 4 o'clocks in the country. If you'd like some of those, I can transplant some seedlings for you, or dig up some tubers. The seedlings are already beginning to come up. I also have a few vitex (Chaste tree) seeds.

Let me know if you'd like any of these seeds/seedlings.


On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM, Kathy <[address removed]> wrote:
I am interested in seed exchanges, however, this is my first year in SA and have no seeds to share! I do have a Jun Kombucha scobie I could share... it's hungry.

I vote for having meetings because I'm trying to meet people in SA and I prefer in-person.

The thing I'm most interested in right now is growing plants. I need a fence built and then I'm on my way.

I live on the west side of town so I can do lunches if they are on this side of town. Otherwise, an evening meeting during the week would work. I get off at 6pm so the earliest would be 6:30 for me.

Oh, and I would be interested in the seeds the other member offered... well except for the bitter melon. :-)


On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM, Barbara Lamar <[address removed]> wrote:

I just had an email from a member who asked if anyone needs seeds. He has saved seeds from his garden and is interested in donating them to the group for anyone who's interested. He has the following:

Malabar spinach


a few sunflower seeds

Indian bitter melon

red garnet amaranth

A seed exchange would be another great group activity that could be done in person or online. How cool is that, to share seeds from plants that have done well in our gardens right here in south Texas!

If there aren't enough people interested in actually meeting, maybe we could do more of an online group, with only occasional meetings, say a couple of times per year? I'd still be interested in doing the group on those terms.

Another possibility is something that David Buchanan mentioned -- to merge this group with the SA Sustainable Living.

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