Skip to comments.Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 15, April 13, 2012
Posted on 04/13/2012 8:19:42 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
Happy Friday the 13th, and good morning fellow gardeners and FRiends! I hope that you are enjoying weather as beautiful as what we are experiencing here in NE Louisiana. Nights and mornings are cool and breezy, and the days very warm.
I've planted 1.6 acres of bi-color sweet corn. We checked the seed the next day and it had already sprouted, and was pegged the following day. Perfect conditions!
Looking forward to hearing what's going on in your neck o' the woods.
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Still too cold for warm weather crops to be planted here in (M)assachusetts. My spinach came up a couple of weeks ago and is doing fine despite the drought (because I’ve been watering it). My asparagus is in it’s second year since planting the roots and has not come up yet.
We just had a frost last night. I may be planting either next week or the week after and let nature take it’s course. The seed will come up when it’s ready.
We planted our first asparagus last spring and observed some wispy tops appear. Following the directions, we left it alone for 2011 and now are pleased to report a bumper crop !
Transplanted my tomato starts to larger pots this morning. They also are spending the night outdoors. My kitchen is plant free for the first time in 2 months (except in the refrigerator, and I'm not sure that's a plant or some other lifeform).
Thanks so much for checking in! I’ll be asking both of you lots of questions, as I am planning on starting an asparagus bed (hopefully this year). I know nothing about it except it takes a year or three before you get a crop to eat.
When they are that small, you can cook them without peeling. Cut them up and cook them as you would any squash.
But this is my favorite use for them: Cut off the top inch of the stem end and hollow out the squash, leaving walls about 1/2" thick. Take the squash that you removed and add seasoned meat, breadcrumbs, other veggies ... whatever strikes your fancy. Stuff the squash "bowl" and bake at 350 until done (depends on what you stuffed it with). Top with grated or shredded cheese the last few minutes of baking. If you ever make stuffed bell peppers, you can do the same thing with the squash.
you have planted 1.6 acres of corn! Gads, My accomplishments melt into smoke next to you!
Still waiting for weather to climb out of 40s here
After enjoying 6 days of beautiful Florida Gulf Coast weather, my daughter and I returned to frost/freeze warning in Virginia :-(
Weather is supposed to be much better starting Sunday. I had hoped to get some tilling done this weekend, but my poor husband has his head stuck under the hood of not only his pickup, but also of my car. Our normal 3 vehicle household is down to one - it is not fun. Without the pickup, I can’t go and pick up the tiller I’m borrowing.
That is an amazing vehicle.
Talk about hiding in the bush.
We planted purple and green varieties.
The purple is bigger and performs best but I’d recommend planting both...
Have cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and romaine lettuce coming along nicely. They survived the frosts this week nicely, can’t say the same for my basil.
Have tomato, San Marsano, Mortgage Lifter, Brandywine and Sweet 100, and pepper, Pepperocinni,Habanero, and California something or other, coming along nicely. Was actually pleasantly surprised at the germination rates especially on the peppers, got at least one in every cell.
I just re-sodded my front lawn and have been trying hard to keep it watered so it wall “take”. I’ve been praying for rain...
It just DID! :-)
Oh, my! Those look delish!
The ground has thawed here in Colorado. Yesterday I planted turnips, mustard greens, beets, collard greens and spinich. Indoors I have several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, okra, jalapenos, summer squash and delecta squash.
Does anyone know about Mason Bees? We had some last year and they nested in tubes. I put them in the refrigerator over winter and they’re still there in the tubes. It’s still too cold here to put them out with no pollen producers blooming yet.
My question is, should I have taken the paper liners out, unwrapped them and removed the larvae? Or do the bees do that on their own?
I’ve never see good instructions on what to do and when, after the bees fill the tubes.
Dug up one red onion... not big but very tasty. I have a bed of 120, err, 119 red onions.
Going to take my tiny tomato and peppers out for some real sun in a few minutes. I am sprouting everything in a basement shower stall we don't use, using an incandescent grow light....have not tried this before!!??????
Do you grind your own corn for cornbread? I started doing that while I was bootlegging the pig here in town (unlawful to keep a pig in town, so I didn't keep her long).
And fresh ground corn for cornmeal beats the bagged stuff hands-down.
There’s a couple of things to it. You either dig deep (10 to 12 inches down) and use REALLY good mix of soil and compost. I chose to go up, i.e. I did a 10” high raised bed. Some of them actually came up the first year.
Those look good.
Others of us might make them if we had the recipe.........
Ha ha... Twist my arm:
1 whole egg plus 2 egg whites OR use 3 eggs
4 c. grated summer squash (can use a combination of zucchini, summer squash and/or pattypan squash-I use 2 c. grated zucchini and 2 c. grated summer squash-drained. I also squeeze the grated squash to remove as much liquid as possible)
1 c. fresh corn kernels, cut from 2 ears (can substitute 1 c. frozen corn, thawed and drained on paper towels-that’s what I used for the squash cakes in the photos)
1/8 c. chopped green onions, tops included
1/8 c. finely chopped red onion
1 large jalapeno pepper, membranes and seeds removed, finely chopped
1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (I use freshly grated Romano cheese)
1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese (I use reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese)
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro (my addition)
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. olive oil (I did not use)
1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper or black pepper (I use cayenne)
Canola oil for sautéing (I use 1 Tbsp. canola oil and a small pat of butter)
Low-fat sour cream, optional
Fresh tomato salsa, optional (I used store-bought salsa)
Beat eggs in a large bowl; beat in grated squash, corn, green onions, red onions, jalapeno, Parmesan, cheddar, cilantro, flour, olive oil (if using) and ground pepper.
Heat 2 Tbsp. canola oil in a heavy 10” skillet over medium-high heat.
For small cakes, spoon 1 Tbsp. squash mixture per cake into the hot oil; flatten to uniform thickness. For large cakes, use 2 Tbsp. squash mixture per cake; do not over crowd the skillet-leave about 1” between cakes.
Cook until edges turn golden brown; turn and cook the other side until golden brown, about 3 minutes total cooking time per cake.
Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Place on a cookie sheet in a warm oven; continue cooking the remaining cakes (I place the cooked cakes on a cookie sheet in a 275 degree oven-left them in there about 10 minutes after sauteing them).
Here in Tennessee, everything that’s been planted is doing well. We had frost the last two nights that singed my new grapes (they’ll bounce back), the figs and the new growth on just about all trees and shrubs. Kolrabi, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, kale and spinach are all OK. I covered my newly sprouted cucumbers with a flake of straw on each hill and that protected them just fine.
We spent the day yesterday mulching many newly planted shrubs, trees, etc....and flower beds. We’ll need to get another truck load and continue this next week.
That looks GOOD! Cajun recipie?
Wow! I love it!
The best suggestions I have is to log onto Beesource and use the search box for mason bees. There are many threads there. Beesource is THE best bee forum on the web, with many of the world's best beekeepers participating. If you don't find what you need, sign-up and post a thread looking for the answers you need.
If you like the forum, add me as a friend ... my screenname is Dances With Bees.
If I haven’t responded to your comments yet, I will. Have to go outside and do several chores and will be back in a couple of hours. Thanks!
That looks similar to what we marinate in some cheap Italian dressing overnight, then cook on the grill in a vegetable basket. YUM
2) Use the same as zucchini, peeled or unpeeled; raw or cooked. Even stuffed.
I've been eating & growing them all my life; and love them. I prefer the light green tinted (Bennington's I think it is) to the white, yellow, or dark green (those are more globular) ones; or to the 'star' varieties.
If they mature, they get big & hard-shelled, and can be saved for seed, as they are an heirloom; just be sure that they are well separated from other squashes, or they will freely cross...or hand-pollinate a couple of flowers, then put a bag over them to keep bees out.
I have two like this (1 is about 8" across, and 3" deep) that have kept just sitting in the kitchen since last September, which I'll be 'harvesting' the seeds from in another couple of weeks.
Wow! Those are great. I’ve only been gardening a few years,
I’m learning what will grow in this central Texas ‘gumbo’ dirt.
I’ve tilled with lots of manure, and hope to get another good harvest. Looking good so far, hopefully not another drought, like last summer. Thanks! I’ll be sure to try your recipes, and post some pics of any of our successes. - Steve
Where in Southeast LA. I’m in Metairie and love sweet corn!
Now, back to the yard!
Yum, a pot of rice would go good with that!
That’s great! I’m planting Asparagus for the first time and noticed that all the resources I accessed said that I shouldn’t expect to harvest for at least the third year.
Reasonably good soil will produce a fair crop the second year. The third year, you’ll be gifting some out...
I don’t know wether to laugh or cry but I see your husband DID NOT trade in his diesel guzzling Excursion. My grandson set up my Primos wildlife camera and I got 956 photos of every rodent in the county plus 14 of me and 3 of our dog...
I like them best prepared simply.
A quick dice, steam, and toss with butter and salt!
We have lots of squash blooms this year and our peppers look good, in contrast to last year when nothing but tomatos were happy.
LOL! I went out to my brother's hunting area with him because he needed me to dispatch and prep some piglets that he had trapped. WTH... It's the country, we've been riding a while after a stop at the Dairy Queen. When we stop in the field near the trap, I discreetly move over to.... leak check a tire... Brother forwarded me a pic of the event that his hunting buddy had captured on the wildlife cam.
All I can say is that it was chilly that day.
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