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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 34) September 2
Free Republic | 09-02-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 09/02/2011 5:25:52 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Good morning gardeners. I Hope all is well with you, your gardens and your endeavors. To make saving your prized tomato seeds easier than ever try using some Oxy-Clean. Oxy-Clean? Yep the same stuff that Billy Mays pushed in all those TV commercials! Thanks to Freeper “who knows what evil?” for the heads up on this easy to do technique. Here is a link to a web page that describes the procedure - Saving Tomato Seeds

Now how easy is that?

If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests and skill levels from Master Gardener to novice.

I hope all your gardens are flourishing.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: garden; gardening; recipes; weekly
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1 posted on 09/02/2011 5:25:56 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...
Ping to the Weekly Gardening Ping List.

I hope all of you will stop by.

This is typically a low volume ping list. Once a week for the thread and every once in a while for other FR threads posted that might be of interest.

If you would like to be added to or removed from the list please let me know by FreepMail or by posting to me.

2 posted on 09/02/2011 5:27:17 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

We finally got some rain here, the fall garden really liked it. Been putting up lots of stuff the last few weeks.


3 posted on 09/02/2011 5:29:18 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead])
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To: Red_Devil 232
Here is a working link Saving Tomato Seeds
4 posted on 09/02/2011 5:37:37 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
My zucchini is doing really well leaf-wise. There are flowers but no fruit. The yellow pepper has two baby peppers and the green pepper has flowers. It's been hot and windy here the last few days, so I've had to watch for drooping leaves. I hope I get some zucchinis before the cold closes in.
5 posted on 09/02/2011 5:39:18 AM PDT by Excellence ( CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hey any of y’all have a suggestion for a name for my homemade beer? It will be months before this beer is ready to drink. Defiantly not a hobby for an impatient person. LOL


6 posted on 09/02/2011 5:44:30 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Hey any of y’all have a suggestion for a name for my homemade beer? It will be months before this beer is ready to drink. Defiantly not a hobby for an impatient person. LOL

Patience Beer - Slow Beer - Good things come to those who wait Beer - ;-)

7 posted on 09/02/2011 5:46:31 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

The Devil’s Brew?

It had to be said!


8 posted on 09/02/2011 5:47:23 AM PDT by EnglishCon
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To: Red_Devil 232

“Devil Dog’s Tea”


9 posted on 09/02/2011 5:47:40 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Now THIS is what I call a bumper crop!!!!!

Man finds $150,000 in garden

Morning all!!!

10 posted on 09/02/2011 5:48:28 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Devilish Beer!


11 posted on 09/02/2011 5:52:20 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red_Devil 232

is this new devil beer a “red?”


12 posted on 09/02/2011 5:59:26 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: Gabz

Hope he gets to keep it. He needs some new teeth.


13 posted on 09/02/2011 5:59:45 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

LOL!!!


14 posted on 09/02/2011 6:06:08 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: stefanbatory
It is a Canadian Blonde


15 posted on 09/02/2011 6:06:21 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232; All

I’ve just finished eating Tomato Pie and sausage for breakfast. The Pie was better than the sausage, so Max (my Golden) got most of my sausage, and he’s happy. This is my second pie (baked last week when my son was here) and I agree with my daughter — the one baked with a blend of white, Italian cheeses, is better than the one baked with yellow cheddar. Probably because I used mild cheddar on the yellow one.

Anyhow, it was delicious. Here is the Recipe again:

TOMATO PIE

(adapted from Richmond Times-Dispatch 8/13/08)

1 9-inch pie crust, thawed if frozen
3-4 large ripe tomatoes (or more, if needed)
salt, pepper and fresh basil to taste
2 cups grated cheese (Cheddar or any combination)
½ cup mayonnaise (light is OK)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake pie crust for 5-7 minutes, then remove from oven.

Reduce heat to 400 degrees.

Slice tomatoes, and if they are juicy, press them to drain in a colander or blot on paper towels (about an hour). Place the tomatoes in the pie shell in layers. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and basil.

Mix mayonnaise and grated cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over tomatoes.

Bake pie for 30-35 minutes.

NOTE: You can use any cheese – choose your favorite! I REALLY like white sharp cheddar for this pie (or a blend of 5 white Italian cheeses that is easily found in most supermarkets — already grated), which is a little harder to find, but worth the effort.

Try sprinkling ¼ to ½ cup parmesan or any grated cheese in between the layers of tomatoes in the pie. Dried basil isn’t as fragrant as fresh, but is still OK, and I also use fresh minced oregano and rosemary. Experiment with adding minced garlic or garlic powder to the tomatoes or the crust. If you want a little more flavor, adding bacon bits or diced ham is also good in the pie. It is a very flexible recipe! Enjoy!

6-8 servings

Use paper towels to get the juice out of your sliced tomatoes. You want to get as much juice as possible out — otherwise, your pie will be mushy and not hold its shape on the plate. Just draining in a colander didn’t work for me.

Put the tomatoes in a bowl, or large plate, between layers of paper towls; and set a big stack of ceramic bowls, or plates on top. You can even press down on top of the whole thing to gently squeeze the juice out of tomatoes. Change the towels as they become saturated.


16 posted on 09/02/2011 6:14:58 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

despite the fact that I cant stand the gel stuff around the seeds, this sounds like it might taste pretty good!


17 posted on 09/02/2011 6:17:10 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The tomato pie sounds good. I love fried green tomatoes. Wonder how green tomatoes would work in this recipe? The added bonus would be not having to drain them.
18 posted on 09/02/2011 6:23:56 AM PDT by DejaJude (Obama - in over his head and above his pay grade.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; ...
More on tomatoes:

Every tomato in Wisconsin must have ripened in the last 2 weeks. Our local newspaper ran the following tips on storage, etc.

Save the Tomato

Whether you're eating them fresh or figuring out ways - canning, freezing, drying - to save them for another day, there are things you should know about the care and treatment of tomatoes.

It's late this year, but tomato season is finally here, and it's time to eat them fresh. But a woman at the Wisconsin State Fair got me thinking of ways to bring the flavor burst of fresh tomatoes well beyond their season...Preserve that fresh taste until next year

19 posted on 09/02/2011 6:27:26 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red_Devil 232
Greetings from southern New Hampshire. We dodged a bullet regarding Irene! All she did was encourage us to clean up around the house.

Our five Maran pullet chicks arrived from the hatchery in Ohio and are doing well. They are cute and eventually will be laying eggs with chocolate brown shells.

I don't know if I mentioned this, but the duck dorm is completed and the fencing around the outside area including the waterfall is in and successfully keeping all fowl inside...when the gate is secured, of course.

Our peach tree is very prolific this year, but I missed spraying the apples and they are wormy. The garden continues to produce tomatoes.

Fall is on the way!

20 posted on 09/02/2011 6:27:57 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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