Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 28 JULY 12, 2013
Posted on 07/12/2013 1:19:48 PM PDT by greeneyes
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I have been canning pickles and green beans every day since then. I have a bunch of squash and zuchinni waiting for me right now along with a few cucumbers, and I haven't decided exactly what I'll do. Thinking about pickled zukes or else drying them.
The main thing that we like is zuke bread, so I would think that drying would work just fine. I could even just package all the stuff together for the bread and then just add the egg and liquids for a quick treat.
I like the summer squash in a stir fry, and that's it - so I was reading on alternatives to canning. The old timey methods book said to take an oily rag and wipe them down with it and set on a newspaper - so that's something I could try I guess.
We have had really great weather so far, after a too rainy and cold spring. Mostly sunny and in the high 70's with occasional rain so that we haven't had to use water from the rain barrels much. Today is a pleasant 76 degrees.
The one surviving sunflower is still growing, and has been joined by another stem that is putting out new leaves, as well as some sprouts from the new seeds that I planted to replace the ones that died.
Tomatoes are beginning to put on flowers. Corn has tassels, and potatoes are still blooming and growing like crazy.
Hope all your gardens are doing well. Have a great weekend. God Bless.
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Rain, sunshine, repeat! I’ll probably be harvesting garlic next week. I planted 160 bulbs. This will be enough for us, our folks, and the Spanish nuns down the road. Hey, I have to keep those ladies happy! I’ll keep plent to plant this fall as well.
I will be picking my first tomato here in Red Hampshire shortly...a nice, softball-sized Ludmilla’s Pink Heart.
What does that process do? Wipe with oil, put on newspaper, then what?
Sounds great! I like stuff that I can plant in the fall, and harvest by around May or June of the next year, and garlic is one of those.
Hello all! My garden is hopelessly overgrown due to neglect during my recovery. I’m just waiting for frost to kill all the weeds so that I can clear the beds.
Jefferson City, MO. I had ancestors who hailed from there. Prolly still have distant kin from around there.
I used to grate the zucchini and put it in 1 or 3 cup quantities in freezer bags and store them in the freezer. You could do the same thing with the dry ingredients and then just throw it altogether with eggs and oil(?) and bake whenever you want.
any thoughts as to why the leaves of one of my rose bushes are turning yellow?
What bliss-that first tomato. We are still waiting here. Hubby has some green ones.
Use them and watch them. Oil prevents the RAPID spread of mold. If mold appears, you can wipe them again with oily rag, although I would probably wipe off the mold and then just use the squash.
It just helps to prolong the amount of time you can keep them on hand.
We are now on verdict watch with the trial so tomorrow I'm planting sprouted Sunflowers in grow bags and Tomatoes in big tomato containers. I have netting to drape over both types of planting and stand up wood stakes to keep the net off and away from the plants so the squirrels and birds can't reach through the net to get the plants. That had better work for I am going to grow those plants if it causes every squirrel to die.
OH, YES, I ordered the stuff to put around to repel squirrels. That isn't here yet, expect it any day. They are supposed to hate this stuff. In order for a squirrel to get in, squirrel jumps onto the top of the back wall which has a 2x4 on the top and that is where the jump off point is into the garden. I'm putting this stuff all over on that 2x4 and hope it makes them throw up and have to go to squirrel hospital where they sink into a death coma.
ABOUT THAT TRIAL: The jury is deliberating so please don't go into your town after that verdict comes down until you know your area is safe. The New Black Panthers have put out the word not to burn their own area of town but go where white people live and burn theirs. There is also internet talk between blacks to individually attack a white person and kill that person because Trayvon is dead.
So, don't think you are safe just because there isn't a riot. In the past several days, individual white people have been killed by individual black people - one was a white baby in a stroller. If you live in town, have a loaded weapon quickly available. If you live more in the country but black people live in the area, have a loaded weapon quickly available. BE SAFE, BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND KNOW IF BLACK PEOPLE ARE ANYWHERE AROUND YOU UNLESS YOU KNOW THOSE PEOPLE. I'm using the garden thread to warn you about this, but you need to know it.
I have a lot of native Missourians from all over the state. Far enough back we have some Irish, German, and people who migrated from Kentucky State.
The geographical differences across this nation are amazing....here in the Kalifornia low desert, we plant our tomatoes by mid-September (if we can find the 'sets'...), and the harvest is finito just in time for all the neighbors to make their salsa for Super Bowl Sunday!
Hopefully, it's that Eraze AG pellet product. We're still squirrel-free since the first week of April.
Our working freezers are already full. We did freeze some in 2010, but lost them due to freezer malfunction, hence the search for something else to do with them.
We have gradually been winding down our electricity useage. So far we have reduced our bill by 10-30% per year for the last 3 years.
Since drying takes up less space and electricity, It’s on par with home canning these days.
Had a note from Johnny. Today, he’s with family in another house to see family he hasn’t seen in a while and said he didn’t know if he could post to gardening thread, would depend on if he could find a computer. Here’s hoping he can find one.
Plants with yellow leaves can have many causes. Too little nitrogin is one. Aphids/bugs is another. Missing trace minerals is another.
If you haven’t given them any rose food/fertilizer in a while, you might start with trying that, and inspect them carefully for bugs.
We got a nice 3/4” rain shower in Central Missouri earlier this week. Everything in my garden is doing well. Ate the first ripe tomato yesterday. Cucumbers are now making faster than we can eat them which means pickle-making time is just around the corner. First planting sweet corn is pollinating so it won’t be long for that either. I still have three row of taters to dig. Might get one of those done this weekend.
Mrs. Augie runs the zukes through her food processor and puts the moosh into ziplock bags and freezes it. Works great for making bread. Can also be seasoned and fried, used in soups etc.
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