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How's your garden doing thread.

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by smokinj, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Tomatoes and squash are flying out. I have eggplants on the way. Bell peppers are about to explode. The habaneros are going absolutely nuts. When they start to ripen, I don't know what I'll do with them all. Might have to find a reasonable trade.

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  2. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I dehydrate them and then powder them up in a blender. My goto pizza seasoning.

    (note: let the dust setting INSIDE the blender before you open the lid. Just trust me on this).
  3. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Broc, cauli, lettuce, spinach, peas, radishes, turnips, cabbage, ...mostly what food eats
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  4. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Habs will keep a long time in the freezer too.
  5. laynes69

    laynes69 Minister of Fire

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    Jay, what type of tomatoes did you plant? We did Amish paste this year, around 35 plants which produced niced size tomatoes, but not alot of them. We only have maybe 25 quart of juice and diced. Our beans have produced around 35 quarts and there's 3 more rows planted so hoping for double that. We diced and froze melons, onions and green peppers. There's at least a dozen quart of pickled bananna peppers and rings. The neighbors were kind to offer sweet corn since we help them out so we froze 20 dozen, around 75 bags in the freezer. Sounds like everyone has done pretty good.
  6. osagebow

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    I've seen lots of bunnies this year. Hope they hang in there 'till november.
  7. mrurbplanner

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    Just getting into the gardening thing this year - planted a pepper plant and 6 tomato plants (3 large, 3 cherry) in a perennial bed and planter this year.

    Planted them on May 22nd - have 2 peppers one is a respecable size. Cherry tomatoes are doing better (planted two sweet n' neat and 1 sunsugar). Big tomatoes are taking a while to turn red - have a lot of green ones (varieties 2- Scotia, 1 Better Bush)

    July was hot, August has been cooler with less sun
  8. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Got 1/2 the fall garden in last night then ran out of daylight. I'll put the rest in tonight...not sure exactly how it will all work out, but I have 132 sq ft of greens, radishes, and turnips (4x4 patches) and 104 plants with some mix of red cabbage, green cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.

    The rain we had last week kicked things into high gear on my existing plants.
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  9. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Knock on wood, I haven't had one single critter issue this year. The fence is working pretty good....and it seems to be the cat's favorite hunting ground.
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  10. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I put in turnip greens this spring and left them in to go to seed. I will have to check and see what I have going on under the soil, what you think?

    Oh and I now have one gallon of smoked peppers and then deyrated them.
  11. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    No clue. This is my first time growing turnips.
  12. smokinj

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    lol me too. I got a million seed pods I need to harvest. I will check it out. Dehyrating them is the only storage I can think of any other ideas?
  13. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I think they just store like taters and winter squash...or so I've heard.
  14. smokinj

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    I have 60 feet of beef. Those are the only two rowes we have harvested so far. With 120 feet of heritage tomatoes of 4 types turning red now. (Will harvest seed of of them. All I need is a couple deer and I am set.
  15. smokinj

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    I heard about 30 days, so if I have a buch out there I will dry them suckers. I dont even like them. lol but got over 30 qts of greens between that and mustard. Been dehydrating all of are taters too. They turn out really well.
  16. laynes69

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    Yeah those are large tomatoes. I don't know if I want to grow Amish paste next year. The pink brandywines have a bold flavor and very meaty, they also make great juice. I would guess after so many years of gardening I would make up my mind on what to grow, but guess not.
  17. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Well i darn sure know I will back off tomatoes next year some what.
  18. lukem

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    Made some chili with fresh tomatoes and homemade juice tonight. Awesome.
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  19. Dtunes

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    We've had good luck this year, it being our first year with a garden at our house(bought in 2010). So many crook neck squash I don't even want to pick them any more. Ton's of green beans(never grew them before), but we've already blanched/froze 5 big bags of them from 9 plants and that's not counting the ones we ate fresh Lettuce was great, but long past. Bell peppers are starting to ripen, already ate some green. Cucumbers were just ok this year(powdery mildew), but we've still picked more than we can eat.

    Made eggplant parm on weds with our first eggplant(about 4-5 more on the chest high plant), not sure what I'll do with the rest. Tomatoes are finally turning red, German Queen(huge heirloom), better boy, some other "boy" and plum tomatoes(ate a few of these already). Also probably picked 4 quarts of wild raspberries from the back yard.

    Herb Garden is huge, rosemary/parsley/cilantro/basil/fennel. Also my first year with a worm composter, might be one reason for our success. It's been a great year so far, very pleased.

    Oh and I'm slowly fighting a war of attrition with the bind weed that's everywhere on my property. The last owner let it have the run of the place. Man, it's hard to get rid of. Roots everywhere and it just laughs off any attempt at using herbicide.
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  20. smokinj

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    I have a half gallon of chipotles smoke with a mix of hickory and apple. People are already trying to get some from me, but you have to be on the x-mass list.:)
  21. lukem

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    Take them and blend with salt, garlic, vinegar and you'll have the best hot sauce ever.
  22. Dune

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    Some animal is eating my tomatos. I am not happy. Garden is ( I think) securely fenced.
  23. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Birds? They eat other fruit...
  24. Dune

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    Maybe, but the damage is all on the bottom of the fruits. Could still be birds.
  25. smokinj

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    Mice.

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