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
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,585
    Likes Received:
    1,421
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Jags

    Jags
    Expand Collapse
    Moderate Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Messages:
    16,970
    Likes Received:
    5,767
    Loc:
    Northern IL
    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).
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  3. lukem

    lukem
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Likes Received:
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Broc, cauli, lettuce, spinach, peas, radishes, turnips, cabbage, ...mostly what food eats
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    firefighterjake likes this.
  4. lukem

    lukem
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Likes Received:
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Habs will keep a long time in the freezer too.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  5. laynes69

    laynes69
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Messages:
    2,161
    Likes Received:
    169
    Loc:
    Ashland OH
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  6. osagebow

    osagebow
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2012
    Messages:
    1,565
    Likes Received:
    943
    Loc:
    Shenandoah Valley, VA

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

    mrurbplanner
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2008
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    Atlantic Canada
    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
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  8. lukem

    lukem
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Likes Received:
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    smokinj likes this.
  9. lukem

    lukem
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Likes Received:
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    osagebow likes this.
  10. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,410
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  11. lukem

    lukem
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Likes Received:
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    No clue. This is my first time growing turnips.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  12. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,410
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    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?
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  13. lukem

    lukem
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Likes Received:
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    I think they just store like taters and winter squash...or so I've heard.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  14. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,410
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana

    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  15. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,410
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  16. laynes69

    laynes69
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Messages:
    2,161
    Likes Received:
    169
    Loc:
    Ashland OH
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  17. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,410
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    Well i darn sure know I will back off tomatoes next year some what.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  18. lukem

    lukem
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Likes Received:
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Made some chili with fresh tomatoes and homemade juice tonight. Awesome.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    smokinj likes this.
  19. Dtunes

    Dtunes
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2012
    Messages:
    63
    Likes Received:
    12
    Loc:
    Outside of Boston MA
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
    smokinj likes this.
  20. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,410
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana

    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.:)
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  21. lukem

    lukem
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Likes Received:
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Take them and blend with salt, garlic, vinegar and you'll have the best hot sauce ever.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  22. Dune

    Dune
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    3,125
    Likes Received:
    272
    Loc:
    Commonwealth Of Massachussetts
    Some animal is eating my tomatos. I am not happy. Garden is ( I think) securely fenced.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  23. lukem

    lukem
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Likes Received:
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Birds? They eat other fruit...
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  24. Dune

    Dune
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    3,125
    Likes Received:
    272
    Loc:
    Commonwealth Of Massachussetts
    Maybe, but the damage is all on the bottom of the fruits. Could still be birds.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  25. smokinj

    smokinj
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    15,981
    Likes Received:
    1,410
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana

    Mice.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

Share This Page

Entire Site copyright © 1995-2016 - email to webinfo@hearth.com
Hearth.com and HearthNet are property and trademarks of Hearth.com LLC Advertising Information