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2010-06-10 9:24 AM
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Raised bed is almost ready for planting.  Lilacs are just starting to bloom here so I don't think I'm tooooo far behind.



2010-06-17 2:46 PM
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bump

I'm all excited about getting back into gardening and would love to see your garden pics now that it's summertime.

2010-06-17 10:13 PM
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I'll see what I can do for pics.

I learned lesson #394792873 about gardening tonight:

Don't dilly-dally about putting up your tomato cages.... it's EXTREMELY hard to get them over the top of a mature plant.

I've got a few tomatoes and a few cherry tomatoes on the vine.   No peppers yet, though.  My pepper plants really seem to be struggling.
2010-07-18 5:24 PM
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Who "puts up" stuff from their garden?   I grew up working the "farm" and we canned/froze/perserved all summer.  Or should I say, my mom SLAVED over boiling pots all summer and I grew up never eating a store bought tomato until I went to college.....  she froze beans and peas.   she canned tomatoes like we were italian or something,   she made pickles, pickled green beans, green tomato relish (that was damn good!), jam (only if we picked the berries from down behind the scrap dump at the college- we run out of jam in the year? Those were some dry PB sammies -   we had better pick more next year!)

I am not about to turn SLAVE but I have made a few batches of jam and odd condiments (lemon pickle, for instance).  

What do you "put up" for winter to have a slice of that garden in January?

2010-07-18 5:29 PM
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skarl - 2010-06-10 9:24 AM Raised bed is almost ready for planting.  Lilacs are just starting to bloom here so I don't think I'm tooooo far behind.

 

skarl - those are gorgous!   Well engineered on a slope.   want to do mine next spring?

2010-07-18 10:22 PM
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I'll work on your raised beds if you'll do my canning  


2010-07-18 10:34 PM
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bootygirl - 2010-07-18 6:24 PM

Who "puts up" stuff from their garden?   I grew up working the "farm" and we canned/froze/perserved all summer.  Or should I say, my mom SLAVED over boiling pots all summer and I grew up never eating a store bought tomato until I went to college.....  she froze beans and peas.   she canned tomatoes like we were italian or something,   she made pickles, pickled green beans, green tomato relish (that was damn good!), jam (only if we picked the berries from down behind the scrap dump at the college- we run out of jam in the year? Those were some dry PB sammies -   we had better pick more next year!)

I am not about to turn SLAVE but I have made a few batches of jam and odd condiments (lemon pickle, for instance).  

What do you "put up" for winter to have a slice of that garden in January?



I don't know if you can really call it "putting up" but I make apple butter for my husband, he just loves the stuff.  I'm going to try some orange marmalade this winter when the orange's on our trees are ripe.  So if anyone has a good recipe let me know.
2010-07-18 10:37 PM
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skarl - 2010-07-18 10:22 PM I'll work on your raised beds if you'll do my canning  

You might want to rethink that - my jelly didn't set.   I made mint apple jelly with coriander (because I am spicy, you know) and it did not set.   the fact I used about 5x as much mint as called for in any recipe might have accounted for it.  I am trying again with some more suregell (the recipe called for none, relying on the pectin in the apples.   I didn't believe it - should have suregelled from the get go)

2010-07-19 8:07 AM
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bootygirl - 2010-07-18 11:37 PM

skarl - 2010-07-18 10:22 PM I'll work on your raised beds if you'll do my canning  

You might want to rethink that - my jelly didn't set.   I made mint apple jelly with coriander (because I am spicy, you know) and it did not set.   the fact I used about 5x as much mint as called for in any recipe might have accounted for it.  I am trying again with some more suregell (the recipe called for none, relying on the pectin in the apples.   I didn't believe it - should have suregelled from the get go)



That's exactly what happend to my last batch of orange marmalade.  Should have used the suregell.
2010-07-21 12:47 PM
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My head-smacking gardening moments of 2010 (so far):

1. I was so excited to see all my new beds sprouting at the same time last month, only to realize that all the sprouts were the same and they were weeds.  [head smack]  So I've been diligently pulling them ever since to give my "real" plants room.

2. Today I googled edible weeds because I'm no longer sure what's salad mix and what's weeds in the 1st bed, only to find plenty of articles on delicious Lambsquarters.  The pictures looked just like my weeds!  [head smack]  Here I'm still waiting for my plants to get big enough to harvest and I could have been having spinach-like salads all along.
2010-07-21 1:37 PM
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Loving all of the gardens here!  Those terraced raised beds are amazing!  We are well into the The-Sky-Is-Frying season here in Central OK, but here's what's doing now in my very-amateurish raised bed:

*zucchini. I go out and hunt under the leaves, pick 'em small, and eat 'em quick.  Yum.

*tomatoes: for the squirrels.  My 2 plants are not producing much anyway, but the psychic squirrels have figured out EXACTLY when I plan to pick them and take them that day.   So.  I have taken to sprinkling the entire area with cayenne pepper.  We shall see.

*occasional hot peppers, various kinds

*MELONS!!!!  Seriously, the honeydew vine is producing like crazy.  The first two are about 6 inches across now and getting fatter every day.  How do I tell when they are ripe???  I have sniffed them a couple of times (careful not to inhale cayenne pepper) but don't smell anything melon-ey yet.  When to pick???

In other areas:

*sweet potato vines.  When the water company dug a big hole in my sidewalk strip earlier this year, I took the opportunity to plant a sweet potato patch there.   (The next week the water company came back to re-sod everybody's grass - oops!  I just put a rope around my sweet potato patch and left a sign to sod outside the rope only, which they did perfectly.)  Anyway - the vines are growing nicely.

*herbs.  Some didn't make it, some did.  One of my friends relies on me for her mojito-mint source.

*weeds.  Anywhere that's not food.


2010-09-06 6:43 PM
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I have had better gardens in the past, but you can't complain about what I did get.   I picked some tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zuccs, acorn squash, carrots today.

 I harvested all of the sunflowers - should keep the birds happy for a bit this winter.

I also committed genocide on  the morning glories - didn't do that last year and they tried to take over this year.   Got them out before the seed bods dried and started dropping seeds.



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