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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #975 on: May 13, 2016, 04:30:51 AM »
Best time to hurt them bad is after it rains which forces the mound towards the surface. If I've managed to force a colony off a bed and into my lawn they get mound-killer. Then I'll get the survivors when they build their much smaller mound- usually just a yard or so away. 8)
Ever try dumping boiling vegetable oil on a mound? It's probably only moderately effective since it can't kill them all before cooling, but the cracking sound they make when they're hit with the oil is highly satisfying.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #976 on: May 21, 2016, 06:25:06 PM »
No pix  but on my 3rd cutting of asparagus.  Trying to keep the frost off
is a workout.

Got chilly up there didn't it? I was jealous of those temps.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #977 on: May 23, 2016, 05:10:10 AM »
His asparagus probably got frizzed this morning!
I have eaten so much I am almost tired of it -  Love to go hunting for it however, that does not get old.

My silly michilli cabbages are bolting already. That stuff confuses me. Those pretty tight heads in the store are amazing.

I was thinking the other day,
 I wished everything germinated and came up like radishes!

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #978 on: May 23, 2016, 07:15:19 AM »
No pix  but on my 3rd cutting of asparagus.  Trying to keep the frost off
is a workout.
My asparagus bed sucks. I'm going to reclaim the space and try again somewhere else after some research.
Eating lots of great lettuce and spinach.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #979 on: May 23, 2016, 09:24:37 AM »
Strawberries are coming in this week. Had my first one last night. Nothing like a strawberry that is still warm from the sun. I saw my last blackberry variety did indeed survive the winter. Currents and Gooseberries are starting to come in, and a couple of the Raspberries have flowered. Elderberries have some lovely blooms as well. I have a few more rows of Sweet Corn and Carrots to plant this evening. I got the Tomato patch set up this weekend as well. Rhubarb patch is looking very good. Might need to match that up with said strawberries.
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« Reply #980 on: May 23, 2016, 10:08:57 AM »
Rhubarb is not too shabby in a saison.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #981 on: May 23, 2016, 10:14:26 AM »
No pix  but on my 3rd cutting of asparagus.  Trying to keep the frost off
is a workout.
My asparagus bed sucks. [...]
Same here. I planted 10 crowns 4 years ago and I'm lucky to get a dozen spears total each year from the surviving crowns. I don't really need the space right now, so I don't mind leaving them there. My son will pick and eat them right then and there, and there aren't too many veggies he'll do that with.

I and scaling it back this year in the garden. Every year I convince myself I can keep up with everything and every year in July the weeds and bugs take over for good. I have peas and root veggies in one bed and two rows cleared and covered with black plastic waiting for transplants. In addition to those, my son has a small raised bed, and that will be it for the veggies this year.

My fruit trees have already lost the battle with the gypsy moth caterpillars. This is the second year in a row with them. As much as I want to stay organic, I might have to concede this one and hit everything this isn't flowering or producing fruit with Sevin.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #982 on: May 24, 2016, 11:07:20 AM »
Rhubarb is not too shabby in a saison.

Yup! That is the plan for the bulk of them.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #983 on: June 25, 2016, 06:52:07 PM »

This years garlic scapes.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #984 on: June 26, 2016, 05:36:28 PM »

This years garlic scapes.

Whoa! That is awesome! Any specific plans for them? I keep throwing them in stir fries, and pickling them.
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« Reply #985 on: June 26, 2016, 05:54:10 PM »

This years garlic scapes.

Whoa! That is awesome! Any specific plans for them? I keep throwing them in stir fries, and pickling them.
The bulk of them get put through a food processor with olive oil, salt, and pepper and get stored in Mason jars in the fridge. I also grill them and fry them with tempura batter. Tonight I grilled them and some jalapeños and processed them with oil and salt and served them as a condiment for shrimp tacos. Last night they were made into pesto that was tossed with grilled chicken and  beet green fritters. They are versatile.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #986 on: June 27, 2016, 08:36:42 PM »
Blended with grilled jalapeños does sound amazing. I will have to do that. I did blend them with roasted garlic and olives and make a killer pasta as well.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #987 on: September 01, 2016, 08:02:39 PM »
Could frost at anytime, but looks promising for another couple of weeks.  I have a few
cow horn peppers and cubanelles, and yellow squash hanging on....some new flushes of
spinach and yes.....SNOW peas are putting on again.  Grape and pear maters are going wild.
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