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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #345 on: July 25, 2012, 07:32:03 AM »
Beets



Pickled

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #346 on: July 25, 2012, 07:33:36 AM »
Hot pickled okra

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #347 on: July 25, 2012, 08:16:40 AM »
Okra!
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #348 on: July 25, 2012, 12:53:15 PM »
Well I have Tomatillos!

I planted about four different tomato plants that I received from my CSA and one of them turned out to be a tomatillo. I didn't know what any of them where and I was wondering why this tomato plant looked so funny. Then I was wondering why the plant was producing all these small paper husk things that tomatillos grow inside. Well duh... because it's a tomatillo plant.

By the looks of it, I'll have more tomatillos than I know what to do with at the end of the year. Salsa Verde is one the menu along with some other soups and salsas. What do I do with the rest? Do they freeze well? Anybody have some staple recipes that tomatillos will shine in?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #349 on: July 25, 2012, 01:16:58 PM »
I did not grow tomatillos this year because I got way more than I needed last year.  Still have salsa verde left from last year.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #350 on: July 25, 2012, 01:22:27 PM »
You can prepare them and portion out and freeze. Then pop them out of the containers and vacuum seal. Keep forever like that in the freezer.

You'll cook them with garlic primarily and puree in the blender.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #351 on: July 25, 2012, 03:59:19 PM »
Dang Red!  I love pickled beets.

I can grow stuff, but man I suck at preservation.   :-[
I need to work on that.



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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #352 on: July 25, 2012, 06:39:16 PM »

I can grow stuff, but man I suck at preservation.   :-[

A few things you need to know and their effects on plant and animal matter and the things that make them spoil.

Cold, moisture, pH, heat, oxygen. Most of these can be elimainated or accomplished by freezing, salt (and nitrite), vinegar, vaccum or heat under pressure. The rest is just details.

 If you can make beer you are way ahead of the curve in preserving food. Preservation is much easier.

Apply your knowlege ;)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #353 on: July 25, 2012, 10:37:05 PM »
Dang Red!  I love pickled beets.

I can grow stuff, but man I suck at preservation.   :-[
I need to work on that.

Well then you're gonna love this.  It is awesome:

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2009 revision

Cool frog BTW.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #354 on: July 25, 2012, 11:04:12 PM »
Is that a frog or a bufo?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #355 on: July 26, 2012, 06:06:59 AM »
 ;D, I love a good pep talk from the Tubercle,
and that is an awesome link Puna!

Thanks.

Is that a frog or a bufo?

true frog.  A fat and apparently well fed example of Rana pipiens
I hope he likes earwigs. ::)



I am about ready to plant some fall crops, now that we are getting some cooler weather.
Peas, more lettuce and spinach, bok choy, carrots....



Pictures make these threads fun...so
how about a little polyculture.

I have about 10 things in here to eat,
and one to make beer with. ;)


Cheers to the harvest.






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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #356 on: July 26, 2012, 07:34:16 AM »
Wow. What can I say? Beautiful.  Just have to get some more dirt brought in and polyculture is right in the direction I want to go.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #357 on: July 26, 2012, 11:19:57 AM »
This drought has been hard on my tomatoes, but my basil has been going nuts. My tomatoes got a spider mite infestation. I didn't realize what was going on until it was too late. I've been using pyrethrin daily since I realized, but I think I'm gonna end up losing most of my tomato plants.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #358 on: July 26, 2012, 12:21:57 PM »
Wow. What can I say? Beautiful.  Just have to get some more dirt brought in and polyculture is right in the direction I want to go.

With that backyard of yours, maybe you can try aquaponics?   ;)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #359 on: July 30, 2012, 09:57:47 AM »
Some of this weekends take:







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