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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #540 on: August 06, 2013, 09:24:59 AM »
Great shots gentlemen!

This is one of the most colorful threads on the forum. :)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #541 on: August 06, 2013, 09:27:29 AM »
Speaking of colorful vegetables. I think I might brew a pumpkin beer this year. My pumkins are really small right now. Hope they get a lot bigger. If they do, I'll post some pics AND brew a pumpkin ale. ;)
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« Reply #542 on: August 20, 2013, 06:23:20 PM »
Knowing that tomato vines, if buried, will root, I shoveled some soil on top of the bottom 16-18" of some of my tomato vines this spring after they got too tall and laid down, just for an experiment. I thought that more roots=increased nutrient uptake and might mean larger yield. They were still in their vegetative state and were not blooming nor had they set fruit. Today I noticed some red peeking from the soil where I had buried the vines. Subterranean tomatoes! Dug'em up and tasted a few next to above ground tomatoes from the same plant with the same apparent ripeness, based on color . The subterranean tomatoes seemed to be less acidic and more umami. The tomatoes were Oxheart.
This is really weird! But true! There will be more experimenting next year.
Just thought I'd share.

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« Reply #543 on: August 21, 2013, 02:31:56 AM »
I gotta post some pics of our pumpkins. I, too, will be doing a pumpkin ale. But with added lactose for that Southern Tier taste ;-)

We found some surprise acorn squash growing the other day. That was one of the better surprises I've had all year.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #544 on: August 21, 2013, 07:48:53 AM »
Knowing that tomato vines, if buried, will root, I shoveled some soil on top of the bottom 16-18" of some of my tomato vines this spring after they got too tall and laid down, just for an experiment. I thought that more roots=increased nutrient uptake and might mean larger yield. They were still in their vegetative state and were not blooming nor had they set fruit. Today I noticed some red peeking from the soil where I had buried the vines. Subterranean tomatoes! Dug'em up and tasted a few next to above ground tomatoes from the same plant with the same apparent ripeness, based on color . The subterranean tomatoes seemed to be less acidic and more umami. The tomatoes were Oxheart.
This is really weird! But true! There will be more experimenting next year.
Just thought I'd share.

That's really interesting! I love Oxhearts but they take forever to ripen. Would love to hear back on the experiment.
So it goes.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #545 on: August 27, 2013, 09:57:16 AM »
Whoa Big Al!  That is a crazy story.  :D I thought it possible if you had buried fruit that had been pollinated and set, but I re-read and you say it had not yet!  Very curious.  You will have to let us know if you can repeat!



Speaking of pumpkins....

I thought I had bought some pickling cukes to grow up the garden fence...but after a few leaves popped out, I decided it was something else...

The plant turned into this:  ???











Oh, and Vert1, that calabacita is one wild squash plant.  I was picking raspberries a full 25 feet away and discovered a nice little squash on a runner heading off across the landscape.  I can't keep track of the buggers. :o


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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #546 on: August 27, 2013, 09:33:17 PM »
Yeah pinnah...he he, the dang thing has runners everywhere and I found a bowling ball sized escapee
that was in among the zuchini.  I like the squash...not so much the plant. the thing is a real traveler.
This was the first year I ever tried to grow em....hop trellis???
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« Reply #547 on: August 28, 2013, 02:45:42 AM »
Pretty cool about the tomatoes.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #548 on: August 31, 2013, 02:27:53 PM »
(food for critters)  Pinnah, the 2nd cutting is in the windrows this afternoon.  Pretty sparce
because I did not put much water to the field.....economics.  Just keepn it alive.
Howd your hay crop do??
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #549 on: September 03, 2013, 05:47:31 AM »
(food for critters)  Pinnah, the 2nd cutting is in the windrows this afternoon.  Pretty sparce
because I did not put much water to the field.....economics.  Just keepn it alive.
Howd your hay crop do??

Since Tom ain't here to badger us into planting an orchard instead of hay... :P

First crop is all in the barn, 330 bales.  More than I need for the year, which feels good given the price of hay around here.  $7-9/bale! Can't get my cutting guy to come, he is way behind.  So still irrigating the second stand.  Alfalfa a little far gone, but I don't care. 

The monsoon has been great, but tough to get hay up. 
I would venture a guess on an EPIC mushroom year.  Heard a report of chanterelles en mass on the mountain.


Garden is in full harvest mode.  Digging potatoes. Raspberries just kicking in.  Hops mostly harvested.

Starting to feel like fall around here.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #550 on: September 08, 2013, 09:59:51 AM »
Pinnah.... I am almost skeert to go lookin for calabasitas b/c I always find more than
I can carry and lots of em are escapees...and man...that thing is WILD man Wild....
Is yours an adventure?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #551 on: September 08, 2013, 04:47:45 PM »
Has anyone else tried BBQ roasted cherry tomatoes? They fully rock! In fact a lasagna is in my future which will incorporate roasted cherry tomatoes in lieu of sauce. Ours are chocolate cherries

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #552 on: September 08, 2013, 05:47:57 PM »
Has anyone else tried BBQ roasted cherry tomatoes? They fully rock! In fact a lasagna is in my future which will incorporate roasted cherry tomatoes in lieu of sauce. Ours are chocolate cherries
Love em grilled...little olive oil...even grilled in foil. MMM mmm
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #553 on: September 08, 2013, 05:51:18 PM »
Fire roasted tomatoes make killer salsa too.  Roast the chiles and onions too. Getting hungry now !
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #554 on: September 08, 2013, 08:16:27 PM »
I bought a stainless grilling pan and we discovered the joy of garden grilling