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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#31 Postby Gulliver » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:12 am

KarakD. wrote:Onion: Buy starters, its way easier then starting seed.
The seed I started last year is only now forming edible bulbs.

Cucumbers: Good luck (I suck at growing them)
I had a good crop of onions that I started off indoors in little plastic containers and then planted out when they'd gotten a few inches tall.

I got one inedible, bitter cucumber off my three cucumber plants. The fourth I gave to a neighbour who got millions of cucumbers off it. Ah well...

Chilli pepper grow very well, I've found. They're much like tomatoes.

At the supermarkets near me they do pots of basil and other herbs and chilli peppers. Wait until they have dying ones marked down, then plant them in proper compost and they'll explode back into health. Often, the tiny pots they grow them in aren't big enough for the root system once it's established.

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#32 Postby KarakD. » Tue May 29, 2012 10:43 am

2012 has been anamazing year for my chokes - I've never seen them produce so many buds.
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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#33 Postby Baby Hercules » Tue May 29, 2012 11:54 am

They look amazing, KarakD.! Can you deliver them by 5 PM? :lol: Just kidding.

I've got the biggest strawberry harvest of all time ripening out in the garden right now. We're talkin' 20+ pints if the slugs forget where I moved them. Not bad for heavy clay soil. These are the June bearing variety, the kind that get two inches long.

We've got a late summer again up here in the Pacific Northwest. I just hope it heats up fast so the tomatoes and peppers have a chance this time around. I started Cherokee Purples from seed and I can't wait to taste that first, fresh, sweet, juicy bite. Third pic down: http://rareseeds.com/blog/cooking/its-t ... ting-time/

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#34 Postby Raynak » Tue May 29, 2012 12:29 pm

KarakD. wrote:2012 has been anamazing year for my chokes - I've never seen them produce so many buds.


Those look amazing!
Just curious, how do you eat your artichokes? Because I've been wanting to try them out, but I have no idea in what kind of dish/recipe they would taste good.

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#35 Postby KarakD. » Tue May 29, 2012 12:32 pm

Baby Hercules wrote:They look amazing, KarakD.! Can you deliver them by 5 PM? :lol: Just kidding.

I've got the biggest strawberry harvest of all time ripening out in the garden right now. We're talkin' 20+ pints if the slugs forget where I moved them. Not bad for heavy clay soil. These are the June bearing variety, they kind that get two inches wide.

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Very Nice! Are you going to try canning them? I canned a ton of fruit last year - it turned out great.
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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#36 Postby KarakD. » Tue May 29, 2012 12:38 pm

Raynak wrote:
KarakD. wrote:2012 has been anamazing year for my chokes - I've never seen them produce so many buds.


Those look amazing!
Just curious, how do you eat your artichokes? Because I've been wanting to try them out, but I have no idea in what kind of dish/recipe they would taste good.


Thanks :)

I like them with Greek olives & Pine nuts. Basically I pull off the outer most leaves, then cut in half. Sprinkle 3 or 4 cap fulls of lemon (or juice of 1 fresh lemon) on top. Stick them in a pan w/EVOO, garlic & pine nuts then saute on grill.

The trick is the chokes must be very young. If they are to old they are tough & you can't eat the flower inside.
I hope that helps..

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#37 Postby Raynak » Tue May 29, 2012 2:05 pm

Thanks for the recipe, sounds great.

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#38 Postby Baby Hercules » Tue May 29, 2012 2:33 pm

KarakD. wrote: Are you going to try canning them?


Nah, I eat everything fresh and raw. If there's a bumper crop of strawberries, then there's just gonna be a bumper crop of smoothies!

The slugs and I have an understanding: I moved onto their land, so the garden belongs to both of us. They only eat a little. I use no chemicals of any kind. If something doesn't produce well in my garden then I just grow something else. It's hard to feel limited when you've got strawberries, scarlet runner beans, corn, pie pumpkin, zucchini, cilantro, parsley, chives, bell peppers, jalapenos, cantaloupe, sweet peas, potatoes, and watermelon.

I'm suddenly hungry.

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#39 Postby KarakD. » Tue May 29, 2012 3:08 pm

Baby Hercules wrote:
KarakD. wrote: Are you going to try canning them?


Nah, I eat everything fresh and raw. If there's a bumper crop of strawberries, then there's just gonna be a bumper crop of smoothies!

The slugs and I have an understanding: I moved onto their land, so the garden belongs to both of us. They only eat a little. I use no chemicals of any kind. If something doesn't produce well in my garden then I just grow something else. It's hard to feel limited when you've got strawberries, scarlet runner beans, corn, pie pumpkin, zucchini, cilantro, parsley, chives, bell peppers, jalapenos, cantaloupe, sweet peas, potatoes, and watermelon.

I'm suddenly hungry.

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I have no remorse for slugs.

But if you ever do intend to can - use lots of liquore :) You will thank me on a Bitter Winter Night.

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#40 Postby Baby Hercules » Tue May 29, 2012 3:52 pm

KarakD. wrote:But if you ever do intend to can - use lots of liquore :) You will thank me on a Bitter Winter Night.


I used to live near a black cherry tree that I could pick from to make brandied cherries. Pitted cherries, water, cornstarch (or other), and a little sugar if desired resulted in one powerful elixir of bribery. Used over pancakes or ice cream in the right quantities made men build and fix things for me. :wink: Now I have to resort to vegan cupcakes:

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#41 Postby Baby Hercules » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:45 am

Ate my first strawberries of the season right out of my garden yesterday, didn't even brush the dirt off (fiber). They were out-of-this-world good. Nothing beats fresh from the backyard, I tell ya!

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#42 Postby Raynak » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:39 pm

I actually had my first artichoke hearts this evening in a restaurant with a buffet. I saw them, thought of this thread and just had to try them :) They were really good.

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#43 Postby Baby Hercules » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:34 pm

Woo-HOO! I've been picking almost a pint of strawberries a day in my garden. Man, nothing tastes better than right-off-the-stem.

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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#44 Postby Synny667 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:35 pm

Only thing to produce in my garden has been my baby red potatoes which wasn't a lot and already devoured lol. Green beans are starting to bloom and produce and 2 pepper plants (Anaheim and Jalapenos) have a pepper each.
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Re: Any Vegetable Gardeners?

#45 Postby KarakD. » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:53 pm

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