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Topic: Show off you giant veggies or just your green thumb  (Read 6807 times)
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« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2007 07:49:00 PM »

We caught the mad bunny Thumpy today...which is very good for her continued life since she had started on my Kentucky Wonder beans which are my babies. Ears are forming on the stalks in my little corn field (about a dozen plants Roll Eyes ) and my tomatoes have finally fruited. The winter squash and pumpkins are spreading insanely. Be sure to check out this thread,too Smiley-lots more crafty gardens
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« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2007 03:30:09 AM »

Fried green tomatoes are the easiest thing in the world. Here's a tute. Smiley


Wow is that all there is?  I've never even had them, but I love the movie  Cheesy

Anyway - thanks so much! I usually have buttermilk around for chicken or pancakes - I will definitely give them a try. 
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« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2007 07:46:59 PM »

Ohh how exciting--I just now discovered the gardening category!

Here are my little plants (this is early in the morning, they get much more sun than this throughout the day):


Banana Peppers:


Tomatos:


My husband and I thought it would be interesting to try "container" planting, and we're really glad that we did. Our potted veggies were originally sitting in our yard along our flower bed, but just last week we noticed a groundhog digging around under our shed! Eeeee!!!! So we moved the plants to the safety of our deck/balcony. These pictures were taken then, and the plants have become a little yellow-leafed since.... hmm.... Needs more watering, maybe?

Interesting recipe for fried green tomatos, redforkhippie. I think I will try the buttermilk next time, I hadn't heard of that before and it sounds really good.

My recipe for fried green tomatos:  Slice tomatos. Sprinkle salt all over tomato slices and let them sit in the fridge for 15 minutes. While they are "marinating", heat about a 1/4" of olive oil in a frying pan. Coat the tomato slices with cornmeal and fry until golden. Yum!! I think that maybe now, some of my bigger green tomatos won't be making it to red ripeness  Wink
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« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2007 10:57:04 AM »

Hope you've got the fan on when you're frying in olive oil! The first time I tried frying pickles, I used olive oil and literally had to flee the premises, with Scout in tow, because the smoke was so thick (and scared her so much -- she thought I was burning down the apartment!) I usually go with canola or peanut because they tend to be more stable.
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« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2007 11:15:46 AM »

AHHH I'm so jealous of all of you!! I want a garden!! But I didn't get a yard until about 2 weeks ago...and i'm pretty sure it's too late in the season to plant anything now.  Theres even a fairly large flower box in the back already...sad Undecided
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« Reply #25 on: August 01, 2007 02:18:48 PM »

Depending on your planting zone, you've still got time for a fall tomato crop (but plant now, and don't hesitate to bring in green tomatoes, wrap them in newspaper, and stash them in a closet for winter ripening if they haven't ripened by first frost!) and any number of winter crops: spinach, lettuce, carrots, radishes, kale, and collards all come to mind.

A cold frame will keep spinach and lettuce going all winter. Easy cold frame: Get a bunch of old bricks. Spade up a 4x4 square, work some compost into the soil, and outline the area with a double row of bricks. Stagger them to keep them from falling over, like this:

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Plant your seeds in the middle. When the weather gets cold, stretch a piece of clear plastic (the Frost-King kind you staple over windows to seal them off in the winter) across the top, and use a few more bricks to weigh it down.

Kinda trashy looking, but it works well, as the bricks have a little bit of thermal mass to help hold in the heat and keep the plants from freezing. If the plants get a little bit tall, add another layer of bricks -- or use cinderblocks instead of bricks if you have some available.
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« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2007 02:15:38 PM »

I can't wait to show off my fabu veggies for the summer. I just have to post 10 times before I can post something with a pic....I'll be back with pics soon though!
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« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2007 03:13:16 PM »

OK I told you I'd be back! Here are some of my veggies for the summer. My first cantalope! lots of different types of tomatoes. The green ones are called green stripe, and they look slightly yellow when ripe, the others are black currant, brandywine, juliet, and yellow pear.

 
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« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2007 04:24:23 PM »

Well done on the toms. Mine are still little (and I mean little) green things.
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« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2007 10:23:48 PM »

The birds ate all my plums this year... Even though those aren't veggies.

Last year there were so many that it weighed down a limb so much that  it BROKE!
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