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post #511 of 616 Old 08-10-2013, 07:12 AM
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Ugh, hate the Japanese beetles. I'm trying hard to go organic & not Sevin the heck out of everything. So my current beetle elimination plan, my kiddo. She discovered that her hens LOVE them so first thing every morning she is catching (& squishing so they don't fly away) them as treats for her "chickie pickies" lol. I planted a ton of smelly marigolds around the veg garden too and they haven't seemed to have helped with them but they certainly have kept out the rabbits and deer are happy staying in the abandoned apple orchard down the road (a total shame) and the food plots in our woods so they've stayed out of it too :)
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We usually have a TON of Japanese beetles but we haven't had but a few this year. I wonder if it's been too wet for them? This is the wettest summer we've ever had, and that's the only thing different here.

I have some cute little baby squash and sweet peppers finally growing. And my tomato plants are out of control thanks to all this rain. Homemade spaghetti sauce coming soon!

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I am making Blackberry jam.
I have made 3 batches of plain jam already, 2 with seeds and one without seeds.
I have enough blackberries for two more batches of jam and want to make something different. It was a good blackberry year this year.

Here are some options, I have never made any of these,
Do they sound good to you? More important, do any sound like bad flavor combinations. Or even better do you have any ideas?
I do sell the jam so I like to try interesting combinations.

Blackberry Amaretto
Blackberry Port
Blackberry Jalapeno
Blackberry Lime
Blackberry Lemon
Blackberry Peach - I have made this before and it was an okay seller

I try and stick to what is in season right now.

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I am making Blackberry jam.
I have made 3 batches of plain jam already, 2 with seeds and one without seeds.
I have enough blackberries for two more batches of jam and want to make something different. It was a good blackberry year this year.

Here are some options, I have never made any of these,
Do they sound good to you? More important, do any sound like bad flavor combinations. Or even better do you have any ideas?
I do sell the jam so I like to try interesting combinations.

Blackberry Amaretto
Blackberry Port
Blackberry Jalapeno
Blackberry Lime
Blackberry Lemon
Blackberry Peach - I have made this before and it was an okay seller

I try and stick to what is in season right now.

Thanks .
What taste/sounds like it would taste good is so subjective. So, this is just one data point for you. I prefer plain. My aunts use to make bb jam, cobbler, whatnot by the bucket load. So, when I see it for sale I want that ... plain old down home blackberry jam.

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^^^ True, I do make mostly plain Blackberry jam, I try and entice someone to buy more jam by offering unique flavors. Some customers feel they can get plain blackberry jam at the grocery store, so I like to have interesting combinations as well.

This is the first year in a long time that I have enough blackberries to make anything besides plain.

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This might be a stupid question, but are Japanese beetles the big, scary, black ones? ._.
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^^^ True, I do make mostly plain Blackberry jam, I try and entice someone to buy more jam by offering unique flavors. Some customers feel they can get plain blackberry jam at the grocery store, so I like to have interesting combinations as well.

This is the first year in a long time that I have enough blackberries to make anything besides plain.
In that case, the amaretto sounds interesting. :)
One of my aunts use to make this "stuff" for a cake or ice cream topping. I do not know what she put in it, and was foolish enough not to ask how to make it...but it was a rich mixture of blackberries, walnuts, and other "stuff" with some sort of liqueur and lots of sugar....wow, that was yum. So, amaretto has my vote.
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Blackberry Port gets my vote. I love blackberry wine, can definitely see that combo turning out well.

I love summer. Tonight's dinner was pretty much all from home except turkey bacon & pantry staples, even made the bread and ice cream. BLT's, sweet corn, cukes/peppers/tomatoes in v&o dressing & peach crisp a la mode. I feel like a slug and should probably add a few extra minutes to my elliptical time.
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This might be a stupid question, but are Japanese beetles the big, scary, black ones? ._.
No they are an average size, the larvae are bigger than the beetle when mature.
They seem to focus on one plant - presumable where they hatch underground - and feed on the roots which then kills the plant or makes it unhealthy
The adults do the same above ground and cause damage there that also exposes the plant/shrubs/trees to disease
Control of Japanese Beetle Adults and Grubs in Home Lawns
Each beetle that survives goes on to produce even more and you just get a population explosion
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