I hate anyone that has ripe tomatos because mine still look like this
The squash have gone a bit crazy though & carrots doing OK but I should have thinned the leeks out - will have to do it and use them as mini veg.
Ornamental gourds grow well here along fences (if you set them up with a drip system - they are very needy when it comes to moisture) and for awhile, had a GREAT line up of gourds that were wide and flat like bowls, 2 foot long handled ones that looked like ladels, bird house, you name it. I found my wood burning tools, carving tools and I was all ready to harvest them and begin decorating them later this year. NOT ONE MADE IT. SQUIRRELS. I'm so disgusted...they cut them off, break into them, and leave them half eaten rotting on the ground. GRRRRR!
On another note, does anyone know anything about keeping bees? A friend of mine has just started doing bees. She ordered a bee starter kit from a place nearby that starts you out with a queen and some workers, and you go set them up and let them start making honey. I thought it sounded like a neat idea - I actually have several acres of good places to put bees.
Just playing with the thought - would be nice to have some honey - mentioned it to hubby (who loves honey) and figured I'd get the usual 'ok - let me know what we need to build/etc' (his hobby is construction projects-the latest being my HUGE and wonderful chicken coop) well I've never seen anyone get so excited. I guess I need to read up on bees and figure out what kind of flowers I need that I don't already have...crape myrtles are supposed to be a good start??
I always had a brown thumb but figured I would try this year again.
I planted flowers back in May, and I am just getting one to start to bloom. Right in time for the frost to kill it.
Never doing it again.
Fly, I will have to get pics of my "tomato cages" for you. My old cages were junk and I was a bit late getting around to getting some and of course the farm store was out. We put t-posts in down the row and hung cattle panels. My redneck ingenuity has actually worked out really well! Keeping them contained and holes are plenty big enough to get hands in & out of.
I've thought about beekeeping too. If I do, I'd put hives by my pear trees. Working on DH to let me give it a go next year.
I totally forgot to snap pics of the panel cages....will try to do that in a bit. Our corn got hit hard early and was all but laying completely over and it came back just fine but it was early so Idk?
Dehydrated some cucumbers last night and made chips, omg they were good! But...this morning, not so much. They are chewy, chewy cukes just doesn't do it for me. I'm thinking of trying to re-hydrate them and see what happens, if that works I may do some to make dip with this winter and to add to my water to drink. If you all haven't ever made cucumber dip, you have to. It's awesome!
Did 2 canner loads of tomato juice & 2 loads of green beans yesterday. Going to freeze corn & pull what is left of my carrots to do today though it won't be a whole lot. DD & lesson kids have had open season on carrots & there are some very happy old lesson horses around here. Lol.
I have melons coming out of my ears. Extra watermelon will become fruit leather for DD & rinds will become pickles but don't know what to do with all of the darn cantaloupes. Anyone freeze it with any success?
Yummy cucumber dip! Love that stuff.
Maybe dehydrate it again, then grind into powder, then freeze? Or just get those oxypacks (?) and saver? Hmmm....
Picked 30 lbs of romas yesterday, a few dozen more tomorrow... What to do? Any tips on crushing them, they are pretty small... Seed extracting is going to be a witch. But I need crushed for stew!!!!
Going to try the Tom jelly posted on your thread M. Posted via Mobile Device
I just got home from 12 days in Germany, it has been 94 degrees plus, with no rain, here in Missouri since I left, I am scared to go out to the garden in the morning. I am afraid there will be nothing left. My hubbies brother was supposed to water, but it is a big garden and I can't expect that he was able to keep up.