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post #541 of 616 Old 09-07-2013, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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So how is it Taffy? Hope all is ok and glad you had a wonderful safe trip!

I'm getting so excited about my corn! It's 8ft high and most of it stood back up!

In the mornings I go out and visit it, my bees are having a hay day pollinating, you can hear their roar from across the yard. So peaceful and lovely!
TODAY I love my garden...

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post #542 of 616 Old 09-09-2013, 05:19 PM
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Well.. it could be better... but it could be worse.
BIL did a good job, he kept watering even though the leaves were falling off the tomato plants. I got enough tomatoes for 13 quarts of Marinara sauce. And hopefully some more tomatoes will ripen.
The peppers were in good shape, but the eggplant were dry and seedy.
After the weather breaks I am going to clean up and plant, garlic. Carrots lettuce and all the cool season crops again. Whoo Hoo!
I am going to have to take a photo of the tomato carnage.
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My cukes produced until I was sick of them. I couldn't find dill anywhere so I made fermented relish, quarts and quarts. Tomatoes are just trying to ripen now but I've chopped and frozen some green ones for freezing to make salsa. Disheartening or what. Our weather was nice, not too hot, rain at the right time, then it got danged cool/cold for a week, then blazing hot for a week then more moderate temps and rain, rain and more rain.
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post #544 of 616 Old 09-10-2013, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Glad they made it, kinda...

It's sad when the tomatoes go... Means fall.
But I'm getting excited too!
Kale, kale, and more kale, add in some spinach and carrots, and, and, and...

My house is starting to stink from all the sauce making, one can only take the smell of garlic and tomatoes for so long.
I have one more round of picking to do too, crushed. I'm not chopping another onion!

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post #545 of 616 Old 09-10-2013, 07:11 AM
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FG, how do you thicken your marinara sauce? I cook mine in the roaster for about 40 hours. Do you, or anyone else have a faster way?

I tried kale for the first time this year and some bug skeletonized it, twice. I didn't get a leaf.

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post #546 of 616 Old 09-10-2013, 08:57 AM
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The humidity here this year hasn't done my tomato's any good at all and I'm losing a lot to a blight type disease
Potatos, beans and carrots are amazing though - taste so much better than store bought. Really pleased to have grown 'broad beans' for the first time here too - that's what we call them in the UK, they're a type of fava bean but I've never seen them in the shops here other than maybe dried.
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I do mine on the stove top. It only takes about 6 hours total!

Saute the garlic, onions, add the quartered toms & spices, saute them all.
(About 45 mins)
Run it all through the mill. (You can hand peel some to add in chunks)
Goes back in pot to reduce by half (medium high heat), then can.
(For the good roasted flavor I add dried green/red peppers and a handful of my dehydrated tomatoes.)

Out of the pot I use I get 14/15 pints out of my stock pot when done. And it's thick.
More if I can keep DH out of it.....

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I'm so excited, I just can't hide it!!!!!!

Ordered the hoop house today!
Will be here in two weeks, OH YEAH!

I can't tell you guys how hard we've been working for this!
30X48, upgraded crank roll up sides and super heavy duty cover, went with the non zip doors because zippers wouldn't last up here with the wind (so says the rep...). We have a dump truck load of organic mushroom compost coming, so lots of tilling and weeding to get done before it all arrives.

So who wants to come over for a hoop house raisin?
I'll supply food, drinks, and music?
And maybe even a years worth of veggies?
...Anyone?

Ok... I understand, but get ready for lots and lots of photos!!!

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post #549 of 616 Old 09-18-2013, 03:28 AM
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I am super envious! I always wanted a hoop house.

TOO COOL!! I would be at the raising in a minute, but I think I am busy that day.

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Wow there are some lovely gardens on here! And so many veggie ones. I tried doing lettuce this year and it was a failure lol. I'll try again next year though! I have quite a few flowers that I planted this year. I'll have to come back when I'm on my home computer so I can post some pictures. :)
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