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post #321 of 334
You Texas folks are way ahead of us here in Indiana. I'm still in seedling mode and wouldn't think of tomatoes until mid May.

I may put some things in the raised beds this weekend, but it's a gamble against the weather...
post #322 of 334
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You Texas folks are way ahead of us here in Indiana. I'm still in seedling mode and wouldn't think of tomatoes until mid May.

I may put some things in the raised beds this weekend, but it's a gamble against the weather...

Don't ya just love those seed starters? They take the guess work out of it. And the grandkids love to pour the water on the discs to watch them swell up. B
post #323 of 334
Yep, we've been using them for 3 years now. No mess, it's neat enough to leave on the kitchen table, and when you're ready you just stick them in the ground.
post #324 of 334
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I picked some  squash and zucchini the other day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My wife picked a few green beans today 

post #325 of 334

Looking good, Love me some Zoodles after looking at your pics.

Dam I still don't know how you get veggies off so quick for Zone 8

post #326 of 334
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Looking good, Love me some Zoodles after looking at your pics.

Dam I still don't know how you get veggies off so quick for Zone 8

 

 

O K  I'll tell you my secret !!!    I planted early. Every year I roll the dice and plant early sometimes it works out

sometimes not. This year it did. and we had an unusually warm spring and end of winter.

My Onions are ready to pull I have some the size of softballs.

Getting a few ripe tomatoes.

 

Once my onions are pulled and I get all the beans, I'll re-till that end and plant Okra, Lettuce and more beans.

 

With health problems and my wife getting sick and having surgery, my weeds got way out of hand, looks terrable

But oh well still getting lots of veggies  and doing the best I can.

 

Gary

post #327 of 334
Funny to find this thread on the front page because today is planting day for me. Don't have much room here so my garden consists of a cart I built and a few potted plants but it's about all I need. Last year was my first attempt at growing veggies and some thrived and some flopped so I switched it up a little this year. This year I have a few different lettuces, onions, and herbs in the cart and tomatoes and strawberries in pots. I just like making fresh salads after work so this works pretty well. I would love a set up like Gary's but nobody would eat it here.



This is last year's crop, this year's stuff is just starting to sprout. I like the wheeled cart because I can put in the garage at night when it gets too cold and it keeps the deer away having it up where it is. Love the flower beds too Gary, the landscape beds are my favorite kind of gardens (and the reason why I don't have room for a real veggie garden lol)
post #328 of 334
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Got my Onions pulled yesterday and the rest of the green beans. Onions laying in the yard drying.

 

I will finish cleaning up that end and till it again next week. Then Plant Okra & carrots and  lettuce, beans again

 

 

Gary

post #329 of 334
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We have to pull the tomatoes before they turn red or the dang birds get them.

 

Gunna do a little canning today been putting up about 4 - 5 quarts a week

 

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Originally Posted by gary s View Post
 

 

 

O K  I'll tell you my secret !!!    I planted early. Every year I roll the dice and plant early sometimes it works out

sometimes not. This year it did. and we had an unusually warm spring and end of winter.

My Onions are ready to pull I have some the size of softballs.

Getting a few ripe tomatoes.

 

Once my onions are pulled and I get all the beans, I'll re-till that end and plant Okra, Lettuce and more beans.

 

With health problems and my wife getting sick and having surgery, my weeds got way out of hand, looks terrable

But oh well still getting lots of veggies  and doing the best I can.

 

Gary

 

 

LOL---Planting Early around here would be Planting before Memorial Day, or really risking it would be "mothers' Day".

 

 

Bear

post #331 of 334
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Did  Dill's about a week ago  12 Quarts

 

11 pints of Bread and Butter today

 

 

 

 

B & B

post #332 of 334

Looking good, making any Chow Chow with the green maters this year?

 

I have a recipe I'm gonna try this year just still a bit unsure of the sugar.

 

 

  • 9 lbs green tomatoes
  • 6 lbs onions, peel and slice fine
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 cup pickling spices
  • 2 12 lbs white sugar
  • 2 12 lbs brown sugar
  • 12 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 red pepper, cut fine

 

Directions

  1. Soak the tomatoes and onions in the first amount of water and the salt over night.
  2. Drain well in the morning.
  3. Put the spice in a cloth bag, tie shut and crush with a rolling pin.
  4. Put the vegetables in a pot with the vinegar and second amount of water, putting in the bag of spice.
  5. Bring to a boil, then simmer for half an hour.
  6. Add the sugars and simmer another half an hour.
  7. Stir together the cornstarch, dry mustard and tumeric.
  8. Add a little of the simmering liquid to make a paste, then stir it into the tomato mixture.
  9. Add the chopped pepper.
  10. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours til thick.
  11. Spoon into prepared jars and seal according to manufacturers directions.
post #333 of 334
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I made a shelf to hold all the canned stuff  (Middle Shelf)

post #334 of 334
That is fantastic.
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