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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby agnostic » Sat Jul 09, 2016

Recluse wrote:Getting some nice onions this year. Hopefully we will have a few weeks of dry weather now so I can cure some for storage.
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Those are some really nice looking unyums :thumbup:
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Recluse » Sat Jul 09, 2016

agnostic wrote:Those are some really nice looking unyums :thumbup:


Thanks! This is my fourth year of successfully growing onions. It took me over a decade of failing before I figured it out! :oops:
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Purple and Gold » Sat Jul 09, 2016

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For PITW, my okra row. Have to plant the seeds in late Spring when the soil temp warms up.
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Purple and Gold » Sat Jul 09, 2016

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Okra ready to pick with more flowers coming out. They will make okra all summer/early fall :thumbup: Pick them when they are small and tender
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby pitw » Sat Jul 09, 2016

Thanks for the pics. Is it a flavor enhancer or something. I was thinking it was a squash thingy.

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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Tractor Man » Sat Jul 09, 2016

Okra is delicious. We slice 'em up and fry 'em.
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby DRP270 » Sat Jul 09, 2016

tractorman wrote:Okra is delicious. We slice 'em up and fry 'em.


Yah but stewed with tomatoes, bacon and spices so much better.
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby silverhead » Sat Jul 09, 2016

Recluse wrote:
silverhead wrote:My wife has been on an "Asian" food kick this year. She asked me to grow some herbs. The sweet mint and spearmint have done quite well. I found a baby tomato plant growing wild between my citrus trees in December. I put it in a small pot and it took off (should have put it in a bigger pot :lol: ). I have been eating some type of heirloom cherry tomatoes since February, I am getting tired of them even though they are as sweet as candy.


Tomatoes in December and February?
What part of the country do you live?


Southern California, about 4 miles from Mexico and 6 from the Pacific Ocean. We had bizarre weather again this year, it was warmer in February than it was in June.
Our hottest weather is usually in September and October
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby silverbender » Sat Jul 09, 2016

Recluse wrote:
agnostic wrote:Those are some really nice looking unyums :thumbup:


Thanks! This is my fourth year of successfully growing onions. It took me over a decade of failing before I figured it out! :oops:
I`ve been out of gardening for awhile but it was always hard to get things right on things other then common tomatoes and peppers. Like green onions instead of onion ,no potatoes no lettuce no beans and a bountiful corn harvest of 5 4" ears of corn the vast foliage of a pumpkin patch with no pumpkins. It reads easy but you have to do everything right and it takes a lot of failure over years to finally get it right.Those onions are fantastic.
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Purple and Gold » Sun Jul 10, 2016

Heres an easy recipe for okra by a local chef, i havent tried it yet

http://www.jfolse.com/recipes/soups/chicken12.htm


Smoked Turkey Neck, Shrimp and Okra Soup

Prep Time: 3 Hours
Yields: 6 Servings


Recipe Courtesy of Charles Arnold

Ingredients:

1 (1½–2 pound) package smoked turkey necks
2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 pounds sliced okra
2 (14.5-ounce) cans chicken broth
1½ quarts water
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
salt and black pepper to taste
Method:
In a large pot, bring water and chicken broth to a rolling boil. Add turkey necks, reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook 2 hours or until meat comes off bone. Remove and discard bones. Save 1½ quarts cooking liquid. Add meat, cooking liquid, okra and tomatoes to pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook 30 minutes. Add shrimp and cook an additional 15 minutes, stirring as needed. Season with salt and pepper.
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Purple and Gold » Sun Jul 10, 2016

DRP270 wrote:
tractorman wrote:Okra is delicious. We slice 'em up and fry 'em.


Yah but stewed with tomatoes, bacon and spices so much better.



SMOTHERED OKRA AND TOMATOES

Prep Time: 1½ Hours
Yields: 8–10 Servings

Comment:
Okra, or gombo, was brought to Louisiana by the Africans in the early 1700s. The vegetable was quickly adapted for use in many dishes, especially gumbo. Smothered okra and tomatoes can be eaten alone or made into a side dish by adding lump crabmeat, shrimp, or even smoked sausage. In season many Louisianans cook okra in large batches and divide into portions to freeze for later use.

Ingredients:
3 quarts sliced fresh okra
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
½ cup vegetable oil
2 cups diced onions
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced bell peppers
½ cup minced garlic
½ cup hot chicken stock
salt and black pepper to taste

Method:

NOTE: It is important to select only young, tender okra for smothering. As the season progresses, okra hardens on the bush and is no longer prime for cooking. In a 4-quart, heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, bell peppers and minced garlic and sauté 2–3 minutes or until vegetables are wilted. Add okra, tomatoes and chicken stock and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to simmer and cook approximately 1 hour or until “stringing” or the slime created from the extruded protein of the okra disappears, stirring occasionally. Okra and tomatoes should be well smothered and tender. Adjust seasonings to taste using salt and pepper.
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Purple and Gold » Sun Jul 10, 2016

pitw wrote:Thanks for the pics. Is it a flavor enhancer or something. I was thinking it was a squash thingy.


Some here grow Mirliton, which is kind of a squash
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Silvertongue » Sun Jul 10, 2016

My gardening experience was all in the high desert of the Intermountain West. I used to fill a quarter of an acre with peas, heirloom tomatoes, corn, peppers, squash, pumpkins, and much more. I'm excited to be returning to that region to put down roots of many varieties. Next Spring! :clap:

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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby everything » Mon Jul 11, 2016

Pulled some garlic today, got probably ten times more than this to pull yet, my garden size is 25*50. 3 different potatoes going, they are starting to flower, all fingerlings. Been pulling carrots too, dirt is hard so planted the shorter carrots and they don't need to be dug, they pull right out. I do have a nice long row of the white onions going, most I started from seed, bought some that were already started, those didn't do so well but of course are largest so far. Slow growers the onions. Quite a few beets going, tomatoes, we will see. In the plot I am in I have these wild tomatoes that grow like weeds, they produce what I would call large cherries. I let 4 of those grow, last year I think I got a bushel out of just one plant. Strawberries grew great, tasted great, they grow like weeds too, froze a bunch. Spinach turned out good, I'm not good at growing radishes, chard is growing great, probably cut that this weekend and freeze a bunch.

TO be honest I'm not sure exactly when to pull garlic, I was told by one that when the stem is flimsy near the bottom it's time, seeing different theories on youtube video's I'm watching.
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Purple and Gold » Tue Jul 12, 2016

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Butter Beans gone wild! :o
What i love about butter beans is that they make beans all spring, summer and even into the fall, up until the first frost :thumbup:
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby AGhead » Wed Jul 13, 2016

huckleberry patch
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almost 8' tall cherry tomatoes
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the yellow are almost too sweet!
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby AGhead » Wed Jul 13, 2016

raised bed w crooked neck squash and cantelope
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby AGhead » Wed Jul 13, 2016

ez squash w/o batter:
slice squash thin, some thin onion, a little olive oil in skillet, salt-pepper-garlic powder, low/med heat, cook slow & flip till all is soft, cover with any graded cheese (pepper jack my fav), get good and melted (brown under broiler if u want)...Njoy
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby Purple and Gold » Wed Jul 13, 2016

I have never seen a Huckleberry, cool.

Like Doc Holiday said in the Wyatt Earp movie " Im your Huckelberry" :)
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Re: Any gardeners?

Postby pitw » Wed Jul 13, 2016

geez them is some tall tiny tims. :shock: Ours get to about 3 foot and bush out like an Afro doo. I got to pick Huckleberry's in Mt a few years back and they is delicious. :thumbup:
Our garden is doing great and fresh potatoes are just a piece of ma natures gift basket.


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