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RE: Lazy weekend

All of those! I can tomato sauce, salsa, whole tomatoes, various other
tomato products, green beans, pickles of various veggies, and then there's
the jams & jellies; I dry tomatoes and make fruit leather; I freeze corn
(when we grow it), peas, peppers, and melon. Keeping onions is a problem
though, they don't preserve well. We're talking about buying a cheap fridge
to keep in the garage. 
This year I've only managed 3 batches of jam. But I wanted to cut back,
after all. I deliberately didn't do many green beans, and the tomatoes are
not doing all that well (too hot too early) - so while I will have enough to
make a few jars of this n' that, I don't have 90 pounds of anything to deal


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of james singer
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:31 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lazy weekend

Question, Cyndi--

How do you preserve your garden's bounty--can, freeze, dehydrate?

On Jul 23, 2006, at 3:18 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> Temperature is in the hundreds again for the weekend and I am, as they 
> say, not doing jack. I picked zucchini, okra, and tomatoes yesterday 
> morning, pulled a couple weeds, and that was it. Today I went out just 
> to see what was up and something bit me on the thigh - probably an 
> ant, since I was sitting on the ground in a shady spot. My whole thigh 
> hurts like anything, I ended up taking an antihistamine hoping it 
> would help. You'd think I'd know better than to sit outside wearing 
> shorts, but apparently not.
> I decided not to go hiking yesterday morning and my friend called last 
> night hoping I'd go today. Don't think so, I said and then she 
> admitted it was over 90 when they went yesterday morning at 6 am. She 
> has this enormous Alaskan malamute and I told her it was insane to 
> take him into the hills in this kind of heat. I think she actually 
> listened.
> A thunderstorm moved in yesterday afternoon and muttered at us for an 
> hour or so, but no rain. At least the temps dropped into the high 90s 
> while the cloud cover was there. Maybe we'll get it again today, but 
> so far it's clear.
> I have a lot of preserving to get done for my fair entries but I just 
> can't bring myself to get into the kitchen. Gaah. I may have to take a 
> couple days off to get it done, my time window is shrinking rather 
> dramatically.
> So in the end I'm managing only to read a few books and check the 
> computer.
> I feel like the wicked witch..."I'm melting! I'm melting!". I LIKE the 
> heat, but this is excessive.
> Cyndi
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Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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