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Re: More harvesting

Yeah me too!

So how big is this veggie patch you have?


----- Original Message ----
From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 11:32:51 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] More harvesting

I envy your vegetable patch--not to mention your energy.

On Jul 17, 2007, at 12:10 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> I am coming to the end of the green bean season, seems pretty short to
> me but the plants are not producing many new flowers. Last Saturday I
> started harvesting at 7:30 am and finished my third canner load at 4:30
> pm.  I did 30 jars of green beans and still had a bag left over, but to
> run another canner load was at least an hour and I was out of 
> enthusiasm
> for the day. So we're eating a lot of fresh green beans at dinner now,
> not a bad thing. I should have harvested tomatoes on Sunday, I think I
> could have done a bunch of jars of just cut-up tomatoes, but after
> looking at them I decided they could go a while longer and instead did
> some other chores.
> The soybeans are ready too, in fact it looks like I might have waited a
> bit long on some of them. I picked a basket full on Sunday and we had
> edamame last night, where you just boil the whole pod and then squeeze
> them out of the shell to eat, it was pretty good. I have never tried
> preserving them before so I need to look in my books and see if they
> have anything, but I think what I'm going to do is boil them in the 
> pods
> and then freeze them like that. I'll do some tonight and we can see 
> what
> the texture is like in a couple days. They succeeded remarkably well
> considering the rabbit damage, I think I might get 20 pounds or more
> from that patch. I might try roasting some too.
> I haven't done anything about my thoughts on the front yard but my
> husband and I were talking about the teahouse garden, and we both
> decided the sloping bank of prostrate rosemary is not what we wanted.
> Not prostrate enough, and it just looks messy. So he's pulling that out
> and now I'm considering maybe clumps of blue fescue. Last year we saw
> some nice mugo pines at the nursery, I think those can be kept small,
> and I'll look for some other foliage plants that look like they might
> belong in a Japanese garden but will handle the intense sun and heat on
> the little slope. If we could get some largish rocks it will help too. 
> I
> know where to get the rocks but lifting them will be a trick.
> On my desk is 5 pounds of zucchini I picked yesterday, I need to go 
> give
> that away. I haven't exhausted all my contacts in this building yet so 
> I
> think I'll find some takers.
> Cyndi
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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