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RE: More harvesting

I have sixteen beds that are each about 4' x 14' plus a 3x3 spot for
perennial herbs. Not all of the beds are used every year. At the moment
I have 4 beds with six tomato plants each, two with peppers (although
the sweet peppers are pretty pathetic), and then onions, soybeans, corn,
zucchini, cantaloupe, green beans, eggplant/okra/basil in the same bed,
and sunflowers. Two of the beds are now vacant, there was
lettuce/spinach/cilantro in one and peas in the other. 
I was looking at the chile peppers last night. Uh-oh. There are supposed
to be Anaheims, jalapenos, and ancho (poblano) peppers. But the anchos
look different to me, seems like what I grew last year looked closer to
the Anaheims as they started out but what I have are upturned four-lobed
roundish buttons at the moment. I did order an ancho hybrid so I will
wait and see, maybe I don't remember what they were like last year, but
it has given me some concern...they really look unfamiliar. If they sent
me a mislabeled packet I am going to be ticked. Maybe it's karma coming
back on me bragging about how great I do with growing peppers!


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Donna
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 4:20 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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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