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RE: everybody outside today?

It's always nice to know I'm not the only one with maintenance issues! And I
never get as much done as I think I ought to. It's not so much gawking at
stuff as it is attention deficit problem. You see one thing wrong but on
your way to get the tool to fix it you see something else, you divert to do
that because it will only take a minute but then another thing shows
up...when I'm actually out there I probably spend half my time doing part of
a job without the right tools because I don't want to get up and distract
Roasted peppers: I take the whole peppers and stick them under the broiler
until the skins blister, turning as they need it. Usually end up having much
of the skin turn black. Then I let them sit under a kitchen towel for 10
minutes or so to steam a bit and cool off. You pull off the blackened skin
and they're ready for whatever. Anaheims are the easiest, seems like the
skin blisters in one big sheet very quickly so you're not picking off little
bits of char. I've considered getting out the propane torch for better
control, but it seems like it would take longer since you'd have to do each
one individually. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10:58 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] everybody outside today?

Sorry Cindi but I started laughing when I read ---

"Next year I will have my work cut out for me to clear

that. "

You sound just like me! :)

Actually, with everything happening at work and home
front, I have no time for gardening or anything else.
I hired two MG to do 'something' with the yard. Got
most of the weeds out, deadheaded things that should
have been cut back months ago, and the place doesn't
look too bad. I was quite amazed at how much they got
done in a day. I would never have gotten that much
done. Guess all that noticing and gauking takes up way
to much time.LOL!

So anyways, told them to come back after the frost
(which could be any day now) and finish off the rest.
At least next year I will have a head start!

So roasted peppers? baked them? fried them? 


--- Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSR
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:

> October here is almost always gorgeous and so it was
> this weekend, it was in
> the 80s. Great gardening weather, too bad I didn't
> do any. For the second
> weekend in a row I managed to tweak my back so that
> I can't move very well.
> Last time it faded out just in time to go to work on
> Monday, great huh?, but
> this time it's taking a lot longer to go away. I
> can't tell if it's from
> overdoing at my yoga class last week or if I've
> pinched a nerve somehow, it
> doesn't hurt in the same place as two weeks ago. So
> Saturday I tottered
> around doing laundry, Sunday we went to a little
> local festival where I
> walked very slowly, and yesterday I did manage to
> get into the vegetable
> garden and get a lot of peppers. 
> Picking without bending at the waist is tricky but I
> did okay, although at
> one point I stepped into what I thought was a bare
> patch in the middle of
> the plants and it turned out to be a huge hole!
> There is either a very
> active gopher or a small rabbit out there. But I had
> to do something, first
> frost is in about 3 weeks and the peppers are still
> good. Zucchini is
> producing still and my tomatoes have come back to
> life. No chance they'll
> ripen but I'll get plenty of green ones. The
> cantaloupe died all of a sudden
> last week, don't know what that was about - one day
> there was a huge patch
> of leaves and ripening melons and the next day, dead
> as could be. Maybe the
> gopher? I picked what was salvageable and the
> chickens will eat the rest. 
> In the ornamental garden, all the salvias are
> blooming - especially the
> germander sage (salvia chamaedryoides, I think). The
> russian sage (not a
> salvia) is really starting to get invasive, I'm
> going to have to be ruthless
> about pulling it this winter, but the bees are
> having a great time on it. I
> have asters, roses, still some blossoms on the crepe
> myrtle and a couple of
> the lilacs got confused and have put out a few
> blossoms. The gaillardia and
> coreopsis would be blooming, if I'd deadheaded at
> all this year. Mostly what
> I have is weeds. Next year I will have my work cut
> out for me to clear all
> that. 
> Anyway after I got all those peppers I figured I'd
> do some canning, I can
> stand up while doing that. I roasted and peeled
> them, then pickled them. I
> got ten half pints and would have had a lot more
> except I ran out of jar
> lids, so it was roasted peppers with chicken for
> dinner.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
> [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
> Of Theresa
> Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2005 6:53 PM
> To: GardenChat
> Subject: [CHAT] everybody outside today?
> I certainly was!  Rearranged more plants in my
> garden and just dug 
> several up to give away (like a huge knifophia that
> was destined for 
> world domination).  Also went to a plant sale at
> Cornflower farms and 
> got a helianthus, some kind of ornamental grass
> (already forgot which 
> one) and a lovely white Echinacea hybrid. I twas
> gorgeous here today.  I 
> didn't even break a sweat- only in the high 70s-
> perfect gardening weather.
> What's everyone else been up to?
> Theresa
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