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4/23/10 1:54 P

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Thank You !!
I think I will try it both ways this summer.

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4/23/10 9:16 A

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I have canned tomatoes with the skin on and it was okay. And the skin will come off if you blanch them in boiling water.



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I have a question for anybody who would be kind enough to answer..........

I was given some bunch tomato plants. Can these be canned whole with the skin on? Or will the skin come off in boiling water?
My machine thing seperates the juice from everything else, leaving the pulp in with the skins. I want the good part,too. HELP.....

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4/20/10 2:30 P

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Beth,
I found them on the internet. They are specially bred. at birth hens & roosters are different colors, how wonderful can it get???

Lisa,
Don't the chickens get into your Mom's garden & flowers? What about in the road or where animals can get to them? We have foxes,coyotes, & hawks that would love a tasty chicken for a meal.I don't want to lose any of ours.

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4/19/10 5:23 P

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Hi all, I still have parsnips to dig up in the garden. So yummy.

Net, my mom lets her chickens roam in the day and then they go in the coop at night by themselves.

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4/17/10 7:41 P

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I like the idea for the names! Very cool!

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Good layers too! And they love to be petted and carried.

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4/16/10 5:23 P

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Okay-They sound pretty. Will see if I can find a pic on line:)

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No - uploading photos seems to make my computer crash. They are a cross between a rhode island red and something else . . . so they are black with a red blaze on thier chest. Before they get their comb they look a bit like a raven - I had them all named as characters from Edgar Allen Poe's books.

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I've never heard of "Black Stars". Got a picture on your page????

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4/16/10 7:33 A

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Rhode Island Reds are great birds! This year we got "Black Stars" so we could tell the old ones apart from the newer ones. They also are very friendly and great producers.

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4/15/10 3:44 P

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Net, I had Rhode Island Reds, all of them. Maybe again someday---land in Willaimsburg is not expensive!

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Laurie,
We have a few year old hens & roosters. They are in a large mesh covered yard with a hen house. We just aren't getting enough eggs-LOL-we go through alot of eggs. The older hens are Silkies. The baby chicks are Rhoade Island Reds & Dominques. They are fun animals. I am afraid to let them out in the yard. I might not get them back in their yard before something got them. We lost about 4 last fall before we figured out we needed to cover the yard.

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4/14/10 9:27 P

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Net, I had hens and two roosters, and they were so much fun. The "neighbors" said the hen house I built was luxurious enough for a person to live in, and they were not quite free-range, but close. I built a wire mesh run for them. They could get in and out of the hen house as they wanted, and had enough room to fly the few feet they can manage. I put wire over the top because we had hawks, eagles, and others that would love a fresh chicken. The "floor" of the run was the earth, with grass and bugs for them to eat. I would often let them out into the yard to eat and play.

My garden is doing well. Tomorrow I am going to the garden center to get pepper plants. It will be the first day they are available, and I want to get there the first day for the best selection. I want hot cherry peppers, green, red, and yellow peppers. Yummy!

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4/14/10 12:16 P

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It looks like we will have to replace some tomato plants & eggplants that didn't make it. The broccoli ,peppers & cabbage look great. We have onions,okra,squash,snap beans, cucumbers & corn coming up. Still waiting on the lettuce & carrots to pop up. Also, my container herb garden is looking fabulous.

Got 16 baby chicks 2 weeks ago. Goodness but they have grown, feathered out and can put away the feed.

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Picked a bunch of rhubarb last evening...also need to dig some more parsnips.

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we have put in early greens like spinach and leaf lettuce, and some celery. But the main garden wont go in until end of May, when there is no more chance of a frost.

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I am so jealous, we don't get to put our garden in until the middle of May. emoticon , but I did get my seeds started for tomatoes (roma and rainbow heirloom), watermelon, peppers, and I did some peas and beans just for something that grows fast. I forgot I wanted to do herbs this year, that is why I bought extra pots now the beans and peas are in them.

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4/11/10 10:37 P

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Lisa, I agree--I love digging in the dirt. I absolutely love my fruit, veggies, herbs, trees, shrubs, flowers, and houseplants. I even like weeding!

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Hopefully putting in a new strawberry bed tomorrow...

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Potatoes are planted. Tomatoes, peppers and cabbage waiting to be planted.

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Sounds so yummy!!! Cannot wait to dig in the dirt!!!

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Thus far I have my strawberries in full bloom--we are going to have a lot this year! Carrots, wax beans, green beans, peas, and tomatoes are growing as are the herbs. I have not put in peppers yet.

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Hi Net, sounds like you've got your garden under way, we are about a month and a half away from planting.

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I just came in from planting the garden. Actually I have 3 small gardens this year. The 1st is a container garden of herbs with a few begonias mixed in for color. The 2nd is my "DH leave it alone "garden. It has onions, carrots, lettuce & hot peppers in it. The 3rd garden has everything else. I just hope it does good this year.

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Our asparagus is also up, and the lettuce is fabulous right now!

Lisa--so sorry to hear about your MIL. I hope she has a speedy recovery.

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Thanks for starting this new thread! Been crazy here, as some of you know, MIL had a stroke after her tripe bipass surgery. The left side of her body was paralyzed, but it is coming back, which we are so thankful for. They have had her up and walking, and for the most part the leg is completely back, really working on the left hand. She is in inpatient rehab, and will probably go to extended care. But the goal is to get her home and drs think she will get almost everything back. So we are thankful!!!!!!

No fresh food here from the garden yet, but itching to plant!!! Take care all!!

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It is still too wet here to get in the garden and more storms moving in tonight. It is 80 degrees and very windy here today. Just the kind of weather to spark a Spring thunder storm.




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We are still getting too much rain to try to do anything in the yard. Wind, rain and hail. Still in the 40's


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Farmer Lucy tells me the asparagus is coming up here also. Last year I think I froze too much. This year I might instead make soups with spring veggies to freeze for winter. Any cool ideas?

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I have a very determined cardinal working at fighting his own reflection today--almost 6 hours now. I need his determination to fight my own worst enemy too (me)...My garden got plowed today and the lawn got mowed. Ate parsnips from the garden and one spear of asparagus. It is feeling like spring!

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