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6/20/10 7:42 P

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The kids are loving summer. I am loving having them home too. Right now it is berry season for me and the mosquitoes are enjoying me being in their territories along the fence rows.

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So far, we have gotten snap beans, summer squash, cucumbers, broccoli & banana peppers. Have lots of green tomatoes, small bell peppers, tiny habenero peppers, lettuce & corn that should be ready soon.

Debbie, I hope your broccoli heads up for you. Just don't let it flower. On the tomatoes-it depends on the type of tomato & the size of the container as to whether to transplant or keep it where it is.

Windingroad, Are the kids enjoying summer yet??

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6/5/10 9:38 P

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Thanks for the idea--I made Low Fat Strawberry Oat Muffins by Newdles from Spark recipes this past week that are tiding me over for now.

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6/5/10 5:00 P

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windingroad, if u need something new to do with ur strawberries, our local station did this and i tried it, my husband loves it.very easy, i did not use the nuts but next time i will try them.

Low-Fat Slow Cooker Strawberry Cobbler

1 quart of strawberries, capped and washed
1 cup Splenda sweetener
1 box of strawberry cake mix, dry
1 stick of butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup of walnuts


Line crock-pot or spray with Pam.
Cap and wash 1 quart of strawberries.
Pour 1 cup of Splenda over berries (you can use sugar if you like).
Use a hand chopper to chop berries into small pieces.
Pour berry mixture into the crock-pot.

In a separate bowl, combine dry cake mix and 1 stick of butter cut into small pieces. The mixture will appear crumbly.
Poor mixture over strawberries in the crock-pot.
Top with chopped walnuts.

Cook on low for 3 hours, then serve with low-fat cool whip.

Serves 12


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WINDINGROAD's Photo WINDINGROAD Posts: 443
6/5/10 9:52 A

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I've been picking strawberries all week and the rabbits did leave me a few sugar snap peas.

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6/4/10 10:07 P

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I pinched my broccoli and ended up with 1 head so far. Had about 20 lbs of cabbage so I went with the freezer slaw. Hope I don't regret it. And I canned 10 pints of pickled cauliflower. Have green tomatoes but none rip yet. Trying a couple of upside down hanging ones, lol. It has been a busy week.

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6/1/10 4:26 P

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I have always heard that you can't freeze uncooked cabbage??? I think I will try chow-chow with some of mine:)

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5/31/10 5:14 P

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I ran across the "Plants in the ground" song while browsing some random blogs...wish I could say it was original. But I love it too. Sounds like you need to can some sauerkraut! I have frozen a vinegar based coleslaw--but somehow eating coleslaw out of season just wasn't the same.

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DEBBYSDELIGHTS's Photo DEBBYSDELIGHTS Posts: 148
5/30/10 10:49 P

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Windingroad, Plants in the ground, plants in the ground, feeling mighty fine...with my plants in the ground!
I love that, it should be our theme song!!
I have harvested about 50 lbs of cabbage so I too would love to know how to freeze it. I'm also going to try to pickle my cauliflower.

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5/30/10 5:00 P

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Plants in the ground, plants in the ground, feeling mighty fine...with my plants in the ground!

I finally have most everything planted--will probably plant a few more things for later crops. The strawberries are reddening this week. The patch I thought was on its last leg is flourishing--guess I won't till it under this year.

I saw some of you were discussing freezing pesto/broths/onions and such. I freeze pesto, reduced chicken broth, and chopped onions in ice cube trays and then bag them. That make for a great way to just pull out the amount I need. I need to try drying some herbs--have herbs and a dryer just haven't done much of it. How do you store them after they're dried?

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5/30/10 12:21 A

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CHWABE please tell all about frozen slaw mix.

I have never heard of that.

You can freeze slaw mix?!?!? Apparently it doesn't ruin the contents? What do you do with it and how do you prepare it once it's defrosted?

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CHWABE's Photo CHWABE Posts: 282
5/29/10 5:39 P

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Food prep season is here with a bang! I've started dehydrating herbs, mostly chives and some oregano. I had a slew of radishes in my CSA share; very spicy and more than we could eat so today I shredded all and made slaw mix to freeze. Will continue on with kale and asparagus...

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Debbie,
Go cut the blooms off of your broccoli and pinch them back some. They shouldn't be let to flower till the growing season is over !!!!

I use reusable plastic freezer containers sometimes.
They work well & are reusable for years.

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5/20/10 8:23 A

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I put 3 glass jars with stock in the freezer and one has broken so far. Maybe it was flawed in some way?? I have also frozen stock in plastic bags and laid flat. I keep looking for the best method. Ball produces plastic "canning" jars for the freezer. I really like these but figured glass is better for the environment. My overall issue is that I'm beginning to believe I need a second freezer.

My freshly planted tomatoes are looking good. We are having many rainy days and I started to worry about too much water but next week is predicted to be all sunny in the 80's.

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5/19/10 9:20 P

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We have had some rain and cool days so my garden is looking pretty good. My broccoli is only about 8" tall and blooming, I don't think that is right but I'm not sure since I have never planted any before.
I do have some tomato plants about 3' tall but they are in buckets. We are trying to decide if they should stay in the buckets of if we should try to transplant them. Any Ideas?

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My parents use to freeze veggie soup all the time and the jars never broke.

Mary

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5/19/10 3:21 P

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I, too have frozen things in glass jars. I keep them separated, so they don't get hit against other things. But, I usually freeze liquid in freezer baggies. I make sure they are laying flat (and not leaking) when I put them in the freezer and once they are frozen, they are fine. I find that I can break off pieces of the frozen liquids if I only need a little. I froze onions and pesto like that also. If I use small baggies, I will usually put them into a 2gallon size and label them so they don't get lost.

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5/18/10 4:28 P

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My glass jars say for canning and freezing???

Living in the deep south has it's advantages. My gardens are doing good,so far. I started an herb garden this year. I have basil, oregano, parsley, cilantro, sage, thyme and mint ready to be used.
I am actually having a little luck with leaf lettuce, about 5 hills doing good. I have never gotten it to grow before. My eggplants are the only thing not looking too spiffy. It looks like we will have fresh squash, cucumbers and snap beans by this weekend. The tomato plants are getting loaded, the broccoli, cabbage, okra, peppers, onions and corn are all looking great.
I already got what peaches we will get this year canned-6 quarts.Boiled the pealings & seeds down for juice to make jelly.
The blackberries are just starting to turn red and the raspberries are blooming.
Disadvantage of living in the deep south-my garden will be over before y'all get too much canning done.

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5/18/10 8:40 A

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I tried something new this year...I really don't have lawnspace or the right light to dig a good garden. Mother Earth News had a spiffy article on planting directly in bags of soil. So...I now have a "bag garden". I put out 14 tomato plants, 2 bell peppers, basil and oregano. I have chives and peppermint returning from last year. I'm rather excited to see how it goes. Depending on the success with location and sunlight I will probably turn the spot into a raised bed next year.

On a related note, I attempted to freeze chicken stock in glass ball jars. Unsuccessful. Glass jars are not meant to be frozen. It was an idea.

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5/16/10 7:43 P

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I got my garden put in yesterday, I am not too sure if the tomato transplants will survive, I hope they do, if they look sad tomorrow then I will put some seeds in beside them.

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5/16/10 8:56 A

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Got everything in the ground Friday. Now we have had 2 showers and expecting some cooler days and more rain. Really need a good garden this year since last year it bombed. Freezing strawberries today.

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CHWABE's Photo CHWABE Posts: 282
5/12/10 11:53 A

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I found a rhubarb crisp recipe in sparkrecipes but haven't made it yet. I don't eat sugar...will probably make and take to a potluck at the farm where I have my csa. Temporarily I sliced it up and put it in the freezer.

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I just froze up 14 lbs asparagus. Never did this before. But I'm sure we'll like it.

What do you do with rhubarb? It always takes so much sugar, we don't do artificial sweetener. I did make 1 pie w/raw sugar for a birthday pie.

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5/12/10 10:51 A

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CHWABE--sound like good eating! I've been picking asparagus too, but I never have enough to put it in the freeze--it all gets eaten. I would like to do something with my rhubarb--anyone have any canned suggestions?

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CHWABE's Photo CHWABE Posts: 282
5/6/10 7:31 A

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Forgot to mention..have already began freezing asparagus for the winter. Have also made some soups and froze. Dried a huge lot of chives this past weekend. Expecting 3 pounds of asparagus in my csa produce share today so will probably looking for more creative dishes to make and freeze.

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I saw a great article in Mother Earth about doing easy gardening in bags of soil. As my growing space is limited, soil poor and I have lots of wildlife, I decided to try this. Hubby and I created idea for making temporary "fence panels" which he finished and installed last night. I now have a 16x4 "garden". This weekend I will set out and prepare my bags of soil. I'm looking at about 12 tomato plants going out in the next 2 weeks. I will plant herbs in my "grow pots". I'm totally excited!! If all goes well with my location this year, I'll transition the bag garden into a raised bed for next. We should be frost free after Sunday here in southern Ohio.

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Still nothing in the ground for me. We have plans on getting some more soil and lumber to build 3 more beds in the garden this year, giving me a total of 10 beds (4ft by 8 ft).

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WINDINGROAD's Photo WINDINGROAD Posts: 443
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Peas...I planted peas and they are up, but the bunnies are relentless. Other than a fence, what works? I used blood meal and a rubber black snake which seemed to work for a while. I think my bunnies are on to the fake snake though now. I have dogs--but they must be off duty at night.

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Chomping at the bit to get the rest of the stuff in the garden here. Peas are up, some of the potatoes are coming up and the onions are looking really good so far. I started quite a few things early so that we can space out pickings.

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Already had to do some weeding today in my potatoes and onions.

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I have tomatoes, cukes, squash, and watermelons started in every pot I can get my hands on. Maybe we can get it all in the garden in the next few weeks, BUT today I got my first fresh strawberries so I'm making "no sugar added" preserves tomorrow.
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My planned patio garden got nixed; not enough sun, and no other option for location. It's too early for farmers' markets here but I'm looking forward to them, and am growing herbs on the windowsills, and patio flowers.

The white dogwood tree in the back is almost done blooming. I think this emoticon looks like a pink dogwood blossom.
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My indoor Easter cactus are almost done blooming, and my geraniums I wintered indoors are budding and blooming.

Roses will start in June.
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I love looking at others' plants and flowers and gardens when walking. Though tulips and blooming trees are done here, I am still saying goodbye and sorry to see them go.
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We live in the city. But I have a patio garden going. Cucumbers, lettuce and green onions. I have put out cherry tomatoes today and took my herbs outside. We are not frost free yet, but I can drag them into the garage if needed or cover them. We have some land 1 hr north of where we live so hubby has a big garden there. I know he planted some potatoes this yr, for the grand kids to dig. He wanted them to know where potatoes came from. We're also not far from farm markets. Yummy

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Still very cold and wet here in Washington state But I have a greenhouse that I do my starts in.


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It is very wet here in Ohio right now and warming up the next couple of days. That should help the plants already in our gardens. Have 150 seedlings to put out but still concerned about frost here and we will be away for a week in mid-May. Thinking we will wait until returning to plant them.

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That's sweet of you to plant a garden for you ML.
We have a teeny yard, so the only food we grow is rhubarb, and I picked my first yesterday. But there's lots of good things at the farmers market.

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Hi everyone, May is here, can you believe it, or do you find yourself saying where did the time go? I find myself saying the later... However, I am so excited about the new "digging" season that is upon us, I will start to plant the end of this month. I need to get out to the farm and work on a few things though, like my berries and asparagus. My dad has the rest of the garden tilled and ready for planting. My MIL is still in extended care and will hopefully come home within the next 3 months, so I may plant a little garden for her at her house.

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