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TRISHP1961
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8/3/11 6:39 P

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I didn't plant tomatoes this year. Didn't realize the canned ones were so high in salt at the time. I plan on buying tomatoes at the farmer's market. I have an empty freezer, so I'd really prefer to just use what I have and freeze them. Should I core, peel and dice them, put them in plastic bags ready to be defrosted and thrown into chili? Or should I just core and freeze them whole?

Thanks so much! I normally buy 1 can of diced tomatoes every 2 weeks all winter. So I have a lot of freezer bags to fill!


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8/2/11 3:19 P

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No you don't need to cook the tomatoes before you freeze them, but it is a good idea to core them before you freeze them. If you get a lot of tomatoes I highly suggest trying to can them yourself. It's fun and a lot of work, but it's so nice to grab a jar of your own tomatoes off the shelf and be able to use them in the dead of winter. And home canning you don't have to use any salt :)

Corn is ready when the silks turn dark, but not black.

This year it has rained so much in the Twin Cities that my garden isn't doing very well. I haven't had a single zuchinni yet and only a couple of tomatoes. I hope my cucumber patch does well enough so I can can pickles. Mmmmmm.....nothing like homemade canned pickles!


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8/1/11 2:53 P

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I will have to try the sunflowers next summer. I make batches of vegan chili to eat for lunch in the winter. Can I cut the zucchini, tomatoes, etc and throw them in a bag and put them in the freezer until I need them for the chili?
I thought I'd make the black beans in the crock pot the night before and then add the sweet potatoes, peppers and diced tomatoes..Wondering if I need to cook the tomatoes before I freeze them? I have been buying them canned, but just discovered they have so much salt!


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7/29/11 10:45 P

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The Dr. I work for always plants giant sunflowers at the office.All they seem to need is water!!


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7/29/11 5:26 P

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Thanks for the help! I don't have zucchini yet. The deer/rabbits ate the flowers in the Spring. I have new flowers that no one has eaten yet...The fence is working YEH!!! So I am hoping I will get to see zucchini. I have one tiny watermelon that I am hoping will continue to grow. Lots of corn stalks. It has been fun watching everything grow. I planted corn plants along with pea and green bean seeds. So far I have lots of green bean plants, but hardly any pea ones. I teach so I have summers at home. It has been a fun summer project.
Does anyone know how hard it is to grow sunflowers? I am thinking I might try some of them next year. My children love to eat the seeds and I think it would be healthier if I baked and salted them...


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7/27/11 10:38 P

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Hi good for you,we love our garden!The beans should be the size you buy in the grocery store,don't let the zucchini get too big or it is full of large seeds.I let ours get a few inches bigger then the small ones they sell in the store,I let them get about 8-10 inches if I want to stuff them.Can't help with the watermelon,never grew any! Good luck. Diane


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7/27/11 11:53 A

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Oh how fun! I hope someone can answer your questions. I'm not much of a gardener myself. But we have grown green beans and zucchini in the past, years ago. From what I remember, you do want to harvest them before they get too big.

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7/27/11 11:51 A

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I wish I had room for a garden. We are trying to grow veggies on our patio.

~Michelle Macari in St George UT~ Lifestyles of the fit and meatless!
What is it that should trace the insuperable line?… The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? —Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832)
A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
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7/27/11 11:36 A

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I am very new to gardening. This year we fenced in the garden and no animals have eaten it! How do you know it is time to pick green beans? Corn? watermelon? zucchini?

Sorry, I am a city girl now living in the country. So I have a lot to learn. That is all that I planted this year. Thought I'd start small and if it went well keep adding.


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