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Garden goodies


Well, the garden did not do as well as usual this year. We did get a lot of some things, but some things never even grew.

We started out the season extremely dry, then it went to extremely wet, so some things just rotted in the ground.

Our squash did not do well at all. I got enough to do one run of pickles, and that's it.
The cucumbers smell good..what few there are, but they have very little taste.
The onions did fair. I managed to get those either used, or cut up and into the freezer.
Green beans, so far we've canned 21 quarts, and there's still some we need to pick and get taken care of (the beans always seem to do fairly well)
We've frozen over 90 ears of corn. Almost half what we got last year. The beets did nothing, our melons did nothing......it was just a really bad garden year.
Despite that, we are thankful for what we did get, and even that little bit is keeping us busy. The corn has been bushogged down, and that area 'ripped' and readied to sow some turnips. Our Wolf boy will be happy about that. He simply adores a good turnip!! Silly pooch.

Our banana peppers are doing fairly well, as are the tomatoes. I canned several quarts of 'spicey' tomatoes....it's diced tomatoes, hot banana peppers and fresh onion all mixed, with some salt, then put into jars and done in a hot water bath. The tomatoes were rotting on the vine..even the green ones, so we had to pick what we could.

Our bell peppers have not done so well. We planted 3 types...green, red and yellow. DH got 2 little yellow ones the other day. Not seen the first red one, and I've only gotten a few green ones.

I think we're going to move the garden to a different location next year. The area we're considering would make it easier to irrigate, and the ground is a bit more fertile. We'll put some lime in the old garden area, as well as some other things to replinish the soil, then move it back there in a year or so. The only things we're worried about with the area we're considering....it's FULL of rocks, so getting those out to where we can plant will be one heck of a chore. Plus, it's quite a distance from the house, so won't have the protection of the dogs to keep wild critters out, like it does in it's current location. We'd need to completely fence it, with enough fence under ground to keep things from burrowing under, and post enough things around the top to keep the deer from jumping over the fence and into the garden.

While I am disappointed that the garden did not do as well this year, I'm kind of relieved that I've not had to work quite so hard on garden stuff this year, as well.

Still...I've worked enough that my fingers are all chapped around my cuticles, and my nails have become soft and have torn, or chipped, so are pretty much down to nothing...which happens almost every year! I probably need to start wearing rubber/plastic gloves if I have my hands in water a lot. emoticon The acid from the tomatoes and such sure doesn't help the dryness around my cuticles!!! Oh well....you can't keep pretty fingernails when you have a garden and can things...LOL.

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So many of my online friends have lost their entire gardens this year due to drought/heat so I'm thankful to have anything.

I only have a plot in the local community garden this year, but thus far I'm getting a fair amount of tomatoes, several bell peppers, and LOTS of banana peppers!

WHY and HOW did I plant so many banana peppers? I swear I thought I only planted a couple? Turns out that they are not what I thought they were. I don't care for them much raw. I only like them "okay" when cooked. I can't find any to take the excess!
What was I thinking? emoticon

Hope your next garden is better! emoticon
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Man...Dad's garden is going gangbusters. We even have apples and peaches this year. emoticon

Saijen bummer about the garden.. emoticon

PC...Dad is saying the same thing about his Cucumbers. WHAT WAS HE THINKING! emoticon

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Curious....pickle them!!! I love pickled banana peppers, and if you like pickles at all, you may enjoy them that way. Just slice them like a banana (only in rings) and pickle. You can use them in salads, on pizza, in sandwiches....

You can even add a little jalepeno to it if you want, to give it just a dab of heat, without being too hot.

We truly have not gotten anywhere near the amount from our garden this year as in the previous years. A bit disappointing, then again, has also been a blessing in disguise. As busy as I've been, it would have been hard to try to deal with a lot of garden to have to put up. So...mixed feelings there...lol

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Hmmm..... I didn't think about pickling them.

I wonder how they would affect a salsa batch. Or perhaps a type of relish.

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Try it out and see....can't hurt it and you may come up with a neat recipe all your own!!

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We went there last night to harvest the plot of it's current goodies.

I noticed a handicapped guy there (kind of hard to not notice since it's forbidden to drive into the garden area and he did drive his SUV in there...)
So I offered him the extra banana peppers from that harvest and he graciously and gratefully accepted.

Hope he likes them emoticon

I'll try pickling the next harvest.



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Very cool! He may have special permission, since he is handicapped. I hope he enjoys the peppers, too!!!

I make a really good hot pepper sauce, and add banana peppers to it. I cut up hot peppers, banana peppers and onion, add vinegar, and a few whole peppers, a dab of salt, and boil...while it's hot, I put it in the small jelly jars, put hot flats on it, hand tighten the rings, and let it cool...they self seal. yummy on greens, or other things you like a pepper sauce in.

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