What are you guys doing with everything you are pulling out of your garden?

  • vindog

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    Sep 01, 2009 4:59 PM GMT

    I am enjoying the first garden of my life....and I can say its been a real experience. I've harvested over 100 large tomatoes out of it, and tons of green beans, cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, orange pepper, fresno pepper, onions, basil and eggplant.


    Tomatoes...


    Seriously I'm amazed what is coming out of my garden....I'm giving them away, stewing them and freezing, today is salsa day.

    What other methods/recipes/styles (besides canning) can I preserve my tomatoes?


    Currently I'm cooking them with onions, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper then freezing.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Sep 01, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    I just harvested about 45 Roma tomatoes. Roasted them with garlic and basil and olive oil, S&P and some pepper flakes. Great over pasta and they freeze really well after being roasted.

    Next up anaheim chilies and some cantaloupe, can't wait.

    I've had cherry tomatoes, basil, parsley, and a bunch of other herbs all season, and way too many cucumbers!

    Apples are starting to get some color as well.
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    Sep 01, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    I'm having a hell of a time with my garden. I keep planting RJ chat room twinks and nothing seems to be growing accept a tendency for stray dogs to dig up the stinkier pieces and roll in them.
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    Sep 01, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    Gazpacho freezes like a champ.
  • Celticmusl

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    Sep 01, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    You might want to reconsider canning. You don't need a pressure cooker for tomatoes since they are high in acidity so it is relatively easy.
  • camfer

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    Sep 01, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    We make our own "sun" dried tomatoes using a dehydrator. Dehydrating concentrates the sugars and flavors and are sooo great to pull out and use in the middle of winter.


  • Timbales

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    Sep 01, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI'm having a hell of a time with my garden. I keep planting RJ chat room twinks and nothing seems to be growing accept a tendency for stray dogs to dig up the stinkier pieces and roll in them.


    have you considered pickling?

    maybe you're not fertilizing with enough Schmirnoff Ice and A&F.
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    Sep 01, 2009 6:52 PM GMT
    Timberoo said
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI'm having a hell of a time with my garden. I keep planting RJ chat room twinks and nothing seems to be growing accept a tendency for stray dogs to dig up the stinkier pieces and roll in them.


    have you considered pickling?

    maybe you're not fertilizing with enough Schmirnoff Ice and A&F.


    I've been fertilizing regularly with Abercrombie, Hollister, H&M and generous amounts of surly teen angst, but to no avail.
  • Celticmusl

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    Sep 01, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    camfer saidWe make our own "sun" dried tomatoes using a dehydrator. Dehydrating concentrates the sugars and flavors and are sooo great to pull out and use in the middle of winter.




    OMG sun dried tomato bruschetta is da bom. You don't have to serve it on bread, I add bow tie pasta with sun dried bruschetta and viola, people actually think I worked hard on making dinner.
  • Timbales

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    Sep 01, 2009 7:06 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite said
    Timberoo said
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI'm having a hell of a time with my garden. I keep planting RJ chat room twinks and nothing seems to be growing accept a tendency for stray dogs to dig up the stinkier pieces and roll in them.


    have you considered pickling?

    maybe you're not fertilizing with enough Schmirnoff Ice and A&F.


    I've been fertilizing regularly with Abercrombie, Hollister, H&M and generous amounts of surly teen angst, but to no avail.


    I'd stop trying to get them to grow and just make jerky.
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    Sep 01, 2009 7:09 PM GMT
    Timberoo said
    GuerrillaSodomite said
    Timberoo said
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI'm having a hell of a time with my garden. I keep planting RJ chat room twinks and nothing seems to be growing accept a tendency for stray dogs to dig up the stinkier pieces and roll in them.


    have you considered pickling?

    maybe you're not fertilizing with enough Schmirnoff Ice and A&F.


    I've been fertilizing regularly with Abercrombie, Hollister, H&M and generous amounts of surly teen angst, but to no avail.


    I'd stop trying to get them to grow and just make jerky.


    Or maybe your idea of pickling. Though I think that an appletini is the brine of choice.
  • Timbales

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    Sep 01, 2009 7:10 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite said
    Timberoo said
    GuerrillaSodomite said
    Timberoo said
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI'm having a hell of a time with my garden. I keep planting RJ chat room twinks and nothing seems to be growing accept a tendency for stray dogs to dig up the stinkier pieces and roll in them.


    have you considered pickling?

    maybe you're not fertilizing with enough Schmirnoff Ice and A&F.


    I've been fertilizing regularly with Abercrombie, Hollister, H&M and generous amounts of surly teen angst, but to no avail.


    I'd stop trying to get them to grow and just make jerky.


    Or maybe your idea of pickling. Though I think that an appletini is the brine of choice.


    you know what you can use for a cocktail onion...
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    Sep 02, 2009 1:52 AM GMT

    For now, I'll spare us both my typing out all of these recipes. But if any of these (which are from England) look interesting let me know and I'll send the recipes:

    1) Autumn Chutney (great with curries or with sharp cheeses)

    2) Fine Cut Green Tomato Marmalade (gingery and nice on bread)

    3) Rosy Tomato Jam (excellent on grilled cheese sandwiches)

    4) Tomato and Lemon Shred (also gingery - good on toast)

    5) Tomato Relish (a little spicy - great with cold meats and sharp cheeses)

    They're all easy to make and keep forever.
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    Sep 02, 2009 2:14 AM GMT
    My Grandmother's cherry tomatoes have been doing EXTREMELY well. I eat about a cup or two a day!
  • art_smass

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    Sep 02, 2009 2:33 AM GMT
    I have about 300 linear feet of flower borders. I didn't grow any vegetables this year, but my yard was on the local horticultural society's annual garden tour.

    So far I haven't been pulling anything out of my garden. I really need to get a composter for when I do clean up. I've been dragging my feet on that front.
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    Nov 04, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    I was hoping to have enough tobacco to make my own snus. However, I made a couple of mistakes early on, but also planted too late, due to ordering seeds too late. Fortunately, I didn't plant ALL of my seeds, so still have 16 species of seed left for the 2010 season, which include two virginias, a couple of marylands, a low nic variety, with the rest being exotic orientals (perique, balikesir, celikhan, bafra, basma, bursa, izmir-osbas, samsun, etc.) I'm not sure if I will EVER plant the rustica, given it's strength. I haven't touched the plants in the ground as of yet, and will most likely trash them, due to lack of maturity.

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    Nov 04, 2009 11:57 PM GMT
    Green Tomato Chutney; yummy yummy.

    I being down South in Oz, am now in Spring, and all my fruit trees, have finished their blossom, so I'll have pears, apples, plums, oranges this year. I have room for two more fruit trees in my kitchen garden, but what to plant?

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    Nov 04, 2009 11:58 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI'm having a hell of a time with my garden. I keep planting RJ chat room twinks and nothing seems to be growing accept a tendency for stray dogs to dig up the stinkier pieces and roll in them.


    Well pickle me Grandmother.
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    Nov 05, 2009 12:00 AM GMT
    Pattison saidGreen Tomato Chutney; yummy yummy.

    I being down South in Oz, am now in Spring, and all my fruit trees, have finished their blossom, so I'll have pears, apples, plums, oranges this year. I have room for two more fruit trees in my kitchen garden, but what to plant?




    Figs of course! I miss my fig and lemon trees.
  • wellwell

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    Nov 05, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    Timberoo said
    GuerrillaSodomite said
    Timberoo said
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI'm having a hell of a time with my garden. I keep planting RJ chat room twinks and nothing seems to be growing accept a tendency for stray dogs to dig up the stinkier pieces and roll in them.


    have you considered pickling?

    maybe you're not fertilizing with enough Schmirnoff Ice and A&F.


    I've been fertilizing regularly with Abercrombie, Hollister, H&M and generous amounts of surly teen angst, but to no avail.


    I'd stop trying to get them to grow and just make jerky.



    whatever you do, don't polish them
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    Nov 05, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    RST2009 said
    Pattison saidGreen Tomato Chutney; yummy yummy.

    I being down South in Oz, am now in Spring, and all my fruit trees, have finished their blossom, so I'll have pears, apples, plums, oranges this year. I have room for two more fruit trees in my kitchen garden, but what to plant?




    Figs of course! I miss my fig and lemon trees.


    In fact one of my neighbors are mad about figs too, and has a number of them, even some hanging over me back fence; and I do eat them.

    Have a lemon tree, the party tree, it's where they guys go, when I have a party. So I won't something I don't have. I may do a persimmon, and something ells.
  • camfer

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    Nov 05, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    Pattison saidGreen Tomato Chutney; yummy yummy.

    I being down South in Oz, am now in Spring, and all my fruit trees, have finished their blossom, so I'll have pears, apples, plums, oranges this year. I have room for two more fruit trees in my kitchen garden, but what to plant?


    Do you know what varieties of apples you have? It would have to have a very low chilling requirement to produce in the same climate as an orange. Curious to know what's working for you there,

    Some other fruit trees to consider: kaffir lime for the leaves which are used in thai cooking, satsuma mandarin orange, pomegranate.

  • drypin

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    Nov 06, 2009 12:32 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI'm having a hell of a time with my garden. I keep planting RJ chat room twinks and nothing seems to be growing accept a tendency for stray dogs to dig up the stinkier pieces and roll in them.


    Hmm. which fertilizer are you using there GS? It might be time to switch.
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    Nov 06, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    Does anyone here have experience growing tobacco? I thought I would have to trash my plants, due to lack of maturity from planting too late. However, they are putting out flower buds, which means they are reaching maturity. Should I cut the flower buds off? Is it time to harvest the leaves? With the Virginia Gold, I had understood one waits for the leaves to fall off the plant and then collects them. Is it too late and too cool in the season to do that? Or should I cut the leaves from the plants and hang them to cure?
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    Nov 06, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
    Freezing is so easy...stream them for a few minutes and then throw them in a zip lock bag.