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192 clicks; posted to Food » on 25 Jul 2022 at 11:05 AM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-07-25 9:22:36 AM  
Go-to the local Farmer's Market.
 
2022-07-25 9:57:26 AM  
We grow tomatoes with the primary mission being to make good BLTs.

I don't know what those red things in the supermarket are, but they are not even CLOSE to a real locally grown picked when ripe tomato
 
2022-07-25 11:03:49 AM  
My garden is farking barren because squirrels. Trying to figure out how to protect from those farksticks, but yet allow pollinators in.
 
2022-07-25 11:10:08 AM  
I just have a herb garden.  I grow some herbs that can sometimes be harder to find in grocery stores, like sorrel for a cream sauce served over salmon, or tarragon for tagine and ice cream.  Plus just really fresh normal herbs for various things (oregano for pasta and pizza sauce, rosemary for roasted potatoes, basil for pesto, etc.).
 
2022-07-25 11:20:07 AM  
It was too cold here to grow anything this year. I have a scraggly tomato plant struggling to fruit, but I doubt I'll get much from it all.
 
2022-07-25 11:26:02 AM  
Fresh cucumber sandwiches with last year's garlic dill pickles on sourdough, with mayo, of course.

Hope it cools down next weekend, it's time to harvest the garlic.
 
2022-07-25 11:54:18 AM  
Harvest the freshly grown fruit and vegetables, then wash the dirt off, and put directly into your mouth.  Chew, enjoy the flavors of what they are *actually* supposed to taste like, then swallow.  Like and subscribe for more useful recipes. ;)
 
2022-07-25 11:54:35 AM  
85-slide deck of summer recipes? Huh... sure, why not?

Slide 1: A pound of grilled mercury slathered in oil, hazelnuts, and red miso with maple syrup

...yeah, I'm done.
 
2022-07-25 11:58:12 AM  
*white miso. I always do that - shiro's white, aka's red.
 
2022-07-25 11:59:36 AM  
tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant in the garden. Looks like they will all be ready around the same time, so...

Ratatouille!
 
2022-07-25 12:02:54 PM  
My eggplants just... stalled out.  Didn't grow all June.  They look like they're growing now, but that was super weird.

Can't wait for the tomatillos to fruit.  Got a cucumber yesterday and a zuke today.  Think some animal ate my first ripe cherry tomato.
 
2022-07-25 12:29:40 PM  
My wife grew a giant crop of basil this year, and I've been on pesto making duty. I was looking for some good tips on how to prepare it so it freezes well and ran across the suggestion to blanch the basil in boiling water first so it keeps its green color longer.

Tried this on a batch last week and it's still bright green. It also has a really clean flavor, I'm guessing because some of the tannins leached out in the blanching process. So I made another batch yesterday and froze it in ice cube trays. Curious to see how it stores over the next few months.
 
2022-07-25 12:32:44 PM  
For cherry tomatoes: cut an X on the bottom of the tomato, the side opposite the pedicel, and blanch a half dozen for about eight or nine seconds. Then peel the little suckers and marinate them in oil, vinegar, and mint. Overnight. Serve with a sprinkle of salt. The flavor bomb is not to be believed.
 
2022-07-25 12:40:18 PM  

question_dj: My garden is farking barren because squirrels. Trying to figure out how to protect from those farksticks, but yet allow pollinators in.


Feed them. It's the only thing that works.

Also, I gave mine a couple of empty pots of dirt to dig in, so they're less inclined to party in the potted plants.
 
2022-07-25 12:48:43 PM  

Squid_for_Brains: question_dj: My garden is farking barren because squirrels. Trying to figure out how to protect from those farksticks, but yet allow pollinators in.

Feed them. It's the only thing that works.

Also, I gave mine a couple of empty pots of dirt to dig in, so they're less inclined to party in the potted plants.


Then there are the racoons that can apparently tear steel mesh.
 
2022-07-25 1:21:57 PM  
I made Pico the other day, pickled a bunch of peppers over the weekend, pretty much giving zucchini away. Those are starting to have issues, disease or squash bugs have gotten 3 of the 4 I planted. Cucumber is doing okay, wife puts that in salads. I need to try making sauce with the obscene amount of tomatoes we are getting.
 
2022-07-25 2:06:34 PM  
I make roasted tomato and rosemary soup and freeze it for the winter when I'm dying for the taste of fresh garden tomatoes.
Last year, I made tomato jam. I thought it was weird and sweet, but my book club friends said they like it. Still trying to come up with a safe Bloody Mary mix.
Pico and salsa and jars of green chile sauce get tucked away and forgotten.
The rest - rhubarb and cukes and artichokes and grapes and brassicas and such - just get served for dinner as they come up. Everything is 4-6 weeks late because of cold and non-stop rain in June.
 
2022-07-25 2:33:20 PM  

SpectroBoy: We grow tomatoes with the primary mission being to make good BLTs.

I don't know what those red things in the supermarket are, but they are not even CLOSE to a real locally grown picked when ripe tomato


I love the cherokee purple tomatoes... last year it seemed like we only got 3-4 good tomatoes off of each plant so this year we planted 4 or 5 of that variety... and I have no idea what we did differently but they have been producing like crazy for the last month (like 8-10 really nice big fruits from each plant all ready at about the same time...starting to feel like bubba from Forrest Gump if he were from a family that raised tomatoes.)... we've resorted to giving some of them away to neighbors... just had BLT's today for lunch... damn those are some amazing tomatoes.
 
2022-07-25 2:42:35 PM  

question_dj: Squid_for_Brains: question_dj: My garden is farking barren because squirrels. Trying to figure out how to protect from those farksticks, but yet allow pollinators in.

Feed them. It's the only thing that works.

Also, I gave mine a couple of empty pots of dirt to dig in, so they're less inclined to party in the potted plants.

Then there are the racoons that can apparently tear steel mesh.


Our neighbor's nemesis is Groundhogzilla.

I have no idea why that fat bastard leaves our plants alone. Probably too full by the time he gets to us.
 
2022-07-25 3:18:31 PM  

Sofa King Smart: SpectroBoy: We grow tomatoes with the primary mission being to make good BLTs.

I don't know what those red things in the supermarket are, but they are not even CLOSE to a real locally grown picked when ripe tomato

I love the cherokee purple tomatoes... last year it seemed like we only got 3-4 good tomatoes off of each plant so this year we planted 4 or 5 of that variety... and I have no idea what we did differently but they have been producing like crazy for the last month (like 8-10 really nice big fruits from each plant all ready at about the same time...starting to feel like bubba from Forrest Gump if he were from a family that raised tomatoes.)... we've resorted to giving some of them away to neighbors... just had BLT's today for lunch... damn those are some amazing tomatoes.


I have never had Cherokee Purple tomatoes until this year and after I picked my first one and made a Caprese salad with it (along with fresh basil I grew, as well) and I was floored by the taste. Store-bought tomatoes can't even hold a candle to these things. Absolutely amazing...
 
2022-07-25 3:37:08 PM  

Ktonos: Sofa King Smart: SpectroBoy: We grow tomatoes with the primary mission being to make good BLTs.

I don't know what those red things in the supermarket are, but they are not even CLOSE to a real locally grown picked when ripe tomato

I love the cherokee purple tomatoes... last year it seemed like we only got 3-4 good tomatoes off of each plant so this year we planted 4 or 5 of that variety... and I have no idea what we did differently but they have been producing like crazy for the last month (like 8-10 really nice big fruits from each plant all ready at about the same time...starting to feel like bubba from Forrest Gump if he were from a family that raised tomatoes.)... we've resorted to giving some of them away to neighbors... just had BLT's today for lunch... damn those are some amazing tomatoes.

I have never had Cherokee Purple tomatoes until this year and after I picked my first one and made a Caprese salad with it (along with fresh basil I grew, as well) and I was floored by the taste. Store-bought tomatoes can't even hold a candle to these things. Absolutely amazing...


I have a Cherokee purple with fruit on the vine, but the weather this year has been absolute poop for ripening.

Everything's heathy, though, so I'm just going to wait and see.
 
2022-07-25 4:52:24 PM  
I've still got a couple months before I harvest, then it's trim, dry, and put up in canning jars to cure

/with all the money I save
//veggies are cheap
 
2022-07-25 5:08:17 PM  
 
2022-07-25 5:18:01 PM  
 
2022-07-25 5:25:48 PM  

Squid_for_Brains: question_dj: Squid_for_Brains: question_dj: My garden is farking barren because squirrels. Trying to figure out how to protect from those farksticks, but yet allow pollinators in.

Feed them. It's the only thing that works.

Also, I gave mine a couple of empty pots of dirt to dig in, so they're less inclined to party in the potted plants.

Then there are the racoons that can apparently tear steel mesh.

Our neighbor's nemesis is Groundhogzilla.

I have no idea why that fat bastard leaves our plants alone. Probably too full by the time he gets to us.


It still baffles me how the fark a racoon tore open this:

Like, how?! A hole big enough to pull a cantaloupe through.
 
2022-07-25 6:00:44 PM  

question_dj: Squid_for_Brains: question_dj: Squid_for_Brains: question_dj: My garden is farking barren because squirrels. Trying to figure out how to protect from those farksticks, but yet allow pollinators in.

Feed them. It's the only thing that works.

Also, I gave mine a couple of empty pots of dirt to dig in, so they're less inclined to party in the potted plants.

Then there are the racoons that can apparently tear steel mesh.

Our neighbor's nemesis is Groundhogzilla.

I have no idea why that fat bastard leaves our plants alone. Probably too full by the time he gets to us.

It still baffles me how the fark a racoon tore open this:

Like, how?! A hole big enough to pull a cantaloupe through.


The struggle is real. Squirrels, deer, moles/voles, birds, raccoons. My current garden is all in large pots, protected by a fence of tall pallet boards. (clumsy but effective) I want to upgrade the "fence" and have been eyeballing used dog runs/kennels and hurricane fence panels on Craigslist & Marketplace.
 
2022-07-25 7:45:46 PM  
Pickled cucumbers and cauliflower so far, lots of basil so I've made 4 batches of pesto.  Seems like I'm going to get a lot of red and yellow grape tomatoes and will make this dish more than twice:

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a35421563/baked-feta-pasta-tiktok/
 
2022-07-25 7:47:47 PM  
i gave up trying to catch and relocate the trashpandas, they just muscle their way out of the humane trap. ground squirrels and go-fairs get a nice scope delivered .22 pellet at around 950 fps. grey squirrels stay away mainly due to the cat, not that the cat catches them, theyre mean and very tough critters...
 
2022-07-25 8:03:41 PM  
We've tried growing various vegetables in the past, but our garden is tiny and trying to grow something like cucumbers or corn is not efficient use of the limited space.  So, we've pretty much limited ourselves to tomatoes (and a couple of pot plants of course).  Our tomatoes came in early this year, we're pretty much already down to the last few to be harvested.  I think half of our tomato plants this year are from seeds that dropped last year.
 
2022-07-25 11:36:22 PM  
Our bush beans did pretty good, but the heat is starting to be a problem. They put out lots of blooms, but no more beans. The squash plants looked amazing with tons of blooms and the the grasshoppers ate them all, twice

The okra, on the other hand is going gangbusters and producing more and more. They LOVE the heat.

We also have 2 kinds of Sweet potato that should be about ready.

When fall rolls around I'm planting tomatoes, pole beans and cukes. I also plan on cauliflower and broccoli in late fall.
 
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