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H.A.F.

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I'll be checking those tomaters out.
Find an Excalibur dryer, thank me later. I actually bought a second one because it really enables buying in bulk and making a production run of anything. Fruit is amazing, banans, cherries, strawberries, et al. The second one was a re-conditioned one.......it was flawless and nicer than the one I paid the full ride on.
I use a ROMA processor to make all my tomatoes into pure juice. I then can that. Did 20 quarts last summer. I'll make sauce from that late,r on an as need basis, well past the summer heat or just drink it as is.
Also put up 48 pints pickles....the only cukes I grow are picklers. Dried about a gallon of garlic cloves, have a freezer full with garlic scapes and still have a bit of hardneck garlic hanging around. I try and save strawberries....but that ain't happening, they get eaten.
Whatever I can save I do. I got a shitload of jars, hot water and pressure canners, dryers and vac sealers to do that.
Roma is great for drying - more meat, less juice. You can even grind them to powder in a coffee mill and use it to thicken sauces and stuff.
 

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Roma is great for drying - more meat, less juice. You can even grind them to powder in a coffee mill and use it to thicken sauces and stuff.
If you look up in that pic with the bowl of tomatoes, the one that looks like a Roma or even a pepper is called Opalka. Very meaty, no seeds, large, prolific and the kicker is the flavor when eaten fresh. It was rec'd to me about 5 years ago and I finally unprocrastinated enough to give it a shot last year. It's one of those "if you could only grow one" types. I'll run her hard this summer and see if she repeats. The per plant production blew away every roma I have ever grown and I have grown tomatoes every year since '83 when I rototilled the back yard of my apartment, apparently without permission. Landlord was not thrilled, lol.
Fukit, I built him a carport (labor gratis) and he liked me then, lol ;) Kept the garden for 5 years.
 

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I'll have to look for the Opalka. Always into trying something new.

Have never done many cucs.....but did a few picklers last year and made my Grandma's "Refrigerator pickles". No canning/etc....just takes about 4 days of sittin in the fridge and they are good....very good.

I hot pack but don't use the pressure cooker. I pickle beets.....onions.....red cabbage....and though I don;t grow 'em...while I'm packin I buy some pineapples and pickle those as well. Just kill.

We use the same basic grinder...a manual one, not the electric model. Good stuff.
 

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Getting ready for the summer..........19 packs in the mailbox, some flowers also.

New this year for the garden is popcorn instead of sweet corn.
Lotsa tomatoes, lotsa garlic, lotsa cukes, lotsa greens also have an okra to try out. Who else is growing veggies?View attachment 47664
A lot of those are OG! Fuck yeah!
 

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I'll have to look for the Opalka. Always into trying something new.

Have never done many cucs.....but did a few picklers last year and made my Grandma's "Refrigerator pickles". No canning/etc....just takes about 4 days of sittin in the fridge and they are good....very good.

I hot pack but don't use the pressure cooker. I pickle beets.....onions.....red cabbage....and though I don;t grow 'em...while I'm packin I buy some pineapples and pickle those as well. Just kill.

We use the same basic grinder...a manual one, not the electric model. Good stuff.
If you get the OPALKA, you'll be done with ROMA'S. :)
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I live in the city and don't have a way to really plant in ground so I do container planting. I love sweet peppers and live in the Midwest and the one sweet pepper that never ever lets me down is Carmen. Last year was ridiculously wet and cold and foggy where I lived and that was still blowing away every type of pepper I grew other than Thai peppers for stir fry.
 

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A lot of those are OG! Fuck yeah!
Yeah I like that, I think it's their designation for Organic. All or at least most of their seeds are produced by mom and pop operations that are dedicated to the variety they make seeds for, I love supporting that.
Just ordered a few more packs.........

758A - Emerald Archer - Organic Shell Peas (2oz) 1 x $2.50 = $2.50
822A - Blizzard - Organic Snow Peas (2oz) 1 x $2.90 = $2.90
1046A - Sunsweet - Sustainably Grown Red & Pink Flesh (1/16oz) 1 x $2.20 = $2.20
1434A - Cocozelle Zucchini (1/8oz) 1 x $1.60 = $1.60
2243B - Cheriette Radishes (1/2oz) 1 x $5.60 = $5.60
2719A - Bronze Arrowhead Oakleaf Lettuce (1g) 1 x $2.29 = $2.29
2791A - Tango - Organic Looseleaf Lettuce (1g) 1 x $2.29 = $2.29
2793A - Dark Lollo Rossa - Organic Lollo Rosso Lettuce (1g) 1 x $2.40 = $2.40
2795A - Lollo di Vino - Organic Lollo Rosso Lettuce (1g) 1 x $3.00 = $3.00
2803A - Tom Thumb Butterhead Lettuce (1g) 1 x $1.90 = $1.90
3716A - Revolution Sweet Bells (20 seeds) 1 x $4.40 = $4.40
3834A - Early Jalapeño Hot Peppers (0.5g) 1 x $1.90 = $1.90

I admit the lettuce porn gets me everytime, lol. Fuck it's 5-6 bucks for a container @ the store(that's now full of zombie's) and the shit grows so easily.
 
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Soldaki Big Pink w/yellow tops, grows like hell but the brachs are weak and hard to support. It got removed from rotation for that reason. That's a 1 lb'er in the pic
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Mark Twain What a tomato this is. Not only produces big delicious fruit, it grows all season and I take the suckers and start a hole new patch. You need to use your suckers wisely, does not like topping, tall.
1 LB plus in pic
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I am going to tear out all of the perreneials and rose bushes beside my house and put in 2 big raised beds for veg.

I have time to do it right this year. And i am not a fan of flowers...unless they are cannabis or on a plant i want to eat. Flowers for smelling not so much.

So my mom in law will take it all and replant it at her house.

I want strawberries for sure...tomatoes cukes and i have no idea what else. I am looking forward to it. When its too hot the pool is right there.

"I hope they like to get watered with pool water...i have a few gallons to get rid of every week.

I might as well order a yard of fancy organic soil delivered and save me a pile of BS :)

I was going to buy plants but i have time and all the gear...i might as well grab some seeds and see if amazon will send them to me.

I got an emergency kit that has 40 vegtable varieties. In case of the end of the world or in this case to put it on the wheel to decide what im growing this year :)
 
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HereticCleric

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Oh cool. The region of the country makes a huge difference for vegetables. One thing I like to check out is All American Selections and see if there are winners for what I want in my region and then what I want nationally. I've never gone wrong with an AAS winner pepper or tomato, they always perform very well!


I'd like to grow some cucumbers, but I'm running out of space, I went a bit overzealous with ordering pepper plants and starting pepper plants indoors in an Aerogarden.
 

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43.3 north...its warmer than it used to be. If you have the courage cannabis can go until Nov 10 to 14ish..

The spot i will be planting is about 30 feet by 4 feet. I will probably do 3 raised beds 8 feet each so that the lumber is easier to calculate. Delivery !

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I will measure it all out tomorrow
 

Bruno8437

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I will probably do 3 raised beds 8 feet each so that the lumber is easier to calculate. Delivery !

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I will measure it all out tomorrow
I made a 4x8 raised bed from 6 pressure treated 2"x6"x8s and a box of 3" deck screws.

If you're doing 3 of these you should order 3 yards of the fancy organic or do like I did and hit up craigslist for compost.
 

H.A.F.

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My soil is great, but rocky. Hardwood leaf mulch a foot thick in places. But little granite crystals grow out of my yard when it rains - that and roots make tilling a no-go. I am trying a short raised bed with enough soil to get everything a good start, then let the roots do what they do.
 

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Cover crops are a must have. Here's a 5 x 8 Tomato bed, that was planted with Hairy Vetch the previous fall. This is May 1 from last year. A lot of material.
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The adjacent bed with the black plastic, got planted with beans. I cover the chopped bean crop w/ fabric and it's a virtual worm smorgasbord under there.
I don't turn the vetch into the soil. I cut it off at ground level with a pair of hedge shears and leave it there. Plant tomatos right into it. This is what's on the bottom of the Hairy Vetch roots.
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Those white nodules are nitrogen. It's no till. The worms eat all the vetch off the surface and the roots. I usually have to mulch past mid season because it's gone.
Hairy vetch= practically free soil improvement!
 

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Wow i just have 3 different varieties of watermelon, gost peppers, green hatch, chile picine, habanero, tabasco, little Thailand peppers and some tomatoes garlic, onions, celantro,basil, rosemary, and 4 varieties of poppies one asian and 2 old Afghan and a red asian×white persian 10th year of selective breeding for fun they are bullet proof and a guarantee every year along with potatoes
 

H.A.F.

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Got a late start, but here's my garden this year unless I pick up some "already plants" from the Casa De Pot
Planted year old tomato, pepper and tomatillo, some of everything popped, no clue which peppers made it, I have a few "Hillbilly Tomatoes" and a few Mortgage-lifter's. Both just standard slicing tomatoes.
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I also have a selection of last years "fuckit" herbs. I snipped everything almost to the dirt before the first freeze, and just covered them with leaves.
Parsley survived
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Oregano did better than survive,
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And this is a cutting I took off the re-potted thyme in the background. That thing took off!
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Last, I kept these outside all winter as well. green onions from seed. Every time there was a frost I snipped all the tops.
The ladybug is now in my tent :)
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