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Imagestarlight1153
Aug 5, 2014 6:11 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Other thread was getting long again, so here we go with a new one.

We came from here: http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/79134/

Not a Piggy swap member. That ok, feel free to jump in and join the gang. Or sit back, relax and read along. Feel free at anytime to add to the conversations.

Welcome all!
Imagestarlight1153
Aug 5, 2014 6:42 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Jonna... Glad to see you around. Hope you are taking it easy and relaxing while you heal.

Joseph... Racoons.... I am surprised you have any critters, other than bugs, since you have open fields. I sure wouldn't let them get my crop if I could help it in any way. The more they eat the more they will make babies.

I finally got to pick some peppers yesterday. On some of the plants I only have one ripe for seed pepper so far, but it finally felt good to be able to pick something for a change. Hurray!

Has anybody ever made Salsa or pepper sauce or pepper jelly from sweet peppers before? If so do you happen to have a recipe to share or two. I don't think I have even ever seen sweet pepper in those forms before. It always has just been with hot ones.

Posion.... Have you found any seeds on your Lavender Pink Elegance yet? I keep looking , but so far I haven't found anything unless they hiding. I remember the seed from Chelle was small, but not so small you couldn't see or easily handle it.

Imagewildflowers
Aug 5, 2014 7:31 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I'm here. Ella, I think I have a recipe for your sweet peppers in my Ball canning book... I'll go see. I've made hot pepper jelly many times, but not sweet. Maybe you could use the same recipes for either?

Andi, so sorry for your sad news about Bella's passing; but she was with you and went in peace. Group hug

FAITH over fear!

Imagejoseph
Aug 5, 2014 8:33 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

We've been having monsoonal weather the last two weeks. Nice to not have to keep to such a rigid irrigation schedule. I'm sure letting the weeds go though. My truck has been broke down the whole growing season. I sure am missing it.

The dahlias are blooming that were planted from tubers. The seed grown dahlias will probably be blooming next time I visit the garden. Thanks for sharing seeds and tubers! Some of these are exactly what I was after as far as flower shape. Still to be seen about how productive the tubers are.

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagewildflowers
Aug 5, 2014 8:53 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Looking good Joseph! Ears perked up! Interested in seeing how the tubers do.

Ella, here ya go. This was the only one for sweet peppers. The recipe still calls for a jalepeno, which I think could easily be omitted. Also, I used my following abbreviations ~
T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon
C = Cup

Green Pepper Jelly
7 sweet green peppers
1 jalepeno pepper
1 1/2 C cider vinegar, divided
1 1/2 C apple juice
6 T Ball Classic Pectin
1/2 t salt
5 C sugar
Green food coloring (optional)

To Prepare Juice: Wash peppers; remove stems and seeds. Cut peppers into 1/2-inch pieces. Puree half the peppers and 3/4 C vinegar in a food processor or blender. Puree remaining peppers and vinegar. Combine puree and apple juice in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Strain pureed mixture through a damp jelly bag or several layers of cheesecloth. Measure 4 cups juice. If needed, add additional apple juice to make 4 cups.

To Make Jelly: Combine juice, classic pectin and salt in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Stir in a few drops of food coloring, if desired. Ladle hot jelly into hot prepared jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Recipe variations: Substitute sweet red, orange or yellow peppers and red, orange or yellow food coloring.
FAITH over fear!

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ImageMistirose
Aug 5, 2014 10:43 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Christine, you are welcome to add that to our recipes section under grow your own groceries in my forum if you would like. Sounds like a good one to try! I agree

I have also posted one from the pickyourown.org website http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/78417/

SCbuttercup
Aug 6, 2014 3:29 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Oh dear with all the seeds I already have I just ordered some tomatoes from tomatofest which I just discovered. They have big packets so I'll have some to trade, was dreaming of what to grow next year.
Imagewildflowers
Aug 6, 2014 6:16 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Okay misti, done. I think I fixed all my type-O's too. Whistling

FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Aug 6, 2014 7:32 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
lol looks wonderful Christine! thank you for sharing it Thumbs up

ohhh Judy, can't wait to see what you have to share! Hurray!
ImageMistirose
Aug 6, 2014 2:52 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Anyone else have any recipes they would like to share using food from their gardens? Come on over and post them Thumbs up
ImageAndi
Aug 7, 2014 10:17 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Thanks for your sympathy. I am thinking of adding a pair of kittens or a puppy to the household. Winston the pug doesn't mind friendly cats. He can be unpredictable with dogs, especially other males. I wish that I had some garden food to cook and eat. My tomatoes are starting to turn yellow. I ate one small Carmen pepper - and saved the seeds. I have two small eggplants in my potted eggplant. I am glad that it is surviving after the deer nibbled the top leaves. On the bright side, although the veggies are late, there aren't many bugs this year.

I like grilled peppers. I cut them in half, remove the seeds, brush both sides with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and grill the skin side without turning the pepper.

I love the dahlias Joseph. They are beautiful. I am not sure how the tubers taste, but the flowers are a feast for the eyes. You could probably sell bouquets on market day, but then you wouldn't get seeds.
Imagestarlight1153
Aug 7, 2014 5:48 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I feel like a giant sweat mess. I love the heat but these 100+days and humidity are literally draining all the energy right out of me and the plants. Hopefully we only will have a few more weeks of it and than cooler temps will be moving in. Love them 80F days.

Wild.. thanks for the recipe and you to Misti. Gonna give them both a try.

Joseph. ... What pretty Dahlias. Those look like the decorative ones. Yep you could maybe save a few blooms for seed and take the rest as a small bouquet maybe with some other flowers to sell at the market. I hope the tubers are tasty and that you don't get a tummy ache from them. I still can't wrap my brain around eating them. Maybe it's because of considering them as a decorative flower for so long.

One of the things though that does cross my mind is the fact that is they are edible with no bad after effects than maybe the tubers could be used not only as an edible food, but used to produce other good plant based products, say for shampoo for instance. I would rather use a Dahlia shampoo on my head than the bamboo a lot of folks are using now.

Oh WIld..... Before I forget.... You was right. Even though I scouted and scouted and didn't find the first tomato hornworm, tonight I went out to water and I was standing back and happened to notice a bunch of white on one of the stems almost hidden by a leaf. I said darn got me a bunch of scale and went to go and squish it all and pulled my fingers back at the last second. I said that's not scale, boy oh boy that a ton of eggs and was wondering what insect had laid so many eggs and was starting to go through my head for size and color and pattern when I saw the eggs move.

Wasn't scale I was looking at but this:

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Normally when I find a hornworm I pull it off and squish it or throw it off in the back field for the birds to eat, but this hornworm gets to munch a bit longer on the plant unless a bird finds him first as every one of those eggs is a beneficial wasp. Hurray! Been awhile since I have seen the wasp eggs. Usually I find them enbedded on the backs of the inch worms that love to devour the snapdragons.


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Imagewildflowers
Aug 7, 2014 7:11 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Oh yeah, I see a parasitized tomato hornworm. Thumbs up

Stink bugs are starting to show up on the tomato plants here... which usually happens at the end of the growing season, it seems.

Judy, thanks for posting your recipe for summer squash; there's plenty of that still growing and always looking for new ways to prepare it!
FAITH over fear!

SCbuttercup
Aug 7, 2014 9:24 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
Starlight, all those wasp eggs, very good!
I found a colony of leaf footed bugs on some milkweed pods, it was easy enough to dunk the pods in soapy water and take down the entire generation. Then I found some adults lurking in the potted hot peppers on deck and also sprayed with soapy water and did away with them. No more to be found, it will be nice if I've broken the cycle, they. Used to really bother my late tomatoes, maybe not this year.
ImageMistirose
Aug 7, 2014 9:33 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
wow this is a great disappointment, I really liked the idea of the seed libraries when I first saw it in my Urban Farmer magazine
http://www.naturalnews.com/046361_agri-terrorism_heirloom_se...

Seems a lot of us have a new label now Shrug!
ImageAndi
Aug 8, 2014 9:13 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
That is crazy. What a waste of tax dollars.

Imagewildflowers
Aug 8, 2014 10:06 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Crazy to down right depressing & a waste! I did further searching on that site and it got worse! What's going on in Michigan? it's even more terrible what they are doing to pigs/farmers!
FAITH over fear!

ImageMistirose
Aug 8, 2014 10:37 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yea I know Christine, its really sad what they are doing. I wholeheartedly agree.
Imagegreene
Aug 8, 2014 1:38 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
The main problem I see is that they were doing this in an actual library which probably receives, at least in part, federal funding.
If they would move the seed library to a church or to a private residence, change the name to something like 'seed exchange', and keep a low profile it should still work. It is a good idea. Alternately, they could become a registered non-profit organization, like Seed Savers Exchange.

Imagejoseph
Aug 9, 2014 12:50 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Woo Hoo Star! I finally jumped out of my skin in the garden for a legitimate purpose.... When I was picking corn today I discovered the animal that ate my entire first crop of corn: A skunk!!!
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse

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