Cottage Gardening forum: 2014 Seed Swap Chatter #5.........ANTICIPATION

 
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ImageMistirose
Dec 29, 2014 8:39 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I never liked how the diffusers still allowed bits in my tea so made a fabric reusable drawstring tea bag.
ImageDayjillymo
Dec 29, 2014 9:58 AM CST
Name: Jill
NW Missouri
I finally caught up to you here! Hurray!
ImageJonnaSudenius
Dec 29, 2014 12:22 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
SCbuttercup wrote:

Did anyone use their garden for handmade gifts? I welcome more ideas.


These are the gifts I make from the products of my garden:
I make liqueurs of strawberries, black and red currants, raspberries, pear, plum, hazelnuts, etc. Always a very welcome present. Hilarious!
I also make teas from a few different mints and the Calamintha grandiflora. Applepies and applejuice from the apples. And ofcourse marmalade.
I grow extra herb plants for my friends and family, who are not good in that. And I grow special herbs/plants as a present for my daughter in law, who is a wicca witch. I don't believe in wicca, but she always tells me I'm a wicca witch without knowing it Rolling on the floor laughing
And I make bouquets from cut flowers as a gift. Also packets of seeds are a very welcome present for some of my friends.
I also make an icecold summerdrink from applejuice, white wine and strawberries or raspberries. It's really a favourite of all my female friends and family.
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 29, 2014 12:33 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Ya all definitely need to go over to the Garden Cooking forum and start some threads with your recipes. Ya all have so much good information and personally I think it a shame that it not being shared. By sharing it, you teach new gardeners how to make things from their garden, expanding the horizons of using the product different ways and for other folks, it gives them new refreshing ideas they could use and try.

LOL Jonna that Applejuice and white wine with berries does sound refreshing. Pass me a pick up glass will ya. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageMistirose
Dec 29, 2014 12:43 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I also have a spot for recipes on my forum here too Whistling

http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/forums/view/mistismagnificentm...
ImageJonnaSudenius
Dec 29, 2014 2:00 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Starlight the recipe is in the Garden Cooking forum.
Misti feel free to copy and paste it to your forum
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 29, 2014 3:07 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Jonna Thank you very much. It is aprpeciated. I tip my hat to you.

Ok need some help. Can somebody please tell me difference between regular corn and flour corn? Don't wanna toss the wrong stuff.
ImageSorellina
Dec 29, 2014 3:20 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Ella-

The easiest way for me to tell between sweet eating corn and flour corn:

Sweet corn in the dry seed form have wrinkled kernels

Flour corn in the dry seed form have round kernels, usually white but Hopi Blue is another flour corn - softer than flint corn

Dent corn or Field corn has a visible dent in the middle of the kernels

Flint corn in the dry seed form have rounded glossy, often very colourful kernels - this is like the Glass Gem Corn that Joseph and I offered - I think someone also had some to share.

Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageMistirose
Dec 29, 2014 3:21 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
flour corn is a flint type. whats the name of it? should say if we google it.
ImageMistirose
Dec 29, 2014 3:22 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
oh good tips Sorellina! I agree
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 29, 2014 4:19 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I guess I should have asked is flour corn just for making flour or can it be eaten as regular corn. ??Like corn on cob or taken off cob and used in soup and such. The wish is edibles but if the flour corn only makes flour I dont want to send. Does that make sense?
Imagejoseph
Dec 29, 2014 5:04 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Any dry corn can be nixtamalized (cooked with hydroxide) and made into hominy. Hominy can be used directly in soups, or ground into masa to make things like tamales or tortillas, except that sweet corn does not have enough starch in it to make good masa.

People say that flour corns can be eaten young as sweet corn, but I haven't found one that I thought was acceptable to eat that way.

Flints are hard on grinding equipment, and they tend to stay crunchy when cooked, so I typically prefer to make masa or gruel from soft flour corns or dent corn. Most of the flints that I grow are used as animal food or popcorn.





Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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EricaBraun
Dec 29, 2014 9:08 PM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
Sorellina -- I loved the info about identifying corn kernels. I didn't realize you could tell what type of corn it is by looking at the seed. That was awesome info.
Imagepmb2005
Dec 30, 2014 7:14 AM CST
Name: Promise
Zone 7a Tennessee
Julianna, thanks for the info about corn, I had no idea you could tell what kind by looking at the seed.

Mistirose, love the idea about fabric and a draw string for tea! Last thing I need is a mint leaf hangout on my front tooth making me look like a hillbilly more than I already am. Rolling on the floor laughing Love the tips!

Jonna, your gifts sound wonderful. I can't wait for the day that I'll be able to do handmade gifts from our gardens.

Starlight, I'm going to have to look around for the recipe forum. Thanks for the heads up that it exists!

questionHow do you get your own cubits? Lovey dubby Also, what do you all think the best way to keep tabs on your gardening is? Do you write down what you are doing or do you journal? I'm going to dedicate a binder and calendar to my plantings this year. Would love to have an online journal.

Promise :)
Imagechelle
Dec 30, 2014 7:51 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
pmb2005 wrote:
questionHow do you get your own cubits? Lovey dubby



Promise, at the bottom of every page are blue links that you can use to explore...and the "About" link has a "Create Your Own Cubit" button.

Imagepmb2005
Dec 30, 2014 7:53 AM CST
Name: Promise
Zone 7a Tennessee
Did you hear me smack my forehead? lol Rolling on the floor laughing
patrob
Dec 30, 2014 7:56 AM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
Promise, have you looked at the blog feature on ATP? It's perfect for a journal. You can make it private or share it with others if you choose. https://allthingsplants.com/blogs/
Weedwhacker
Dec 30, 2014 9:36 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Gifts from the garden... I don't get nearly as creative as some of the other ideas here, but our relatives always seem pretty happy to get a jar (or two) of my homemade salsa, pickled asparagus and hot peppers, and garlic powder. Smiling

Promise -- in terms of trying to keep track of my gardening... I use a spiral notebook, and also try to keep a blog -- the problem with this being that I started one on DG, and I started one on a Cubit here, and I also started one on All Things Plants; not to mention keeping a journal of sorts on a calendar/organizer program on my computer. Blinking At any rate, though, if you create your own Cubit here you can use a "forum" (or multiple forums, if you want) for your "blog." One big advantage of an online blog/journal over a spiral notebook is being able to easily add photos.
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagepmb2005
Dec 30, 2014 10:57 AM CST
Name: Promise
Zone 7a Tennessee
patrob, I've signed up on ATP today. I need to look around that site more. Thanks for the suggestion and link! Thumbs up

Weedwacker, I can see where being spread out all over the place would be difficult. Thank you for your input. I see you have a very nice blog on ATP!!! Big Yellow Grin

Promise :)


Weedwhacker
Dec 30, 2014 11:39 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Thanks, Promise... one of these days I'm going to consolidate all of my scattered information (honest! Big Yellow Grin )
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association

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