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Originally posted by spacedoubt
Nice work 12m8keall2c.
Any issues with deer?
Originally posted by MajorMalfunction
And speaking of corn, I think you need to watch out for He Who Walks Behind the Rows.
By far, the best way to deal with Japanese beetles, especially if you want to do things the Green way, is to target the grub stage. Two products which are well suited to taking out the larvae are Bacillus popilliae, also know as milky spore disease, and parasitic nematodes, specifically the Heterorhabditis bacteriophora species.
Originally posted by Diseria
Mmmmmmm.... zucchini bread..... *drools*
Your garden is beautiful!! (And I'm glad someone else asked about the rabbits, cuz I saw the lack of fencing in some places and... I just can't imagine NOT having a fence... between rabbits and cats, the garden would be a pile o' dirt!)
Question: Are you starting your crops with heirloom seeds?
(I only ask because, as I found out from the book below, if you save genetically modified seeds, you can get into trouble! )
My venture is to go self-sufficient. I refused to water my flowers this summer, and they've done reasonably well. I will not use fertilizers (beyond coffee grounds, crushed egg shells, and mulch), and I'll set up camp if beetles or mites come by...
While I'm thinking of it, check out Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingslover. "Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingslover and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it." I'm about half-way thru, and now I really really want spring to be here already!
And if you're nutty for weird foods, check out the Seed Savers Exchange. Free catalog filled with so many food that I've never even thought of... purple carrots, yellow tomatoes, pepper plants that grow in pots with little iddy biddy peppers all over! (it proves that God tested his stashes... )
Any chance we gardeners might get our own forum?
Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
Ahhh .. too bad you couldn't have been here yesterday.
Jeanie made 5 loaves of zucchini bread, 6 banana (1 for me with black walnuts), and 7 strawberry. The zukes were from the garden and the strawberries came from a local "pick your own". Of course, the bananas were store bought and left to ripen ... near rot. Talk about good. I'll see if I can sneak you her recipes, otherwise I'd find myself suffering from lackanookie ... if she found out.
I've setup a propane heater and gro lights down in shed so that next year I'll be able to have everything started well in advance. Can't wait.
Originally posted by 12m8keall2c Not that big a deal, they're more a personal-sized loaf. 6X4X3 roughly. They seem to come out better that way. Fully cooked, yet still remain moist throughout. IMO, there's nothing worse than "cookie dough" like innards, when it comes to these types of breads.
I was teasing a bit with regards to "sneaking the recipes", though she did give me "one of those looks" when I mentioned such.
Keep an eye on your inbox over the next few days, she works all three.
On a side note:
Did you know that you can "can" breads? Later, they're as fresh as the day you made them. Wide-mouth quart mason jars are the ticket. They can even be shipped.