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General Discussion / county fair time
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:13:47 AM »
it's that time of year!  we are taking the little one to the cabarrus county fair this week.  we went to our local one last year and wanted to try a new one this year!  it looks like it should be much more fun than our local one was.  the little one is very excited to see the pigs race. lol.

https://www.cabarruscountyfair.com/

does anyone on here enter their fruit/veg/animals/baked goods in the county fair?   do you go to your local county fair?



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Happy Hour / happy left handers day!
« on: August 13, 2017, 11:41:45 AM »
it's a day to celebrate being left handed! 

Happy Left Hander's Day!

from this lefty to all my fellow lefty gardeners  :)

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Tools and Equipment / riding lawn mower canopy
« on: August 06, 2017, 04:42:12 PM »
hi everyone.  i have a riding mower that i am looking to build a (for lack of a better word ) cabin for.  i looked online but the only ones i have seen are pretty much a top canopy that secures behind the seat.  i want to build more of a structure that will enclose the seat area and let me put some sort of netting over it that will keep the sun off of me plus keep the grass/dust from getting to me as bad.  i have tried wearing long sleeves, a hat and a mask, but it makes it even hotter when you try to mow. 

i am going to mow tomorrow before the rains move in this week.  i am going to see if the mower has any built in support spots like the john deeres do.  i think i would be ok making something out of pvc that would work.

i would like to know if any of you have tried to make a 'cabin' for your riding mower and any suggestion on what type of netting you would use.  i do have one of those magnetic screens i found on clearance that self close that i can use on one side to make getting on/off easier.  i have a roll of screening i got at a yard sale way back...do you think that would work?  any suggestion on what to use for the shade portion?

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Good Stuff to Know / fertilizer types and characteristics
« on: July 28, 2017, 10:23:04 AM »
i found this link while researching something for here on the boards.  this was an excellent resource for the types and main components of the fertilizers sold today and what each type does to the soil.

http://passel.unl.edu/pages/informationmodule.php?idinformationmodule=1130447045&topicorder=1&maxto=7&minto=1

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New Videos / 1940 gardening video
« on: June 23, 2017, 04:50:08 PM »
This is a video about a young brother and sister who start a backyard garden and follows them all the way through harvest.

I have watched it twice now...I love these old videos!  I am still trying to figure out what the narrator said about the potato beetles.  I think he said the kid sprayed with lead based something! 

https://youtu.be/oz2Z_w7miRk

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Recipes / zucchini brownies
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:56:44 AM »
found this online when i was looking for things to make with zucchini.  gonna try it today.  got great reviews on allrecipes.  the comments recommended dusting the pan with coco powder vs. flour and that they really didn't need the icing.  they also mention to not freak out if the batter is really dry as the zucchini gives off water as they bake.  most of the reviews said they were super moist.

    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 1/2 cups white sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 cups shredded zucchini
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
   
 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/4 cup margarine
    2 cups confectioners' sugar
    1/4 cup milk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract




    Prep
    15 m

    Cook
    30 m

    Ready In
    45 m

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking soda and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Fold in the zucchini and walnuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies spring back when gently touched.

To make the frosting, melt together the 6 tablespoons of cocoa and margarine; set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, blend together the confectioners' sugar, milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in the cocoa mixture. Spread over cooled brownies before cutting into squares.

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General Discussion / pruning zucchini?
« on: June 03, 2017, 08:40:42 AM »
hi.  i have a zucchini plant (pic attached) in my makeshift raised bed.  it has gotten really big...like prob 3+ ft wide and 2+ ft tall.   there are lots of really large leaves.  i do have zucchini set in there.  when the first ones set on it was not so big. now there are so many stems in there that i am afraid the zucchini that are coming on now won't have room to grow.

i tried reading up on this subject, but am getting conflicting info.  some sites say don't prune as the leaves keep the flowers from getting too hot to set...some say prune so the sun can get to the zucchini or they won't grow. 

i would appreciate some feedback from anyone who grows zucchini to see if they prune or not.  if you do prune, how do you do it? or will they find a way and leave as is?


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Happy Hour / the book promo mags you get in the mail
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:49:48 PM »
my aunt sent me one of those little booklets that you get in the mail that promo a publisher's latest/upcoming 'gardening helpful hints' book.  i have a few that other family members have passed on.

i do keep them.  out of the entire thing they may provide 1 or 2 actual hints, but all the 'learn how to...' info pieces usually get me looking up info on the web.  i generally learn at least a couple of things that i have not tried before.

this book was no different.  i did read up on

-using foil to make your own seed starters/wrapping the base of your toms to deter cutters/reflecting light onto toms

-basil has natural insect repellant.  brew some like sun tea, strain, add some dish soap and spray away

-grind up orange rind in a blender, add water and then dump on ant hills

-you can do a homemade ph test using 2 dirt samples, vinegar and baking soda.

does anyone else get these books?  have you found anything useful in them?  have you look up the 'hints' that they hint at?



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Recipes / easy cowboy beans
« on: May 01, 2017, 05:59:03 AM »
tonight for dinner i am going to make my really easy version of cowboy beans.  i have made this the old fashioned way with dried beans in the crock pot and such...but really, i didn't like it any better...lol.  So this is the 'I want to have it for dinner shortly and don't have 12 hrs of crock pot time' version.


In a pot, fry off and drain 1# of ground beef
add 1 or 2 chopped onions (depending on how much you like onion)
cook until the onions soften

add:
1 large can of Bush's vegetarian beans or the canned baked beans of your choice
1 can of kidney beans (drained)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black powder (or to your taste)
1 squirt of pancake syrup
1 squirt of spicy brown mustard

That's it!  We eat them with corn bread or a roll. 

If you have a version of this, I would love to hear about it!

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Recipes / summer desserts
« on: April 29, 2017, 10:36:37 AM »
i was reading over the recipe thread looking for good ideas for dinner and read jo-ann's ice box pie (which i am going to try).  it made me think of light desserts that are good for summer.  if you have one, please post it below!

i recently made what we called 'grandma's fancy salad'.  she used to make it in a jello mold every holiday.  it is not too sweet and light and fluffy.

in a medium bowl mix

3 oz cream cheese
1 tablespoon mayo


cream it together until well blended and smooth.

add

1 large can drained, crushed pineapple (you can use any fruit you like as long as it is drained if canned)

mix it in until everything is blended

fold in (with a spatula)

1 large container of cool whip

once everything is mixed up you can either leave in the bowl or put into a plastic jello mold.  chill til cold.  serve.

if you use the mold, either lightly spray with veg spray or try dipping the bottom in warm water just before you turn out on to a plate.

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Happy Hour / license plate stolen
« on: April 28, 2017, 04:50:32 PM »
so...hub just called.  he came out of wal mart and someone had stolen our license plate.  :(

he called the cops and they are putting in a report, but now we get to pay to replace it and we pretty much can't drive our car all weekend until monday when the dmv opens.  :(

i was looking online for locking plates or anti theft screws.  does anyone on here use these types of products? 

any info is appreciated!

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Happy Hour / weird food combos you would not think go together but do
« on: April 26, 2017, 10:59:57 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I was watching a video on you tube yesterday about weird food combos that you would not think go together, but sorta do.  It made me think of things that I have eaten that others may not based on their geography or food heritage.  I am always looking for new flavor combos, so let me know if you have any favorite things.

-The first time my husband saw me dip a baby carrot into a dob of peanut butter he looked at me like I had 2 heads..lol.  It is so good!
(And this from the man I have seen dip his chicken tender in a blob of grape jelly when they forgot to give him a sauce pack)

-I buy the Aldi brand little single serve chicken salads that have cranberries in them.  Last week I was out of the little wheat crackers that I normally spread this on, so I grabbed one of the single serve bags of ranch doritos that I buy for my husband's lunches.  i figured it was crunchy and maybe the sweet of the chicken salad would work with the salty chips--or maybe it would just be gross lol.
Guess what-it did!  It was delicious! 

-When my older daughter was young she used always ask for an onion bagel and a cup of cocoa after she was out playing in the snow. She used to dip her buttered onion bagel into her cocoa.  She still does this on occasion.  I have tried a bite of it when she did it.  It is not horrible, but not my cup of tea.

-Sometimes, when I make meatloaf and mashed potatoes, I smear the mashed into some of the leftover ketchup on the plate that came off the meatloaf.  So good!

Dang, I better go make some lunch.  LOL.  Now I am hungry.


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Good Stuff to Know / weeds of the southern united states
« on: April 15, 2017, 04:00:40 PM »
found this online.  it lists and shows many of the common weeds of the south.  thought it could be of use.

http://nfbfg.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/WeedsoftheSouthernUnitedStates.pdf

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Happy Hour / burn barrels
« on: February 24, 2017, 05:10:13 PM »
hi all

i chiseled the top off an oil drum and want to use it as a burn barrel.  i have been looking online regarding air/water holes and trying to decide best places/how many.  i have seen a lot of conflicting info.

if anyone currently uses a burn barrel, i would appreciate some info.  where are the air holes?  how many? what do you use as a top screen?

thanks so much!
michelle

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General Discussion / grow bags...the good, the bad and the useless
« on: January 16, 2017, 01:27:41 PM »
Hi All,

I was looking online at grow bags.  There seem to be several different kinds out there made from anything from very thin plastic to double layer felt.   I saw an interesting video on how to make them out of landscape fabric. 

I am hoping that anyone who has used them in the past can give some insight as to what type they use/have used and how they performed. 

Thanks!

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Recipes / christmas cookies/holiday baking
« on: December 14, 2016, 03:22:56 PM »
I am in the mood to start my holiday baking!  I have several types of cookies that are family favorites, but I am looking to get out of the cookie rut.

I would love to have any suggestions on your family's favorite cookies, unusual cookies you make or any holiday desserts that are a  favorite for your family.  Recipes would be greatly appreciated!

There is one type of cookie that my older daughter asks me to make every year.  They are a ton of work, so I generally only make them at Christmas time. 

Ingredients:
2 bags semi sweet chocolate chips
paraffin wax (optional, but recommended)
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, either will work)
1 cup 10x sugar (powdered sugar/confection sugar)
2 TEASPOONS butter or margarine (careful, that is teaspoon! 2 teaspoons is just shy of 1 tablespoon...NOT 2 TABLESPOONS)
1 and 1/2 cup rice crispies cereal

Step 1: making the middles
mix peanut butter and margarine together until blended.
add sugar until well blended
stir in rice crispies until well mixed
roll into balls.  (i tend to make mine the size of walnut) 

i roll my middles and put them on a cookie sheet with parchment on it.  i put them in the fridge until i am ready for step 3.

Step 2: melting the chocolate
As long as you are using semi-sweet chocolate chips, there is enough wax in them to just use them as is. 
I tend to grate in about 1/4 cup of food grade paraffin (canning) wax.  This helps the chocolate to set up firm and gives a nice shiny appearance.

Put a couple of inches of water into a large saucepan.  Bring to a simmer.  Set a large glass mixing bowl into the opening of the pan.  This makes a double boiler.  Using a larger bowl will seal the steam in the pan and keep it from condensing over the edge of the bowl and causing your chocolate to seize.

Put the chocolate chips/paraffin into the bowl and stir to melt.

Step 3: coating the middles
Take the middles out of the fridge and set close to your stove.   Start with the ball farthest from your chocolate and gently drop it into the chocolate.  I use a spoon to quickly cover the ball with chocolate and then use a fork to lift it out.  Let it drip a second to get the excess chocolate off and then set back into its place on the cookie tray.  This gives it a place to cool and set up.

Let these cool completely before eating. 



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Happy Hour / answer a question...ask a question -gardening edition
« on: November 14, 2016, 08:26:33 AM »
I thought this would be a fun post.  The idea is you answer the question from the last posting in the thread and then you ask a question for the next poster to answer. 

I will start the questions:

If you were told you could grow only 1 type of fruit/veg for the rest of your gardening days...what would it be?

(so the next person to post answers that question then writes a question for someone else to answer next)


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Recipes / green tomato recipes
« on: October 24, 2016, 05:01:08 PM »
My hub's aunt dropped off an entire ice cream bucket of green cherry tomatoes today.  They were what was left on the vines when she pulled them out yesterday.  I was not actually sure what to do with them.  I googled and found 2 options...salsa verde or green tomato cake.  I chose the cake.  It is sort of like a zucchini bread/spice cake combo.

3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs-lightly beaten
1 cup veg oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chopped green tomatoes *

*the tomatoes i pulled off the stems, washed and put through the food processor.  Let them drain for 1/2 hour and then measure out.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl  (egg/oil/vanilla)
Add wet mixture to the dry mixture
Stir just until moistened
Fold in tomatoes (you can add pecans too...but I am allergic so I did not)
Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans
Bake at 350 until a knife comes out clean. 
Cool in the pan 10 minutes and then take out to a wire rack to finish cooling.

I have another 2 cups of pureed tomato in the freezer for when I want to make this again.

I would love to hear about other recipes.  I had also seen pickled green cherry tomatoes.  Has anyone made these?  How were they?



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General Discussion / unusal veg
« on: September 26, 2016, 11:39:13 AM »
I was on youtube today and saw a video about a plant called the cucamelon.  They look like a baby watermelon, but from what I read online taste more like a cucumber with a bit of a sour lime afterbite.  Someone said if you let them sit after you pick them they will sweeten up a bit.   The video indicated they are more disease resistant than a regular cuke.  My little one loves cukes and anything tart like pickles or vinegar bbq chips, so thought she may like them.

I am thinking of ordering some seeds to plant in spring.  The video said it takes up to a month for them to germinate.  Would start it indoors in early spring and plant out after frost. 

Has anyone grown these or ever eaten them?  I would appreciate some first hand info.

Also, if anyone has any good suggestions on some 'not so run of the mill' items I can plant indoors or in spring, please feel free to share a bit of info on them so we can all find new and interesting things to plant.  :)

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General Discussion / household stuff you use for gardening
« on: September 07, 2016, 06:49:35 AM »
I try to use things I have around to do my gardening.  I was curious if anyone else uses household stuff too for their gardening.  I also thought it would be a good resource for folks who may want to get into gardening but want to try without dropping a ton of cash at the big box store to do so. 

For example, my little one loves strawberries.  I have found the empty plastic strawberry bin is really great for seed starting.  They already have drainage holes, they are  clear and have a fold over lid that keeps the birds from getting my seeds.  they are like little greenhouses for seed starting!


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