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Homesteading Skills / Canning failure
« on: September 25, 2017, 10:50:39 AM »
We have canned all of the tomatoes that we need, an gave away a truckload or two, but our tomatoes are still producing an mom is making tomatoe gravy for herself an me, an I said to her that I wondered if you could can tomato gravy.   Well the next time she made gravy she bottled a pint an water bathed it for a short time.  She showed it to me but I didn't take it home at that time.  Several days later mom started smelling something rotten an it was that pint of gravy!   When we talked about it I had told her we should look up the recipe in a canning book, but she didn't an luckily the jar went nasty before the I was killed!   So until I look at the proper way to do it I will have to make my own. 

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General Discussion / Hover flies?
« on: September 19, 2017, 03:16:25 PM »
The last two years we have had a ton of hover flys in an around the garden.  They look very much like what we used to call sweat bee's which would sting or bit when they landed on ya.  I looked up these hover flys an they are supposed to be good pollinators, so I try not to get them when I sprayed.  Last year I visited a guy about 75 miles away in Illinois an they had more hoverflys than we have.  Is this something that is wide spread?   

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Recipes / Cream style vegetable soup without the cream
« on: September 18, 2017, 01:21:02 PM »
I been making this versital soup recipe for years.
Vegetable of choice, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc
Potatoes
Chicken broth or water

Use twice as much veggie of choice as potatoe add to your soup pot an add broth to Just cover the potato an veggie.  Bring to a boil an cook until the potatoes are tender. Use a stick blender in the pan to blend until smooth an your done.  The starch in the potatoes will thicken the soup.  I do add a little milk to give it a richer taste an texture but it is not nessary. Season to taste. 

I used up a bunch of celery that needed to be used yesterday but I only had red potatoes on hand an russet potatoes do a much better job thickening because of their higher starch content. 

This is easy as, an just about any veggie can b used. 

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General Discussion / Things that I have learned from Donald, an this forum
« on: September 06, 2017, 08:18:52 AM »
I have been thinking about writing this for a while, because of how well our garden has produced not just this year but since I have been reading this forum an watching videos. 
On a normal year our tomatoes would be history by now, but with information I learned here, they are still mostly healthy, an still producing.  Last week we pick nearly a bushel of maters every other day off of 35 plants.  The weather has slowed them down but we picked nearly 2 pecks yesterday.  I tribute this to learning to use high nitrogen fertilizer every couple weeks, an copper spray to control disease, our tomatoes look healthy this year rather than the usual look like ya used a flame thrower on them. 

Mr. D your videos on the proper way to fertilize has greatly increased our whole gardens production.  Two years ago my brother was giving me a hard time because I was tilling the corn stalks back into the soil, rather than pulling them an taking them to the woods to dump as they had been doing for 30 years.  Mom told him to back off cause we had 2 ears of corn on most ever stalk an she hadn't seen that in many years.

We have started using raised beds, for radishes, leaf lettuce, an spinach, with good to great success too.  I am trying to convince the family that this will be the way to have a few vegetables when mom is no longer able to have her garden, but it is a work in progress. 

So thanks to you Mr. D. an the forum members for the knowledge, guidance, and videos, an friendship as y"all have made me a better gardener over these last few years. 

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General Discussion / My phone took a dive
« on: August 21, 2017, 05:40:50 PM »
I know that this topic has nothing to do with gardens an such but I know heaps of members an I thought that I would reach the most on the general topics thread.   I have lost all of my contact info in my dogs water dish this morning an I would appreciate a PM or a phone call so I can get back the info. 

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Happy Hour / Wireless dog fence?
« on: August 14, 2017, 02:58:29 PM »
I have been trying to train my city dog to be a farm dog so she can be off the hook while I am outside.  The training seemed to be going good, but she has reverted to the old city ways an has taken off into the wild, an that in itself wouldn't be bad except she doesn't come when called a we have a health population of coyotes on the farm.  Since I move around I would like to use a wireless dog fence, do any of you have any experience with the wireless systems?   

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General Discussion / New to me planter an system
« on: August 11, 2017, 10:52:49 PM »
I am sorry that this is on FaceBook as I know many on here are not on FB, but it is really late an I think maybe some one will know more.  https://www.facebook.com/TechInsiderUK/?hc_ref=ARSCFKsY2Fqwh10LamZi6Q5KZ1EUFptilOWzd1E3LgI3senL_1HxCJ-piot2_3T9Sh0&fref=nf

I tried the link an you have to scroll down to where it says "hand powered machine" 

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General Discussion / When to pick watermelon?
« on: August 02, 2017, 07:21:44 AM »
This is our third year of growing melons, an we have yet found a reliable way to tell when the melon needs to be harvested.  We picked our first one the other day an it was just past perfect but still sweet.  I used the dried trindle thing which seems to be the preferred way, but am i missing a better way?

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Recipes / Looking for a copy cat V8 recipe?
« on: July 25, 2017, 10:29:07 AM »
Does anyone make their own V8 juice care to share their recipe. 

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General Discussion / Someone picked our tomatoes
« on: July 24, 2017, 10:23:30 PM »
We picked tomatoes last Friday an like many of you we pick tomatoes that are turning red be not fully ripe so we reduce damage from birds an bugs, but there are always tomatoes that are just starting to turn, but not enough to pick.  Well this morning as usual we are expecting to have many of those tomatoes ready this morning, but not one tomato with any color in the garden!  I looked for foot prints an found one that was odd, so we have a midnight gardener helping their selves.   I guess planting the tomatoes very close to the road was not a good idea. 

I took part of my frustration out on another garden thief this evening with a pellet rifle.  One less bunny munching on our garden.  The little blighters were eating one of the biggest watermelons or at least the rind.   

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The Range / Dock / Big Iron 6 shooter
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:13:44 PM »
Not as fancy as all of the others posted here, but mine has the biggest bore!  The grin on her face lets you know she mean business.

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Recipes / Hot pepper freezer jam
« on: July 17, 2017, 07:27:52 AM »
http://www.ms-notsoperfect.com/2011/05/jalapeno-freezer-jelly.html?m=1  I made this recipe while with my grandkids because they are pepper heads, an I had a recipe that uses pepper jam on chicken that I wanted to make for them. We left the seeds in as the author said to make it hotter.  Just another way to use your pepper crop.

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General Discussion / I am confused!
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:59:07 PM »
As many of you know I move around the country more than most an so I keep several locations weather on my phone so I can keep track of the weather.  For the last couple months Terre Haute has been at or above the tempature of Eunice, LA an the pattern continues for the next week at least.  So my confusion is why are the southern gardens shutting down, when our gardens are just starting to produce?   We don't see much growth in field crops or gardens until we get temps in the 80's an 90's but y'all are pulling the plug on you gardens. 
I am sure someone will be able to set my simple mind at ease.   

Oh by the way last week I was on the south shore of Lake Superior where day time temps are still in the 50's an 60's an those folks are basking in the warmth. 

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Recipes / Cooking sweetcorn for a big crowd.
« on: July 12, 2017, 08:09:29 PM »
This is a techneic more than a recipe, but I have never seen this mentioned anywhere before. 

To cook corn on the cob for a big crowd, you need a large ice chest, an a way to heat an handle boiling water.  Clean an silk the corn an place it in the cooler.  Heat enough water to cover the corn in the cooler, an once the water comes to a rolling boil dump it into the cooler with the corn an close the lid.  Wait for 30 minutes an you have cooked corn on the cob for a big crowd!  My daughter an son in law did 30 ears of corn this way for a 7/4 party an said it was cooked perfictly an was gone in less than 10 minutes.   
I had never heard of this an it seems like a no brainer, so get plenty of salt an butter ready! 

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General Discussion / Oh man!
« on: July 11, 2017, 07:11:09 PM »
I got home from being away for 2 weeks an I had my first garden tomato an 4 ears of sweetcorn for dinner tonight.  Is there anything as good as your first tomatoes an corn of the season?  I will ever in the garden early to see what needs attention early in the AM! 

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General Discussion / Eggplant blossoms but doesn't set fruit?
« on: June 02, 2017, 06:17:59 AM »
I helped a gal south of Crowley plant her first garden.  She wanted eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra.  Everything is producing reasonably well but the eggplant.  She tells me that it has lots of blossoms but they wither an fall off with no fruit?  She has fertilized once with water souluable fertilizer.  I have never raised eggplant so I don't have a clue, so any ideas?  So far she is happy with her garden experiment an like everyone knows on the forum fresh veggies that you raise are great. 


I being a northern gardener didn't think about the amount of rain y'all get so I helped her plant on the flat ground an she has had problems with the rain. 

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Happy Hour / Bummer.
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:37:13 PM »
I just got back to my motorhome from my trip north to take my work trailer back to Indiana only to discover that some low life took the two pieces of sculpture that I had left here for door prizes at the upcoming gtg.  This is only the second time that I have had art stolen from me in the many years that I have been doing this.  They will someday have to meet their maker an explain their actions then.  So I have only have to be small piece to offer as a door prize plus a hoe that I made.  Bummer. 

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General Discussion / Old strawberry patch question
« on: April 12, 2017, 06:50:38 PM »
We have a strawberry patch that has been producing for nearly 30 years with occasional transplanting. I have added some granular fertilizer the last couple of years after the picking is over, an that seems to have helped with size an production, but mom is to old an my knees don't allow getting down to reworke the patch.  My question is can I apply a liquid fertilizer like miracle grow now (just uncovered them) before they start to produce berries? 

Mom says she just wants enough berries to make her freezer jam.

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Recipes / Tomato gravy / Lousiana red gravy
« on: February 05, 2017, 10:39:25 AM »
I happened to be out of eggs an so I was thinking about going out to breakfast an go shopping but then I thought about what I had on hand, an I had all of the fixin's for tomato gravy.  Then I wondered if tomato gravy was the same as red gravy done here in Louisiana, an they are 2 different things so ya'll are missing out a great way to use your tomatoes either fresh or canned. 
Tomato gravy is made just like sausage gravy an that is some sort of fat, flour an tomatoes.  This morning I added diced bologna to the mix as I like fried bologna too. 
So start by putting some tomatoes in a skillet an cooking them for a few minutes.  Add butter or the fat of your choice, an equal amount of flour an stir until the flour has time to loose its raw taste.  Add milk (I prefer evaporated milk as its add texture) an still until it thickens.  Serve over bread, toast, or biscuits.  Variations with adding sausage, bologna, hot peppers, or Rob's spam and enjoy.   

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Recipes / Lady Cream Peas
« on: January 28, 2017, 10:46:15 AM »
The other day I went to Lafayette an run around with Ragan Gardener aka Rob an one of our stops was a a produce market.
One of my "want to do list in Louisiana" list was to try some of these different varieties of southern peas.  With that said I bought Crowder Peas, PHP with snaps, an Lady Cream Peas.  I am waiting for the temperature to warm up outside so I started a pot with some of the LCP's with some smoked sausage, onion, an jalapeno.  Smells good but I have about another hour to go.   An I will make some cornbread too.

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