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General Discussion / Garden Scooter Deal
« on: June 14, 2018, 08:27:06 PM »
If you are looking for a great fathers day present or just need a great deal, here is what you need.  Link:

This is an extremely well made, heavy duty garden scooter from Tractor supply. Another real deal to save my old back -- the Gorilla garden scooter from Tractor Supply for $70. I use it to pick bush beans, cucumbers, peas, squash and most vegetables low to the ground. It is very heavy duty and worth twice what they cost. I'm a big guy and it works perfectly for me. I was surprised about the quality. Check it out.

I bought it last week for me for Fathers day, as my old Ames cart broke last week picking Bush Beans and I had to have something else.  The picture on the TSC website doesn't really do it justice.

General Discussion / Okra is not producing
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:00:27 PM »
Help!!  I have NO CLUE what is happening here with the okra and I know there is a lot of experience here with this group.

I have 2 -  60 foot rows of Clemson Spineless Okra that have 3 okra pods on the the entire 120 feet and there are not many blooms.  I should have some pods being harvested by now.  The plants are about 3 ft tall and are in really good shape.  The seeds I used were saved from the harvest last year - this is the first time I have tried that.  I thought I was in good shape, but now I am concerned that I have lost 50 days and will have to replant with different seeds.

Any ideas what is going on with them and how I can get them producing?  Or do I throw in the towel and start over?


General Discussion / Zucchini Help -- what is this?
« on: June 01, 2018, 08:37:52 PM »
Hey folks.  Can you take a look at the pics of my zucchini?  It looks like some kind of mold or fungus that is growing on the stalks. There are also white spots on the fruit.  I noticed them a couple days ago and it has gotten a great deal worse in the last 2 days. The one fruit shown came off the stalk on its own.  We have had rain every day for about 8 days with a few of them being pretty heavy.

What is this and how can I get rid of it?  Can I save the plants or just need to rip them out and start again?


General Discussion / Corn is gone - again!
« on: May 30, 2018, 01:23:55 PM »
For 2 years I have planted 4 rows about 50 ft long of Ambrosia corn, which should be enough for us to have and give away.   But apparentely, I am just not destined to have a harvest of corn in my garden.  This is the 2nd straight year I have tried and have FAILED AGAIN to be able to deliver a single full ear of corn for us to eat!!! 

Last year, about 2-3 weeks from the corn being ready, a storm blew over 75-80% of the stalks.  Then the squirrels took over and finished all of them off before the rest could mature.  I chased the squirrels out and finished off a few, but they just kept on coming. 

This year something was biting off the stalks at the ground and I thought it may be rabbits or crows pulling them up and eating the kernel. I put the trail cameras in the garden to catch the culprits -- nothing. Every day I would go down to the garden and 20 or more stalks would be gone or laying on the ground.  A couple of weeks passed and still no culprit on camera.  One morning I came in from the opposite side of the garden and a stinking squirrel was running out of the garden.   He was running with a stalk of corn in his mouth that was trailing him by 2 feet.  Even carried it up the tree with him as I chased him.  Lucky for me I had the .22 with me.  Hope he enjoyed his last meal.....He had more corn than I will get to have this year.  >:( >:(      I'm sure that scene was quite comical for anyone around watching, but I wasn't in the laughing mood!!

          Where's Cousin Eddie when we need him??  He usually eats these DAMN things??? 
                                                                                         Clark W. Grizwold

I guess on the brighter side,  that will make room for another row of Blue Lake Pole beans and some Mississippi Silver Crowder peas!

Here is a picture where the squirrel feast or their Summer GTG was held. 

General Discussion / Heat pad for starting seeds
« on: February 05, 2018, 10:44:33 AM »
I've been reading a good bit lately about starting seeds and plan to try it this month.  I see that most everyone is starting them on a heat pad and lights with some type of greenhouse or containers.  I have wheeled shelving ordered from Home Depot that should be here this week and am planning on building a mobile mini greenhouse cart like the one in Mr Donald's sponsored video  -

What type heat pad are you all using and where is the best place to get a couple of them? Does anyone use a heating pad that you would use for back pain? 

I think that is the last piece I need to start making some mistakes and maybe grow a little something.  Thanks for your help!

Recipes / Gymgirl's beet top recipe
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:01:35 AM »
Copied from one of Gymgirl's posts and put it here so I can find it when the beets come up this year.  Thanks GG!

Don't forget to cook those beet greens!!!! Totally delicious sauteed in some olive oil with chopped garlic, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and about a scant 1/2 tsp. of sugar.  Add a grind of fresh black pepper.

THEN, thick slick an onion (like for onion rings), and saute the rings in olive oil with as much SALT as you can tolerate sprinkled on them.  Saute them just until they're opaque/translucent.  Leave some chew on the onions.

Top the beet greens with those onions.  OMGoodness!!!!!

Aim for a shwangy/salty balance.

General Discussion / What type plant is this?
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:09:55 PM »
I planted a row of Kale and this plant showed up and took off growing. I'm sure it is not Kale. I really don't know what it is and have not seen one before. So I wanted to see if you all could help me out and identify it.

It is a dull yellow or cream color.  The root is about the size of the circle you make with your thumb and first finger ~2 inches at the top.  The root is about 8 inches above the ground.  It has a look of a carrot but the leaves look more like a turnip - so I didn't think it was a carrot.  What do you folks think it is?  Is it edible?

Homesteading Skills / PawPaw Gene's Cajun Candied Jalapenos
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:21:19 AM »
Reposting PawPawGene's post from another thread.

Hi friends,
This is a recipe for making Cajun Candied Jalapenos supplied to me by my friend Diana. These are slightly sweet, slightly sour, and as hot as you want to make them. If you want them hotter leave more seeds and the white membrane that holds the seeds. They are delish with crackers and cream cheese or on sandwiches. In fact they're great right out the jar.

Cajun Candied Jalapenos
Diana Callahan

•   3 pounds fresh, firm, jalapeno peppers, washed , (1 pound with seeds included and 2 pounds de-seeded)
•   2 cups cider vinegar
•   6 cups white granulated sugar
•   ½ teaspoon turmeric
•   ½ teaspoon celery seed
•   3 teaspoons granulated garlic
•   1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1.   Wearing gloves, remove the stems from all of the jalapeno peppers. The easiest way to do this is to slice a small disc off of the stem-end along with the stem. Discard the stems.
2.   Slice the peppers into uniform 1/4 inch rounds. Set aside.
3.   In a large pot, bring cider vinegar, white sugar, turmeric, celery seed, granulated garlic and cayenne pepper to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pepper slices and simmer for exactly 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peppers, loading into clean, sterile canning jars to within ¼ inch of the upper rim of the jar. Turn heat up under the pot with the syrup and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 6 minutes.
4.   Use a ladle to pour the boiling syrup into the jars over the jalapeno slices. Insert a cooking chopstick to the bottom of the jar two or three times to release any trapped pockets of air. Adjust the level of the syrup if necessary. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp paper towel and fix on new, two-piece lids to finger-tip tightness.
5.   *If you have leftover syrup, and it is likely that you will, you may can it in half-pint or pint jars, too. It’s wonderful brushed on meat on the grill or added to potato salad or, or, or… In short, don’t toss it out!
6.   Place jars in a canner, cover with water by 2-inches. Bring the water to a full rolling boil. When it reaches a full rolling boil, set the timer for 10 minutes for half-pints or 15 minutes for pints. When timer goes off, use canning tongs to transfer the jars to a cooling rack. Leave them to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours. When fully cooled, wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth then label.
Allow to mellow for at least two to four weeks. The peppers will “plump up” and age like fine wine.
The amount of seeded jalapenos controls the heat level of the finished product. This one is my personal favorite. You may prefer hotter .

General Discussion / Moderator - New folder request
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:44:17 AM »
Hello Moderator.

I would like to start a new folder under the General Discussion tab called Recipes & Canning.

I see a lot of good recipes from a good many folks included in individual threads - like PawPaw Gene's Candied Jalapenos.  But finding that recipe would be difficult because it is not associated with the thread topic. I think it was under "What did you do in the Garden today" thread.   

Can you start another folder at the top if this page so we can have a quick place to go to when we are looking for a tried and true recipe from one of the folks on the Forum?  This way when that recipe is posted, we can start another thread in the Recipes & Canning folder with the info.

Thank you!

General Discussion / Planting Garlic
« on: October 02, 2017, 03:17:57 PM »
My garlic bulbs have arrived and I plan to plant them this weekend and hope for some rain next week. I bought 3 different varieties to try and hopefully we'll really like a couple of them if not all!

Does anyone have any advise on what I should do or things I should avoid for a successful planting and harvest next summer?  I know many of you have a few years experience with yours.  I remember a picture of someone earlier with a wheel barrow full of them.

Thank you for any assistance.


General Discussion / Side dressing Fall Vegetables
« on: September 28, 2017, 01:34:49 PM »
Does anyone side dress any of your fall vegetables?

If so, which ones do you do and what do you use to help them this fall?

Thank you!

General Discussion / Texas Friends
« on: August 25, 2017, 04:25:25 PM »
Many prayers for all of you in Texas and in the path of Harvey.  Know they we are keeping you and your families safety in our thoughts and prayers.  May God bless you all.

General Discussion / Christmas Pole Lima Beans
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:47:37 PM »
This year I expanded my garden on each end so I could try some items I had never tried before.  Some worked pretty good and some were pulled up after the first harvest and were a flop – at least for us.  I’ll put some of them in different threads.  Since this is one of my first posts - please let me know if this is too long or if I need to cut down on pictures.

One of the good news stories were Christmas Pole Lima beans.  We were pleasantly surprised how good these were.  They don’t really taste like a typical lima bean and to us they had a soft, creamy texture that is similar to a buttered potato.  I would recommend giving them a try if you have a spare row.  They seem to be in better shape with the SC 100 degree heat lately. I kept the first meal simple with just sautéed onions and garlic added to the beans so the flavor wasn’t masked to much.  I think next time we’ll add celery and okra with a little smoked paprika or meat of some kind.  It doesn’t take too many beans to make a meal.

I got a pound of the beans from Morgan County Seeds for $3.40 and there were more than enough for 2 – 50 ft rows.  I planted each side of the support fencing.  I planted them April 13th with my first harvest July 16th. 

Phaseolus limensis
Giant Speckled Christmas Lima Pole Bean (80 days) – excerpt from

A heavy yielder, easy to shell, and is a reliable producer in hot, humid areas. Christmas Limas are related to the lima bean, similar to the giant Peruvian Lima but plumper. This is a large bean with a maroon batik pattern over a creamy background.

The Christmas Lima may be referred to as a speckled lima or butter bean. The bean is 7/8 long and maintains its markings after cooking.  The bean's chestnut flavor combined with its festive coloring are the reason for the name Christmas Lima.

The Christmas Lima has a buttery flavor and creamy texture. The lima's crisp nutty flavor- sometimes described as similar to chestnuts. The cooked texture is similar to that of a baked potato.  Source of information: Gary Joseph

They were easy to grow and are still producing well with no signs yet of slowing down.  The vines are somewhere close to 11 ft long.  Here are some pics of beans and we’ll do it in reverse order from this week back to March.

Here is the most important part – the Beans  are about the size of a quarter.  I have let them dry some before harvesting them.

Here is the support fence.  It is my old fence line before expanding this South side.  The posts are 8 ft tall with a cattle panel on the bottom and 4 ft of crop netting across the top.  I didn’t use any wire or rope on the top and will add that for last year.  It’s a 15ft run between posts and is much too much weight for supporting the beans.  I’ll have to add that next year.

Hope this isn’t too long and you’ll give them a try next year.

Thanks for all the welcomes

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