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Uh, so where's this recipe?

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 19, 2019, 02:19:38 PM »
What size pots do you have your tomato seedlings in?  Mine are almost 10" tall, with 3 more weeks to go!  They're in 16 oz clear plastic cups.

Sure don't wanna have to pot them up again!

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 16, 2019, 04:40:02 PM »
Played with seedlings, again...

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: August 15, 2019, 12:28:19 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Watermelons
« on: August 15, 2019, 12:18:27 PM »

I am JUST seeing this, and I am sooooooooooo sorry.  I use ReaLemon in the 2-pack bottles from Sam's Club.  The bottle says it's 100% lemon juice. 

Remember, you ARE making a concentrate that you will dilute with 3 pints of water when you're ready to make a half-gallon batch.

Next time you need a fast answer, and I'm not replying, send me a d-mail!!!

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 15, 2019, 10:43:51 AM »
I hear yah on that slowing down, thing.  I'm getting there, soon...

WE GOT RAIN LAST NIGHT!  LOTS OF RAIN!!  My zukes look like they doubled in size, and "the peppers perked, per the precipitation!" 

Try saying THAT three times in a row, LOL!

I potted up 20 Gretel #eggplants, and 28 tomato seedlings.  More to go.  At least I'm staggering the harvest, LOL!

Happy Thursday, ya'll!

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 14, 2019, 10:49:12 AM »
More garden updates:
Zucchinis transplanted 2 weeks ago
Tabasco Peppers transplanted 3 weeks ago
Sweet Bell pepper transplanted 3 weeks ago.

They're kicking in, cuz, believe it or not, it's actually cooling off!

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 14, 2019, 10:26:07 AM »
2010 National Champs,

You're ripping tomato plants, and, I'm just getting ready to set tomato plants in 3 more weeks, LOL!

General Discussion / Re: THE GREAT MIGRATION...
« on: August 12, 2019, 04:18:37 PM »
That's a GREAT reason to do it! :-*

General Discussion / Re: THE GREAT MIGRATION...
« on: August 12, 2019, 03:11:23 PM »
The site dwindled down to just a handful of members, and, I abandoned the blog.  I still refer to it every now and again.  I have the same sentiments about that blog as I do about this website (which is where I came to after that last site).  The information is invaluable, and, I sure wish there was a way to download and preserve the history.

Which makes yet another case for my hand written garden journals and my camera pics.....

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:52:23 PM »
Bent over to pick up the hose pipe EARLY Saturday morning, and threw my back out.  Out of commission for the whole weekend.  Managed to stand up and pot up one tray of Arcadia Broccoli seedlings, cuz seedlings don't care if you're in pain, and, it had to be done. 

Still have a tray of tomato and a tray of more broccoli seedlings to be potted up.  I watered the garden in between the hurt less to stand up straight, so, holding the hose wasn't too bad...

Burning daylight!!!!

General Discussion / Re: THE GREAT MIGRATION...
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:26:09 PM »
Ok.  I understand the sentiments.  Stay here until we get notified we're shutting down. 

General Discussion / THE GREAT MIGRATION...
« on: August 12, 2019, 10:07:00 AM »
It is with a really heavy, but practical, heart that I pose this question:

When are we all moving over to the "Bayou Gardener Family" website?

I only ask because there are running threads here that we continue to post on, but, there are duplicate threads popping up on the other site.  At some point, we're gonna have to agree to all move the conversations.

I wish there was a way to migrate the threads from here to there, but, I'm pretty sure that would take forever to do, as a cut and paste thing.  However, if there is a way to do it, I would like to ask that the "What Did You Do in the Garden Today?" thread be the one to go over, first.  It has a running history of our daily activity, calendar time frames, pictures, planting schedules, issues, suggested remedies, and a whole lotta data that I, for one, reference quite frequently.  I think others do, too.

So, that's my take on things, as they are now.  I'd hate for us to go down over here, with no warning, and all that data is lost. 

Please consider, if there is a way.

Kindest Regards.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 12, 2019, 10:00:49 AM »
I counted 14 quart bags of okra from your 6 gallon bags.  That's a pretty good yield!

But, 5-6 hours in the oven in the middle of summer?  Isn't that a tad warm, LOL?

Why don't you just saute it in batches on the stove?  Add a capful or two of vinegar to each batch to take out the "rope."  Then, bag it up.  Shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes to do each batch.  Of course, you DO have to stand there and continually turn it over so it won't scorch.  But, the oven won't be going, either, LOL!


General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 08, 2019, 04:09:31 PM »
Spicy Asian Eggplant (
   Prep 20m
   Cook 15m
   Ready In 35m
Recipe By:venymae

"Stir-fried eggplant with onion in a delicious spicy sauce. Serve over hot cooked rice."

   2 tablespoons vegetable oil
   4 Japanese eggplants, cut into 1-inch cubes
   2 tablespoons vegetable oil
   2 onions, thinly sliced
   1 tablespoon minced garlic

   2 tablespoons soy sauce
   2 tablespoons water
   1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
   1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
   1 teaspoon white sugar
   ground black pepper to taste
   1/2 teaspoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil

1.   Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Cook and stir the eggplant cubes until they begin to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the eggplant with a slotted spoon, and set aside.

2.   Heat 2 more tablespoons of oil in the skillet over medium-high heat, and cook and stir the onions just until they begin to soften, about 30 seconds. Stir in the garlic, and cook and stir an additional 30 seconds. Mix in the soy sauce, water, oyster sauce, chili garlic sauce, sugar, and black pepper, and stir to form a smooth sauce. Return the eggplant to the skillet, lower the heat, and allow the vegetables and sauce to simmer until the eggplant is tender and almost all the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes. Drizzle sesame oil over the dish, and give one final brief stir to combine.

Gymgirl's notes: 
I use LOTS of onion and garlic
I use BROWN sugar
I use Maruchan's Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar in my sauce
I DOUBLE the sauce recipe, so I have enough to go over my rice
I drizzle A DROP of that Sesame oil.  It's pretty powerful, and can get out of hand.
I ALWAYS top the dish with some fresh shaven GINGER.  It totally brings the flavors together.

Basically, make the sauce the way YOU want it to taste.  It's all good!

That's a good eggplant secret!

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 08, 2019, 02:39:38 PM »

These are the small Asian eggplants. 

I love them, so, no sharing with the neighbors!!

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 08, 2019, 11:22:49 AM »
Last night, I potted up one of TWO trays of Sweet Italian #paste tomato seedlings.  The yield from that tray was 80 seedlings into individual cups for 4 more weeks under lights.

Remaining to be potted up:
~80 Paisaino #paste tomatoes in the 2nd tray
15 Gretel #Eggplants
75 Arcadia #Broccoli seedlings

I must be outta my mind!!!!


The pepper plants were 4" seedlings I purchased.

So, what I'm hearing is that the beans are fixing nitrogen into the soil for the plants that need an extra hit of that nitrogen, yes?

I have 6 pepper plants (2 each, Tabasco, Jalapeno and Sweet Bell) evenly spaced out in a 18"x15' raised bed. 

Ahma head out and stick some bush bean seeds in the spaces between the pepper plants, and see what happens...

I like garden experiments.

P.S.  These pepper plants sat under my patio cover for 2 months, because in the past two seasons when I put them into the garden in April (when everyone else was doing that), my pepper plants stalled for almost THREE MONTHS, doing absolutely no growing at all.  TOO HOT!!!

They started growing a bit at the end of July, but I ended up whacking them back to about 18" and keeping them comfortable, watered, and lightly fed.  By the end of August, they took off!!  I had fully-loaded, 7' pepper plants from late October through mid-December.  A bumper crop!!

So, this year, I decided to not plant them into the garden until the end of July.  Again, keeping them comfortable.  They are slowly filling up, and moving along much faster.  I certainly didn't want them out there, sucking up all my water from April until two weeks ago.  I'll report where they are this year from October to December.

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