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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by ccat on July 21, 2019, 08:31:13 PM »
Ugly Tomato???   Yep, I have that Heirloom variety called "Ugly-Can't-Cut-It-Into-A-Big-Slice"
These things look like about 6 red/pink golf balls all glued together.   I actually threw away a 5 gallon bucket of them yesterday because I didn't want to pass them on to my wife, who was doing the peeling process out of the ice water bath.  She'd have just thrown them back at me.
They do taste great but are pains to deal with.
Next year will be Better Boy, Arkansas Traveler and Dixie Red, on recommendation of Champs.
 
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Rabbitproof on July 21, 2019, 03:16:13 PM »
Nat Champ....My husband will not eat a pretty tomato....says if it looks pretty, it has no taste. I agree!! He loves the ugly heirlooms I grow. Ha, but try growing them organically with no spray....I deserve some kind of Botanical Trophy for doing so every year!!
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by 2010 National Champs on July 21, 2019, 03:06:30 PM »
picked 8 more buckets of tomatoes this morning and my wife canned 12 more quarts while battling vertigo....the tomatoes are relentless and now the giant belgiums are kicking in....they are a pink tomato that backs up to nothing as far as taste goes....i picked a bucket slap full of them that will AVERAGE 1 1/2 lbs!....i just planted them on a lark because i had the seed that are at least 6 years old and i wanted to try to get something for the old time tomato taste....my wife was amazed at how much better they are than the hybrids....non-hybrids just have not done well here for me due to disease issues, but i sprayed these regularly, and put plastic and old carpet at the base of them and no sign of any disease so far....these are some bigass tomatoes, ugly but delicious
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General Discussion / Re: Watermelons
« Last post by LakeRat1 on July 20, 2019, 10:36:55 PM »
Thanks Ben, Thanks for the additional Info, I am thinking I will be good, I think if i make any Melons they should be ready sometime in Oct,

One time many years ago, I found a Man with a truck Load of Melon, Big Melon some were around 75#, He was from Tenn. said he had a Late crop, I think it was in Oct. any way i bought one, to cool it I placed it in a wheelbarrow and iced it down, I called some friend over that Night, They could not believe the size of the melon, it had a thick rin and very sweet, it must have been 30 inches long, we cut it in 1/2 and was able to put the other 1/2 in the Fridge, i had never seen melons that big being sold, and never have seen that since

Rat

PS. Ben I will let U know how it Goes with my Late Melon Project
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by bordercollie on July 20, 2019, 08:38:35 PM »
 :) You are sure welcome my friend .  :)  judy
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Rabbitproof on July 20, 2019, 06:24:20 PM »
Judy....I looked up Lifestraw....sounds great!! Going to get one for all my family members....thanks!
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by bordercollie on July 20, 2019, 05:17:57 PM »
What I lack in canning, I make up for in mega  dried beans and flour. I used those 5 gallon buckets with the screw down rubber sealed lids and so far so good but do keep an eye open for weevils. None yet. I have to be sort of secretive about it because the family really think I am "off the wall" for that many buckets.    Ya'll also need to consider getting one of the well rated" life straws".  Supposed to make ditch water safe but can't attest to it yet - thankfully. Remember not to put all of your eggs in one basket and that loose lips sink ships.aka  never count your cards at the table.   judy
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Rabbitproof on July 20, 2019, 02:01:19 PM »

Nat champ....I used to keep more stocked around here than I do now....think I got fatigued with it. Bet we could only go maybe a month right now on food and water. We have a friend who lives on 50 acres. He says if we can bring something to the table, we can stay with him in a crisis....he stays stocked up. Hey, we've got lots of the things needed that will really save your life from people trying to steal your stuff!! So he said we have a berth, if everything gets bad. :)
 
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by ccat on July 20, 2019, 01:47:40 PM »
Just loaded the All American and the Water Bath so my total for today will be 42 quarts.   And it was funny this morning....while making a run out to my shop for jars, my neighbor across the field was walking his fence, and not knowing what I was about to do, asked me if I needed any tomatoes.
I just said "Larry, I'm ok, but thank you for the offer..."
I did later explain the canning to which he took back his offer with a laugh.
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by 2010 National Champs on July 20, 2019, 01:25:14 PM »
Nat Champs....wow, 80-100 quarts would last us a heap longer than a winter!! I cook a lot ....but I would be turning red in color eating up all that

I sort of like to look back...such carefree days. I remember my husband and I fishing some when we were dating. He did most of the fishing....I mostly just ate bologna sandwiches and twinkies. We caught bass, bream, crappie most of the time....good eats!!!!
we drink a lot of tomato juice...my wife put up 234 quarts last year....we are kinda' preppers....we have a large supply of food and water, guns and ammo....the time is coming, not if but when
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