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The danger of frost has passed. We just put in our tomatoes and pepper plants.

By Curt_Anderson
May 20, 2022 3:05 pm
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We only have a few tomato plants, but invariably we end up with a ridiculous amount that we can, freeze and dehydrate. In the past our basil, which my wife makes into pesto, was the only food we grew in the garden that makes economic sense. Pesto in the store is expensive. By time our tomatoes and peppers are ripe, they have been cheap and abundant at the grocery store. Maybe this year vegetables won't be so cheap.

As you might be able to see in the photo, we repurposed old dog fence and pole stakes to make our tomato cages. We actually have a bunch of tomato cages but my wife confiscated them for her dahlias and other tall flowers.

In the far back we have a rhubarb plant, it has come up every year for the forty plus years we've owned our house. I read on one website that some rhubarb plants date back to the Eisenhower administration.

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  1. by HatetheSwamp on May 20, 2022 3:15 pm

    Cool, uh, beans, man.

    After retiring, my dad did that. By the time they moved to Independent Living, he had, essentially, turned his whole back yard into a garden.


  2. by islander on May 20, 2022 4:21 pm

    Very nice Curt!

    I'm taking a bit of chance by putting some of our more tender stuff out. Around here the old saying is, don't put your tomatoes in the ground until after Memorial Day! But according to the ten day forecast there seems to be little chance that we'll be seeing another frost.

    The early stuff is going gung-ho! We've been picking rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, etc.

    I really love this time of year !!!


  3. by Ponderer on May 20, 2022 5:03 pm
    Very nice, Curt. The last time I had a vegetable garden was 1993 when I owned a home. That's one of the things you have to give up when you live in an apartment. We always had one where I grew up - mostly tomatoes, strawberries, green beans and bell peppers, and one time I grew corn and sunflowers. Maryland tomatoes are the bomb.

    My maternal grandparents turned their whole back yard into a vegetable garden during the Great Depression, and they kept it until they moved into an apartment in the late 60s. They grew every vegetable you could imagine. They also had a pear tree.


  4. by Donna on May 20, 2022 5:04 pm
    Oops! I wrote that.


  5. by Curt_Anderson on May 20, 2022 5:31 pm
    Donna,
    A good friend of mine (he does most of the programming on this site) told me that he's trying to grow morel mushrooms. In years past, I've hunted for and picked wild morels which are delicious, but I had no idea it was possible to grow them.

    Presumably you could grow them in a small space like an apartment. Amazon and other places sell mushroom growing kits.

    amazon.com


  6. by Donna on May 20, 2022 5:38 pm
    I don't like mushrooms, but Sheri does. I told her what you suggested. She said that growing mushrooms isn't easy. I have no idea.


  7. by georges on May 27, 2022 5:54 pm
    You can get 1 or 2 harvests out of those mushroom kits. They're fun but don't contribute much to self sufficiency cos you have to keep buying them.


  8. by georges on May 27, 2022 5:58 pm
    Curt, fermented tomatoes are also very good.
    youtu.be


  9. by Curt_Anderson on May 27, 2022 6:39 pm
    Georges,
    I watched that entire video. Very interesting. I've never heard of that process. Unless it's what we call pickling. I'll have my wife watch it too. Canning is major production job and freezing tomatoes fills the freezer quickly.

    I hope I can convince my wife to "give it a go" as you Ausies say. We also grow basil. So we have two thirds of the main ingredients. We also grow peppers which I suspect can be fermented too.


  10. by georges on May 27, 2022 11:20 pm
    Chillis pickle well. The Chinese method is called Duo Jiao Jiang and just involves mincing them, adding salt and putting them in a jar. Fresh ones produce their own water but if they've been sitting around in the supermarket a while you might need to add some yourself. You can blend it later for something similar for an American style hot sauce or just add to dishes as is.
    youtu.be


  11. by georges on May 27, 2022 11:31 pm
    Oh, I just remembered peppers is what you call capsicum. I think they would pickle well too.


  12. by georges on May 28, 2022 1:41 am
    Oh, I just remembered peppers is what you call capsicum. I think they would pickle well too.


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