• Same story, different day...........year ie more of the same fiat floods the world
  • There are no markets
  • "Spreading the ideas of freedom loving people on matters regarding high finance, politics, constructionist Constitution, and mental masturbation of all types"

What's Cracking In The Garden 2017

michael59

heads up-butts down
Platinum Bling
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2014
Messages
8,171
Likes
4,631
Location
on the low side of corporate Oregon
Looks like zucchini bread
No way hoser, just no way.... zucchini boats.

I swore/told myself I would not miss a one this year and yet I did. Green thing got huge in 4 days, I mean I cut all the rest and just don't know how I missed it.

I have a question: Do I take a picture then e-mail it to myself, then up load it to the pc then post? Or do I take the pc out there and try taking piks that way? I mean day-am I have a patch of weeds no one would believe.
 

glockngold

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
3,019
Likes
3,422
Tomorrow morning, take 1/2 of one of those fellas & shred it up.
Put it on a plate, cover with paper towel & nuke in microwave to cook off moisture.
Mix it up with an egg & fry it up in butter. (God I love butter)
Just add enough salt to know it's there.
 

michael59

heads up-butts down
Platinum Bling
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2014
Messages
8,171
Likes
4,631
Location
on the low side of corporate Oregon
Tomorrow morning, take 1/2 of one of those fellas & shred it up.
Put it on a plate, cover with paper towel & nuke in microwave to cook off moisture.
Mix it up with an egg & fry it up in butter. (God I love butter)
Just add enough salt to know it's there.
Speaking of nukes, The reason I know I have a boat in the garden was that I caught the girl making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for her work lunch and told her to put a slice of ham on it to make it better. she said we have no lunch meat so I told her we have zucchini and you have a microwave at work and you can nuke it like a potato. So I wen out to cut her a couple of zuks and there lurking in the morning shadows was the monster.... I'm killing the thing Friday and ...well you get the rest I'm sure.
 

birddog

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
2,605
Likes
3,201
It's national zucchini day. Didn't know it till after I picked those.

Zucchini bread day is in April.... lol....
 

birddog

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
2,605
Likes
3,201
Tomorrow morning, take 1/2 of one of those fellas & shred it up.
Put it on a plate, cover with paper towel & nuke in microwave to cook off moisture.
Mix it up with an egg & fry it up in butter. (God I love butter)
Just add enough salt to know it's there.
I love zucchini fritters. Good stuff.
 

michael59

heads up-butts down
Platinum Bling
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2014
Messages
8,171
Likes
4,631
Location
on the low side of corporate Oregon
OK le me see if'n I can do this without causing a subdural hematoma on myself.


this is the monster:


OK this ain't getting it. I or the file comes up as a PNG file @ 5.98 MB Server will not accept the file because it is too large. But I took the picture with a little phone.

sorry can't figure it out... does not one just make it or the picture/file a thumbnail and then up load?
 

birddog

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
2,605
Likes
3,201
OK le me see if'n I can do this without causing a subdural hematoma on myself.


this is the monster:


OK this ain't getting it. I or the file comes up as a PNG file @ 5.98 MB Server will not accept the file because it is too large. But I took the picture with a little phone.

sorry can't figure it out... does not one just make it or the picture/file a thumbnail and then up load?
I open the file in Microsoft paint and resize it by 50%. Save it and see if the file is small enough to upload.
 

michael59

heads up-butts down
Platinum Bling
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2014
Messages
8,171
Likes
4,631
Location
on the low side of corporate Oregon
I open the file in Microsoft paint and resize it by 50%. Save it and see if the file is small enough to upload.
OK, the other option was to drop in some code but that would play havoc with my scans. Seems windows mobile or WM takes a resolution of 1400x2550. So I go to paint. thanks
 

Pyramid

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
1,709
Likes
1,909
Location
The 57th State
165.JPG


Subset of the recent harvest. Cukes still ripping and tomatoes finally coming in. The dark tomatoes are heirloom varieties...Black Cherry, Purple Dragon, and Cherokee. Eggplant is looking mostly like a failure...getting a couple measly ones but the potato bugs got to them, as did competition from potatoes, squash and melon...lesson learned for next year. Some of the garlic and onions were pulled and are hanging out to dry.


164.JPG


One of the hired hands supervising washing of the produce.
 

michael59

heads up-butts down
Platinum Bling
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2014
Messages
8,171
Likes
4,631
Location
on the low side of corporate Oregon
off color tomatoes. My neice sold me a bunch of them things a few years back and they did really well here. In fact all the maters did exceptionally well that year. As I had volunteers from previous years I thought these chocolates and watermelon striped maters would come back: didn't happen. And, after the rainy 8 months of this last rain extravaganza I am thinking I am putting up a green house to keep the peppers alive and to sprout stuff in the spring as this year due to the continual rain I could not get nuthin sept a back hoe to break ground. If you look back in my pic's you can see some lines that are low due to me slipping and just touching a post there by leaning it over, now the hens fly up and get away from the roosters on them lines making it lean further. Rain, what's a guy to do about it?

So, yesterday I fertilized with slow release nitrogen, the brown white stuff. I take two double hand scoops out of the bucket and transfer to m-t 5 gallon, fill half way with water, get drill with paint mixer-mix, fill with water. Go to "Grown" plants with screwdriver ruff ground and scoop water with coffie cup and pour by roots. Then water for 24 hours am now on second half of garden meaning I will have water running 48 hours. When I am done I will not water for a week or so and then will only water to freshen up.
 

ToBeSelfEvident

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Joined
Apr 10, 2010
Messages
1,345
Likes
1,156
The Grasshoppers

Back in Spring my wife and I were out in the back yard looking at the freshly-planted garden. There was something dark on the chain link fence so I went to take a look. It was a cluster of about 30 tiny grasshoppers completely covering the wires of 3 squares in the fence. I started to go get some bug spray and my wife called me over to look at something and I never killed those bastards.

Since that day I have been revisited by at least 20 of the grasshoppers. A few were on the tomato plants but most have been prominently at eye level on bushes as I walked past. They are huge, close to 4" I would say. I see at least one every week. One was right at the front door last week and another was on the porch 2 days ago. It feels like I'm going to see every one of them before the summer ends. The thing is, I never see them eating my plants or causing any damage. Why is he on that holly bush if he isn't eating it? Do they even like tomatoes? There's no leaf damage.

Are they thanking me for sparing their lives by sparing my garden? Are they angels sent to protect us in these troubled times? I always kill them, sometimes with whatever tool is in my hand, sometimes I get the Crosman pellet pistol and give it 1 or 2 pumps.

It's funny how you can develop individual relationships with some insects. A few years ago there was a black widow spider that had a web near the border grass, strung between some elephant ears. I left her alone all summer and always looked forward to seeing her when I was working in the yard. At some point I had to clean out the elephant ears because they will take over.
 

spinalcracker

On a mail train.
Silver Miner
Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
1,369
Likes
3,757
Location
On a mail train.
TBSE , I've not seen grasshoppers "swarm" before but I am very familiar with their destruction.
They like to attack the tops of my cannabis plants and eat the bark off the stems , effectively girdling them and the tops die......
Our chickens have really helped control the hoppers this season.
The only bug problem that I have is the squash bugs....I hate those bass turds!..
Finally picking corn , watermelons , and cantaloupe , my second favorite time of the season...
My first favorite time is cannabis harvest....

image.jpg
image.jpg
 

Pyramid

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
1,709
Likes
1,909
Location
The 57th State
August 2017 002.JPG

Wagon full of produce. Mostly heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers, but also pulled most of our onions and garlic. An eggplant or 2, the last snap peas and green beans, and a couple red potatoes plants also harvested. Cukes keep ripping, tomatoes in full stride, and bumper crops of melons, taters, and squash forthcoming. Time to start rotating in some new Fall stuff.

August 2017 004.JPG
Best part of gardening is eating the fruits of your labor. Above is some simmering pasta sauce with all garden ingredients except some dry seasonings...tomatoes, onion, garlic, eggplant, pepper, basil, and oregano...put away 2 quarts after what we ate for dinner. Also perfected our pickle recipe and made another 2 quarts of those. Good luck out there folks.
 

spinalcracker

On a mail train.
Silver Miner
Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
1,369
Likes
3,757
Location
On a mail train.
Right on Pyramid and all the rest of you righteous gardeners!
After 16 fecking years of war in Afghanistan and no end in site , let's resurrect those Victory Gardens!
How long has America been at war?
To fecking long!
I was born during the Korean War and odds are that I will go to my grave and America will STILL be at war...
Fvck this chit , time to spark one up.

image.jpg
image.jpg


This is where I like to relax and meditate....
image.jpg


Our cantaloupe patch..
image.jpg


The Great Pumpkin.....
image.jpg


Just for fun....
image.jpg
 

spinalcracker

On a mail train.
Silver Miner
Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
1,369
Likes
3,757
Location
On a mail train.
I had a little setback in my cannabis garden.
One of the plants that I was counting on turned out to be a male.
Bummer.
Why?
The State only allows 6 plants per citizen.
Now I am down to five. And since I only grow once a year , the essential oil that I extract out of the plants to make my medicine , I may not have enough oil to last me for a year.
I may have to outsource my oil at one of the rec shops in Denver.
The 6 plants per person rule needs to be changed.
The male plant.
image.jpg


A female plant for comparison....
image.jpg
 

lumpOgold

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter ++
Joined
Apr 12, 2010
Messages
1,088
Likes
1,169
Location
Silicon Valley
I had a nice haul this week, getting toward the end though. Soon will be putting in some winter crops, cruciferous plants and root veggies along with fava beans. Nothing better than a slide of fried brain and fava bean Sucotash.
20170817_193830_HDR.jpg
 

lumpOgold

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter ++
Joined
Apr 12, 2010
Messages
1,088
Likes
1,169
Location
Silicon Valley
I had a little setback in my cannabis garden.
One of the plants that I was counting on turned out to be a male.
Bummer.
Have you ever tried to "sex" the plant while it is just 8-12" tall? It is possible to force the young plant to pre-flower on just one branch, then inspect the flowers with a magnifying glass and sort out the males, plant them along the local canal for the kids to find. :secret:
 

spinalcracker

On a mail train.
Silver Miner
Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
1,369
Likes
3,757
Location
On a mail train.
Have you ever tried to "sex" the plant while it is just 8-12" tall? It is possible to force the young plant to pre-flower on just one branch, then inspect the flowers with a magnifying glass and sort out the males, plant them along the local canal for the kids to find. :secret:
Yes Sir , I sure thought I did!
I didn't force flower a branch , just looked real close after they were about 5-10 nodes of growth....
Obviously my eyes ain't what they used to be...
A sure fire way to have females is to use clones...
But I like cracking beans in search of that holy grail , one hitter sitter....
We may let the males mature and harvest them for oral and topical meds only...
I am sure there are some cannabinoids in those males that are good for the carbon unit....
 

Pyramid

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
1,709
Likes
1,909
Location
The 57th State
009.JPG


Cukes still ripping, as are the heirloom cherry tomatoes. The big heirloom tomatoes are all but done.
002.JPG

Melons about done, as is the red cabbage. Harvested most of our red taters, white ones yet to come. Good crop of Acorn Squash and the carrots did well also. Good luck out there folks.
 

spinalcracker

On a mail train.
Silver Miner
Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
1,369
Likes
3,757
Location
On a mail train.
Those gardens are looking good! Enjoy those harvests!...
We still have a lot of green tomatoes. The green ones will be wrapped in newspaper and stored in brown paper sacks and used as the ripen...
The green tomatoes are delicious fried in cornmeal/flour with okra!...
Corn has been on the menu everyday for the last two weeks. It's so sweet!
Cucumber and onion and tomatoe salads about everyday too....
We will keep seeds from the pumpkins and a lot of flower seeds....
The Bloody Butcher corn will stay on the stalks until late fall. It's feed for the chickens....
Medical cannabis plants are getting ripe now. We will scope the trichomes to see how ripe the flowers are. When they are about 50-50 amber-clear then they get chopped...
We will be planting fall garlic , Swiss chard , and spinach for fall....

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

image.jpg
 

spinalcracker

On a mail train.
Silver Miner
Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
1,369
Likes
3,757
Location
On a mail train.
All the tomatoes are harvested and a lot of fresh sauce is being made.
Some jalapeños still kicking and we will harvest the last of the cantaloupes today.
Swill chard will be mulched real heavy with straw and should produce up to December if Jack Frost plays nice.
Overall it wasn't our best year but it wasn't our worst.
Thanks for all the posts and pictures! I wish everyone grew a garden! Mass gardening would change the economy!
Enjoy those harvests!..
And that's a wrap on the 2017 garden.

image.jpg


image.jpg

image.jpg

image.jpg

image.jpg
 
Last edited:

Pyramid

Gold Member
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter ++
Joined
Mar 31, 2010
Messages
1,709
Likes
1,909
Location
The 57th State
09-30.jpg

Heirloom tomatoes are just not giving up, cukes look like they finally are. We're going to cut back ~33% on both next year...running out of ways to store, cook, can, and prepare them. Squash and taters done and fully harvested, a good year for both and look forward to eating them over the next few months. Eggplant, carrots, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, and a couple others being harvested as needed or as ripe.

Installed some fall seed...spinach, salad, radishes etc. Garlic will go in later this week concurrently with the Harvest Moon. Good luck out there folks.
 

michael59

heads up-butts down
Platinum Bling
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2014
Messages
8,171
Likes
4,631
Location
on the low side of corporate Oregon
well harrumph....I go 4 feet through my tom-oh-tee-oh patch and pick a 5 gallon bucket. Yes, that is on my knees and arms length each side. To get length wise through the patch was 5 buckets.

edit: yeah I am drowning in these things as I will never get them harvested. I think I needs a better plans,,,.....
 

Lt Dan

Gold Pirate
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
3,809
Likes
6,199
Location
VA Psych Ward
I'm planning a much smaller garden next year. Would like to take one last trip west, see the northwest states. As for the garden, thinking that in the spring, I'll till it over and plant buckwheat or some thing like that on most of it and let it rest. However I do plan on expanding the berry patches, even try more figs if I can decide where to put them.
 

michael59

heads up-butts down
Platinum Bling
Sr Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2014
Messages
8,171
Likes
4,631
Location
on the low side of corporate Oregon
I'm planning a much smaller garden next year. Would like to take one last trip west, see the northwest states. As for the garden, thinking that in the spring, I'll till it over and plant buckwheat or some thing like that on most of it and let it rest. However I do plan on expanding the berry patches, even try more figs if I can decide where to put them.
well I am thinking it is going to be an open and cold winter here. Open being no snow and cold being frozen.

I know what ppl are thinking; it's always cold and frozen in the winter. What I am saying is that after 8/9 months of consistent rain which went from mud to dust/dry in about may, I am thinking we are in for a non precipitation winter and its gona be cold. So if'n ur gona venture out to these lands then venture on 4wheels.

plus I do believe in dreams. Case in point: few nights back I dreamed I was following a trail and picking up the playing cards in that trail(I know;easy) then a few nights later I had a dream where the weather reporter said next week the temperature would drop significantly. Now thing is I do not have TV/Cable so the BIG question is why the weather report? 20 years working in the hills and I am thinking instinct.

Poppa goose said: "my instinct tells me it is time to head south."
Moma goose said: "my instinct tells me it is time to head south also."
Baby goose said: "my end stinks butt it don't tell me nothing."

sorry just had 2
 

Lt Dan

Gold Pirate
Gold Chaser
Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 1, 2010
Messages
3,809
Likes
6,199
Location
VA Psych Ward
well I am thinking it is going to be an open and cold winter here. Open being no snow and cold being frozen.

I know what ppl are thinking; it's always cold and frozen in the winter. What I am saying is that after 8/9 months of consistent rain which went from mud to dust/dry in about may, I am thinking we are in for a non precipitation winter and its gona be cold. So if'n ur gona venture out to these lands then venture on 4wheels.

plus I do believe in dreams. Case in point: few nights back I dreamed I was following a trail and picking up the playing cards in that trail(I know;easy) then a few nights later I had a dream where the weather reporter said next week the temperature would drop significantly. Now thing is I do not have TV/Cable so the BIG question is why the weather report? 20 years working in the hills and I am thinking instinct.

Poppa goose said: "my instinct tells me it is time to head south."
Moma goose said: "my instinct tells me it is time to head south also."
Baby goose said: "my end stinks butt it don't tell me nothing."

sorry just had 2
Funny goose joke, all our geese do is fly around in circles and honk at the tourists.

Would not be venturing out that a way until next summer anyway. Been measuring the van for fitting, be kinda like living in a van down by the river, except we'd be camping where we could find a place to park overnight then moving on during the daylight hours. Not really hippie style, would not be painting flowers on the van, would be trying to shower regularly and such. Actually will all depend on wife's health. She has not been well all this summer, so me dwelling on next summer is a way to deal with reality.