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TastyofHasty March 12, 2009 10:54 AM

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Well, there was about 1/4" layer of frost on the steps this morning. Don't know how much damage it did to all the blossoms.:eek:

redneckplanter April 1, 2009 02:28 AM

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keep them pics a coming...yahooooooo!!!!!!

comamma April 1, 2009 04:04 AM

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I love looking at all these great pictures, our garden is under snow right now. Here are some of last years garden pics please don't look at all my weeds.

Cabbage and brussels but the brussels never had a chance to make.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ma/cabbage.jpg

Carrots, beets, and swiss chard

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ma/carrots.jpg

comamma April 1, 2009 04:07 AM

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Pepper

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ma/goliath.jpg

My herb garden, the cows got into it this winter so I am not sure what will be left.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...amma/herbs.jpg

Tomato and peppers

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...erspeppers.jpg

comamma April 1, 2009 04:13 AM

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This is a Mother's Day arrangement my hubby and kids did for me. It was awesome and the theme was Denver Broncos even though I don't watch football lol.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...hersbasket.jpg

Onions, turnips, lettuce, and mesclun gone to seed

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...mma/onions.jpg

comamma April 1, 2009 04:16 AM

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Peas and beans

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...easbeans-1.jpg

My beautiful rose that is now gone

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...mamma/rose.jpg

MichiganderGardener April 1, 2009 02:17 PM

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Comamma , Thank's for the Beautiful Garden Pic's.....They make my day, especially as I look out my window to have cold and snow blowing around...Blaahhh

Beautiful Mothers Day arrangement your Hubby and Kid's made for you. They did a great job! :)

So what happened to that beautiful Rose?? I planted 4 Antique Rose bushes last spring...Hoping they all survived!

MichiganderGardener April 1, 2009 02:27 PM

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TasteofHasty, Those pictures are a delight to look at...The Brandied Pears look and sound delish...Might have to try sometime. Do you have a recipe for them?

Love everyone elses pics too..Keep em coming. Hopefully soon, I will post a few of my own from last year.

greenmagick April 2, 2009 07:42 PM

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I dont have any good pics of my veggies yet, but the greens are coming along nicely. I harvested my first bunch of chard for stir fry last week! Here are some pics taken in the last two weeks of the spring flowers, though they are pretty early this year!

http://i712.photobucket.com/albums/w...ick328/019.jpg

http://i712.photobucket.com/albums/w...ick328/032.jpg

This is my huge lilac....I have no idea how old it is, but it seems ancient (I live in a house built in 1865 and the previous tenants owned it from 1940 till we got it in 2004 so there are some old planting around). It is at least 15 feet tall and in desperate need of a pruning, but I keep chickening out
http://i712.photobucket.com/albums/w...ick328/038.jpg

http://i712.photobucket.com/albums/w...ick328/050.jpg

http://i712.photobucket.com/albums/w...ick328/041.jpg

Blanesgarden April 2, 2009 09:05 PM

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Love that Garden Eye Candy!!!

Heres one that you dont need to try at home...
Hope I dont ever again...It unplayable:D

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u...s/100_0505.jpg

SpaceAge April 2, 2009 09:29 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Blanesgarden (Post 253567)
Love that Garden Eye Candy!!!

Heres one that you dont need to try at home...
Hope I dont ever again...It unplayable:D

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u...s/100_0505.jpg

LOL ! :eek:

TastyofHasty April 2, 2009 09:34 PM

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Wow, nice pics, everybody!! Greenmagick, those tulips are color-inspirational! Beautiful! And your lilac looks fine to me withOUT pruning (but I'm not a lilac expert). What is that two-wheeled white thing in the tulips pic?

Comamma, nice garden! Colorado looks pretty different from here in northern Arkansas where I am. From looking at your pics, I'd say you've been gardening for awhile? Those lettuces are beautiful, and everything seems so well spaced.

Blanesgarden, :rolleyes:
MichiganderGardener, yep (I had posted this to another member who asked for a recipe a while back);
Quote:

First of all, I learned this year about pears, they are much easier to work with when they are ripe. So if they're not ripe yet, wait till you've got enough pears ripe (but not TOO ripe) to make your recipe (you have to keep a pretty close eye on them) (9 quarts, mine turned out to be; I'm not too good at figuring amounts yet). I bought a liter-sized bottle of "Almaden Special Reserve Brandy" (one of the less expensive ones, though not the least expensive), and used about 7/8 of it ...

I'm just remembering from here on out ... hope I get it right ...
I made the pears according to this recipe:
http://suzannemcminn.com/blog/2008/0...died-apricots/
only using pears instead of apricots. So that would be (for eight quarts) (I'm figuring this now, don't remember but I probably did the same kind of figuring then):

Have your water bath canner (for 7 quarts) ready half-filled with hot water, bringing it up to just below a simmer as you're doing the rest, so you can put the jars in as you finish each one; once they're all in the canner, fill the rest of the way up with hot water, bring to the boil for processing ... also when you get to the point where it says "Reduce heat and cook for about 10 minutes," start up a pan of water with your lids in it, bringing it to a simmer, too. I use the oven to sterilize the jars; don't know how you do it; set the oven at 200 and put the clean jars in there before you start (but after you've got all the pears cut up and cored), take out one at a time to fill.

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40 cups halved barely ripe pears, not peeled
24 cups water
12 cups sugar
1 cup lemon juice
4 cups brandy

Halve pears and remove cores. (No need to peel the pears.) Combine sugar and water in a large pot. (seems to me I used a smaller enamelled canning pot). Add fruit and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.

Reduce heat and cook for about 10 minutes, turning the fruit gently. Add lemon juice, then, using a slotted spoon, place pears in eight quart jars, filling to 2/3 to 3/4 capacity. Add 1/2 cup brandy to each jar, (after this do everything as fast as possible to keep the alcohol from evaporating) then fill remaining space (to within 1/4 inch of the rim) with the sugar water. Slide a knife inside the jar all around the edge to make sure no air pockets remain. Cover immediately!

Process 25 - 35 minutes in a hot water bath. (she says 15 minutes, but that's for PINTS)
Take the pears out of the canner asap ... let them cool ... there ya are.


I didn't peel the pears, just waited till they were just ripe, cut them in half, used a sharp-edged spoon to cut out the cores, and ripped off the stems. I was hoping all the alcohol in the brandy wouldn't steam out, so I had the pears all heated up to just a bit below simmering in the big pot; and used the WIDE-MOUTH jars (the pear halves are too big to fit in the smaller-mouth jars); just use a big slotted spoon and put the hot pear halves one by one into the jars, trying to get them all cut-side down; then fill the jars with the hot liquid; then add the brandy and cover asap.

jeffinsgf April 2, 2009 10:07 PM

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Just in case this is the best my plants look all year :rolleyes: I'll post these now.

Tomatoes. These are the cream of the crop from my germination tray. They got put in a 3 x 3 x 4 cell flat and the surplus got stuck in used pots (in the background). Watch, some of the rejects will turn out to be my best plants by time to set them out. :p I started 6 seeds of each, planning on setting 3 of each out. I only have a couple varieties where I don't have 6 potted up at this point.

http://sharptoolsusa.com/jeff/tomseedlings.jpg


Peppers. Germination on the peppers wasn't quite as good as the tomatoes and I have a few in the neo-natal nursery trying to catch up. Here are the top picks from the peppers. I'm short on serrano and pimiento and started alma paprika later, too. The row on the far right are Ping Tung Eggplant.

http://sharptoolsusa.com/jeff/pepseedlings.jpg

greenmagick April 2, 2009 10:10 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TastyofHasty (Post 253582)
Wow, nice pics, everybody!! Greenmagick, those tulips are color-inspirational! Beautiful! And your lilac looks fine to me withOUT pruning (but I'm not a lilac expert). What is that two-wheeled white thing in the tulips pic?

);

Thanks. THe lilac has a lot of dead branches in it and is only blooming at the very top for the most part. The wheeled thing is a chaise lounge my grandma got from her retirement village and gave to me. The kids like to use it to dance on:o

lorna-organic April 2, 2009 10:34 PM

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Greenmagick, your tulips are GORGEOUS. You might be interested to see one of my lilacs. They've been shaped to be trees. I am not sure, but think they were planted in the late 1980s. They are probably ten feet tall.

http://idigmygarden.com/forums/pictu...&pictureid=696

Paul R April 5, 2009 09:58 AM

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http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/j...ead57/wine.jpg
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/j...d57/aisn-1.jpg

Stropharia Rugoso Annulata: AKA garden giant or wine cap mushroom, very good.

Ailsa Craig onion, wasnt impressed with this onion and didnt order this year.

Paul R

MichiganderGardener April 5, 2009 09:27 PM

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TastyofHasty, Thanks for the recipe..Sounds delish. Cant wait to try later on this coming pear season. :)





Quote:

Originally Posted by TastyofHasty (Post 253582)
Wow, nice pics, everybody!! Greenmagick, those tulips are color-inspirational! Beautiful! And your lilac looks fine to me withOUT pruning (but I'm not a lilac expert). What is that two-wheeled white thing in the tulips pic?

Comamma, nice garden! Colorado looks pretty different from here in northern Arkansas where I am. From looking at your pics, I'd say you've been gardening for awhile? Those lettuces are beautiful, and everything seems so well spaced.

Blanesgarden, :rolleyes:
MichiganderGardener, yep (I had posted this to another member who asked for a recipe a while back);


diegom April 9, 2009 04:21 AM

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Hey guys. I'm new to the site. Here are some pics from last years garden. I don't have much space so I've had to deal with my small above garage patio. This year I have a couple of raised beds so I will be growing much more.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_OVuXL_cnvog/SJ...0/DSC_0018.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_OVuXL_cnvog/SJ...0/DSC_0026.JPG





http://lh4.ggpht.com/_OVuXL_cnvog/SF...0/DSC_0330.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_OVuXL_cnvog/SF...0/DSC_0315.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_OVuXL_cnvog/SF...0/DSC_0309.JPG

blonde_princess April 9, 2009 06:12 PM

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I just love the pretty little flowers and pods on the Royal Burgundy Beans.

http://i313.photobucket.com/albums/l...s/DSCF0111.jpg

Locavore April 9, 2009 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by redneckplanter (Post 252331)
keep them pics a coming...yahooooooo!!!!!!

Allrighty then. I posted these on the thread about hanging tomato plants, but just in case you missed them, I'll post them here too.:D

1. Some of the potato bins. That was two weeks ago. Now, after a good rain, they are nearly twice as tall:eek:

2. Two tomato plants hanging from our rock-tree--trying the upside-down thing. You can just barely see the plants coming out of the bottom of the buckets. Those are merigold plants in the top.

3. Tomato in recycled rice bag and my lovely kiwifruit plant :)

4. An above view of our two smallest plots. On the left is a tomato and carrots, on the right a big rosemary bush and a wonderberry plant

5. Long view of the hanging tomatoes. Out of the 6 tomato plants we have going right now, only one of them is in the ground!

blonde_princess April 9, 2009 06:56 PM

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Locavore - I love the tomato in the hanging rice sack! Nice garden!

TastyofHasty April 10, 2009 09:14 PM

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Locavore, is that in the black pot your kiwi plant? You are way ahead of me here! My kiwis are just barely budding out. Hope those hanging tomatoes do well for you, too!

Diegom, what is the green herb on the tomato slices? And, is that regular chamomile, or St. John's chamomile in your last pic? What do you use for potting soil? Must be good stuff!

blonde princess, beautiful pic. I've never really paid attention before, the way the flowers on beans are. Like little ... slippers?

Paul R, that wine cap mushroom looks DELICIOUS!! and I would be super-proud if I grew those onions (haven't managed to grow ANY onions yet except Egyptian walking ones).

... keep the photos comin!! ?

karlkatzke April 10, 2009 10:56 PM

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Harvested some onions that were a bit short-bus...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3652/...af76bc55f0.jpg

blonde_princess April 11, 2009 07:13 AM

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Alrighty, now I'm an onion girl myself (they help keep away infections and the "common cold"), what's wrong with those onions Karl? Make a nice salad, leave those the way they are, and just dip em in dressing (like ya would celery). Green onions are the best! Hmmm, are those not supposed to be green onions? Mine never make it that big. I'm picking em and eating em as fast as they grow. :)


Oh, all my pretty little purple bean flowers now have their TINY little pods coming out of them as of this morning! :D

karlkatzke April 11, 2009 09:27 AM

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princess, nothin' wrong with 'em, I just got 'em out of the bed os that the ones that were forming bigger bulbs had the space to grow. These were the "slow" kids that weren't bulbing out as fast.

blonde_princess April 11, 2009 11:03 AM

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Ahhh, so they're not supposed to be green onions. Yea, I know, I'm a little slow before my morning tea. :D

countrylife April 14, 2009 11:43 AM

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This years babies ready for the 2nd pot up.

MichiganderGardener April 14, 2009 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by countrylife (Post 260747)
This years babies ready for the 2nd pot up.

Wow countrylife, Those are really nice looking Tomatoes. How many different varieties do you have?

countrylife April 14, 2009 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by MichiganderGardener (Post 260782)
Wow countrylife, Those are really nice looking Tomatoes. How many different varieties do you have?

Thank you!! Barring any unforeseen problems I will have 26 varieties, going for it this yr. I can't wait to get this season in full swing...of course in the August heat you start thinking why, but now it's all good!!!

jbest123 April 14, 2009 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by redneckplanter (Post 199719)
any pics of your best plants or biggun vegetables?
thought it might be fun to see some and get us all in the mood...???
l.....

Lots of them. Check my journal.:D

John


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