ROLLCALL - Lurkers you too!

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Wed, 09-03-2008 - 6:44pm

Come one and come all. Stop in and say "Hi!" and tell us a little about what you like to grow and your family too.



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Registered: 12-17-2007
Wed, 09-03-2008 - 6:53pm

Hi! I am Carol and I am the new CL. I am so EXCITED! I LOVE to garden, I got the gardening bug from my dad and I am passing it on to my older son, Jacob. I live in SE Wyoming with my DH, Brian and 2 DS, (Jacob and Phillip) and have for 2 years now. Before that I lived in Florida, so two VERY different growing climates.

We are harvesting eggplants, tomatoes, peppers and, summer squash and some winter squash right now. We still have pumpkins growing and green tomatoes on the vine, cucumbers are not in yet (we got a late start). We just planted some radishes, carrots and lettuce since the temps have been cooler for a few days. I also have lots of chives, mint, basil, oregano and Lemon Balm in addition to some flowers.

One of my biggest Challenges here in WY is getting trees growing.

in addition to growing some of our own veggies we have a small flock of laying hens and 2 pigs (the pigs will be leaving the end of September).

I am really looking forward to getting to know all of you!



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Wed, 09-03-2008 - 8:53pm

Hi, I'm Joan from central Illinois.

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Wed, 09-03-2008 - 10:21pm

Joan -

I enjoy roses so much. I have not tried growing them since I moved, but in Florida they needed a lot of attention. They were susceptible to black spot and a number of creepy crawlies etc. and I just did not do well with them.

Tomatoes are one of my favorite things to grow. Even when I have had limited space (in a rental etc) I always at least had an Earthbox with tomatoes growing.

I am so happy to meet you.



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Registered: 09-04-2008
Thu, 09-04-2008 - 8:46pm

Hi!

Jessica

Karate Mom to Utah (8) and Ciera (almost 6 and just off to kindergarten!)

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Thu, 09-04-2008 - 11:37pm

Welcome Jessica! Thanks for stopping in today.

Sounds like you had a real successful veggie garden this year. We have eggplants and they are VERY pretty when they bloom. How did you prepare them? My DH likes eggplant parmesan, but I prefer it grilled with olive oil, salt and herbs. I also find that I like the taste better if I do a salt water soak - this helps remove any biterness.

ANother good option for the zucchini is Chocolate zucchini muffins. They taste like a treat, but they are good for you!

DO you know what kind of pickles you want to make? I made bread & butter pickles last year and if I ever get enough pickles at the same time I will again.

Spaghetti squash is easy. My favorite wat to fix it is slice in half and bake. When done score it with a fork so the pulp looks like Spaghetti and toss with garlic and butter. I have aslo fixed with with pasta sauce.

Butternut squash I have used to make a butternut squash soup and also just baked and fixed with brown sugar and butter. I have also heard of people using butternut squash as pie filling instead of pumpkin.

I love okra, but We lost all our okra in a hail storm so I do not have any this year.

Also it might not to late to plant carrots beets and radishes in your area. They like the cooler weather and they both grow pretty quick. (will even tolerate a frost) Of course you may or may not beable to find seeds right now. I found some seeds at a feed store a couple weeks ago and they were VERY cheap and they still sprouted right away. IF you do not plant now these are things you can start planting as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring and planted a week or 2 apart to get a continual harvest.

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Thu, 09-04-2008 - 11:42pm

Hi Carol! Good to see you over here. I love growing perennials; no matter how long winter lasts they are always as ready as I am for warm weather :) I have a few patio pots with geraniums, bagonias, petunias and a few other things that catch my eye when I'm at the nursery.


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Thu, 09-04-2008 - 11:59pm

Hi Pat -

I am trying to get used to the perennials. lol! A lot of things I grew in FL as perennials (but they never really died off) are grown here as annuals. We do have some lilacs, but I think they are in need of attention as they did not bloom this year.

With your Begonias, do you dig the tubers and replant in the spring?

Thanks for checking in!

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Fri, 09-05-2008 - 12:31am

I should but I confess

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Fri, 09-05-2008 - 7:04am
Hi Carol,
Amy here from SC. We grew tomatoes, cucumbers and beans this past summer. We are currently attempting a second crop of green beans. We've never done them for the fall before so I'll let you know it goes.
Seems the deer have already sniffed them out so we're not hoping for much.

Are birthday party treat bags really necessary?
Is it cheaper to make pizza or buy pizza?

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Fri, 09-05-2008 - 12:33pm

Have you tried anything to deter the deer? There are a number of organic things to try (homemade and store bought).

Rosemary is said to deter deer, so you might try planting some rosemary next year. Deer are said to avoid rosemary, so it can work as a barrier around the garden. YOu can also mix up cayenne pepper and water in a spray bottle and spray it on the leaves and beans - supposedly they will not like the taste.

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