Old  July 17th, 2016, 12:11pm     #91
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The squirrels are eating every cucumber and tomato. We have very agrressive squirrels in Louisiana. Next year, cages.

However my eggplants have gone crazy and I have picked 86 eggplants so far from 10 plants.

We eat eggplant in one form or another everyday LOL.

Okra and peppers are doing well. I had yellow squash but they died from weedwacker abuse by the lawn guy. Did harvest some they were great and I did freeze a bit for later.
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  Old  July 17th, 2016, 12:18pm     #92
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Going to do the squash next year.

My lettuce isn't doing well. Not getting the heads on them and I think the drought type weather has done them in. Just going to dig up what is there and toss in the high grass for the deer.

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  Old  July 17th, 2016, 4:52pm     #93
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I've never had any success with head lettuce. Red sail leaf lettuce seems to grow best for me. Might want to try that Karen
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  Old  July 17th, 2016, 7:21pm     #94
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Head lettuce has never worked for me...

Well, we've had two little pieces of broccoli so far... of course so small had to mix with something else.. wanted to cut them because the heat was making them look like they would bloom quickly!

One type of yellow bean plant is growing sparsely... while the other yellow and green are filling in the row. One type of onion has thinned out - don't know what happened to the plants.. while the other two varieties are going strong.

Of course most plants are just starting themselves.. not near "fruiting" yet!

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  Old  July 22nd, 2016, 8:51am     #95
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First planting of corn went into the freezer last night. Second wave will be ready in a day or two. The ears were really small, but oh so tasty!

Tomatoes are just starting to ripen and the cukes continue to produce.

Used my "spiraler" last night and made zucchini spaghetti. Hubby loved it!
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  Old  July 22nd, 2016, 1:46pm     #96
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Going to do the squash next year.

My lettuce isn't doing well. Not getting the heads on them and I think the drought type weather has done them in. Just going to dig up what is there and toss in the high grass for the deer.
Do you like chard, Karen? I find it does well in the mid-Atlantic heat.

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  Old  July 22nd, 2016, 2:45pm     #97
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We are currently enjoying an abundance of heirloom aubergines in our community garden plot. I'm growing 4 varieties, 3 plants of each: Long Purple, Casper, Lao Green Stripe and Rosa Bianca.

I'm also growing more of the same in our home garden - since it's my first year in the community garden I wasn't sure how they'd do, so I grew some at home for insurance. Now that I'm back to planting eggplant (after a few years off) I can't bear to be without my Rosa Bianacas. I meant to grow more varieties, too - Fairy Tale and a few others - but I got sidetracked and didn't start the seeds. Next season!



The collage shows my "Long Purple" and "Casper" varieties. The Long Purple trio (picked this morning) are nice and shiny in real life, but look a bit dull in the photo. Something is up with my phone (???) and lately all of my photos are a little blurry and/or hazy and/or pixelated. I guess I need to adjust or reset it?

Anyway, we've been harvesting and eating the Long Purple for a week or so. Since it's too hot to cook inside I've been grilling them outside with a touch of olive oil and sea salt, sometimes adding truffle salt, garlic, fresh grated Parmesan, smoked paprika, balsamic, herbs, etc. Today for lunch we're having grilled eggplant Caesar salads; tonight for dinner we're having grilled eggplant Caprese salads with Burrata. I'll make other dishes when it's cool enough to cook in the kitchen.

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The squirrels are eating every cucumber and tomato. We have very agrressive squirrels in Louisiana. Next year, cages.

However my eggplants have gone crazy and I have picked 86 eggplants so far from 10 plants.

We eat eggplant in one form or another everyday LOL.

Okra and peppers are doing well. I had yellow squash but they died from weedwacker abuse by the lawn guy. Did harvest some they were great and I did freeze a bit for later.
Awesome eggplant harvest

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  Old  July 22nd, 2016, 4:09pm     #99
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Picked bunches of black eyed susans and queen anne's lace today.
Very hot and humid here, with very little rain. Even my buckwheat is wilting.

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As of today I am up to 106 eggplants, I may stop counting. I am growing long black, long green, and traditional eggplants.

When I was watering the cucumber patch that I have ceded to the squirrels I found a monster cucumber that was too big for the squirrel to carry. So that will likely be my cucumber harvest.

Time to plant some herbs and greens for Fall.
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  Old  July 22nd, 2016, 9:41pm     #101
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106 egglants? wow, that's a lot
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Today I left plenty on the vines, gave half of what I did pick away, and still have a full basket of goodies from our garden.


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You guys are doing great. It is so hot here my plants are droopy constantly and if I don't water alot they look like they will die. My beautiful butterfly bushes are dropping leaves from the heat. I am so ready for it to get a bit cooler.

I did finally see my first hummingbird and butterfly.
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You guys are doing great. It is so hot here my plants are droopy constantly and if I don't water alot they look like they will die. My beautiful butterfly bushes are dropping leaves from the heat. I am so ready for it to get a bit cooler.

I did finally see my first hummingbird and butterfly.
We've been dry here.. temp is up and down.. but we've learned to set up sprinklers in the garden right from the start... and unless we have constant rain, we sprinkle 3x a week.. and it's the best garden yet! Just way behind because we planted late.

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Picking broccoli now and freezing.. squash is small but I picked one to start with... I don't want them to get huge.

Question out to anyone who does cabbage.. Thanks to BIL, we have 20 heads of cabbage growing. They are just getting to the right size now. We cut one today and I'll be doing coleslaw. We'll eat cabbage straight out.. wanted to get corned beef brisket, but of 2 grocery stores here, only one had 4 pkgs @ $5.99 / lb.. so that's out of the picture!

I tried freezing cabbage once and it didn't really taste right after.

I need suggestions. We're going to twist the heads to slow them down.. I want to make cabbage soup but the beans and squash aren't ready yet, so need the cabbage to wait.. and even with the soup, we'll have too much...

Is there a good way to preserve the cabbage? Has anyone froze it and had good luck?

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