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Old 08-17-2012, 07:34 PM   #301
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Beans up the ying yang, tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, okra, corn, bok choy, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, broccoli, cabbage, peppers (hot and sweet), kale, Swiss Chard, pattypan squash...I probably have forgotten something...Back out to the farm to get more stuff to "put up" on Sunday.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:43 PM   #302
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Beans up the ying yang, tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, okra, corn, bok choy, potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, broccoli, cabbage, peppers (hot and sweet), kale, Swiss Chard, pattypan squash...I probably have forgotten something...Back out to the farm to get more stuff to "put up" on Sunday.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:45 PM   #303
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I wear me out! But, come January, all this work will have been worth it. Trying to be a "mostly self-sustaining" farmer is hard work.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:20 PM   #304
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I've got a lot of basil, some sweet potatoes, green bell pepper, and cubanelle peppers growing in the garden right now. I'm starting my planning for the fall garden though.
CT how do you use your cubanelle peppers?
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Taxlady, tell me more about the chocolate mint. Taste? Uses? I've seen it around, but know nothing at all about it!

My herbs keep bolting into flowers. I wish I knew how to prevent it or slow it down.
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Taxlady, tell me more about the chocolate mint. Taste? Uses? I've seen it around, but know nothing at all about it!

My herbs keep bolting into flowers. I wish I knew how to prevent it or slow it down.
Kathleen, just pinch or snip the flowers off before they're completely, um, flowered. I like to leave some flowers as they attract honeybees like crazy.

Chocolate mint tastes mildly chocolate, more mint. I grew it years ago in pots. It would be nice in your chocolate-cherry pies. You could also dry it and crumble it on stuff. It would make a nice garnish for any chocolate drink: hot choc, choc milk, creme de cacao and creme de menthe drinks, Kahlua drinks. Nice to garnish ice cream, thinking mint choc chip, choc, or vanilla.

Hmm. May have to grow it again.
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Taxlady, tell me more about the chocolate mint. Taste? Uses? I've seen it around, but know nothing at all about it!

My herbs keep bolting into flowers. I wish I knew how to prevent it or slow it down.
I'm wondering what to use it for too. It smells mildly like an After Eight Mint. I will give Dawg's suggestions a try.

I just pinch off the flowers and eat them. Hmm, the flowers might make a pretty garnish.
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Thank you both! It sounds terrific!
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:57 AM   #310
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No, Dawluver; I've usually had good tasting cukes, too. They did get bitter when they got too big, tho.

I see some of you have had the animals munching in the garden also..we've had deer, squirrels and rabbits eating the almost-ripe tomatoes, but have gotten quite a few for tomato/spaghetti sauce, and we should get more before too long.
Last summer we hardly had anything and literally nothing to share with neighbors, so this year is certainly an improvement over that!!
peekaboo, wondering how your garden has been doing lately, are you getting more 'maters? Mine have stopped producing for a couple of weeks now, I think it's just been too blasted hot.
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