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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2012
2:51 PM

Post #9044022

I'd like to start this thread to showcase everybody hard work in their vegetable garden.
It has been spring here in Dallas for at least two weeks ... so I am starting a little earlier.
I love and enjoy to see what y'all will harvest and eat.
The picture below is today harvest in my garden:
Fennel, Kohlrabi and the last radish ...

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9044023

Here I have:
Spinach, lettuce, broccoli shoots, fava beans and small onions

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2012
9:24 AM

Post #9048692

My dinner yesterday: Fava beans and broccoli shoots + a fennel bulb (not in the picture)

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
6:54 PM

Post #9052082

I am harvesting a FENNEL bulb almost every day and they are getting so large.
My Kohlrabi are starting to bolt. I have just a few left in the garden.
Definitely they like the colder weather ...

I am also harvesting at least a bag of green lettuce everyday ...

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2012
8:05 PM

Post #9053482

Today I harvested a basket of Swiss Chard ... yummy ...

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TLeaves
Ramona, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 22, 2012
9:01 PM

Post #9053517

Your veggies always look nice drthor. Thanks for sharing.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9053743

You are very welcome TLeaves
I like to have pictures of my harvest, so I can show my DH how much money we are saving on food.
I am so proud that I don't buy any vegetables from the store ...

Looking forward to see everybody else pictures too ...

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 25, 2012
6:23 PM

Post #9056864

My weekend harvests: lots of FENNEL, FAVA BEANS, BROCCOLI SHOOTS and GREEN ONIONS

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2012
7:25 PM

Post #9058455

More Fennel ... and no kitties today !

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 27, 2012
6:27 PM

Post #9059756

Today I harvested the last Kohlrabi bulbs, it is too hot and they are all bolting.
Next year I will not grow the purple variety, it is beautiful, but the bulb stays small.

Also Fava Beans and a huge basket of Swiss Chard.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2012
7:16 PM

Post #9062585

Guess what will I have for dinner, breakfast and lunch?
Fennel ...
I did harvest all of the bulbs.

Can you see how the bulb is getting longer ? and not wider?
This means that it is starting to flower.

I also harvested Fava Beans and some more lettuce.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2012
9:39 PM

Post #9066240

This is the first year I am planting onions.
My friend really pushed me to do it and I am so glad.
I planted the onions 2" apart and I keep harvesting the small onions in order to have 6" in between each onion left.

My question is: how much do I eat out of those "green onions"?
In some recipes they say to use only the white part ... but it seems like a waste to me.

Any help?

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podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2012
5:27 AM

Post #9066424

If the greens are tender enough, they are edible also. Enjoy the harvest.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2012
5:46 AM

Post #9066446

That's great ! Thanks
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2012
8:31 AM

Post #9066722

You're welcome... Kristi

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2012
10:11 AM

Post #9068198

Keep harvesting Fava Beans

What is everybody harvesting right now?

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TLeaves
Ramona, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 8, 2012
9:54 PM

Post #9074910

Your fava's look yummy. I got irrigation put in and planted my spring garden this weekend. Nothing to show yet.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9075171

thanks TLeaves
I don't think Fava Beans like the heat.
Right now, the leaves have brown tips and they show signs of suffering and slow production.
I will remove the plants soon.

I will not pull them out. Instead I will cut down 1" below the soil line and leave the roots in the soil.
The Fava Beans roots have little pockets full of nitrogen.
Good luck to you

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9078348

I keep harvesting Swiss Chard once a week

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2012
6:09 PM

Post #9079017

This thread makes me hungry.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9079539

Keep watching juhur7 ...Tomatoes and Peppers will be next ... weee
Any harvest from your garden yet?

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2012
8:31 AM

Post #9079586

leaf lettuce a couple onions, and the spearmints there if I want some. Olny the green leafy things.you know.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2012
10:31 AM

Post #9079729

lettuce ,leeks gone to seed, there are little ones, a watermelon start, a tomato start. As you can see mostly only getting started here.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9079746

Good job ... you will soon have some harvest pictures too.

It is interesting that your lettuce is bolting already ... just like mine ... but I think here it is a little warmer than your zone.

My dream will be to have lettuce and tomatoes in the same salad ... and at the same time ...

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2012
1:39 PM

Post #9079910

Well, I kinda goofed, that first photo is the leeks flowering, the second is mucslin,about to start, It got a little frost burned after 20 degrees night before last.

Every once in a while I'll try some buttercrunch or iceberg ,only as I can't grow them any better than I can buy them I rarely do.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2012
2:28 PM

Post #9079965

juhur7,
do you know my secret on growing lettuce?
Just THROW the seeds in the soil ... yes ... lettuce seeds need light to germinate.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9079995

That's always a good one! Some of em' "comin up round" the leeks from last years seeds " a blowin round"

Do we put that in our 'lazy gardeners bible" Or do we get to keep it a secret,shhh(lol)


YEAH, I know, those are easy beginners lettuces IT's just nice to have a few vegies that don't require all day attention,KENTUCKY WONDER GREEN BEAN is my favorite that's like that,YOUR'S IS?

1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9080166

Juhur- there are some wonderful lettuce blends I get mine at rareseed.com. I just mix them in a can with potting soil and toss. It's the wrong time of year to start them now, here. But just toss them and they will grow. These blends you won't find in the store, they taste great.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9080424

I'll check in to that! Thank you
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9081013

Like Drthor said just toss them, but find one you like first. The blends at the above link all taste incredibly different. I thought lettuce its all the same, but a greens mix is very tasty and they can be grown in a sunny window all year round. They just dont care for the heat.
malorymug
Burleson, TX

April 15, 2012
11:50 AM

Post #9083453

In regards to green onions, I love to pull them out, rinse them and throw almost all in a stir fry or roasting pan. Yum.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9085918

Yesterday I did harvest:
my first peppers
radishes seed pods (still tender)
small onions

I will use my peppers this weekend for Etoufee'.
Last night I drizzled with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar the radishes seed pods and the green onions.
I roasted at 400F and added the green onion tops at the end ... OMG BUONISSIMO !

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
7:14 AM

Post #9085930

Well here's a couple of green onions fresh from the garden , yummy,

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9090127

My last harvest of Fava Beans and my usual weekly harvest of Swiss Chard (plus always onions)

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rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 24, 2012
8:52 PM

Post #9096624

Sample of my first "summer" onion bulbs - Texas Supersweet (yellow) and Southern Belle Hybrid, both short-day varieties from Just Fruits and Exotics. I just had to pull a few early for a dish I was making.

-Rich

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 26, 2012
7:49 PM

Post #9099386

My harvest today and also most of my dinner: radish seed pods, radishes, onions and my first tomatoes.
I did harvest more onions ... just because the top seemed to start rotting ... I am letting the onion to dry in a dark room in the house.
My first tomatoes ... yummy ..

I could have waited a little more ... but I am leaving for a long trip and I want to have the first taste of my tomatoes.

I marinated for just 10 minutes the radishes and the pods and the onions with Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
I roasted them at 400F for 10-15 minutes. Turning them once.
So good !

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2012
11:31 AM

Post #9119939

I am back in town and start to harvest lots of tomatoes.
Also radishes seed pods, which I will roast.

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drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2012
11:33 AM

Post #9119942

Cucumbers, garlic (not as much as the previous years ...??? maybe too hot too soon) and onions (which I never grew before)

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 12, 2012
9:43 AM

Post #9120981

Looking good, Drthor!
I think you had asked about the difference in elephant and regular garlic. I've been harvesting both and grabbed a quick pic. Elephant is on the left and regular garlic on the right.




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stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9121301

Nice looking garlic, Lynea! I will need to harvest mine this week. Of course, when I decided to harvest my garlic, it rained.

This is today's pea and green bean harvest. The jalapenos are from a couple of days ago. We have about the same amount of peas waiting to be shelled in the fridge. These are the Alaska variety. I still have Wandos setting pods, but not ready to harvest yet.

Tumbles, one of our kitties, decided he needed to investigate each pea pod as my husband was shelling them.

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 12, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #9121377

Yum!
Hey, your Tumbles kitty looks just like my Olive kitty!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2012
7:47 PM

Post #9121534

wow that's a huge garlic !!
Mine was not very large this year... I have used another bed ...
cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 13, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9121922

They look a decent size to me, Drthor. The necks look small, though. Are they hard neck garlics?

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9122605

They are soft neck garlic. I don't have much experience on growing garlic, but those bulbs are much smaller than the previous years.
Today I have harvested some more cucumbers, onions and tomatoes.
The larger tomatoes are turning color: Cherokee Purple, Momotaro and Jubilee Golden

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9125187

Lynea, don't forget that elephant garlic is not a true garlic.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2012
6:32 PM

Post #9125333

Garlic anyone??

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2012
7:36 PM

Post #9125394

Those are really nice garlic cloves stephanietx WOW
mine this year are not so big. I have tried to use a different spot for the garlic ... I guess I need to go back on planting them in my veggie patch.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2012
7:38 PM

Post #9125399

Today I have harvested Swiss Chard.
It keeps growing on the border of my flower beds ... so yummy !

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2012
7:40 PM

Post #9125402

Blackberries and strawberries never make it to the kitchen for picture ... I eat them right on the spot !

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2012
2:10 PM

Post #9126281

My harvest today. Lots of tomatoes and some cukes.
My first EGGPLANT !
The flowers are for my DH pets

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 18, 2012
10:28 PM

Post #9129160

Today I harvested lots of cukes and tomatoes. My first zucchini ... weee
Eggplants and peppers too

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stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2012
10:26 AM

Post #9129557

Looks like we'll be having some green beans and peas for dinner tonight!

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Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

May 19, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9129784

Drthor, your tomatoes are beautiful.
Stephanie, I gave up on the beans and peas here, it was either too cold or too hot, never just right for them. Your crop is nice.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 20, 2012
9:47 AM

Post #9130611

stephanietx you are the "PEA QUEEN" of DFW !!
Please let me know next year your planting time ok?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 20, 2012
10:28 AM

Post #9130642

I'll try to remember! LOL
rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 20, 2012
9:10 PM

Post #9131321

[quote="stephanietx"]Garlic anyone??[/quote]
Looks great! What variety(ies)?

-Rich

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 20, 2012
9:28 PM

Post #9131348

It's elephant garlic, which is really in the leek family.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #9131839

Harvest today: tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, onions, blackberries, peppers and eggplants

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Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

May 21, 2012
11:04 AM

Post #9132049

Wow! Those are beautiful.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2012
1:45 PM

Post #9132252

Thanks ... and it is just a little home veggie garden ...
I am so proud!
hrp50
Carrollton, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #9132350

drthor

Those pictures look suspiciously like your pictures from last year. Maybe you should try a different staging area so that we "black helicopter", "conspiracy theory" types can be certain that you're not recycling old pictures.

That's just my way of saying "way to go" and I'm envious of your harvest. Have you ever made tomato sauce totally out of Gold Nugget or any other yellow tomato? Does it retain the color of the tomato? I have such an abundance of Gold Nuggets this year that I was thinking of trying it and serving it at a small dinner party over a colored pasta.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9132368

huummm ... I smell envy ... giggle
I have used Gold Nudget in pasta sauce all the time, but mixed with the red ones ...
I think they will stay the same color ... I dunno

Have you tried to roast them?
Yummy !!

I prepare a bowl with Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt and Pepper.
Cut the tomatoes in half and also some onions.
Mix everything together. Let marinate for 10-15 minutes.
Put all the mix on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes (turn) and 5 more minutes.
Add some chopped basil at the end.
Yummy !!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9132865

hrp50,
by the way: I didn't grow onions last year ... so it will be a hint about the pictures
hrp50
Carrollton, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2012
9:47 PM

Post #9132946

drthor

You are correct and I apologize for questioning your integrity. However, what if you photo-shopped this year’s picture of onions into your picture from last year, then it could fool some people? You were gone for a long time, maybe you were off immersing yourself in an advanced Photoshop class somewhere. I think I hear a black helicopter hovering over my house again.

I grew onions for the first time this year and here is my total harvest. I need to decide if I want to store them or find a good recipe for a dish that calls for a lot of onions.


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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9133236

WOW great onions harvest.
Me too: first year growing onions ... I cannot believe I never grew them ... so easy

I have cured mine outside under the back porch and now they are hanging in my upstairs bathroom = root cellar (no windows and the coolest room in the house)

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
11:33 AM

Post #9133639

Great job, hrp!! I had the best onion harvest this year that I've had, but not nearly as impressive as your harvest! I think you must have beginner's luck.
cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #9133710

Oh yum, Drthor. That big slicing tomato makes my mouth water :0)
Very nice onions, Hrp!

Stephanie, I think we planted carrots around the same time, let me know when you harvest yours, ok? I don't know how much longer mine will hold out with this heat, I don't want them to get bitter. Yet, when I pulled a sample, there're not very big.

I'm not too impressed with my onions this year. The root system looked really small and the bulb sizes were all over the board, from tiny to large. To makes matters worse, one variety hasn't even fallen over or started to bulb yet?? Of course I have seedlings ready to go in their place...guess I need to look another area.

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2012
12:25 PM

Post #9133712

Elephant garlic and bush beans

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #9133724

Onions and the bed I pulled them from...you can see that the stalled onions are right in front of a trellis that's too late to move, because of the squash. I sometimes think the garden has a warped sense of humor :0)

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9133953

wow cocoa_lulu what a fantastic harvest.
I am so envious of all your onions ... maybe it will be me next year!
For now I have tons of tomatoes ... some cukes and some long beans (which I dunno what to do with them yet)

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2012
3:29 PM

Post #9133988

We're all eating at your house tonight.lol
Looks good, remind me what variety of tomatoes are you growing this year?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #9134149

Lynea, maybe you can uncover those onions to see if they've bulbed. It may also help them get going.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
6:35 PM

Post #9134265

cocoa_lulu
huum I am growing so many varieties.
My favorite cherries are: Gold Nudget, Yellow Pear, Black Cherry, Sweet 100, Blonkchopchen (or something that sounds like this), Sungold ...
The larger ones, so far my favorite is Cherokee Purple ...

Tomatoes for breakfast ... lunch ... and dinner ... and the freezer is getting full ...

Definitely transplanting out tomatoes in February is worth here in Dallas: strong plants and great production!

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9134487

One of the onions and garlic that I've harvested in the past week. We used these with dinner tonight.

I picked a few more green beans this evening after my husband picked a lot this morning. Then I pulled a couple of carrots to see if they were ready. It was quite tasty, but not fully ripe.

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stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 23, 2012
8:38 AM

Post #9135019

This morning, more peas (not pictured), green beans, and one carrot, which was quite tasty!

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2012
10:32 AM

Post #9135149

Stephanie, thanks. I poked around the remaining onions this morning. I think I have too much compost (which is rare) The roots don't seem to be reaching real soil and drying out quickly. I'll bump up the watering and hopefully get these out of my way soon. Thanks for the photo of your carrots, mine are the same, was worried I had late maturing variety. I think we have rain in the forecast next week, that always seems to 'plump them up'..that's their last chance as well:0)

Thanks Drthor, Gold Nugget is a first for me this year. I like it and will replant for sure!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 23, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9135170

Today I harvested a full basket of Swiss Chard.
I should have picked the tomatoes too ... they are just turning color from one day to the other so fast !!

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2012
10:52 AM

Post #9136683

Got the first decent picking of okra last night, The 'burgundy' okra is new for me this year. So far, very tender and tasty. I like it :0)

Very nice, Drthor. My lettuce and chard have become too bitter to enjoy :0(

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 24, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #9136828

cocoa_lulu
you have okra already?
huumm when did you transplanted outside?

My lettuce finished months ago ... by my Swiss Chard will go on forever with no bitterbess. Especially the white ribbed one.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 24, 2012
1:24 PM

Post #9136885

My harvest today: tons of tomatoes, cucumbers and pole beans.
My record tomato this year is Virginia Sweet.

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 24, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9136907

That's a big tomato!
I have some fordhook giants, which it white variety, still bitter:0(
Do you know what cultivar of white chard your growing?

Okra was sowed on March 15 and transplanted on the 29th. That's about a month earlier then usual, but the weather was so consistent I decided to risk it. I would have had enough time to start over, if it didn't work, but I got lucky.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 24, 2012
3:40 PM

Post #9137061

Those are my best Swiss Chard (never bitter)
http://www.gourmetseed.com/product/SC24/Swiss-Chard-Riccia-da-Taglio.html
http://www.gourmetseed.com/product/SC10/Swiss-Chard-Sibilla.html

Great job taking the risk on your Okra. I always take risks on my tomatoes ... so far so good

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 24, 2012
3:46 PM

Post #9137078

http://www.gourmetseed.com/product/SC07/Swiss-Chard-Perpetual-Spinach.html
This is actually my favorite too. The picture is yellow, but the true color of this chard has white stalks.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 26, 2012
3:21 PM

Post #9139631

My harvest today ... ooohhhh!
My freezer is starting to get already full ... and it is just the beginning of the season.
Those eggplants are just beautiful !
I picked the peppers that were too close to the soil ... this year I was to late to stake my pepper plants ... so they are kind of lining down.
I don't want the pill bugs to eat them ... so I picked.
I will let the upper ones to turn color ... but those peppers are so nice !
Amazing cucumbers ... and off course tons of tomatoes ! ... and some little onions.
I have learned my lessons on how to grow those red onions: I planted too late and too deep ... oh well ... next year they will be bigger !

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rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 27, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9140384

[quote="cocoa_lulu"]I have some fordhook giants, which it white variety, still bitter:0(
Do you know what cultivar of white chard your growing?[/quote]
From my own reading and personal experience, I believe the key to non-bitter chard is to keep it actively growing in the vegetative stage (leaf production as opposed to fruit/seed production). Many of the problems attributed to "too much heat" are equally the result of the plant not keeping up with transpiration losses - not enough water, or sometimes too much water. That doesn't mean more watering is always good. That only helps if the soil is actually dry and there are enough healthy roots to take it up. The key (as with so much else) is a healthy root system, and that in turn usually relies on a healthy soil. They can really make all the difference, since it may only take a single severe stress-event to start the formation of those bitter compounds.

-Rich

rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 27, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #9140404

[quote="drthor"]Those are my best Swiss Chard (never bitter)
http://www.gourmetseed.com/product/SC24/Swiss-Chard-Riccia-da-Taglio.html
http://www.gourmetseed.com/product/SC10/Swiss-Chard-Sibilla.html
[/quote]
Riccia da Taglio and Sibilla were two of the varieties that performed best for me as well here in north central Florida. Others that grew well here were Umaina (http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_280-149.html) and Argentata 2 (http://www.gourmetseed.com/c=8CAWPB9MBL1IIfbiV2bsA0rtV/product/SC06/Swiss-Chard-Argentata-2.html), both green/white stemmed types.

The weakest-growing types in general were the varieties with golden or orange stems and veins (much to my disappointment, as I really like the way they dress up a dish). That included Fantasia Orange, Golden, Golden Sunrise and Oriole Orange, from several different sources.

I'm planning to plant pretty much the same varieties again this fall, so I'll have a better idea what to grow going forward.

-Rich

rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 27, 2012
9:10 AM

Post #9140412

Before and after pictures of the chard bed. As you can see, I'm fortunate I got any chard after the neighbors chickens got into it.

-Rich

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 27, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #9140664

rjogden
you are right: the red and yellow stem varieties of Swiss Chard will bolt very easy.
The "perpetua" ones are perennial in my garden ...love it !
Sorry for the chicken ... I hope she gave you some eggs for a life time !!

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 27, 2012
12:44 PM

Post #9140676

I pulled a few more carrots the other day. Still have several that I'm waiting to ripen. These were actually a little green, but were poking their tops out, so I harvested them.

We've harvested a mess of green beans the past few days. Can we say "Dinner"??

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 27, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9140966

Those are beautiful carrots and green beans. So good.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 28, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #9142480

My harvest today: tomatoes, cucumbers, long beans and blackberries (normally none of them make it to the kitchen for photograph ... this time I left a few ... giggle ... so good)

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 30, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9144883

My harvest today: my first OKRA POD !!
Tomatoes, long beans and cucumbers ... my freezer is getting full of tomatoes ...

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 1, 2012
9:58 AM

Post #9147683

My harvest today : 2 okra pods ... yuk
tomatoes, cukes, long beans, onions, eggplants, peppers and swiss chard

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2012
11:36 AM

Post #9147804

Thank you so much for all the info on the swiss chard! I struggled to grow these at all for a few years, I was content to get them to grow, but now I want them perfect and harvestable all summer! lol

I got a few new things today, My first 'real' tomato, white pattypans and the 'royal burgundy' beans. Can't wait to see how they taste :0)

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 1, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9148295

cocoa_lulu
amazing harvest ! I am so envious of the patty pan ... not squash here ... the squash vine borer attach all my plants !!
But I cannot complain with the rest ...

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 2, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9149609

Great harvest, Lynea!! Love the colorful beans!

Here's today's meager harvest.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 3, 2012
4:33 AM

Post #9149954

stephanietx
That's great!
I copied you ... I ordered some of those Lemon Cucumbers seeds from Baker Cheek ... and some more white cucumber varieties ...
I must tried them too and I am a seedholic ...

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 3, 2012
9:59 AM

Post #9150235

The lemon cukes are very aggressive viners, so give them plenty of room. They are also very prolific. What white cukes did you order? I've grown one white cuke and wasn't pleased with it at all.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 3, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #9150504

I have ordered these varieties from Baker Creek:
White Wonder Cucumber
Lemon Cuke Cucumber
Poona Kheera Cucumber

I looked their ratings on Dave's plant files and they have good reviews.

My harvest today: OKRA season is starting !
Enough to start to make Gumbo !

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stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 3, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #9150747

I grew White Wonder and didn't like it. The skin was tough and they tasted bitter, no matter at what size I harvested them. They made good pickles, though!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 5, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9153063

My harvest today.
I still have lots of green tomatoes on the vine ... but they seem like they are ripening really slow ...very strange because it is getting hotter !
Few cucumbers too ... but okra is starting to produce.
I have discovered GREEN ZEBRA tomato ... I think its taste is growing on me. And INDIGO ROSE ... not worth my time

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stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 6, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #9154543

Today's harvest.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 8, 2012
2:51 PM

Post #9157367

My harvest today: lots of tomatoes, eggplants, peppers , long beans, cucumbers, okra and some dill.
Love it !

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9157369

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 11, 2012
6:10 AM

Post #9160229

More tomatoes and cucumbers.
Tomatoes need to be harvest almost daily ... because they are cracking ... aaaahhhhh

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Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

June 12, 2012
8:23 AM

Post #9162004

Does Indigo Rose not taste good, or is it hard to grow? I bought seeds but haven't planted them.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9162767

Calalily I posted more picture of the plant on this thread: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1243441/ just scroll almost at the end.
I bough the transplant of Indigo Rose just because I had a free coupon to spend at the garden center.
The plant didn't grow very much. The tomatoes are taking forever to ripen. Really FOREEEEVER and when they are ready they crack on the top, making the upper part not edible.
I have only one plant, so it is hard to make a comparison ... but I will not try again next year.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2012
6:26 PM

Post #9162811

My birthday present today.
Lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, some long beans and cow peas, okra and peaches ...

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hrp50
Carrollton, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2012
8:14 PM

Post #9162966

Nothing quite says "happy birthday " better than being able to pick an abundant harvest. Happy birthday drthor!

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #9163300

I harvested the rest of the garlic this morning, two weeks earlier than usual. The cloves were set Nov 7th 2011

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 13, 2012
8:35 AM

Post #9163481

HoneybeeNC that's is fantastic harvest. WOW !!

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2012
1:50 PM

Post #9163855

Thanks, drthor ^_^

I picked Royal Burgundy bush beans this afternoon - they turn green when cooked.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 13, 2012
2:11 PM

Post #9163884

I never grew bush beans. This year I am growing for the first time"long beans" and I love it.
Do you eat the bean pods or the bean seeds?
Do you have a picture of the bush bean plant?
I really don't understand how they grow yet ...

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 13, 2012
8:53 PM

Post #9164401

Drthor, bush beans are just like pole beans (green beans). You eat the whole pod. Bush beans tend to produce once and then they're done. The pole beans continue producing throughout the season.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 13, 2012
8:55 PM

Post #9164404

thanks
so do bush beans need to be staked?
any picture of the plants ?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 13, 2012
9:15 PM

Post #9164414

They don't vine for the most part, but they do need some support or your beans will end up on the ground.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 13, 2012
9:20 PM

Post #9164416

thanks
I might try to grow them too

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2012
5:35 AM

Post #9164580

I have mine supported with hoop-loops

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6931-hoop-loops-pkg-of-10.aspx

The only draw-back to bush beans is that you have to do a lot of bending to pick the beans.

These are very tasty beans. I steamed them for about six minutes until they were crisp-tender.

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8376-royal-burgundy-og.aspx

Will get a photo of the row tomorrow.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 14, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9164651

Dr, if you've grown black-eyed peas like Pink Eye Purple Hull they are about the same height.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 14, 2012
9:36 AM

Post #9164849

My garlic has dried and I've broken apart the cloves. I'm so thrilled with this year's harvest!

My harvest from Wed, 6.13.12

Today's harvest. Can't wait for the cantaloupes and maters to be ready to harvest!

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HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 15, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #9166064

drthor - here a photos of the beans growing on the bushes. Some of the plants are about thigh-high, others a little higher. They do need some support but don't have tendrils. Some of the beans are vining around the trellis that I put up as a support for sweet peppers that are growing next to the beans.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9166307

HoneybeeNC thanks for taking the time to make me understand.
That's what I need to see.
I will try to grow them next year too.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #9166467

My harvest today ... NOW WHAT ?
So much food !!!
AAHHHHH

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rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 15, 2012
3:21 PM

Post #9166686

[quote="drthor"]My harvest today ... NOW WHAT ?
So much food !!!
AAHHHHH
[/quote]
Such problems! Everyone should have them! Pull out the pressure canner and get busy! Chop and freeze the peppers, can the tomatoes, pickle the eggplant, and send me that melon ;o).

-Rich
rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 15, 2012
3:24 PM

Post #9166696

[quote="HoneybeeNC"]drthor - here a photos of the beans growing on the bushes. Some of the plants are about thigh-high, others a little higher. They do need some support but don't have tendrils. Some of the beans are vining around the trellis that I put up as a support for sweet peppers that are growing next to the beans.[/quote]
Those are some great looking beans! I didn't get mine in this year - got busy reworking the garden and let the time get away from me.

-Rich

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2012
6:00 PM

Post #9166859

No way, my first melon is mineeeeeee
I just cannot believe it ! This season is amazing.
Definitely I planted everything at the perfect time this year !
I think that's the secret of success in my area ! Summer crop must be planted before the real heat starts !! So the plants have deep roots and can stand any weather abuse.

By the way, all of this bounty without NO PESTICIDES or CHEMICALS ... nature is just rewarding me ...

Tomorrow I will attend a cooking class at Le Cordon Blue about Creole cousine.
So I can use all of this peppers and okra in Gumbo and Etoufee ... yummy !!

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #9167000

You could always donate to the food bank

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2012
5:35 AM

Post #9168422

drthor - that's a great looking harvest. I cut my melons up and freeze them (after removing the rind.) They don't taste quite as good as fresh, but it's fun eating one's own grown in the middle of winter.

I don't spray my garden with anything either.

Found a few mealy bugs on the beans this morning, squished them and went right on picking! I'm getting about 2lbs per day. I sowed a 24ft row, but am only picking 20ft as I'm hoping to save seed for next year.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2012
10:12 AM

Post #9168739

I also garden organically. I like that I can eat my produce straight from the vine/plant without washing first.

Today's harvest. My first tomato!! Woohoo!

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9168783

That's fantastic !!
My harvest today: a basket of Swiss Chard, a basket of Parsley seeds and a basket with : Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Plums, Cow Peas (self seeded), Okra and Long Beans.
I will let the Parsley seeds dry and use them in garnish in my cooking. Lots more seed heads in the garden, which I will live them for birds and self-re-seed.

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HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9169258

drthor - regarding "Cow Peas" - I've seen mention of them before. What are they and how does one find seed?
rwaterspf1
Durham, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2012
5:45 PM

Post #9169273

We used the term cow pea to refer to black-eyed peas when I lived in TX. We used to eat them on new years day for good luck through the year. As far as where to get seed I haven't looked since I moved to NC 12 years ago


-Vaughn

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2012
5:45 PM

Post #9169274

Cow Peas are like green beans. Look at the picture above (the second one), they are the smallest green beans (8" long)
I planted them last year to climb around an "A" frame swing I have.
They grew like monster ... lots of green leaves. I never grew beans so I couldn't find any pods ... so I kept cutting them and feed my DH pets ... in September I started to see pods and OMG ... millions of pods. I just steamed them for 10 minutes and they are ready ...

I ordered these climbing varieties:
http://rareseeds.com/vegetablesa-c/cowpeas/monkey-tail-cowpea.html
http://rareseeds.com/vegetablesa-c/cowpeas/california-blackeye-pea.html

Bake Creek has a the biggest collection of cow peas.

Last summer we had a record 70 days over 100Fdegrees here in Dallas (normally we have 4 days over 100F only)
While some other vegetables went into a shock, those cow peas kept growing and growing ...

This year they just came up by themselves ... and they are producing already. LOVE IT !


HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 17, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9169298

Thanks for the links, drthor. I'm particularly interested in these peas because last summer, we too, had days when the temperature was in the triple digits.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 17, 2012
7:12 PM

Post #9169398

I've always considered cow peas and black-eyed peas the same, but I don't think they are. They are in the same family, though.
rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2012
10:18 PM

Post #9169519

Black eyed peas are one variety of cowpea. There are many in the same species.

Dthor is right - check out http://rareseeds.com/vegetablesa-c/cowpeas.html

-Rich

P.S.: For some reason you may have to cut and paste the link - I got an error message even though I used the pasted link.

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HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 18, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9169769

Thanks for the link, Rich - it worked for me.

I've saved all this info for 2013 garden reference.

The Royal Burgundy bush bean seeds I sowed last Thursday came up overnight. That's just four days!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 19, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9171879

My harvest today:
Melon, plums, tomatoes, cukes, long beans and cow peas and a few okra.

HoneybeeNC, here is a picture of the cow peas growing on the side of my swing

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 19, 2012
4:53 PM

Post #9172004

I hope you can grow cow peas Honeybee, they are a favorite here! I sowed Texas Cream 40's this year and they are tasty.

This year is so odd, everything seems to be maturing all at once, makes the harvesting a real chore.
I have pumpkins and winter squash already?? Tomatoes are in full swing, and this my second wagon load of cream peas.

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drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 19, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9172112

cocoa_lulu
amazing harvest !

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9172609

drthor- thanks for the cow pea photos. They look strange to me, but then I've never seen, grown or eaten cow peas. LOL

cocoa_lulu - I will definitely grow some cow peas next summer. It's going to the in the 90's here over the next few days, and it's only JUNE!

Does one have to shell cow peas, or can one cook them like green beans?

hornstrider
Hutto, TX

June 20, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9172631

Wow...beautiful harvest by everyone, and so beautifully displayed. I am almost embarrassed to show my harvest in our messy kitchen. This is a video of a weeks tomato harvest.

http://s706.photobucket.com/albums/ww66/hornstrider22/?action=view¤t=MaterCrop.mp4
cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2012
7:52 AM

Post #9172692

Honeybee, cowpeas are the same as southern peas. You'll also see them called by their self describing name, cream, zippers, crowders, black eyed, and so on. They are all (including the Asian, long and asparagus bean) Vigna unguiculata.

You can eat the pods on all of them, but usually it's the Asian longs beans that are grown for that purpose. When shelled, southern peas varieties have distinctly different flavors from one another, in other words they do not all taste like black eyed peas :0)


Hornstrider, I don't know, your kitchen looks clean to me! It's such a mess here, as soon as I clean up one canning project, it's time to do another. I really enjoyed the garden tour, your garden is wonderful, thanks for the link! I'm not sure where Hutto is, but it looks gorgeous.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9172694

hornstrider
your video made my day .. I almost fell down my chair ...
just for one second ... do you think we might have planted too many tomato plants this year?
I will say yes ... but just for one second !! I am so proud of all of those tomatoes !

Great job and great video, keep posting !

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #9172699

HoneybeeNC
I did try to eat those little cow peas ... but they are soooo little ... too much work for me.
I like to eat the tender pods !

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #9172857

Today's harvest includes some okra! Not sure if the Hill Country Red okra should be picked so young, but we're gonna try it anyway. Hubby used some pods yesterday and made okra and tomatoes. He said the okra was really good.

I also took 4 of the cantaloupes we've harvested recently and cut them up. I sure hope the work folks like cantaloupe because this container is going in the fridge at work for their enjoyment and snacking!

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hornstrider
Hutto, TX

June 20, 2012
11:40 AM

Post #9172990

"do you think we might have planted too many tomato plants this year?"

My wife might think so. I give a lot of tomato's away every year to my customers. They always seem to enjoy the harvest. It beats giving pens, and key chains away. They seem to remember me when it comes to re-orders..
rwaterspf1
Durham, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9173395

harvested a whole lot of green beans yay! but something got ahold of my zuke :\

Vaughn

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stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
8:28 PM

Post #9173665

Squash vine borer got your zuke. Evil, evil things!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9174754

This is my final SPRING harvest picture.
This spring 2012 has been fantastic.
Also a picture of the ripen Virginia Sweet like I promised.

Good luck to your SUMMER harvest !

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 21, 2012
8:01 PM

Post #9175140

drthor; And Big THANK YOU!!!!! to you also

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