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The secret of being a good picker (of berries, beans, etc) not guitars

Posted Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 10:33 AM

Edamame basking in the sun
As I was picking edamame (soybean) last evening my mind was wondering, as it always does. It seemed I was doing a great job at picking, but then I realized that the true secret to being a great picker, (at least in your own mind) is DON'T LOOK BACK!

I can't believe how many beans I missed and how obvious they were on the way back up the row. I mean RIGHT UP FRONT and I missed a whole plant! Guess my mind was REALLY far away.

We had the same experience last week picking blueberries. We picked the bush CLEAN, but when we were walking away, I made the mistake of turning around. DARN! They had grown some more and already ripened them in a matter of minutes!

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Here is another tip I got at our garden club meeting last week. I tried it, liked it and survived it so I thought I would share. I think it came from Barbara, but I know she said it came from an acquaintance of hers, so.. I don't know who gets the credit.

If you have a particular good batch of pickles, consider using the same liquid to out more cucumbers in. Barbara mentioned heating the liquid and that may be to kill any bacteria.

I just plopped a washed, sliced cucumber into a store bought bottle of juice when we finished it, put it back in the refrigerator and within a few days, we had delicious pickles again.

I have almost used up the bottle but because of the possibility of bacteria, once is enough. No need to push my luck.

Anyone else try this? Good or bad results?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 26, 2010, at 7:28 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.