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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thoughts from the garden, what to do with okra, goodbye tomatoes and who called this meeting

Posted Sunday, July 22, 2012, at 8:28 AM

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YBA Young Buzzard Association
I promise, it was only three days since we picked last, but the okra looked like it was ready to defend itself. HUGE pods that looked dangerous and probably would be if I tried to eat them.

Does anyone have a cooking method to salvage over-prime okra? That's my nice way of saying these things were tough and big hombres.

I tried eating one a few weeks ago but cardboard would get softer faster than this stuff. Deb says that when she goes to cut it and the knife won't penetrate without undue force, it is time to give up.

One tomato plant is producing tomatoes that look more like peppers both inside and out. (hollow inside) They were cut down this morning along with the mutated tomato from a radioactive meltdown.

Morning glories have really come on strong with the rains. I did a hard pull this morning, but I am sure there will be more tomorrow.

And the Armenian cucumbers! They just keep coming, hiding and growing huge! They are sprawled on the ground so the leaves do a good job of hiding them, but if we had them hanging , the weight would surely pull down whatever we had them on. Only grew two plants this year but maybe only one next year.

We have a friend who does a lot of pickling and she has been kind enough to keep smiling as we bring her more, but sooner or later she will run out of canning jars, pickling spices or just get plumb tired of them.

Our edamame (edible soybeans) have done well, those that came up. It is hard to avoid temptation but I am trying to let them go for seed next year. You may remember that I had a lot of seed failure this Spring but I have been working on that pound bag for 7 years.

I am bachelorizing it this weekend. Deb's brother came in for a visit this week and she took him and her mother up to St Louis to visit a niece. Don't worry, I survived. I've played the part of a bachelor before. :-)

The cats, dogs and fish might have a different outlook on that since I do not coddle them as much, but they are all fat and sassy so.....

Speaking of fish, we REALLY need to find a good home for some goldfish. You need a "living pond" or one with a filter and aerator, but after that, we are happy to share.

One pond we gave them to was fished pretty hard by an egret, so if you have one visiting your pond, maybe these goldfish are not for you. They stand out nicely and are not afraid of anyone in the water so they would be easy picking.

We also feed them once a day during the warm months and every few days in winter unless the pond is iced over. If it is a natural pond they might need supplemental food until they get used to foraging for themselves.

We could probably spare up to 20, so if two or even three of you want some, no problem. They range in size up to a full hand. Maybe I should raise tilapia! :-)

Oh, the "who called this meeting" comment. The picture pretty well tells you, but I saw a bunch of Turkey Buzzards (not turkeys)in a neighbor's yard yesterday. About the same number were in the trees as well.

They were not eating anything, and all appeared young, so I wondered what was going on. Of course., they would not share that info with me but.....

Well, it is time to get listing. I violated our rule to stop buying things to sell on eBay so I have to get a bunch listed today to justify my actions to Deb



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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. 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.