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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Ramblings from our hill in Bedford County

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 9:23 AM
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  • What was the problem and the solution Steve?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Thu, May 30, 2013, at 9:34 AM
  • We've had a run in with a little rabbit as well. Over night he/she managed to eat several almost-riped bunches of lettuce. We just got in from building a net-type fence around the garden to keep Mr. Rabbit out. And replanted more lettuce.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Thu, May 30, 2013, at 10:32 AM
  • Now that would really bother me if they waited until the plant was ready to harvest and THEN they swoop in and eat them.

    No problem Cherokee2. Most of that was just an enjoyable observation. (except for the edamame eating rabbit and even that seems to be self-resolving)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 30, 2013, at 4:09 PM
  • Finally got rid of my squirrel problem Steve. Sprinkled Critter Ridder round my patio and no more hole digging in the garden. Have only had to nuke the Aphids one time this year. I am on go even without bees for a good harvest of tomatoes and cucumbers and green peppers.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Fri, May 31, 2013, at 6:38 AM
  • Must be other little workers helping fill in for the bees. Maybe they do not come out until later in the year and that is why we had a delayed fruit set.

    I think I am going to have to relocate my bathtub garden. My tomatoes struggled and are much leggier than their full garden counterparts. I believe it is the length of sun they get. They are right on the edge of six hours.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 31, 2013, at 8:10 AM
  • ...just a note on how I would fix a pesky rabbit!

    Braised Rabbit in Gravy Jus

    1 medium size rabbit (cleaned, cut-up, de-feathered and soaked overnight refrigerated, in an equal part sugar/salt brine to plump and remove gameness)

    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    1 med onion

    1 cup diced carrot

    1/2 cup diced fennel

    1 small clove thinly sliced garlic

    1/3 cup red wine (pinot noir or shiraz)

    2 sprigs fresh thyme

    1/2 cup heavy cream

    2 tablespoons cold butter

    salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

    Remove rabbit from brining liquid and pat dry with paper towels(discard brine)

    preheat oven to 350

    Heat a large oven safe (cast iron or dutch oven w/lid is even better) skillet to medium high...add olive oil to skillet dredge rabbit in flour seasoned with salt and pepper then brown rabbit and sear until all rabbit surfaces appear to be sealed with the heat, but not finished cooking...remove rabbit from the pan and let rest...reduce heat to medium low and add thyme sprigs, garlic, carrots, onion, and fennel..saute until translucent and tender add wine and let it reduce by half...add heavy cream and reduce by half again maintaining low heat...return rabbit pieces to the pan...add the butter on top cover and place in the 350 degree oven for about an hour until tender...serve over rice.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, May 31, 2013, at 11:43 AM
  • Brought a smile to my face and probably one to my tummy. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 31, 2013, at 12:40 PM
  • Wish I was better about saving the watercress I keep pulling out of our goldfish pond stream. I brought some up from a wet weather stream area down in the hollow put it in the new "aqua-system" I had built to recycle & aerate the water in our goldfish pond. (watercress likes moving water)

    It grew so well that I am continuously pulling it out to open the flow of the stream. Today I took the last big mass out (still some seedlings) because it was diverting water up and out of the system.

    While I was at it I rebuilt the waterfall area to allow the water to flow more freely and hopefully delay the build-up that will cause another overflow. PITA takes about a gallon a day out of it with her baths, so I don't need more disappearing.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 1, 2013, at 10:16 AM
  • I just picked my first tomato (Goliath) of the season this morning. Going to go slice it now....... Am back from slicing and consuming said tomato. Report ----- mmm mmm mmm.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Sun, Jun 2, 2013, at 8:59 AM
  • Nice! You are way ahead of me! My earliest tomatoes are the ones I put in the bathtub. They still have not set any flowers.

    The ones I put in the ground have flowers but I have not noticed any fruit set. I have to pick some peas so it is a good time to check the tomatoes. News at 10:00!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 2, 2013, at 9:55 AM
  • Tiny, tiny tomato and when I went to stake them, I knocked off a branch with flowers. :-( Drat! But I did try to start the piece knocked off as a rooting. We'll see.

    As expected while out there, I decided to do some touch-up weeding. Then decided that I really needed to get some spaghetti squash, zucchini, bush beans planted. THEN planted two mystery vines (I forgot what they are) and a volunteer tomato that was in the wrong spot. (I would bet cherry tomato, but time will tell)

    I had promised myself that I would use today to list some items for sale, but it did not start out well. I have come in, and it looks like rain so.... maybe I'll get started, if I stop blogging.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 2, 2013, at 11:53 AM
  • I sure wish I could breed the tenacity of weeds (especially morning glories) into our veggie seeds. I have morning glory coming up through at least 4 inches of mulch, but plant a tomato or pepper seed more than it should be and forget about it.

    My snow peas and sugar snap have done well after a slow start but they are now starting to yellow in the heat. English peas I started a few weeks ago do not look like they will make it with the heat either.

    Same thing for my Chinese broccoli. It is going to seed much faster than it should so I guess those items are done until September.

    The garlic is also starting to fall over so it won't be long before I pull those and plant something else in its place. Maybe the next generation of edamame.

    My row of okra is moving slow except for about 6 plants that are three times the size of all the rest. I need to flag those and let them make seed. They are in the same three foot section of the garden so maybe it is soil instead.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 3, 2013, at 12:32 PM
  • Does anyone in this area have luck with growing cauliflower?

    -- Posted by wildflower727 on Mon, Jun 3, 2013, at 1:09 PM
  • I have tried several times in early Spring but was hit hard by worms and the cauliflower looked brownish. If I did try again, I would try a late fall crop.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 3, 2013, at 2:50 PM
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