Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Weed'em & Reap Garden Club Social this coming Friday.

Posted Monday, October 13, 2014, at 2:54 PM
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  • By the way, the lighter seeds are not viable. They are lighter in weight and pretty obvious to pick out when handling them. I will still have plenty to share though.

    Unless my wife planted something I do not know (which hasn't happened) this is all from one plant. The squash is still kicking out flowers and growing out across the lawn.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 13, 2014, at 2:54 PM
  • I got a few of those squash seeds, but they have mildew spots, they held moisture too long on me while drying... I think I got it down pat now though, especially after harvesting a lot of these tomato seeds.

    I cut that squash you gave me in half and baked it for about 45 minutes and spooned the flesh right out after it cooled some.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Oct 13, 2014, at 7:26 PM
  • Spooning it out sounds a LOT better.

    Are you cutting in half lengthwise or straight across the diameter? I presume the diameter but......

    As you see from the picture, I'll have plenty more seeds. I believe that squash could take a bite out of world hunger.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 13, 2014, at 8:06 PM
  • Both actually...into 4 pieces, because of the length...I have an oven from the 70's, it's kind of small...I was able to bake 3 pieces, cut side down on a sheet pan or casserole dish. I added a little water so it steamed a little...next time I think I'll just spritz for moisture...it seemed to be mushy more then I was aiming for. That made it easier too add to that bread I made

    As a vegetable side, it might even be tastier to peel it raw, cube it (larger), season it, oil toss it, then roast like a potato. That way you get texture, more like a roasted root veggie.

    It really depends on how your going to use or store it.

    Harvesting the seeds was tedious for me. I had to individually press each one out of the inside seed web, then wash the extra pulp off and lay to dry. They retained so much moisture they started to mildew or mold before they dried. Next time, sun drying will be the answer I think! Or a warm tepid oven.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Oct 14, 2014, at 8:53 AM
  • Ah, just what I needed on a rainy Tuesday morning, a head slap bringing me back into reality. I copy and pasted an address from Mapquest into the release about our next meeting location.

    The Times Gazette was nice enough to question that since La Cabana is on North Main. If you asked me, I would have said I don't know the number but it is on North Main and is a bright yellow building on your right as you come out of Shelbyville.

    But I thought the number was important so I Googled it and got the Mapquest address. Wrong. Was it at the other address at a previous time?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 14, 2014, at 9:23 AM
  • I went to the bright yellow building on your right, but I'm numerically challenged most days. Don't let me count your money! Ha!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Oct 14, 2014, at 9:30 AM
  • You are neater than I in regard to those seeds. I left a little of the inside fiber on the seeds, sun dried, then loosened them on the paper so I could turn them over.

    I got a little apprehensive about a cat coming along and thinking the seeds were a new form of litter material, so I covered them lightly with another page of newspaper. Maybe another day and I will glean them from the rest of the material for final drying.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 14, 2014, at 11:20 AM
  • Kroger is reported to be printing a coupon for discounts at La Cabana on the back of their receipts. Be sure to turn yours over to see if they still are doing that.

    We had no idea that Weed'em & Reap was that influential. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 16, 2014, at 11:17 AM
  • I am surprised at how long "blush" tomatoes last on the counter. Most of my tomatoes ripen beyond use within a few days, but these guys have been hanging in for weeks.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Oct 16, 2014, at 11:34 AM
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