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sunchokes and sweet potatoes?
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I have a bit of space in my raised bed now that I've pulled the peas that dried up, and was looking through the Urban Farm's (…Continue

Tags: compstsifter, jerusalemartichokes, sweetpotatoes, sunchokes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Treasa May 14, 2010.

 

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watermelon and butternut

"The stems holding the watermelon dried up, so the fruit again only got to the size of grapefruits."
Oct 16, 2011
Paul commented on Julie Elefante's photo
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watermelon and butternut

"Blueberries? What area do you live in?"
Oct 16, 2011
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watermelon and butternut

"The stuff along that fence is all native soil, and yup, those plants did fine, although I did add some fertilizer at the start. I also added some manure into my raised bed, but when I dug down into the existing soil to start, the soil already looked…"
Oct 15, 2011
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"Hi, Well thats discouraging isnt' it? You'll get em next time though, wont' you? :)    I planted a huge garden for the first time in a lot of years. So far, so good. *fingers crossed*. I didn't add anything to the soil.…"
Oct 15, 2011
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"Paul, they actually did all right until the squash bugs got to the butternut and some critter kept eating my watermelons. I had one melon get to more than softball size, and then it ate half of it. I was so disappointed. This year, I trellised the…"
Oct 14, 2011
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watermelon and butternut

"So how did they do?"
Oct 14, 2011
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stuffed zuke blossoms

"Thanks, everyone! Susan, I'm so sorry I left your comment unanswered for so very long! I'm still gardening, but I've had to make cuts in my Internet time, so my presence on this site took a backseat. I stuffed the blossoms with some…"
Sep 1, 2011
Nikki Myers commented on Julie Elefante's photo
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stuffed zuke blossoms

"Those look delish, I've gotta try it sometime....I actually have some in the garden...maybe I'll give it a try tonight!"
Aug 31, 2011
Paul commented on Julie Elefante's photo
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stuffed zuke blossoms

"Wow, they look really good."
Aug 31, 2011
Leslie B commented on Julie Elefante's photo
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Mystery plant 2: what is this?

"Maybe a Bay Laurel?"
Jan 17, 2011
Julie Elefante replied to grrlscout's discussion Tomato jam in the group Growing Gourmet
"That's a beautiful plate of food! I've never made tomato jam--maybe I can try it out this year."
Jun 11, 2010
Julie Elefante replied to Julie Elefante's discussion stuffed blossoms and roasted zucchini in the group Growing Gourmet
"Thanks, Nadine! You don't have to fry these--you can bake them at 350, just until they're slightly brown--maybe 15 minutes or so. =)"
Jun 11, 2010
Julie Elefante replied to Julie Elefante's discussion stuffed blossoms and roasted zucchini in the group Growing Gourmet
"Thank you! Zuke blossoms are good in other dishes, too--I've mixed them into risotto and topped focaccia with them. They'd probably be tasty in just a salad, too, maybe a warm/wilted salad."
Jun 11, 2010
QuebecGirl replied to Julie Elefante's discussion stuffed blossoms and roasted zucchini in the group Growing Gourmet
"YUMMY!!! I can't do fried food right now but will have to try the blossoms sometime. I will absolutely try the roasted zucchinis, maybe even tonight :) I have alot of huge blossoms right now, it makes this recipe very tempting. Thank you much…"
Jun 1, 2010
grrlscout replied to Julie Elefante's discussion stuffed blossoms and roasted zucchini in the group Growing Gourmet
"Those look sooooo delish!! I like them stuffed with herbed goat cheese and tempura'd too. Sadly, all the varieties I grow produce teeny tiny blossoms. Too small for stuffing. :c ("
Jun 1, 2010
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stuffed blossoms and roasted squash, May 29

"Thanks, Sue! I just used about 3/4 cup ricotta cheese, 1 egg, some salt and pepper, a dash of nutmeg, and some fresh chopped basil, thyme, and sage, then roasted a clove of garlic to chop up and stir in. Just mix all that up and either spoon it or…"
May 31, 2010

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About Me:
My boyfriend and I moved into our first house in November 2009 and planted our first veggie garden in a raised bed in March 2010. One of our biggest challenges has been figuring out good soil recipes and trying to reckon the front and back yards, which are planted with invasive Bermuda grass. I'm a professional copy editor, and he's a computer guy. We're both on the nerdy side. I love to cook and have certificates of completion in commercial cooking and baking/pastry arts.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wow, I've really fallen behind in my garden blogging! I'll start off by saying that gardening has been a pretty decent treatment for two of my worst non-gardener traits: not wanting to ever get up early, and scoleciphobia--an irrational fear of worms/caterpillars. First things first, though.



In short, temperatures have dipped up into the 90s since mid-April, but even this week, there were days where highs still topped off at 71 (blissful days for me). Lows haven't gone below 50s this… Continue

Posted on May 2, 2010 at 1:04am — 1 Comment

Saturday, 3/20/10

The weather has been gorgeous! In the middle of summer, it's easy to believe that , AZ is blazing over 100 degrees9 months of the year, but that's not the case. March has stayed steady in the high 70s/mid 80s, and it's wonderful weather to be outside. Here's my latest update, in list form:



1. I survived the 6-day "in-laws'" visit (in-laws actually being just my boyfriend's parents). His mom, a seasoned gardener in Oklahoma, told me that while my plants looked nice and healthy, many of… Continue

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 8:37pm — 8 Comments

Friday, 3/5/10

Got the raised bed planted, huzzah! All my seedlings have homes now.



Immersing myself in new topics always makes me sound like Rain Man. Yesterday, I saw some basil seeds at Target and started mumbling, "Opal basil. Yeah, these would be good with tomato plants. Yeah. Keeps some bugs off. Gotta pick the flowers off before they seed. Yeah . . . 87 leaves on my basil plant at home, yeah, 87 leaves, definitely 87 leaves." Okay, maybe not that extreme, but I am grateful to have such a… Continue

Posted on March 6, 2010 at 12:41am — 2 Comments

Wednesday, 3/03/10

Dear Blog--just a short(ish) entry, in list form.



1. Bermuda grass is a PITA to break up. Hun started out with a square shovel and found it nearly impossible, but luckily, I'd bought a garden pick, and the going was much better. I just wanted enough to break up the sod and dig a trench our garden bed could set into on level ground: success.



2. Dirt is hella heavy. That's a nice way to say it, and now I feel generous because I didn't necessarily want to say it nicely. We moved… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

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