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    Jealous. My cuke harvest has been sparse the past 2 years.

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    Another monster zucc discovered today. Those fuckers are shockingly stealth considering they're the size of a human leg...

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    Edit: full spread is a bit scary. There's gonna be canning tonight!

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    Holy shit dude

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    Honey Crisps are coming in good, been eating them all week. I Pick them and put in the fridge for a few hours, get that snappy crunch and refreshing juice, love them.
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    Liberties need another week or so but the few that fell already where tasty and tart.

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    Already picked and ate the Akane’s and Chehalis, they were delicious.

    The Spartans I’ll pick last.

    Loving this hybrid tree, only in its 2nd year and produced about 63 apples this season.

    Saw 2 bees 69’ing a grub to death. One was stinging it while the other munched it.

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    Le jardin fou, le jardin seche puis le tomats
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    Hot sauce day.

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    That wrinkly tomato is a nice specimen, picture perfect.

    Enter zuckzilla:

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    Model is 5'7" with skier thighs.
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    Fast asleep. Pretty much every day bees, wasps and butterflies fall asleep in my flowers. A few times they've gotten trapped when the flower closes at the end of the day and they buzz-force it open. Most stuff is giving up now but the raspberry and blackberry bushes are popping dozens of new berries now and most tomatoes are still green :shrug: I think the 5 days of really cool weather after 8" of rain in 3 days stunted them. Unfortunately blight is wrecking half of the green leaves. After the 2" of rain I'm looking at tonight moves out it's gonna be time for some hardcore pruning. Strawberries that didn't produce all season are setting some large, tasty fruit now and the cauliflower that I thought was completely ruined by cabbage worms is dropping the holey leaves and sprouting all new happy looking ones. I left them in them ground because, why not, and now they're happening. Cool.
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    Local farm is roasting Boldog paprika peppers:

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    It's not everyday that you find a frog in a squash blossom
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    Nice work, everyone!

    We left town for a couple of weeks to escape the smoke and came back to a nice harvest.

    Melons are a challenge for us as well. They grow well but more often than not we miss the right time for harvesting them. The various recommendations seem to be useless. Today we harvested 3 watermelons that grass strong, green stems but were nonetheless over ripe.

    Beets have been our MVPs this year. This tub is the 3rd we've pulled so far (20# each). We blanch and freeze the greens.

    Our cucumbers have been especially pathetic, as have the summer squashes. We have a ton of beautiful Acorn squash though, so we're excited for that. Corn has been a near total failure. I blame the smoke, which has been nearly everpresent since late June.Click image for larger version. 

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    My experience with picking melons (cantaloupes) is that you have to rely on smell only. Firmness, noise they make when you tap them, none of it matters. The second you can detect their smell pluck them off and you have a few days, maybe a week in the fridge. Harder with watermelons which don't smell very strongly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by climberevan View Post
    Nice work, everyone!

    We left town for a couple of weeks to escape the smoke and came back to a nice harvest.

    Melons are a challenge for us as well. They grow well but more often than not we miss the right time for harvesting them. The various recommendations seem to be useless. Today we harvested 3 watermelons that grass strong, green stems but were nonetheless over ripe.

    Beets have been our MVPs this year. This tub is the 3rd we've pulled so far (20# each). We blanch and freeze the greens.

    Our cucumbers have been especially pathetic, as have the summer squashes. We have a ton of beautiful Acorn squash though, so we're excited for that. Corn has been a near total failure. I blame the smoke, which has been nearly everpresent since late June.Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks for the beet greens tip, it’s been an oddly banner year for them here also and I’ve always wanted to save more greens than we can typically eat.

    My wife makes a pasta dish with them that is outstanding. Use em in smoothies too. Throw out other uses if ya got em

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    We use frozen greens of all types in our mainstay dish: Indian legume stews/dal. We eat dal daily and have started just adding a ton of greens to every recipe. It becomes a pretty great full meal when piled on brown rice.

    When they are fresh we also eat them plain. Chard steamed with just a bit of salt is fantastic, and beet greens are nearly as good when they are young. Once the beets are mature the greens get a bit tougher and work better in the dals. Collard greens can withstand all sorts of spices and really shine.
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    Good year for chili's. Anyone have any favourite hot sauce recipes? I've been mostly using this site as a resource https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/c...es/hot-sauces/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaleia View Post
    Good year for chili's. Anyone have any favourite hot sauce recipes? I've been mostly using this site as a resource https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/c...es/hot-sauces/


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    The rains have come and they usually induce a black rot on the tomatoes, so I picked a bunch of green ones and salvaged a few of the dahlias.
    Glad to see the end of the driest summer I've seen here in a while.
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    Supposed to get cold tonight so we hauled most of the peppers in this morning. And whatever else was ripe:

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    That giant squash is going to make a boatload of soup!! It has some smaller companion on the way too, doing their best to fuck up the chicken fences:

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    Canned 7 quarts of salsa and 14 quarts of tomato sauce over the weekend and picked enough to make as much. It never ends...
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    Looks like the weather is going to hold out for the next 10 days or so... hopefully all my remaining tomatoes ripen.

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    FKNA Boissal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
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    Did your corbacis never turn orange/red?
    They do once they're off the plant, on the plant I've only seen one with a slight orange tint. The plant got absorbed by an out-on-control squash though and wasn't as productive as it should have been. Next year I'm planting a few and giving them more space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skaredshtles View Post
    Looks like the weather is going to hold out for the next 10 days or so... hopefully all my remaining tomatoes ripen.
    This may have already been discussed but…

    I pulled a bunch of greenies last year before a freeze, put them in a cardboard box (not touching each other) with a banana (which the Internet says helps them ripen) and had ripe tomatoes late into fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedude2340 View Post
    This may have already been discussed but…

    I pulled a bunch of greenies last year before a freeze, put them in a cardboard box (not touching each other) with a banana (which the Internet says helps them ripen) and had ripe tomatoes late into fall.
    This works well. You can also slice the green tomatoes and layer them in a crock with salt. Rinse them when ready to use, batter and fry. They’re not watery if prepared this way.


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