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How did the zucchini lasagne turn out?

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I made some chocolate zucchini bread yesterday, yum! Going to make zucchini lasagne for dinner.

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Note to self: next year, plant only two zucchini seeds! Five plants, four days:

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I'm hoping last week's cooler temperatures (85 and under) will persuade my heirloom tomatoes to set some fruit. The cherry tomatoes have been stunning performers. I gave everybody a couple of tablespoons of organic vegetable food, too.

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I discovered another pumpkin this morning and it is already about 6 inches. Had to cut back my Beef Steak tomato, the wind blew it over and broke a lot of the stems. It has not been producing much so maybe having less green will increase production.

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Checked the vines and they have mildew. Oldest leaves are dying back. Not sure if there's anything I can do to treat the newest growth to help keep it from spreading, but I'm going to try. On a good note, it does make it easier to check the corn. And some of the pumpkins are already turning. I checked today and there are quite a few, lots more than hubby thought there'd be.
Many of the spaghetti squashes are ripe now, so going back to pick them tomorrow. Butternut squash aren't ready yet, but there are lots. And I did find one yellow cucumber. Have to look harder to see if there might be more hiding. Picked lots of tomatoes, and more are ripening. Have to pick beans too. Not sure what hubby means by the first planting slowing down, there seemed to be plenty there! Good thing I have lots of friends who like them. Usually we plant more than we need, so that we will have enough just in case we get invaded by cucumber beetles or the deer or rabbits help themselves to some of the plants. If we have extra, we just share it with others. Hopefully I can freeze some of the wax beans and dragon tongue beans, since those are our favorites. Dragon tongue are long flat heirloom variety of beans that are yellow with burgundy speckling. When you cook them, the burgundy turns a darker yellow. Tried them one year out of curiosity, and now that's the one everyone else requests too.

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Sounds like your garden is growing strong. We were not able to plant until June so my beans are just starting. I have 5 pumpkins so far and 4 watermelons and about 10 spaghetti squash. Lots of tomatoes now that the weather is cooler.

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Watching my grandson this week so haven't been over to the rented garden plots. Hubby said Thursday that the butternut squash and spaghetti squash vines look like they are dying. Will try and go there tomorrow to check it out for myself.
On the plus side, the zucchini and beans have been doing quite well, and we are now harvesting sweet corn too. The first planting of beans is starting to ease up, but the 2nd planting is now starting to produce, so we will still have plenty. We're picking several gallons a week of beans, so we're sharing lots with our friends and neighbors.
Starting to get tomatoes and bell peppers as well - those were planted late due to having to wait until the soil dried out enough so we could get them planted. We were afraid that we would lose most of the tomato plants due to some sort of virus/fungus in the soil that killed the tomatoes a year or two ago (forgot about that happening when we decided to plant in the same spot - won't be making that mistake again!). Fortunately, at least half of the plants haven't shown any sign of the disease and we might get enough to be able to can some this year.
The pumpkin and squash vines were taking over the cucumber patch, so don't know if we are getting any of those either, again will have to check it out tomorrow (cucumbers aren't high on my hubby's priority list)! The pumpkin vines are all over the place, but it's hard to tell just how many pumpkins they've produced so far, at least for the time being.

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8/15/17 7:06 P

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How lucky you are to have that lovely fruit growing, we have 10 trees that are just getting old enough to bare fruit. Enjoy your new home!

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Well I don't consider myself a gardener YET because I recently bought my house with fruit trees already growing. I am so excited to see bananas growing and huge blood oranges. It is going to be fun to pick the fruit that I've never grown before. I think there must be at least 20 types of fruit growing in my backyard. I will try to post some pictures when things ripen.

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Thanks TEAGIRL49!

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LIZANDRASHAW I LOVE your garden. Why not make life fun and interesting!

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Thanks! I probably should have overlapped the bricks and used cement, but it's holding together fine so far. I'd like to make several more of these.

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That is really nice!

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Started planting herbs in my spiral raised beds. Different kinds of basil. Will wait until it cools down here before sowing some seeds.


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Learned a bit about the Master Gardener program at the County Fair yesterday. I might take a class or two, but I know it is not as focused on Organic Gardening as I would like.

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Harvested my first zucchini, used them to make a zucchini crust pizza; added bell pepper, onion garlic and tomato from the garden for topping. Very yummy!

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Ate almost 100% local ingredient today. Raspberries, Swiss chard, chives, lettuce, watercress, parsley from my yard. Mother in law came over today so grilled a roast that I bought from a local small locker. Oyster Mushrooms I grew from a kit I bought at the wholefoods store. Garlic and onions from the Farmers Market. My 4 year old granddaughter stopped over tonight. We checked on the garden status and the Apple tree. Luckily we found a few berries to pick. We cut some dill. She loves to chew on the sprigs. She helped herself to my baby lettuce leaves growing. She tried the basil, lavender, cilantro, and parsley again. I asked her if she likes the swing set better or the garden. She said its a tie. She was born a natural vegetarian which intrigues me. Luckily she loves almost all fresh vegetables and fruit and gets her protein from all sorts of beans. She has always disliked pretty much all meat. She will be delighted when she finds out we plan to get a grow light for the winter. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I feel somewhat successful. Have my first sprouts of basil popping through. I may develop a green thumb yet.

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Poured over my vegetarian cookbooks so I could find some new ways to use my Farmers Market vegetables. My garden should have more to offer besides herbs in a week or two.
Super excited to try fennel out this weekend. Never ate it in my life. Not a huge fan of licorice flavor but the little taste I took of the fennel seemed mild enough. Going to make a salad from it slicing it very thin and adding orange slices. Need to look back at the recipe for the rest of the ingredients.
Drinking water flavored with a few slices of lemon and a few sprigs of basil. I put it in a picture in the fridge over night. Very refreshing.
I didn't properly charge my Fitbit last night so the battery was dead this am. To prove to my Fitbit I wasn't dead I went for a walk and gave it something to count 6835 steps. It's past my bedtime so I just wasn't up to squeezing out 3000 more. I know I had much more then that ready today. emoticon

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6/26/17 11:40 P

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Yum!
I had some onions that were going to go bad over the winter that I planted in pots (it was either that, chop them up and freeze them, or throw them out). Never did get them in the ground. Started out with 48, but some did end up going bad. Still ended up with about 36. They have been dying back now so instead of planting them in the ground, I'm harvesting them. They are still small to medium in size, but at least I didn't lose them all and can now use them. I actually prefer smaller onions, since I don't need lots of onion when I cook, except when I make big batches, such as spaghetti sauce, to freeze for later.

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Happy Face, I'm getting enough tomatoes for salads. Plus sliced a bigger than usual orange tangerine hybrid for yesterdays burgers.

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I should have lettuce in a few days. Herbs are doing great and are ready to use whenever I need them. Hoping to get to a Farmers Market this weekend to purchase some veggies until mine come in. emoticon emoticon


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We had a bunch of volunteer squash family plants. Don't know what kind, the squirrels planted them from some of the seeds I put out. Could be zucchini, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, butternut squash? Hubby transplanted them into the community garden plots we rent. Squash usually don't transplant well, since they don't like having their roots disturbed, and these weren't tiny plants either! But we've had some cooler temperatures and several days of rain, and they are actually doing well. Seem to have come out of being in shock. It will be interesting to see what they end up being.

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I saw them

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I posted a few ideas (similar to what you put here) on the chat items when you first open the page. emoticon

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I joined a team called "Gift Baskets & Jars". It's a new team for people who like to do crafts or other things like that for gifts. I thought it would be good to come up with some ideas for gift baskets for gardeners. What kind of things do you think would be good to put in a basket like that?
Hand cream or other items to pamper our hands after digging in the dirt? Good garden gloves? Seeds for herbs that could be grown in pots in windows? Other ideas?

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Great! Our corn and beans are starting to sprout in the garden too (had to delay planting due to the ground being too wet). Now of course it is hot and dry, so we have to start hauling water to the community plots. No rain expected until Wednesday. Hoping to get the tomatoes planted this evening as well once the sun isn't so strong.

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Yeah, my seedlings are finally poking through! It's going to be a hot week but I'll make sure they get their needed drinks! emoticon emoticon

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Just in case I didn't have enough seedlings planted I bought some other small herb varieties. I also bought a very large Rosemary plant! A little goes along way when eating it but it smelt so wonderful! emoticon

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Ill be on vacation the next 2 weeks. I had to pack my small potted plants to take with. Luckily we have decided to go only as far as my camper!!!!! The seedlings are way to small to leave them to my daughter.
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Here are some ideas on what to do with all those tomatoes that you will eventually be harvesting. Personally, I can't wait until mine start coming in so I can try them! www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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Hello, I am new here but excited to be here. I am new to the gardening especially living in an apartment.
Living in Indiana it is good to say the weather is unpredictable at best.

Look forward to chatting.

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We've gotten about 5" of rain in the last few days. It's going to be awhile before I can do any work in the yard. Did get the garden bed tilled up before it started raining.

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My first benefit from "Springing Forward" I got to go out in the garden and do some needed chores after work today. If only I hadn't been dragging my tail all day trying to adapt to losing an hour.

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And friend feed is now on the spark page under community links, instead of under the community tab across the top of the page.

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Thanks for the info. I was looking for them today!

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For those who liked getting the red flag bonus spins, SP has taken that feature away. Apparently it wasn't being used much, though I for one did take all my spins every day.

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Supposed to have 60 degree weather for a week, including yesterday and today. Had some onions growing in pots inside, so I brought them out to enjoy the nice weather for the next week, before bringing them back in next Friday. Also got lots of yard work done, including raking part of the lawn. Hoping to get the red twig dogwood and lilac bushes trimmed (cutting out up to 1/3 of the largest branches helps to keep them healthy. pruning out the older brown dogwood branches to encourage more young red branches to grow).


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This is all I have growing right now and I had to haul it into the house over the weekend. We dropped into the 30s at night.


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Rain makes it so much easier to pull weeds! We've had some warm days here near Chicago, so the ground is still soft in places. But that is supposed to change tomorrow, so since the snow has melted temporarily, today is the day to get any remaining yard work done while I can.

I had some small onions that I grew in 2015 but hadn't used yet. They were starting to shrivel and go bad, and some were sprouting. So I planted them in pots. Figured that way I wouldn't lose them and I could just dig one up and use it when needed, then plant the remaining ones in the ground in early Spring once the ground thawed enough. I planted 48 and all of them have sprouted and are growing. I use the water that I boiled eggs in to water them, since it contains lots of minerals. I used to use that when watering house plants and never had to use fertilizer and they grew huge and lush! I am also going to plant all the onion seed I have. May be the last year I plant them, since we really don't use onion that much, but I'll use up the seed that way. Will plant those onions around the tomato section, to help repel bugs and some 4 legged garden pests. I also plant marigolds around the tomatoes too, in between the onions, but those don't need to be started for a couple months yet.

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What a difference a couple of inches of rain makes! Too cool to work comfortably for long outside (yes, I'm a wimp, lived in CA too long), but pulled a few weeds and picked some volunteer leaf lettuce, some even growing in the dried out lawn area, some scallions and a lonely next to last cherry tomato.

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Catalogs have started arriving here already too, but haven't had a chance to look at them yet. Am planting some small onions in pots inside, since they have started to sprout. figure it couldn't hurt, and I could always harvest one when I need it instead of them continuing to shrivel up (I had harvested them originally back in the Fall of 2015, but they are small and I never used them all up). I was going to plant them outside before the ground froze, but it never happened.

Once the ground thaws in the Spring, I'll plant any remaining ones outside. Will be interesting to see what happens.

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It was cooler this week so I could have planted some fall things, but the heat is predicted to be back for a few days next week. Just can't sprout peas in 90 degree weather.

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The garden is finally winding up. We've harvested everything at the plots we rent from the park district and have taken down the fence (we had to get everything removed by Oct 17th.
At home I went ahead and dug up the potatoes, garlic, and onions, even though none were dying back yet (except for a few potato plants). Picked lots of green tomatoes, since there was a chance of a frost. Checked later and we were only supposed to get down to around 40, so I decided to leave the rest of the tomatoes. Supposed to have a couple more days in the upper 70s, then back down to the upper 50s/lower 60s for the next week. Overnight temps are still supposed to be in the 40s, so going to let the tomatoes continue to grow for at least another week or so.

I hope everyone had a good growing season (for those who are in areas where the growing season is ending).

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At least they weren't all cherry tomatoes. I transplanted several large ones that were growing out of my compost bin, but had hundreds if not thousands of seeds sprouting in my finished compost. Between the ones I saved and the tomato plants of known varieties that I was planting, I ended up with about 50 tomato plants, more than I usually set out.

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Cathy, you could also draw the lesson that it is fun to experiment by letting the volunteers go and enjoying the extra production.

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