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MCBarb
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USA
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Posted - 08/04/2016 :  12:15:29 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I see new growth on the tomato plants I got for free!! The peppermint looks better too. So do the snapdragons (have buds), carnations (have buds) and rosemary ... chives are all green and healthy. I am soooo glad I took those plants.... especially for free. The lady at the register told me I cannot bring them back from the dead but they weren't dead.

I have some tiny jalapenos!! YAY!!!!!! They are so cute.
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MCBarb
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USA
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Posted - 08/04/2016 :  1:35:06 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I just found out online that I can take peppermint cuttings.... put them in water to root. YAY....more peppermint sounds good to me. That would make a nice gift...peppermint plant..... how very festive.

edited to say I have a salsa tomato.
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MCBarb
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USA
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Posted - 08/05/2016 :  05:29:43 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Judy, what do you do with your roma tomatoes? I use them to make tomato sauce, chop them for salsa or tossed salads.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
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Posted - 08/05/2016 :  06:01:02 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
McBarb, this year is out for canning anything. Im not strong enough, nor have the energy, and I can barely stand so its out. Last year I made spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and diced and whole tomatoes for hot dishes. I have no idea what Kurt is going to do with all the tomatoes he has in ice cream pails sitting on the deck right now, nor the ton on the vine yet to ripen..If hes not going to do anything with them I wish hed donate them, or giveaway to neighbors and relatives.
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MCBarb
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Posted - 08/08/2016 :  1:25:42 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have a beautiful carnation that is red in the center and pink around....Zinnias will bloom soon and so will marigolds. Peppers and tomatoes are loving the sun and hot weather. YAY!! I have loads of jalapenos and tomatoes are coming out very well. The ones that are forming are the salsa... yellow pear will be soon but for now just flowers. No sweet peppers yet.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
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Posted - 08/08/2016 :  2:22:38 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I honestly didnt think dbe canning anything, but find I am doing the easiest one to do up Kurt had all those tomatoes in pails sitting on the deck and I asked what he was going to do with them. WEll, He said he might can them. So I felt I had to jump in since he doesnt know how. We brought out the juicer yesterday, and I did a small amount of tomato juice. Today I made a larger batch to taste more like V-8 juice, but Im unable to finish it. Ive got moat all the tomatoes juiced, and Im worn out. He should be home soon, so hell have to finsh those up, heat, add the remaining sesonings, and can it.At least, he loveds tomato juice and V-8 so hell use it in chili, hot dishes, or drink it. My other son and I are going out to the farm and dig out the garlic and hell take that home and can it. He also said hell take the horseradish home too and can that up. At least not all will be lost in the garden.
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MCBarb
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USA
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Posted - 08/11/2016 :  08:38:12 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have a zinnia coming out, my cleome is going to flower soon. The tomatoes I got for free are ripening, the salsa tomatoes are growing very well. I do not see any yellow pear tomatoes yet....lots of flowers. Jalapenos are growing like wildfire. YAY!!!

Judy, I reread your posts and great going!!
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Jnanne
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LA
USA
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Posted - 08/12/2016 :  3:44:31 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Back home from vacation and it took a little while to get caught up. Sounds like bountiful harvests! I brought back some Desert Petunias (also called Mexican Petunias, because they are native to Mexico). They are not related to petunias at all, but the flowers have a similar look. I pulled some up by the roots from my mom's flower beds, curled them up and slid them into plastic bags and put them in the oversize purse I take on the airplane. I half expected airport security to confiscate them, but not a word.

They are in a vase on the picnic table letting the roots get bigger before I put them in the ground. These have a deep purple flower, and the more sun they get the more they bloom.

Here's a link about them: http://thedailysouth.southernliving.com/2012/07/13/one-more-summer-sizzler-mexican-petunia/

You may have to cut and paste it to your browser.

I have new Althea plants (Rose of Sharon) coming up between the fence and the road, in the easement. I'm just going to leave them there, unless I decide to dig them up and take them with me when we move. (I'm definitely taking some of the Desert Petunias and my deep red Calla Lily).

Judy--glad you are feeling well enough to teach your son new skills that he can use for years to come. And keep at him to share what he can't use. There are too many hungry people to let food just waste. I am willing to bet there is a place where he can donate fresh produce that will be shared with homeless individuals or people with low income. If nothing else, setting up a stand in the poor neighborhood (find out about local licensing issues, first) to give them away to families, or do it through a church or food bank.

Barb--I agree with you. Why would anyone compost perfectly good plants, even if they are a little sad? Give them a chance. If they grow, they can become either fruitful or lovely and inedible. Either way, they bring joy. And if they die, then you can toss them.

Jnanne
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Sherry Lyons
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Junction City, OR
USA
49 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2016 :  10:35:51 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I am in a gleaning group and we get stuff from stores and what farmers let us pick. I got forty pounds of green beans today for free and am going to can them all to have to eat on fort the next year. I love green beans and made some with onions, some with bacon slices, and some plain. I hope to have them done by Monday. If you have extra food and there is a gleaning place in town they also welcome contributions of fruits and veggies all the time. I also got to pick blueberries at a farmers field for free. The gleaning group has made it so I can cut my grocery bill in half. Judy hope you are feeling enough better to finish your tomatoes.

Sherry Lyons
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MCBarb
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USA
1645 Posts

Posted - 08/13/2016 :  08:49:30 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Jnanne, Mexican petunias are gorgeous!!!!!!! Thank you for the link.

SherryLyons, 40 lbs. of green beans for free?? Wow.... you go girl. I will look up gleaning group. Thank you for the tip. I hope you keep posting here.
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Jnanne
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LA
USA
3047 Posts

Posted - 08/13/2016 :  4:35:20 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Welcome aboard, Sherry. It has been just the three of us for a while now and we are happy to have company. Hope you get some more produce to go with the beans and berries!

Judy--are you rested, yet? What's the latest news?

Barb--any walking room left in the apartment?

Jnanne
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
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Posted - 08/13/2016 :  7:54:09 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I too welcome sherry to this topic, we definitely need more people to learn new things from . You call them "gleaning teams" up here we call them food pantries. Every year I have a pear crop Im unable to can up the whole tree, I just call our local food pantry, and they send over a group of guys with ladders to clean the tree off. You have no idea how appreciative, and thankful these people are to get this fresh fruit. But then again, I have gone to the food pantry and have gotten enough peaches to can also aat times that were donated by grocery stores that were past their due date for expiration.
As for me, Im doing much better thank you. I went to a different oncologist and had a blood test to see what the heck is going on because Ive had unbearable pain. He is known to be the best pain management dr around. He was originally referred to by the specialist that put my first two stents in, and again, by the specialist that removed my gallbladder. This new Dr wasnt taking on any new patients so my stent dr called in the referral and within minutes I received a call, and within 2 hours I was sitting in front of this man, and again in a few minutes later I was receiving medication to see how fast it would take the pain away through Iv with fluids. I was in/out within a half out of receiving the meds and getting the prescriptions. Im now wearing a low dose fentanyl patch for 3 days, and if I feel any pain during the day I take a half pill of another med. TODAY, I am full of ambition, energy and pep like I havent experienced in months-without pain! Im now down to 135# from 194 in 6 months and he did not like that at all. He prescribed this other pill to enhance my appetite and also pain. He wasnt impressed with my oncologist for not addressing this weight loss before now, but, I told him my oncologist doesnt listen to me, and never has since day one.(Ive had to be my own advocate and he hasnt liked it one bit. He even avoids seeing me because he knows hes going to get a chewing out from me! I love it!)In my mind someone dropped the ball on this gall bladder trouble since the day I was diagnosed, and concentrated on the cancer instead, making the gall bladder so dangerous to operate on. He said hed heard the same response from others. Im still not able to work as fast or as long as when healthy (it only took me all day to remove 6 months of dust and dirt from my cubby hole I call a bedroom 14x14'.) Plus, I actually cooked supper tonight! Something I havent done in a few months. In fact, Kurt has been chief cook and bottle washer for some time now. I think my daughter got on him for always cooking hot dogs, brats and hamburgers, or his eating leftovers and not thinking I had to eat. lol. Kurt took a big bag of tomatoes to work the other day to share with his fellow employees, but one person stepped up and told Kurt hed trade a big bag of filleted crappies and sunnies for the tomatoes he gets..you can bet he jumped on that telling the guy mom would love that. I fried up the whole bag and boiled up fresh garden potatoes and sliced tomatoes tonight. Were they good!We definitely pigged out on that meal!Out of 40 fillets, there were only 8 left, just enough to snack on later for Kurt.
It feels fantastic to be back in the swing of things at least somewhat. Tomorrow Im planning on sliding my carcass down the basement stairs to get my bedding washed. I dont have trouble getting someone to wash my regular laundry, but theres never enough time to get the bedding done. And there is nothing worse smelling than chemo in the bedding. I bag each load up with directions for wash, so whomever is doing the laundry doesnt have to touch anything, just dump the contents into the wash and follow my wash directions, and I fold it when its dry. When everythig is done Kurt will haul it upstairs for me.
I cleaned all my big girl clothes out of my drawers and closet today besides cleaning my bedroom, and packed them up for donation, and also am planning to post several items for free on Craigslist to anyone that needs that cant afford nicer items for their home. I remember the tears I shed cleaning out my mothers dressers, and I didnt want my daughter to have to go through it, so got that taken care of. Ive got a lot of empty space now for skinny clothes, but am not going to load up knowing my time is short. Enough about me, now you know about as much about my present state as I do.
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MCBarb
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USA
1645 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2016 :  07:12:05 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I do not have all of the plants inside my apartment. I have 2 outside gardens. One on the side of the building and one in the middle of the yard with a fence around and fence on top. It is closed with a door and 2 locks so no one can get inside to steal my peppers or tomatoes.
Judy, I am glad you went to this Dr.
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Jnanne
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LA
USA
3047 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2016 :  7:01:30 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Judy--so glad to hear the good news!

Are you able to send me some clothes that I can make into a quilt for you? When my grandmother passed away I made a quilt out of the clothes that were stained and not suitable for donation. I figured those were the clothes she liked best and what Daddy would associate with her. I gave him the quilt. Maybe you would like to use this now, and leave it for your son? It could even include some gardening or canning stains, if you like. Memories are powerful and wonderful and something to share.

Jnanne
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
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Posted - 08/14/2016 :  8:34:02 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Jeanne, that's such a thoughtful, generous, wonderful offer that I hate to refuse for 3 reasons: 1, I don't have the money to pay for it,, or three others for the other kids, and 2 all 4 kids have king sized beds, and 3, I have 4 kids and the other 3 would feel left out if one received one and they didn't, as you could well understand,. But thank you for you most thoughtful offer..
McBarb, so very happy you were able to get your own gardens, now you can go crazy planting whatever you want, and enjoy vegetables for the labors of your work eating the produce, and the colors of your many flowers. Having locks on the garden should keep moochers out! I'll bet your gardens are doing well.
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JudyK
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USA
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Posted - 08/14/2016 :  8:38:44 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Jeanne, that's such a thoughtful, generous, wonderful offer that I hate to refuse for 3 reasons: 1, I don't have the money to pay for it,, or three others for the other kids, and 2 all 4 kids have king sized beds, and 3, I have 4 kids and the other 3 would feel left out if one received one and they didn't, as you could well understand,. But thank you for you most thoughtful offer..
McBarb, so very happy you were able to get your own gardens, now you can go crazy planting whatever you want, and enjoy vegetables for the labors of your work eating the produce, and the colors of your many flowers. Having locks on the garden should keep moochers out! I'll bet your gardens are doing well.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
1349 Posts

Posted - 08/17/2016 :  10:29:00 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Tomatoes are going like crazy now! And have to tell you we arent real happy with this new tomato called Ruby Red Monsters.Theyre TOO meaty! We like a juicer tomato for some things, especially a BLT. Theyre too much like the Roma to enjoy.Kurt has been busy trading them for fish to a man he works with, and I am happier than all get out to get them!
I had to head to Dr yesterday for a refinement of the new meds. I was up all night long with horrible pain, and called in. Things are much better today.Got some energy today, and it only took me 3 hours to clean the livingroom. Hoping it lasts to tackle the dining room yet this afternoon.
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MCBarb
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USA
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Posted - 08/17/2016 :  4:21:10 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Judy, great idea of Kurt's to trade tomatoes for fish!! Glad you are feeling better today.

My garden update is great. I have roma tomatoes (free ones) getting red, cherry tomatoes (free ones) are getting red, snapdragons are blooming and they are gorgeous!! Marigolds will flower soon or they will explode..... the buds are huge..... peppers and tomatoes are growing like weeds. They must be loving the rain cuz I cannot even get in there to straighten them out. I will have to this weekend. One jalapeno plant has fallen over.... zinnias are blooming.... my spider plant flowered and it is dark pink (fuschia ) color and it is gorgeous too. I am so glad I planted the flower seeds June 3rd. Oh how could I forget my geraniums(3 plants) have buds....so they will flower soon. The hollyhocks are getting very large and I really do think they will flower also.
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JudyK
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Eau Claire, WI. 54703-1729
USA
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Posted - 08/18/2016 :  05:25:43 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Ill bet your apartment was packed to the hilt having most of those plants taking up room to grow. Now, you can enjoy all of it outside growing and becoming colorful and seeing everything produce.
My son from up north is coming today I think, and we plan to head for the farm garden and dig up garlic to can this weekend. We shall see just how much help I am though. I think I over did the housecleaning yesterday, and am now waiting for the pain pills to kick in. I also ate somethings I shouldnt have that my tummy isnt liking that kept me up a lot last night. Im still trying various things I like to see what is tolerable enough to keep me out of the bathroom.
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MCBarb
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USA
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Posted - 08/18/2016 :  2:24:17 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Judy, great news about your son coming. I hope you all have fun!!~

Sun has been out and it is hot so the plants are happy. They really like the rain water. I am going to have to report the salsa tomatoes into bigger pots. They are growing like crazy!!!!!
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