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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #220 on: August 08, 2012, 11:46:52 PM »
They just like you, Norma, and so do we.   :)

I found a Spotted Cucumber Beetle on one of my Brandywines today and since I didn't have the fall cucumbers planted yet for him to eat, I fed him to our resident garden spider who more than appreciated the tasty meal...   >:D


Pete,

What kind of spider is your resident garden spider?  I also have those buggers and when I take the dogs out at nightime, I hit webs.  I am afraid of those spiders and if I hit webs, just keep brushing myself off.   :-D  I don't mind small spiders, but those large ones scare the heck out of me.  It is good he ate the spotted cucumber beetle though.   :)  I didn't see those kind of spiders in our area until a couple of years ago.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #221 on: August 09, 2012, 11:47:22 AM »
Pete,

What kind of spider is your resident garden spider?  I also have those buggers and when I take the dogs out at nightime, I hit webs.  I am afraid of those spiders and if I hit webs, just keep brushing myself off.   :-D  I don't mind small spiders, but those large ones scare the heck out of me.  It is good he ate the spotted cucumber beetle though.   :)  I didn't see those kind of spiders in our area until a couple of years ago.

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That gal would by one of these guys, Norma...   ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_aurantia

The orb-weaver types, of which there are many different species, are quite prevalent now as well...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orb-weaver_spider

They'll usually build a new web every evening.  My lovely wife and I usually end up wearing a couple when we take our dogs out at night also.  Ann says they make a great hair net.  :D

The Perseid meteor showers are coming up here shortly.  Something to check out if our four-legged family members wake us up at two in the morning like they often do.  LOL   ;D

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #222 on: August 09, 2012, 12:01:24 PM »
The yellow ones... Wiki says they harmless...you sure they don't bite Pete? Should I stop killing them...they good for my tomato garden?
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #223 on: August 09, 2012, 12:31:43 PM »
That gal would by one of these guys, Norma...   ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_aurantia

The orb-weaver types, of which there are many different species, are quite prevalent now as well...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orb-weaver_spider

They'll usually build a new web every evening.  My lovely wife and I usually end up wearing a couple when we take our dogs out at night also.  Ann says they make a great hair net.  :D

The Perseid meteor showers are coming up here shortly.  Something to check out if our four-legged family members wake us up at two in the morning like they often do.  LOL   ;D

Pete,

Thanks for the links about those garden spiders.  :) Lol, the male makes a drop line incase the female gets angry at him and attacks him, and she even might eat him after mating.  >:D  Nature is interesting, but I sure still donít like to get those webs on me at nighttime.  No hair net for me with a spider web.  :-D   

I didnít even know about the Perseid meteor showers coming up here shortly.  Thanks for telling me about that also.  My dogs donít usually wake me up in the middle of the night, but them I take them out fairly late for the last time until morning. 

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #224 on: August 09, 2012, 12:48:13 PM »
The yellow ones... Wiki says they harmless...you sure they don't bite Pete? Should I stop killing them...they good for my tomato garden?

I've never been bitten by one.  I can't say that about my lovely wife Ann, however.   :D

Heck yeah, Bob!!!  Those things get big enough to eat small lizards...

...and those pesky hormworm makin' hawkmoths.   ;D  
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #225 on: August 09, 2012, 12:52:10 PM »
Pete,

Thanks for the links about those garden spiders.  :) Lol, the male makes a drop line incase the female gets angry at him and attacks him, and she even might eat him after mating.  >:D  Nature is interesting, but I sure still donít like to get those webs on me at nighttime.  No hair net for me with a spider web.  :-D  

I didnít even know about the Perseid meteor showers coming up here shortly.  Thanks for telling me about that also.  My dogs donít usually wake me up in the middle of the night, but them I take them out fairly late for the last time until morning.  

Norma

The morning of August 12th is the peak time, Norma, if I remember right.  I should never forget this one because I asked Ann to marry me on August 12th and she's been attacking me ever since.  HMMMM, maybe I need a drop line out of our bedroom window just in case...   ;)  :)  ;D
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #226 on: August 09, 2012, 01:39:00 PM »
The morning of August 12th is the peak time, Norma, if I remember right.  I should never forget this one because I asked Ann to marry me on August 12th and she's been attacking me ever since.  HMMMM, maybe I need a drop line out of our bedroom window just in case...   ;)  :)  ;D

Pete,

Thanks for telling me when the peak time is.   :)  That is sweet that you remember the date because you asked Ann to marry you on that date.  Lol, about the Anne attacking and you dropping a line out of the bedroom window.   :-D

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #227 on: August 09, 2012, 03:06:34 PM »
I've never been bitten by one.  I can't say that about my lovely wife Ann, however.   :D


Now that is either blatant thread derailing.....or you need a time out son(with your lovely wife Ann of course ;) )       ;D
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #228 on: August 10, 2012, 09:20:30 AM »
Pete or anyone else that might be interested,

I made tomato sauce last evening with two containers of fresh tomatoes from my garden.  I first blanched the tomatoes so the skins would come off easily. I then just cut up the tomatoes some and added crushed garlic, fresh basil and oregano from my garden, a little olive oil, and a little bit of kosher salt and slowed baked.  After I milled all of the baked tomatoes there was less than one quart of tomato sauce from all of the tomatoes.  That sure isnít a lot of tomato sauce from all those tomatoes.   :-D The tomato sauce does taste good though.  

I also am posting a picture of my other food mill that is like yours Pete.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #229 on: August 10, 2012, 09:22:35 AM »
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #230 on: August 10, 2012, 01:34:12 PM »
I knew that food mill would get the job done Norma...very nice.And yes, a big 'ol pile of matters sure don't go far when making your own sauce does it!  >:(
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #231 on: August 10, 2012, 03:28:31 PM »
I knew that food mill would get the job done Norma...very nice.And yes, a big 'ol pile of matters sure don't go far when making your own sauce does it!  >:(

Bob,

You are right, that amount of tomatoes didn't make much sauce and it took quite a lot of time.  I might try another way next time.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #232 on: August 10, 2012, 03:35:28 PM »
Did you bake them at 180 as per Pete's method?
I don't know what other way you might try...I mean, a tomato is a tomato,right?
If you come up with a way to make them grow more while in the pot please be sure an post your recipe here darl'in!!   :o     ;D
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #233 on: August 10, 2012, 04:05:47 PM »
Did you bake them at 180 as per Pete's method?
I don't know what other way you might try...I mean, a tomato is a tomato,right?
If you come up with a way to make them grow more while in the pot please be sure an post your recipe here darl'in!!   :o     ;D

Bob,

My home oven dial isnít accurate, but I made the tomato sauce something like Lesís sweet sauce, except I didnít add the 6-in-1s, or a comparable tomato sauce.  Lesís sweet sauce is slow baked.  I donít have time right now to search, but think Bill the moderator posted a sauce one time from fresh tomatoes.  If I search more I am almost sure I can find others too.

I donít think there is a way to make the sauce grow in the pot, unless a tomato sauce is added like Lesís sweet sauce.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #234 on: August 10, 2012, 04:13:40 PM »
Not to worry Norma...I have Les's sauce stored from back when you were saying how good it is, thanks.
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #235 on: August 11, 2012, 12:35:33 PM »
Well, another bigger hornworm found this morning on my one heirloom tomato plant.  The last picture is of the Jet Star tomatoes.  I donít see how so many tomatoes can be so close together, but then I didnít pick any of the blossoms off.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #236 on: August 11, 2012, 12:45:06 PM »
Dang Norma, that dude is bout as big as your 'lil hand!!  You crack me up not being afraid to handle the stem he's on and display him for the camera...not sure I'd wanna see what you did with him afterwards though.... ;)
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« Reply #237 on: August 11, 2012, 01:10:54 PM »
State Champion!!!  LOLOLOL   8)

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« Reply #238 on: August 11, 2012, 01:16:54 PM »
State Champion!!!  LOLOLOL   8)
Does that earn you Bonus Miles or Rewards points per chance.......? ???
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« Reply #239 on: August 11, 2012, 01:19:53 PM »
Does that earn you Bonus Miles or Rewards points per chance.......? ???

Maybe a blue ribbon, Bob, and what does a cup of coffee cost these days?   ;D


 

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