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Speaking of vac sealing and freezing... I picked up a Food Saver Gamesaver Outdoorsman (Model 2050) last Black Friday and a case of 18 rolls of bags at a 50% off sale. That thing is a beast! Very fast and simple to run and doesn't overheat requiring a cool down period like the old Black & Decker model I used for 15 years. Vac Sealing saves us a bunch of money each year as we can bulk purchase meats etc on sale and vac seal them.

Highly recommended if anyone is considering purchasing one. Just put it on your Black Friday Wish List! ;)

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On 6/13/2019 at 7:07 PM, Jamie Jackson said:

It looks like we'll have a large pepper crop this year. I'll can a good bit of them...but may well freeze/vac seal a bit as well.

Do you blanch yours prior to freezing? or just vac seal them? TIA

We just cut and seed them, rinse, and throw in a freezer bag.

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On 6/12/2019 at 6:31 AM, maroonandwhite said:

I’m looking to dive into a small garden using raised beds. I’ve tried a larger garden in the past and never enjoyed keeping it weeded, watered etc.  Any tips on the best design or size for raised bed/s. Basically looking to do tomatoes, okra, squash and zucchini. 

No tips on construction, that's easy enough. But getting enough soil is/can be a hassle. I ended up buying two 20 yard dumps of Holy Cow brand soil out of Nashville.

I'm pepper/chili heavy this year, and since I have plenty of tomatoes canned, I am doing some experimental varieties this year and only have a couple plants for slicers and salad cherries.

Will go around and get some current pics to share, but here's some Anaheims from a couple years back...

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And I love the Blueberries I can grow here. Never had success with them until moving here.

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On 6/15/2019 at 3:04 AM, Jamie Jackson said:

Speaking of vac sealing and freezing... I picked up a Food Saver Gamesaver Outdoorsman (Model 2050) last Black Friday and a case of 18 rolls of bags at a 50% off sale. That thing is a beast! Very fast and simple to run and doesn't overheat requiring a cool down period like the old Black & Decker model I used for 15 years. Vac Sealing saves us a bunch of money each year as we can bulk purchase meats etc on sale and vac seal them.

Highly recommended if anyone is considering purchasing one. Just put it on your Black Friday Wish List! ;)

I have a couple vac/sealers. I put up pigs late winter before temps start rising out of the 40's. I still have a couple roasts 4 years old that traveled with me from San Diego. I do cooking sized portions of onions and peppers mixed,  Zucchini and yellow squash mixes etc. I repack store bought meats when the deals can't be passed up. Fruits and berries etc......love those sealers. If you are not above shopping thrift stores, you can find them for ridiculously cheap. I've hauled off rolls of bag material for pennies on the dollar.

Last year I bought a HarvestRight freeze dryer. Powdered eggs in long term storage....check. Freeze dried garlic is great, just re-hydrate when needed. I've done bananas (no babnanas tho....ARFCOM humor) and various other fruits. I even freeze dried some ice cream sandwiches and orange creamsicles. Takes some time to do a cycle and you have to transfer from freeze dryer to storage super fast (straight from machine to jars/sealed bags) to avoid your food absorbing humidity. Love it though.

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1 hour ago, I40Bandit said:

And I love the Blueberries I can grow here. Never had success with them until moving here.

I love blueberries and sure wish I could grow them. I'm not sure why, but never had any luck.  I've had the soil tested and did what they recommended but they just don't grow.  We had some huge bushes and more blueberries than we could eat growing up. 

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Have never grown anything as I've never had the space (or time)...  However, I saw this video and thought that, finally, something I could do and try my hand at some tomatoes.

Gardening with Leon - 

So I have built one "Hydo-container" and so far it is doing really well.  I stuffed it with 3 tomato plants, Leon has other videos that show great success with this method on his channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSDYs9sd2_BlLuWSiEr7TJQ

He also covers fertilizing, types of soil, frequency of watering, etc. in subsequent videos.

My tomatoes :


 

 

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31 minutes ago, ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ said:

Have never grown anything as I've never had the space (or time)...  However, I saw this video and thought that, finally, something I could do and try my hand at some tomatoes.

 

 

Ever looked at straw bale gardening? It might fit well in a small place. 

Just a quick link to examples. I just Googled this so tgere may be better examples. 

https://sympathink.com/straw-bale-gardening-instructions/

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42 minutes ago, Ronald_55 said:

 

Ever looked at straw bale gardening? It might fit well in a small place. 

Just a quick link to examples. I just Googled this so tgere may be better examples. 

https://sympathink.com/straw-bale-gardening-instructions/

I've tried straw bales. Limited success. Maybe they needed better prep.

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45 minutes ago, Ronald_55 said:

 

Ever looked at straw bale gardening? It might fit well in a small place. 

Just a quick link to examples. I just Googled this so tgere may be better examples. 

https://sympathink.com/straw-bale-gardening-instructions/

Ronald,

I think the biggest challenge I've had for growing outdoor plants, never vegetables however, was keeping them watered. The hydro containers fix that oh, I don't have to be near as diligent with them. And as evidenced by my tomatoes, I have yet to kill them 😀

Thanks!

-Jon

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I had to work this past weekend so just catching up. It looks like everyone is staying busy and doing quite well! 👍

Interesting concept Jon! Thank you for the vid. I might give this a shot.  Much obliged my friend.

Those are beautiful flower @Ronald_55! Healthy looking plants!

Welcome @I40Bandit! Awesome blueberries and peppers! We're going pepper heavy this year as well and actually plan to cut and pickle some peppers this afternoon. We planted El Jefe and Jalafuego peppers (seeds from Johnny's) this year. They are supposed to be pretty hot...not Ghost pepper hot, but spicy Jalapeno type hot....we're  hoping.

I "re-purposed" an old picnic table we got for free about a dozen years ago into a deep "Herb bed" type raised bed per the boss'lady's instruction. It's about 6 foot long and deep enough it took 12 bags of garden soil and 2 bags of Moo-Nure to fill it. I transplanted the rosemary (that just won't die...) from last year into it and of course added another tomato plant just 'cause. But what I'm really interested in is planting some Harlequin mix carrots this fall. We've grown them before and they are Tasty and produced well. Pretty cool having blue, purple, and yellow carrots too!

Our cukes are growing like mad and competing for space. That's always an issue with raised beds I reckon LOL. But they are loaded with blooms and setting cukes like crazy. Guess we'll be making some Kosher dills as well.

I definitely need to put in another 8 foot bed... :)

Our 2 little fig trees are loaded with fruit. I'll probably need to toss a net over them (again) if I plan to eat any of 'em...the birds love them! Unfortunately... 🙄

 

 

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I only picked enough for 4 pints...but these are my first canned of this season! :)

Spicy little devils... they're cooling off now. Gonna be good in about 4 weeks.

 

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