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Godless in the garden

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
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What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by Patricia on September 21, 2013 at 5:00pm

That melon looks perfect Sentient! We got 5 melons all tolled, & shared 2 with the neighbors, so I imagine we're the talk of the street now....hahaha. My husband started the plant from seed himself & I can't remember the variety other than a northern type. very flavorful anyway. Cherry tomatoes are still coming in but frost is imminent so will have to freeze some soon.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 21, 2013 at 4:29pm

Today....
Picked a good crop of ripe figs. Some fermented on the tree - like wine. A big yellow bell pepper. Some Thai peppers. A few tomatoes. This melon - the first ever for me. Variety is called "Minnesota Midget", from a heritage seed source - I think it was seed savers. It was very good, tasted like it was intended. And the chickens loved the seeds.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 21, 2013 at 4:23pm

Spud,

The Braun sounds like a lot better than the Magic Bullet - less likely to spray hot soup.  You could also put in onion, garlic, pepper.  I like to sprinkle drief basil flakes or Italian spice over the top.

You are right, I use a  vegetable bullion. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 20, 2013 at 8:26am

I use a 200 watt BraUn handheld blender, which is easy to clean as I hate clean-up.  I usually blend in the container I drink from  but two days ago I made a "Sentient hot broccoli smoothie", and made a large container full that I keep in the refrigerator.  

The smoothie was not great, but good, especially after I added margarine, but I can't call it a "Sentient" smoothy because of the margarine, but also as I left-out the tofu and used a beef bullion cube, instead of a vegetable one, that I assume Sentient used.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 20, 2013 at 7:33am

A blender is one thing I don't have--at least a nice big one. Two former wives hauled them off. I've managed for 14 years without one. Like Patricia, I use a small coffee grinder. Flax seeds need to be ground (up).  

Had my "season's first" sweet potato last night. Yum yum! I forgot how much better they taste when first gathered. They lose something after 6 months in storage. 

I've been researching Greek food for my trip (in two days). I've got a list, but I doubt if it'll do much good. Trial and error, my motto.

Comment by Patricia on September 18, 2013 at 7:11pm

I grind coffee, & flax seeds for my bread. I also blend canned pears, or pineapple in their own juices, with cinnamon to use as pancake ''syrup''. I may just have a closer look at that Bullet.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 18, 2013 at 6:55pm

i need to add a warning about using the Magic Bullet with hot foods, like making a cream soup.  I used to use the large sealed container, but a few times the hot soup leaked out of the seal.  So I started using the blender-shaped attachment.

That has still sprayed hot soup from the top.  I know that because I just made some, and it did.  So I cover it with a towel before blending. It is probably still hazardous for that purpose.  I have to say, I can't recommend using it for hot soups.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 18, 2013 at 6:12pm

Magic bullet is just a blender with various fittings and containers.  I grind my own coffee beans, and use the small container and low cutting blade for that.  The 2-cup size container, use frequently for fruit smoothies.  It's easy to use and when they are not grinding right I pull it off and shake and put it back on.  Easy.  I also use the larger container to make crepe batter.  Very easy.  It has a fitting that is like a conventional blender.  I use that to make hot blended soup, like cream of broccoli or cream of tomato - which are soy, not cream based, because I use soft tofu instead of cream.

It's one of my favorite gadgets.  You could do it all with a conventional blender, but I like the different fittings.

There is also a "Ninja" that some people like but I haven't used it.

Before I had the Magic Bullet, I didn't make smoothies.  After, I made them regularly.  If I don't use my own frozen fruit, I buy the packs in the freezer section of the grocery store and use those.

I would like to come up with an alternative to V8 but have not found a recipe.  It's possible I won't find one.

Comment by Patricia on September 18, 2013 at 5:44pm

Yes, I wonder too. These Magic Bullets are sold everywhere including our shopping channel, & they seem great but.......you know.............

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2013 at 5:27pm

Sentient, how good is that "Magic Bullet Blender"?  That's the one advertised on TV, isn't it?  I'm always suspicious of things advertised on TV.

 

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