was picked green , and sliced , battered and fried for dinner .
Accompanying the subject tomato was cubed potatoes with butter and
parsley , fried okra -frozen, from last year's crop - and a nice chunk
of ham . There are so many tomatoes already on and so many blossoms , we
are going to be BURIED in tomatoes before long . We are having a *VERY*
good year !
I've also got some white greasy beans about 3" long ... how big do I
want to let them get before picking some to cook green ? Everything is
just bustin' out , you can almost see the okra grow , same with the
beans and field peas . Most of my tomatoes are 5 feet tall or better and
coming over the tops of the cages except the Roma's , they're only 4'
tall . I'm going to call the county extension office and thank them ...
I firmly believe the amendments they suggested have made all the
difference . Well , that and the liberal application of rabbit droppings .
greasy beans are one of the beans that taste ok
for quite some time even after the beans plump up
the pod, but before they start dying off. so as
long as you want them to go, let them, of course
you also want to leave some for seeds and they do
take a long time to go.
i sample them all along, but most of the beans i
eat fresh i get from the wax and shorter green
have you tried any fresh and crunchy? that's my
most favorite way to eat almost all beans if they're
suitable. one of my favorite things to do is to see
if a new variety is edible when still crunchy and
then hope to have enough to cook a few up lightly
steamed and then i have to wait a bit and see if
they're good as a shelling bean and then as a dry
bean. i'm always happy to find a bean that works
more than a single way, but then again i like so
many dry beans when they're cooked up it's ok if
they only work out that ways too... :)
rabbit droppings are excellent worm food. :)
Yesterday there were two *ripe* SuperSweet 100 tomatoes
on one of my two potted tomato plants.
I picked them both and gave one to my elderly neighbor
to give her a taste of things to come. I ate the other
The deer have chomped on three of the four tomato plants
out in the garden bed despite being wrapped in bird
netting. They look for an opening, then push enough
netting aside to get a taste.
Luckily the Roma they half-chomped down has recovered and
is loaded with green tomatoes. The San Marzano that was
half-chomped is taking longer to recover, but at least
has a few tiny tomatoes on it. The latest snack was
a SuperSweet 100, that was nibbled. At least I have two
of those on the deck in pots, safe from Bambi.
Nyssa, who has not planted anything else in the main
garden beds because of the deer snacking and is sticking
to pot culture for a few items only
I usually figured that if I was lucky I would get a ripe tomato by the
4th of July so it might have been the same for you.
My mother used to make fried green tomatoes and they were very good.
No planting this year for me. I had to get a new deck and removed pots
from the old deck last fall. Also now George Shirley's age I figured I
needed a lawn service. Never heard from George BTW.
We are seeing contemporaries go off the grid because of mental ailments.
I lost 3 high school classmates just this year but two were MIA for
the last few years with Alzheimer's. Just found another is in home
hospice but had dropped off Facebook over a year ago after hip
replacement then a heart problem. My wife was upset to find one of her
best friends living out of town suffering from dementia accompanied by
Parkinson's. Unfortunately some disabilities become so severe you
become a recluse.
I have an older friend that is dismayed that he can no longer do the
yard work and gardening that he used to do. He had to give up cutting
grass about 5 years ago but said it felt good to sell his lawn mower.
I enjoyed hunting but now just enjoy shows and talking about it.
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