pickles and labor day harvest

Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:06 pm

Every year we can 60 lbs of dill pickles...hot ones, hamburger sliced, spears etc...also the garden is overflowing woth onions, tomatoes, green beans and zuchinni. This is just from today.

Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:14 pm

Them sure are some pretty onions, I can't grow em like that here. And pickles are nice too.

Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:50 am

This has been our best in 5 years. I put up a weedblock around the perimeter made out of black 6 mil poly. The tomatoes really like the heat. Also we are using weeping hose as to conserve water. It works better that a sprinlker...gets the water right at the roots.

Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:46 pm

Wow those are some bi zucini to here when they get that big we run them through the food prosscessor for bread and thats about it. I dont eat squash my self but my wife ,Brother< MOM will only eat them when there about6" or so.

Sun Sep 10, 2006 9:01 pm

I think there better when there smaller or eles they get to many seeds when there too big.

Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:19 am


When it comes to zuchinni, neither Em nor I really like the little ones that much either. We prefer to let them mature. The really big ones are excellent for cooking with and adding to things like spagetti sauce, chili sauce and other dishes similar.

I remember our very first experiment with growing zuchini's back in 1988. Em was working for the government, so I was the house Dad for a while. We harvested zuchinis that year till they were coming out our ears, we ate em every which way. The last batch I ended up making 52 loaves of zuchini bread. Until one tries that, one really has not had a garden bread. Beats bannana or date bread by miles.. We still get large zuchini's, but we now limit the amount of plants we grow. It is also great in stir fry's, breaded and in the oven, breaded and cooked along with eggplant. The large one really lend themselves well to cooking. The smaller ones are nice in fresh garden salads or just to eat like a cucumber.

We have a really nice 6 qt Kitchen Aid with the food processor for lack of a better term at the moment, and we use that all the time for shredding our zuchinni and carrots. We also shred the larger cucumbers as well. One of my favourites is cucumber salad and thinly sliced or shredded cucumber on the bias is perfect after they have been seeded.

It is amazing what one can grow in a garden when one has the time to care for it. Harvest is a wonderful time of the year, but a good garden will provide all kinds of wonderful foods from 2 weeks after the intial planting say for radishes and other smaller veggies right through all summer till late September and early October...

I love gardening, and now that I have my Cubs, it is a whole heck of a lot less work :!:

Wed Sep 13, 2006 8:12 am

Rudi, I think we will go a little less on the zukes next year. We have so many I may set up an honor box out at the road and sell off what we can't use for 1 or 2 dollars apeice. I really like them in the spaghetti sauce too.

Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:27 am

Hey Terry...My Mouth was just a waterin' lookin' at all those mason jars full o pickles :!: :!: :wink: It's nice to see folks makin' good use of their gardens :!: :wink:

Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:24 am

Looks good, and makes me remember my younger days (about 5 years ago :lol: ). When I was still able to put out a serious garden we used to do the samething. Now however all we raise is enough for a little fresh stuff during the summer.

Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:44 pm

Thanks. Pickles will be ready to open on Thanksgiving. We had a yard sale last month and if you bought 2 dollars worth of goods you got a free zucchini!