My 7-year old (8 in 5 days ) wants to grow green beans. She had some seeds left over from last year - which I kept here in an airtight container with some desiccant bags - and yesterday she informed me she wants to grow some so they can have beans with their dinner. That’s strange… we could never get the girls to eat their vegetables, especially green beans and wax beans (yellow). No matter how I explain to them that they’re great with some real butter melted over them, or even plain, they would eat but one and that was it. Maybe… this year will be different if they grow their own? And maybe I can get them to eat some while they’re picking them? I’m not betting my house on that one.
I’m looking for a new variety of eggplant…anyone grow them? what type do you grow?
My DIL grew them until they put the addition on their house a couple of years ago - right where her garden was. I’ll have to ask her if she remembers which variety she grew. But knowing her she’ll just give me a blank stare.
Our peach tree produced its first fruit last spring. Eight peaches. I brought one inside and it was so delicious. I got distracted and didn’t pick the rest. Two days later they were gone! Not even pits on the ground. The animals that took them didn’t waste time sticking around to eat them! I wonder what animal would take the whole peach without eating them in place. Raccoons perhaps?
Or humans Perhaps?
When we used to have a peach tree in our side yard (east side), gray squirrels used to munch on them both in the tree and taking some away. Those they left on the tree (half-eaten) were quickly pounced upon by bees and other bugs. Of course being exposed to the air, mold loved the sugary moisture on warm nights. I felt like I was constantly climbing up and picking off the partially-eaten ones - and clipped the “suckers” from the branches while up there. By the 7th year I was really thinning the tree so more air could circulate and keep the mold down. A lot of work - all because my wife thought “the flowers were pretty.” She found a tree knocked over by a wind storm in a neighbor’s back lot. There were still half the roots in the ground so the next spring it flowered. She took a good size clipped and transplanted it in our yard - not even knowing what she had planted. Every time I looked at those leaves I thought, “I’ve seen those leaves before” and never gave it another thought… until one year I compared a leave with one from the booklet from The National Arbor Day Foundation… a peach tree! That’s where I saw them before! In our neighbor’s backyard when I was growing up. My brother and I used to jump the fence and raid his peach, pear and apple trees… and the white and red grape vines on his trellis… and the red raspberries along his back fence… and the Italian plums from the old Italian guy who lived on the next street over. His backyard abutted my neighbor’s. Everything was so good back then. No pesticides and other chemicals.
Edit: I just remembered… birds also peck at peaches… bluejays love them as do some other birds… especially when they get ripe and juicy - and they usually do their pecking the day before you go out to pick them, making it hard to find any without a bunch of holes in them!
A good article on our future food needs and how the world can achieve them: (photos swipe right, scroll down for story)
I asked my DIL what kind of eggplant she grew before they had the addition built. At first I got a blank stare, then the answer, “Purple.” She’s clueless!
I may try Black Bell this year. They are still dark purple but a little smaller in size.
I love eggplant… especially Eggplant Parmesan. On second thought, I like food.
Once I get this yard cleaned up, I have to get out all the supplies and have my granddaughters come down to start some seeds. The oldest of the three (just turned 7 on the 20th) wants to grow green beans. The 5-yr old wants to grow flowers “for grandma and mommy.” I told her no problem. She can do that. I think I may have her plant some lavender along the house on the south side - plenty of sun there. We have to decide where we want the pole beans. I’ve been trying to talk my granddaughter into planting them at her house (with her mother’s help), but she can definitely leave them here while getting started. (I think I’ll do a better job at keeping them watered before it’s time to put them into the ground. )
We break ground next week for our community garden…(as long as the road is passable and the tractor and tilling equipment can get in and don’t get stuck!!!)…tilling then harrows…then soil testing…compost mixed in…plots marked out…planting doesn’t happen until the third week of May at the earliest…depending on night temperatures!!! This week I found pole bean, simpson lettuce, spinach, etc…
Don’t forget about “Frog Chirping Day”!
I used to grow tomatoes, but didn’t set them in the ground until the July 4th weekend. I had tomatoes right into the beginning of December. Of course I had to cover them every night and finally had to pick all the remaining ones once it started getting well below freezing. (I love fried green tomatoes! )
We had so many tomatoes the last year I grew them that I had to cook over 480 of them down to tomato paste. We used that for making spaghetti sauce and for other dishes as well. Had to much we were giving it away to family and neighbors. (I think I had gone a little overboard with setting so many plants. )
One of the varieties I grew was an heirloom that had great taste (on sandwiches). Nothing like the “meaty” tomatoes they’ve since come out with that have very little taste. A good sandwich made with freshly picked (and sliced) tomatoes with sliced onions,a little mayonnaise and maybe a slice of cheese is super! And to think I really, really hated tomatoes when I was growing up (unless it was a spaghetti or pizza sauce.) Maybe I’ll grow some again this year on the south side of the house. Plenty of sun… but then where shall I put the lavender?
The last five years I have grown mine in containers. I am out there everyday picking and using them for meals. I also will have some of my herbs in containers because I use them daily…basil, rosemary, dill, thyme. I will also grow some in the community garden to dry or freeze.
I was good with the sandwich until you put on sliced “onion”…
Love to use onions in my recipes, just not raw.
I use Vidalia onion (eating onions) on sandwiches, not the yellow onions used in cooking… although if we didn’t have any Vidalia, I have been known to slice the yellows thin and use them.
Both of our kids as they grew up ate onions in most of the foods they ate. We just never seemed to mention it. Just before our daughter was moving out, she found a little larger than usual piece of onion in meatloaf. Of course she had to say something… and ever since our son wouldn’t eat anything with onions in it. When my wife would make something - without onions - he would always complain that “it doesn’t taste good - like the way you used to make it.” My wife would tell him that’s because she didn’t put any onions in it. He still won’t eat them to this day, and neither will our daughter.
I don’t use yellow, just white.
My kids thought I didn’t use them, they just didn’t know I puree’d them and put them in the recipe.
Now as adults, they all eat them.
The only way my two kids eat onions are sauteed with bell peppers and put on sausage. Neither one will eat them any other way. Go figure!
We had “vegetable of the week”. The younger two kids came to the grocery store with me and picked it out. I had to figure out how to use it in our next supper. Some were more difficult - they picked persimmon one time! The basic premise was they had to try one tablespoon of the “Vegetable of the week”.
By the time they left after high school they pretty much had covered every vegetable.
Growing up, we ate standard “poor people” foods. Mom made stews or cabbage and potatoes – enough to eat for a week, plus some.
My parents could rarely to never afford to buy:
fresh vegetables (we ate canned veggies)
any “holiday” veggies, like cranberries, sweet potatoes, etc. Lima beans which I loved fell under “holiday” vegs.
Any meats other than ground beef or roast.
When I had my child, I bought groceries for her that I’d never tried in my life.
Different types of brick, sliced, and shredded cheeses
Cottage cheese (yuck!)
Cream cheese (omg yuck)
Today, my kid eats foods I’ve never even smelled, like Korean, Thai, etc. Habits really are begun when young. She learned to experiment and try new things, while I learned 100 ways to use potatoes in dishes.
But how many did they actually eat?