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Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 11-28-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 1,317
Views: 105,038
Posted By KBee
Thank you for sharing all your experience and...

Thank you for sharing all your experience and pictures with us all. Hope you and your family have a wonderful and restful day.
Forum: Food and water 11-26-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 284
Posted By KBee
We have made quite a bit of kale/collard powder...

We have made quite a bit of kale/collard powder in the past, but are now focused on varieties that stay green/healthy throughout the winter, so we have a fresh source year-round.

The green...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 11-12-2019, 01:08 AM
Replies: 1,439
Views: 151,080
Posted By KBee
A chef's knife works fine for the winter squash...

A chef's knife works fine for the winter squash that we grow. I tried a blue hubbard one season and it did have a very hard rind. I didn't think the amount of usable squash and the flavor were worth...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 10-29-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1,439
Views: 151,080
Posted By KBee
Dehydrating kung pao peppers, black trumpet...

Dehydrating kung pao peppers, black trumpet mushrooms and matsutake mushrooms today. I probably shouldn't dehydrate them in the unit at the same time, but the house smells wonderful. :)
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 10-24-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,003
Posted By KBee
Probably the installers, in most cases. Although...

Probably the installers, in most cases. Although I am sure there is mark-up at every step, too.

My 2.5kwh system cost me about $12K to install myself, all parts included (with 48V 370AH L16...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 10-20-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By KBee
We had our first fall seed library event...

We had our first fall seed library event yesterday. The event went well with about 25 locals attending. Seeds offered for winter/early spring gardening were: snap peas, bunching onions, leeks,...
Forum: Food and water 10-07-2019, 12:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By KBee
Interesting idea. I had not thought about drying...

Interesting idea. I had not thought about drying them rather than canning the leaves so they would be ready to use like storebought grape leaves. May be worth a try. Thanks!
Forum: Food and water 10-06-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By KBee
preserved grape leaves

Our weather is cooling down quickly and I'd like to get some grape leaves canned for winter use. I don't make stuffed grape leaves very often, but I'd like to have the option over the winter.
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Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 10-03-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 1,439
Views: 151,080
Posted By KBee
Had our first freeze/frost this week, so I...

Had our first freeze/frost this week, so I harvested all the usable tomato, pepper, eggplant, tomatillo, and summer squash fruits. Been canning up eggplant (for baba ganoush), salsa, hot sauce, and...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-30-2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 1,317
Views: 105,038
Posted By KBee
Sorry to hear the less than stellar results on...

Sorry to hear the less than stellar results on the pumpkin flavor. It is hard to watch a plant grow all season and then be disappointed at the end.

The vine borers were a real challenge for us...
Forum: Food and water 09-27-2019, 12:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,114
Posted By KBee
no need to pre-boil jars. like others have said,...

no need to pre-boil jars. like others have said, just store them upside down, and give a quick rinse with hot water before filling. quick, easy and effective.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-25-2019, 01:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By KBee
I planted a tree that I got from Raintree at my...

I planted a tree that I got from Raintree at my old place in NC. The fruit was definitely underwhelming in it's flavor and texture. I'd put it in the famine food category :)
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-23-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 936
Posted By KBee
My county has a vector control facility that you...

My county has a vector control facility that you can stop in and pick up free mosquitofish (Gambusia species) for stocking ponds and other water sources where mosquito larvae live. Might be...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-22-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,443
Posted By KBee
We started a seed library for our community this...

We started a seed library for our community this past year. See the thread in this subforum from earlier in the season.

Great way to meet new gardeners and get access to experience from local...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-18-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 1,317
Views: 105,038
Posted By KBee
Thanks - Hope the hills of your other plants...

Thanks - Hope the hills of your other plants provide a bountiful yield, as well.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-18-2019, 01:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 847
Posted By KBee
I have frozen them in bags to use during the...

I have frozen them in bags to use during the winter (when I had extra, before getting chickens and ducks). Add a bag of frozen cherry tomatoes to a crock pot with a pork tenderloin or roast at the...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 09-17-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 1,317
Views: 105,038
Posted By KBee
Very nice - good looking sweets! Any idea...

Very nice - good looking sweets!

Any idea how the harvest from the trellised plant compared with the others in the hills?

Trying Okinawan purple sweets in a raised bed this year. They were slow...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 08-19-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 1,439
Views: 151,080
Posted By KBee
Now harvesting enough eggplant to have some extra...

Now harvesting enough eggplant to have some extra beyond fresh cooking/eating. I took 3 of our larger black beauty fruits (about a pound and a half total) and quartered then steamed them for about 10...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-17-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 1,397
Views: 90,599
Posted By KBee
is the "interesting" taste and texture of the...

is the "interesting" taste and texture of the semolina bread a good interesting? ;)
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-15-2019, 12:18 AM
Replies: 1,317
Views: 105,038
Posted By KBee
congrats! a fine chop of tomatillos, onions,...

congrats! a fine chop of tomatillos, onions, garlic and chilis makes a very tasty salsa.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-09-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 19,974
Posted By KBee
Physics is fun. Lots of good ways to use physics...

Physics is fun. Lots of good ways to use physics around the homestead to make your life easier.
Forum: Recipes 07-02-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 443
Posted By KBee
pressure canned salsa recipes?

Hello,

Looking to find a good (tested) recipe for homemade pressure-canned salsa.

I'm not big on using much vinegar or lemon/lime juice in my salsa, so rather than hot-water bath canning, I am...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 07-01-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 1,397
Views: 90,599
Posted By KBee
looks wonderful - nice job. I started using those...

looks wonderful - nice job. I started using those types of pans this past year for some sub sandwich loaves. they are a good buy.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-30-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By KBee
My wife uses one of those spiralizer cutters on...

My wife uses one of those spiralizer cutters on the extra zucchini to make a "pasta". Same way to use them, pan fry in butter or coconut oil and seasonings to fit the meal they are served with. Not...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-30-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By KBee
Hope the later planting does well for you. It has...

Hope the later planting does well for you. It has been an odd year so far in the garden. some things growing really slow, others at normal speed. The brassicas have been the worst performers this...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-30-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 1,439
Views: 151,080
Posted By KBee
Beautiful fruits! I really like the flavor of the...

Beautiful fruits! I really like the flavor of the asian eggplants. They are a notch above Black Beauty, but we always come back to Black Beauty because of the vigor of the plants and final yields.
...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-29-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By KBee
This is one of the issues that I want to test...

This is one of the issues that I want to test this year - do we get a better yield with the larger fruited squash as compared to the smaller fruited squash overall. I want to evaluate the yield in...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-28-2019, 01:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By KBee
Great to hear your experience with this one -...

Great to hear your experience with this one - thank you!
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-27-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By KBee
Thanks for sharing your favorites. I've grown the...

Thanks for sharing your favorites. I've grown the delicatas before and they are very tasty. Haven't tried the buttercups. Do they have very big fruits for you?
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-27-2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By KBee
I tried a Blue Hubbard plant a couple years ago....

I tried a Blue Hubbard plant a couple years ago. We liked the flavor, but the flesh was pretty thin on the fruits. I know they can get pretty big for some people. Glad they are working out for you. I...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-27-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By KBee
We usually grow at least 1 variety of each of the...

We usually grow at least 1 variety of each of the C. maxima, C. pepo, and C. moschata each year.

The pepo squash species are the most challenging for us, since the zucchini and the Godiva...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-27-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By KBee
New squash to try this year

Squash/pumpkins are one of the easier to grow crops in our area, so we include several types in the garden each year. In addition to the Black Beauty zucchini and Lady Godiva pumpkins, we are trying...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-27-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,451
Posted By KBee
a brief summary on some conditions during the...

a brief summary on some conditions during the dust bowl. If a reduction from 25" of annual rain to 15" of annual rain created that level of hardship, think about no rain for 8 years as proposed in...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-26-2019, 09:49 PM
Replies: 1,397
Views: 90,599
Posted By KBee
Very glad to have you back posting on the board....

Very glad to have you back posting on the board. Congrats on building the bakery business and interweaving it with the produce. Sounds like a worthwhile challenge :)
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-05-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By KBee
I think the plants were put out toward the end of...

I think the plants were put out toward the end of May, and our first frost is usually in the second half of October. I believe we had 3 plants in our trial year. The plants in your pics look a fair...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-04-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 1,317
Views: 105,038
Posted By KBee
I haven't seen the tennis ball trick for the...

I haven't seen the tennis ball trick for the netting before - that's great!
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 06-04-2019, 08:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By KBee
I tried the Thai Red Roselle seeds from Baker...

I tried the Thai Red Roselle seeds from Baker Creek about 5 years ago. They grew well and were pretty plants. The tea from the calyxes was tasty. We decided not to grow them again due to only getting...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 05-28-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1,397
Views: 90,599
Posted By KBee
Missing your updates, FC. Hope all is well!

Missing your updates, FC. Hope all is well!
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 05-25-2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 828
Posted By KBee
I don't think any of the asian pear varieties are...

I don't think any of the asian pear varieties are truly fireblight immune, but some are classified as resistant. In my orchard, fireblight is a common spring issue. The susceptible ones get culled....
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 05-25-2019, 12:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 828
Posted By KBee
If you don't want to spray, I would consider...

If you don't want to spray, I would consider Asian pears (fireblight resistant varieties) and Jujubes. Mulberries of several different species and fruit color are easy, and will be good for the...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 05-24-2019, 12:38 AM
Replies: 1,317
Views: 105,038
Posted By KBee
Good looking plants. Those 15 gal pots are an...

Good looking plants. Those 15 gal pots are an interesting approach. I've tried raising tomatoes in 5 gal buckets using a couple different systems for watering and haven't had good luck. Hope you keep...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 05-22-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 19,974
Posted By KBee
I think you are on the right track with changing...

I think you are on the right track with changing the panels to a vertical mounting system. The price of PV panels is still cheap enough to add the extra panels to make it worthwhile in a weather...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 05-18-2019, 12:49 AM
Replies: 1,317
Views: 105,038
Posted By KBee
Great garden update - thank you!

Great garden update - thank you!
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 05-14-2019, 10:36 PM
Replies: 1,317
Views: 105,038
Posted By KBee
I feel your pain... my regular garlic is looking...

I feel your pain... my regular garlic is looking very poor this year. Not expecting much out of the patch. Hopefully enough to replant in the fall.

The elephant garlic is doing much better, for...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 05-11-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,171
Posted By KBee
A 5' x 20' area is pretty easy to shovel/prep for...

A 5' x 20' area is pretty easy to shovel/prep for the first time to develop a 100 sq ft bed. My "soil" is a gravel/clay/loam mix. Hard to get started, but then it gets better. Time of the year makes...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 04-21-2019, 10:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,662
Posted By KBee
Tough call on creating a mix of 2 systems as...

Tough call on creating a mix of 2 systems as opposed to switching over to a whole new system. I would suggest keeping what has been working and adding on with the new system over time.

The price...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 04-20-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,662
Posted By KBee
Yep - looks like too much panel for 1 outback 80...

Yep - looks like too much panel for 1 outback 80 charge controller running at 12V.

My system has the same charge controller set up for 48V. I have 8 batteries (6V 370AH Deka's) run in a string in...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 04-19-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 1,397
Views: 90,599
Posted By KBee
Looking good! I will be curious and watching to...

Looking good! I will be curious and watching to see how it goes. We've had enough warm weather here that it was time to pull the mulch back off the tomato and pepper beds. Still a historical risk of...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 04-19-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 739
Posted By KBee
In addition to the ones listed above I also like...

In addition to the ones listed above I also like Territorial Seed and Seed Savers Exchange.

Seed Savers Exchange has the commercial store site and you can also use the Exchange to swap directly...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 04-15-2019, 12:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By KBee
We had our second Seed Library event this weekend...

We had our second Seed Library event this weekend at the local library branch. There was a lower turn-out than the first time, but we still had about 40 people come through and get seeds. That puts...
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