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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  martha on 12/10/2014, 3:41 pm

And one last word on the shingles thing - because over thinking things is one of my favorite hobbies! Marc, your statement that having shingles once doesn't mean you won't get it again is very important. I am attached to my denial, but I do think it is very important not to spread false, insufficiently researched information of any sort, and certainly not medical. And even though I have never played one on tv, I am not a doctor, never have one, never will be! Or an internet expert!

Ok, I'm done with my over thinking. Back to gardening!
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Post  Judy McConnell on 12/10/2014, 9:13 pm

Martha - missed most of the discussion about your shingles so possibly shouldn't even bring it up again.

I've had them twice - fortunately the two cases were fairly mild and no lasting problems from them.  Don't want to go through shingles again tho, the itching was almost unbearable at times.

Neither of us , apparently, have auto-immune problems - FORTUNATELY!

Two folks that I know personally - one has Rheum Arthritis and the other Lupus - really, really suffered. One ended up in hospital, the other was off work for more than a month.
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 12/10/2014, 9:54 pm

Mom and a best friend both had BAD shingles.  Best friend 3 times!  She finally got a shot so maybe they do think it'll help.  *shrug*  Mom also got a shot after the fact, but now has nerve damage in her legs & ear that she believes is from having shingles in the first place.  She's often dizzy and her legs are numb.  After watching the 2 of them, as adverse as I am to vaccines, I'm getting the shingles one once I hit 60.

Anywhosey, this fall I  transplanted, as well as left in the SFG, lots of kale plants in hopes of getting early leaves and then seeds from them next year.  That's what my collard greens do.  I have one collard green plant (bush?) that will be 4 yrs old next year.

About the kale love/hate.  I've noticed that different varieties taste different.  I have, & have had, Blue Vates, Winterbor and Ripbor.   I love those.  But the ones my friends grow are just tough and nasty tasting, no matter what I do to them.   Mad    I'll stick with what I know works for me...and hope to harvest seeds from 2 of them next year.

Oh, and I planted my turnip stumplings in straight compost in a container a few days ago and they are growing like gangbusters in the bay window.   I love you  Hope to get seeds from those also!

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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  martha on 12/11/2014, 6:23 am

(psssttt…CapeCoddess….I'm only 57….maybe don't wait?)
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  camprn on 12/11/2014, 11:46 am

If you are not yet 60 years of age, a discussion with your health care provider about getting the jab is still a valuable discussion to have.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6333a3.htm

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Post  Marc Iverson on 12/12/2014, 6:26 am

martha wrote:Regarding kale, I do both love it and hate it. I love, love, love it in soup, so I assumed I love it. I ordered it as a side dish in a restaurant recently. They didn't do anything weird to it, but boy did I not like it!

How come? You've got me curious.
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  sanderson on 12/12/2014, 7:36 am

I love my broccoli at home. But in a restaurant, bleah! Same with summer squash and carrots. They have to prep and hold at restaurants. At home you saute perfectly to the second. Your oil, salt and pepper, also.
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  camprn on 12/12/2014, 4:59 pm

Parts of dinner last night. leeks, purple carrots and potatoes. All roasted with a small chicken... Yum!


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Post  NHGardener on 12/12/2014, 5:15 pm

Camprn - potatoes and carrots will keep in storage, but how did you keep the leeks?
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  martha on 12/12/2014, 5:19 pm

Marc, I don't know if the restaurant kale was a different variety - silly me, that never occurred to me, or if it was what Sanderson was talking about, regarding vegetables been cooked and held for a long time. What I didn't like was that it was bitter and tough.

When DH made sausage, bean and kale soup, he added the kale last minute, so it still had some bite to it. And he also just told me that it does depend on the variety, that some kales would need to be cooked longer. 

See why I grow things but I leave him to cook them?
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Post  camprn on 12/12/2014, 5:38 pm

NHGardener wrote:Camprn - potatoes and carrots will keep in storage, but how did you keep the leeks?
the carrots and leeks have been living on the 3 season porch since getting dug up last month.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/12/2014, 5:51 pm

Ha!  Camp, that photo came from your tablet, right?  Mine adds things to photos without my input also.  Sometimes there's animated snow when it wasn't snowing, and some are wiggly that just look silly being wiggly. And it also makes full videos to classical music out of my short vids that are similar to one another.  It made a really good one made out of all the storms we had last winter.

Talk about IT take over... Rolling Eyes

Except for a few greens here and there, most of my SFG has gone to bed now, covered in a blanket of compost & seaweed:  

Garlic bed with no growth yet:  

The inside bay window garden is in full swing!
Lettuce pot:  

Turnip stumpling:  

Crazy parsley that grows back as soon as it's cut!  

Stevia on the right is in bloom.  I'm hoping for seeds:  

Buckets of seaweed drowning in rain water:  

Helebore is in bloom early this year:  
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Do you have anything growing inside this winter?

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Post  camprn on 12/12/2014, 6:16 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:Ha!  Camp, that photo came from your tablet, right? CC
Nope from my Google+ page. I shot the photos with my phone.

I'm so glad you have gotten rid of the recycled shelving. Your garden looks much better. Nice and neat. Thanks for the hellebore shot!

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Post  martha on 12/12/2014, 11:17 pm

Gorgeous hellebore! I gave mine away, since the silly new restaurant owners don't appreciate nice things. Someday, I hope to have my own garden again!
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 12/18/2014, 9:52 pm

So I'm guessing that yesterday was probably the last leaf mowing & seaweed spreading day this year for me.  I'm done in.  Bought some Snow & Ice Treads on the Job Lot today in case this winter turns out to be anything like last winter:

Other than a few collards & swiss chard, all the edible greens outside are just about gone and I've started picking the ones growing in the bay window for morning smoothies.  This weekend I'm going to start more kale and collard seeds.  I want LOTS of my own fresh organic greens this winter.

I saw that Ray Brown is growing zucchini inside.  Hmm...seems like a plan since mine always get attacked by something or other out there.  I like the indoor idea but the plants are so dang big!   Some day I'll have a grow room like he does.
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  quiltbea on 12/19/2014, 12:48 am

CapeC.....I bought some of those ice treads years ago from Vermont Country Store and they are terrific.  They really work.  I used to walk a couple miles to work because I enjoyed it way back then, and those kept me from slipping on icy spots.  A great invention I'd recommend to everyone.
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  NHGardener on 12/19/2014, 2:56 am

Thank you, CC!

I have a pair of the Trax thingies and they have worked really well. I've slipped too many times on the ice. Of course, this winter so far seems good.

I saw the kale now that the snow is melted. I wonder if it will last until spring...

I may have missed something, but who's Ray Brown?
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Post  sanderson on 12/19/2014, 3:40 am

NHG, I had to Google to find him!
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Post  quiltbea on 12/19/2014, 3:58 am

Isn't Ray of Praxxus on youtube named Ray Browning?
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  CapeCoddess on 12/19/2014, 5:55 pm

quiltbea wrote:Isn't Ray of Praxxus on youtube named Ray Browning?

Oh...you're right.  I had to google it, too, since I couldn't remember.  

This morning before work I threw a crock pot of stuff together - free range organic chicken, frzn tomatoes, onions, garlic, frzn green peppers, oregano, parsley and basil - everything but the chicken was from the garden!

Then I made a breakfast smoothie with fresh collards, kale and the last of the frzn strawberries, all from the garden!   I love you

I don't know why but I find this amazing!

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Post  sanderson on 12/19/2014, 6:01 pm

CC, Yes, it is amazing. Congrats!
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  NHGardener on 12/19/2014, 6:15 pm

CC! You are a professional! I thought this was an amateur site... lol.

So Ray Browning is Ray Praxxus?

I saw a tobacco plant he grew indoors, like the zucchini you mentioned, I don't know how he does that. Maybe he has a super grow light setup, or maybe a lot of natural light. 

There are enough youtubes of gardeners to keep one learning for years... how to get to them all... 

How did we live before Youtube?
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Post  Marc Iverson on 12/19/2014, 7:08 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:
quiltbea wrote:Isn't Ray of Praxxus on youtube named Ray Browning?

Oh...you're right.  I had to google it, too, since I couldn't remember.  

This morning before work I threw a crock pot of stuff together - free range organic chicken, frzn tomatoes, onions, garlic, frzn green peppers, oregano, parsley and basil - everything but the chicken was from the garden!

Then I made a breakfast smoothie with fresh collards, kale and the last of the frzn strawberries, all from the garden!   I love you

I don't know why but I find this amazing!

CC

I've rarely been able to do anything like that, but it does look and sound wonderful,and I hope to be at that place soon! I'm getting more and more experience with different plants and better soils and sun availability, so one day soon ...

Good for you CC! If nothing else, you couldn't eat a healthier meal.
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Re: New England Dec 2014

Post  NHGardener on 12/19/2014, 7:51 pm

I just got a look at my boxes now that the snow is almost gone, and they have really dropped in volume. I guess the leaves hold a lot of air pockets. Makes me want to go out there and fill them back up with leaves, but I'll wait till closer to spring....
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/19/2014, 8:55 pm

Heads up: Christmas eve storm coming...
Plan accordingly = lots of blinking lights & sparkly decorations, roaring fire, candles, cozy throws, hot toddies, fondue, yummy kitchen smells, etc.


(what the heck IS a toddy anyway...?)

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