Monthly Archives: August 2010

Corn Smut (Ustilago maydis)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CLOEC 22 August 2010 Corn Smut (Ustilago maydis) When removing the spent corn stalks some corn smut was seen on two plants. The fungus has culinary prospects. Here is the URL to an article about uses of this rather interesting … Continue reading

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Handling Spent Vegetation from the Garden.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CPQFI 22 August 2010 Handling Spent Vegetation Spent vegetation is handled by putting through the Chipper/Shredder a 10 HP Yard Machine Unit. The chopped vegetation is blown onto the compost pile. The shredding speeds up composting, and reduced the labor … Continue reading

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Produce Picked Today.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?BZVQB 21 August 2010 Produce Picked Today. A care package was prepared for a friend who lives in the city. The main crop of tomatoes, corn, is almost finished. The only item rather strange is the purslane, which grows everywhere. … Continue reading

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Pear Juice

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GGLEQ 19 August 2010 Pear Juice Pears were converted into juice. Pictures depict the method. After processing the jars were placed in a pressure canner to sterilize for long term storage. For relatively immediate use this step can be omitted.

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Black Cherry Tomato

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?STLSD 19 August 2010 Black Cherry Tomato Black Cherry Tomato is dark flesh colored, and is probably my favorite small tomato. The plant is similar to Sweet Million and is equally prolific.

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Food Preservation in the Home

Food preservation is always a problem in the home. The traditional methods are boiling water canning, freezing: and storing in a cool place like the refrigerator or a cold room. All these methods have shortcomings. Boiling water canning usually involves … Continue reading

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Niagara Grapes

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?SZGLW Niagara Grapes Twelve pound of grapes were picked from my one plant. The grapes were pristine, and were processed into juice for long term storage. Process is to place in a pot with about a liter of water to … Continue reading

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Sovereign Coronation Grapes

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?NWGQY 19 August 2010 Sovereign Coronation Grapes. Sovereign coronation grapes were picked, and processed into juice, and sterilized for long term use. This one arbor produced 10 pounds of perfect grapes. From one arbor ten pounds is typical and anything … Continue reading

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Pressure Canning

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?TOZTY 17 August 2010 Pressure Canner. A Presto pressure canner, 23 quart size, was purchased to enable me to process and store safely (sterilize) various juices in the cold room. This unit is the same as a typical Presto pressure … Continue reading

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Elderberry Last picking.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ABXRH 16 August 2010 Elderberries. Thirteen pounds of elderberries were picked this morning and processed. Juice will be made and stored in the refrigerator for relatively immediate consumption. A Presto pressure canner has been ordered so the juice can be … Continue reading

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Making Blackberry Juice.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?VCJSF 14 August 2010 Making Blackberry Juice. Many blackberries are available, so juice is being made of the excess. A container of four cups of berries is filled with water, placed in a pot on the stove and gently boiled … Continue reading

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Making Tomato Juice

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ETBYM 14 August 2010 Tomato Juice There are many tomatoes ripening simultaneously, so it was decided to make tomato juice. The most ripe tomatoes were selected, placed in boiling water for three minutes to loosen the skin, then mashed in … Continue reading

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Corn

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MEHSP 13 August 2010 Butter Gold SE Corn This is the first corn picked. The cobs are good quality, but the taste is marginal when they were cooked. Corn has been so modified over the years, that the old taste … Continue reading

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Redhaven Peach Tree

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?QKMNN 13 August 2010 Redhaven Peach Tree There is one peach tree in the garden. It produces a fine tasting fruit. Most of the fruit has some skin damage which is Peach Scab, a fungus, but this does not penetrate … Continue reading

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Tomato types

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?KOBAG 13 August 2010 Tomato types Many tomatoes were ripe today and were picked. Pictures were taken of the stem side and the obverse to indicate typical vine ripened growth. Perfect tomatoes are seldom vine ripened. Of my selection the … Continue reading

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Elderberry Juice

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?NYVCU 12 August 2010 Elderberry Juice Nine pounds of elderberries were picked today. This makes a total pf 21 pounds in the last week or so. To utilize them it was decided to make juice. After some experimenting this is … Continue reading

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Thornless Blackberry

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?IZJEX 11 August 2010 Thornless Blackberry Seven pounds of berries were picked from these two thornless blackberry plants in their third year, and the first year of production. The berries ripen over a period of time. Quality is excellent. All … Continue reading

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More Elderberry

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CHFRS 11 August 2010 Elderberry More elderberry bushes are producing. Today 7 pounds were picked. I am experimenting with making juice by gently boiling for about 20 minutes then squeezing the pulp through cheesecloth.  Depending upon the amount of water … Continue reading

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Processing Black Walnuts.

There are millions of Black Walnuts, which are an excellent food source, that go to waste yearly in North America, since people do not know how to process or crack the nuts, due to the strength of the hull and … Continue reading

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Processing Elderberry.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?VGLUS 8 August 2010 Processing Elderberries. Eight pounds of elderberries were picked this morning, and removed from the branches. The berries were picked by snapping off the fruit bearing branch and placing in a plastic bag. The problem is removing … Continue reading

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Dark Fleshed Tomatoes

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RPNTK 7 August 2010 Dark Fleshed Tomatoes Two types of dark fleshed tomatoes, heirlooms, indeterminate are depicted. The flesh is darker than a normal red tomato, depending upon the amount of ripening, and the fruit has a unique, pleasant, distinct … Continue reading

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Blackberry. Picking Today

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GJZUW 5 August 2010 Blackberry. Picking Today. Blackberry plants (2) are producing well. I stand up between the net and the bushes when picking. The staggered ripening is convenient, since I pick about every three days. There is little wastage.

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Okra Flower

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?WMCZM 5 August 2010 Okra Flower Four flowers were in bloom on the Okra plants. The delightful, clear form of the bloom is a pleasure to behold. Flowers exist only for one day. I enjoy them.

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Cooking Mushrooms (agaricus bispous)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RXDXZ 4 August 2010 Cooking mushrooms (agaricus bispous). Cooking the (agaricus bispous), common commercial mushroom. I decide to experiment and have for several years utilized the following cooking method. The mushrooms are scrubbed thoroughly with a brush under water to … Continue reading

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Tomatoes Ripening

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?JFQPW 4 August 2010 Tomatoes Tomatoes are ripening quickly. There are very few culls and quality and shape is above average. There are about 15 varieties of about two plants each. The plants are all heavily laden with fruit. There … Continue reading

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