9 August 2018 Dinner

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Dinner was prepared mostly from fresh garden vegetables. Onion, beetroot, beet tops, tomato, potato, tempeh, Glass of mixed juice. The onion and tomato were a bit overcooked but ingested anyway. Condiment was butter and vinegar for the beet tops. Potato was baked, beets were steamed.

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9 August 2018 Indian Corn

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The small patch of Indian Corn is 12 feet tall. This is excessive and probably indicates too much nitrogen. There are cobs forming so will determine at harvest if the height is detrimental to grain production. The stalks are healthy and good color.

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8 August 2018 Dinner.

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Dinnr. All from the garden. Slice tomato, baked Yukon Gold potato, steamed kale, Mixed juice, piece of tempeh.

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7 August 2018 Sicilian Saucer Tomato

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Three Sicilian Saucer Tomato plants are grown. The tomatoes get quite large and the plants are prolific. The fruit is usually distorted, but sliced have a pleasing texture and are quit tasty.This is the first harvest this year.

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6 August 2018 Dinner

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Dinner from the garden. Green beans, potato, tomato, cucumber, glass of pressure canned mixed juice. Potato oven cooked for 65 minutes at 405F, beans and carrots steamed for 20 minutes. Condiment was butter.

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5 August 2018 Garlic (Trimming for storage)

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The garlic 2018 crop was trimmed for storage. There are 112 blbs, 6510 grams equating to 14 pounds. They are stored in an open container in a root cellar in the basement and they keep for about 6 plus months.

The bulbils were set aside and will be used for growing rounds for next years crop. There are many bulbils in one scape capsule. Some bulbs have a split outer skin which happens if left in the ground.The spit bulbs store exactly like an intact skin. My harvest takes place after splitting, but this year they stopped growing so all did not get split before harvest. I have found the cloves get slightly larger if left in the ground and splitting is allowed to take place. Leaving the scapes on appears to have no effect on bulb size. I don’t use the scapes so leave them on until harvest about mid July in Zone 5.

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4 August 2018 Escapade Rose (Floribunda)

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Flowers all Summer. Most prickly.

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4 August 2018 Peach Tree

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My one peach tree has much fruit. There was no frost in the Spring, which usually kills the fruit production.The frost usually destroys the blossoms. I have removed numerous fruit to allow some to grow to full size.

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4 August 2018. Dinner.

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Kale,tomatoes,cucumber,meat pie, Juice. The part missing of the meat pie was given to Ginny. The meat pie was purchased for $5.00. Preparation about 5 minutes cleanup about 3.

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Tools for making Pressure Canned Juice.

Pressure canned home juice appears to be an ideal method of preserving almost any plant material for long term storage at room temperature. The material is of full nutritional value if chosen at the height of the growing season.

Tools required are:
A cooking pot.
Hand blender.
A Food mill strainer 2 mm mesh.
A 23 liter Pressure cooker.
Liter jars

Method is:
Cut the material in small pieces, Cover in water, cook until soft, Hand blend into a slurry.
Strain the material through a Food mill strainer with 2 mm mesh.
Place the strained juice in liter jars and pressure can at 15 PSI for 15 minutes.

The method is applicable for any plant material. The end product is readily available nutrients with little preparation. It is a strong drinkable addition for any diet.

Example.
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