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Garden and Lovina....

Our tomatoes have been ripening sooo slowly this season with the constant barrage of rain and cool weather, but pictured here are some freshly ripened sun-sugar cherry tomatoes from our garden, one Brandywine tomato and some parsley.  Makes for some great suppers.  This is the first year Rachel and I have had a garden and the effort is well worth it.

Meanwhile, tomorrow, I will be headed to Lovina's for Friday night and all day Saturday.  I should come back with some great photos, videos, and stories to share.  If anyone has any questions you want me to ask Lovina directly, please post them here before 11 a.m. eastern time tomorrow and I will take them with me on the trip.

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Cat lover,

 Watch where you leave your bags of goodies if you do leave them on your neighbors  porch or front door. I had a neighbor that caught me doing just that and he came out of his house and told me where to put those veggie  goodies and it wasn't even close to where my mouth is. I learned to call and then ask first . No surprizes and no one is telling me where I can put  them. good luck! linda

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Reading all these posts here about beans, canning, zukes, etc. and I have come to the conclusion that you all eat A WHOLE LOT of vegetables!!!!!!   Smile

 

 I'm waiting to see if someone post about drinking green bean coffee in the morning........   Wink

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I know that Lovina is horribly busy, but does she have a hobby that she "indulges" in? And what is her favorite recipe or favorite thing to eat?

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Did Lovina plant any wax (yellow) beans this year and if so how are they doing in this weather?  Mine are ready to can but not the yellow color they are supposed to be. (they are mostly yellow with a hint of green)

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My mom has (4) 85-ft rows of green beans!  We picked about 30 lbs between us last weekend.  Tomorrow I am going to go pick some more because they are loaded again :-)

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My yellow wax beans won't give me a break.  I've been canning them every other day!  I pickle mine.  This year about half of each row are green beans and the other half are yellow..weird.

Peaches and pears are next!  Yummy!

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I also have alot of beans, but it has been so rainy that I can't get them picked! Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, so I guess I shall sink in the mud to get them!!! I can some plain and also make dill beans. Already did peaches, but my oldest son has pear trees so when they are ready I'll do them. Good luck with yours!!!

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Going there for a Saturday so you don't have to wake up at 3am, just 7am...  lol  

 

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Hi Kevin, thank you for offering to take our questions to Lovina. Hummmm, the questions and Lovina's answers might make a good column or addition to the upcoming book. Wink

 

I would like to know about which canning methods that Lovina uses. I haven't seen mention of a pressure canner, so am thinking that she uses water bath method for everything. Any information appreciated.

 

Most of all, Kevin, please express my gratitude to Lovina for taking time out of her busy schedule to write the column and the cookbooks. I enjoy Lovina's cookbook and her dear mother Elizabeth's cookbook. I can't imagine having even 1/2 of what she has to do daily and then have the column and cookbooks too. Surprised Thank you dear Lovina for all of your columns and information. May God bless you and your family!!! Smile

Blessings,

CarylAnne

treadling ratmum

 

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Does anyone eat fried green tomatoes?  We had some yesterday and Yum.  Of course it's not very healthy but.......

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Yes we do! In fact, my DIL got some "Granny Smith" tomato plants this spring and we fried some up this past weekend. They were awesome! These tomatoes stay green and get about 4" across when ripe. If your oil is hot enough, and you use a good vegtable based oil, (ie canola) you should be fine.

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I use olve oil but this time I told my husband he had to fry his own.  He said they were gresy so I bet he didn't have the oil hot enough. Thanks

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I have been so busy canning that I haven't been posting much. I have done pickles, peaches, jams, and have frozen blueberries, broccoli, cauliflower, beet greens and kale. My question is..does Lovina do alot of canning? Since she's only a few years older than my kids, I was wondering if she still sticks to the old ways ,in that respect. Thanks, and have a great time!!!

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Barb - do you freeze the kale/beet greens?  Do you do anything to them first?  Just curious.

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Yes I freeze them, they could be canned(like spinach) but the frozen tastes fresher. It has to blanched for 3-4 minutes to kill the enzymes that would promote spoilage. I steam blanch , just because it doesn't use so much water. If you don't know about blanching,ask and I'll tell you how!

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Barb, I made my laundry detergent last week.  It is nice and thick and seems to be doing a fine job so far!

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That's great!! I am glad it is working for you, it is much cheaper than what you can buy, and I know it works better!!

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Does Lovina keep records of how much she harvests from her gardens or how much she cans?  If so, that would be interesting to know.

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This was an interesting question..I always used to keep a list of what I canned when the kids were here. I still have them. I quit doing it when they were older, but I don't know why!! I was just saying to my daughter when we did peaches(a couple days ago) that I should start keeping track again.Funny that you should ask right when I was thinking about it!!!Undecided

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All of these are superb questions!

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Are the Eicher's planning to homeschool Susan, as she is entering into that middle school era?

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Please ask Lovina if there are any heirloom varieties of veggies she's interested in trying, or maybe some her mom planted that she hasn't been able to find.  I am a member of Seedsavers Exchange, and I would be delighted to help her out if you can get me the name of the veggie or fruit.  Enjoy your trip!

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Kevin,  I have a question for Lovina.  In the last weekly column, she said she was going to pull or harvest her winter onions.   Find out when she will plant them again, and when she harvests them what she does to the little onions on the tops.  I have never raised them before, and have about 30 set.  I have just let them "go" in the garden  and don't want to lose them.  Thank you,  Karen

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Could those be Eqyptian Walking Onions?  Thay have those baby onions on the tops.  If you leave them in the ground, they get heavy and fall over and the babies plant themselves for new onions.  I had some Mother gave me but I never figured out when and how many to eat so I would always have more.  I know they are good green and also when they get big.

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I have always heard them called winter onions.  Yes, Lady Hawk, they have little baby onions sprouting out on the top of the middle stem.  You take and just break them off and plant them....and you have more onions.  I just don't know when to plant the babies so they make it again over the winter.  Thanks, now I am going to try and research Egyptian Walking onions.   Karen

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Need any zucchini?

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Yup, I'll take some.  Wink  Our godawful hot spell in early June killed mine before they could bear.  ( I live in N. Fla)

 

 

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If I could send you some I sure would.  Last year ours died in a hot spell and this year it has come to the point that I am SERIOUSLY thinking about leaving bags on the neighbor's doorsteps!

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The neighborhood zucchini fairy!!!

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Yep!