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My Precioussssss.....
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Aliens, I tell you!
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I want a new drug.
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Well, I went and done it.
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August Update

Category: Veggies! | Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 2:10 pm

Well, it has been a heck of a season for my veggies.

I have never had such a crop of tomatoes, and I'm afraid I'll run out of things to do with them. They are just starting to ripen, with me picking maybe one or two a day of the Super Fantastic variety. This is a nice variety that I'll look for again next year. Very sweet. My yellow tomatoes are just starting to ripen. This variety is a bit different from last years, as these are huge, almost softball size. I really liked last years, as they were smaller and fleshier. Can't wait to try one of these. My Better Boys and Romas are still green and flowering yet.

Beans beans and more beans. I tell ya, if you want a lot of beans in a small area, go vertical. My bean pole is about seven feet tall, and they got there in no time and kept binding around the top looking to go higher. I'm picking half an ice cream pail every day now - yikes. I think I'll pickle some tonite.

Cucumbers are nuts. I usually plant the slicing type, but this year I went with the little pickling kind and tried to train them to go vertical. They don't listen well. They are in my lilies, in my peonies, and in my old rose bush. I've made 6 quarts of pickles already, with enough in the fridge to make three more quarts. These too have to be picked everyday or you find big yellow "surprises" out under the leaves.

Why did I plant kohlrabi? Doesn't taste like much. Scratch that one off of next year's list.

And my precious peppers. Wow. Had to stake my jalapenos as they had so many peppers on them they were tipping over. Each bell has at least 5 peppers on each plant. The Anaheims are gi-normous. I didn't know these plants got so big - three feet tall now, and the peppers are 9 inches long. You have to roast and peel these before you eat them, which is a bit of a hassle, but it sweetens the flavor nicely. The habaneros are just loaded. I'm guessing 50 peppers per plant. Can't wait till they start to turn orange - mmmm-mmmm. My serranos look really sad. I only planted three of these, but I planted them spread out in the garden to fill some holes I had. They didn't pollinate well and are not producing well. Better luck next year.

The aliens are still unidentified. I think one is acorn squash, but the other two have me befuddled. One started out a very bright yellow, smooth skin, watermelon shaped, but is now turning orange. The other USO (unidentified squash object) is green, slightly lobed (like a pumpkin), and more round. Only time will tell.

I'd post more picks, but the camera was in a violent crash and it's head popped off. Soon we'll have a new one.


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Aliens, I tell you!

Category: Veggies! | Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 3:38 pm

Aliens came. Aliens invaded my garden. And just like in that crappy Tom Cruise movie, "War of the Worlds", they have been laying dormant beneath the surface of the earth for years. Aliens are coming!



Looky close - they are spawning!




I have no idea where these came from, or why they chose my bean garden as a host for their invasion. I should have yanked them out by their little alien necks when I had the chance. Now their defenses are strong, and they have protected themselves with a thick covering of sharp little spines. The beans are trying to ward them off, the valiant little buggers, but the aliens are bigger and stronger and meaner. Now the only choice I have is to let them wreak havoc. Let them have their way. Let them pillage and destroy. And hope that fact will parallel fiction and they will catch a human cold and die, just like in that crappy Tom Cruise movie....


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My Precioussssss.....

Category: Veggies! | Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:47 pm

Gollum had his ring, I have my peppers....



Grow, little peppers, Grow!

The big one in the back is an Anaheim. It's a monster of a plant.

Ignore the junk behind the garage. You ain't a red-blooded American if you don't have junk behind yer garage.

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I want a new drug.

Category: Incoherent Musings | Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:29 pm

I have an addiction.

It's not easy to come to terms with one's self and admit such a thing, but it's time I get this off of my chest. This thing has become such a controlling force in my life, and I'm afraid I can't deal with it any more. I think about it constantly. I crave it incessantly. I can't get enough. My affliction is....
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FIRE!
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In the form of HOT SAUCE, that is.

I put it on everything. Eggs, chips, sandwiches, fries, chicken, everything. I've even found myself putting a coupla shakes on my salad. I dunno what to do. Should I seek counselling? Professional help? The local Hot Sauce Anonymous group?

I'm afraid this consumption has morphed into seeking out other sources of heat. I'm now freebasing with peppers. Whole peppers. (I know, I'm on a fast path to a rehab clinic for sure). And it doesn't end there. One day, in a capsaicin induced haze, I found myself boiling habaneros in vinegar and pureeing the mash in my blender. I'd even add Worcester sauce....sometimes soy sauce! (I know, I'm hurting myself with this self-destructive habit).

Just this morning as I was searching for the right flavor of hot sauce to add to my eggs, I counted my stash. Twenty-two bottles of hot sauce!

I need help.


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Well, I went and done it.

Category: Incoherent Musings | Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:16 pm

After reading many of the blogs here, I decided to start my own. This category will be filled with random craziness as the voices in my head wish to share their own quirks and foibles.

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