Southwest Gardening forum: Summer Veggies.

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rayman6422
Jun 17, 2010 6:46 PM CST
How are the summer veggies coming people?
I've got a zucc, a couple crooknecks, a elephant garlic, and lots of early girl tomatoes.

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rayman6422
Jun 17, 2010 6:47 PM CST
This one I cant believe.
I'm still getting strawberries.


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Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 17, 2010 6:49 PM CST
All I have is jealousy... lookin' really good, Ray!

Actually, that's not strictly true. I've picked a few Beaverlodge Plum tomatoes that are ripening on my counter, safely away from the birds, and I've been snacking on the malabar greens from Kelly. My cukes are blooming like fools, and there's both M & F blossoms on the watermelon, and the corn's starting to tassel, but I'm just waiting, waiting, waiting...

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rayman6422
Jun 17, 2010 6:50 PM CST
This really surprised me. While looking for scallop and crookneck squash I thought this was one of the avocado skins I throw out in the garden.
I took a second look because something wasn't right about it. LOL
Looks like I've got some natural bug control going on.

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Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 17, 2010 7:14 PM CST
That's awesome, Ray! You have a friend! And what a handsome fellow, too!

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rayman6422
Jun 17, 2010 7:18 PM CST
I have friends in low places. ;-)
Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Jun 17, 2010 9:35 PM CST
Better than no friends at all - lol...

Harvesting several types of squash (want some?), eggplant, pole and bush beans, peppers out the wazoo, Armenian cukes, Malabar spinach and tomatoes.

Growing and fruiting - strawberry popcorn (since I can't seem to grow regular corn to save my life), okra (1st time), cantaloupe, melons, watermelon, pumpkins, basil (few kinds), various herbs, sweet potatoes. I know I'm forgetting something...

Jill, did those peppers from the swap make it? I need to look up again the possible varieties in that mix. One of mine is yellow and another is orange...
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Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 17, 2010 10:54 PM CST
They did make it, but I can't remember if they've set any peppers or not. Gotta go check tomorrow, I'll let you know!
Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Jun 19, 2010 3:50 PM CST
Here is part of today's harvest...

...eggplant, zucchini, armenian cukes, lots of 'maters, several peppers and my first ever okra! I'm gonna fry it up and see if I even like it - lol.

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Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
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rtl850nomore
Jun 19, 2010 3:52 PM CST
Nice harvest, Kelly
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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Jun 19, 2010 4:39 PM CST
What Jayne said Kelly. You have okra already!!! When did you plant? Mine are just sprouts, a long way from growing any fruit.
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 19, 2010 5:39 PM CST
I'm coming over for dinner tonight!

I developed a new love of eggplant while in Italy--never really liked it before then. I think what they did was something like this:

Slice, sprinkle with salt and let drain for a bit. Coat with olive oil and maybe some salt, pepper, garlic? Grill or otherwise cook, maybe flat on a skillet or something? Anyhow, it was wonderful, and I am now newly energized to get some to grow! (gotta go start some seeds for fall, since my fab friend Kelly says it's a great fall crop... ☺)
Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Jun 19, 2010 5:58 PM CST
Thanks girls! McP, I can't remember when I planted the Okra. I wrote it on the garden plan but didn't put the date. I would guess late April?

Come on over Jill... I just made some killer pasta sauce with goodies from the garden - 'maters, peppers, onions, zukes, eggplant, squash, oregano and basil... Had to use store garlic cuz I didn't plant any last fall and mushrooms since I don't grow my own... Hmmmmmmmm. May have to look into that!

I currently have eggplant coming out my ears! I'll use the Black Beauty for parmesan. I used the long purple oriental ones in the sauce.
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Jun 19, 2010 6:49 PM CST
Jill,

I do grilled eggplant fairly often this time of the year and I make it just like uyou said. Slice eggplant about 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and let it sit about 30 minutes ( this draws out some bitterness). Pat dry with a paper towel and then brush with olive oil. Season with a little more salt, pepper, garlic powder and a pinch of oregano. Put on a hot grill and rotate 90 degrees after about 2 minutes to get cross hatched grill marks. Wait another minute and flip to the other side and repeat. Depending on the heat it may not take as long on the second side.
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Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 19, 2010 10:58 PM CST
Thanks for providing some specifics, Dan! Gonna have to grill me some eggplant ASAP! Add a little chianti and I'm all set!
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jun 22, 2010 11:04 PM CST
Lots of veggies in my harvest

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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jun 22, 2010 11:06 PM CST
ps
I used to collect silk and paper mache veggies when I traveled Rolling on the floor laughing

I am truly impressed with all of your harvests...maybe someday I will try more things..
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Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Jun 23, 2010 7:18 AM CST
Too funny Boo - they look real!
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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Jul 1, 2010 7:55 PM CST
Beautiful Veggies, everyone. It takes a lot of study, hard work to bring in harvests like you all have. Kudos! I had a pretty good haul from my two Better Boy tomatoes. Very tasty and easy. Only one of about 30 had that bottom rot problem. I watered on a schedule and all was good. I had lots of lettuce for about 3 months! Herbs were fine. I'll try more in the Autumn.
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rayman6422
Jul 16, 2010 8:51 AM CST
So this is what happens when you go on vacation?


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