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GARDEN 2017 NOTE: which ones to get

Bloged in General Home Life by mark Monday September 26, 2016

just a reminder note for mark….just today, the last of the garden was cleaned out, a big bag-o-tomatoes (not quite ripe)….picked, and will be cooked in a couple days into a sauce for the freezer……. SO. When those plants were ripped out and cleaned up, I had the perfect chance to get a reminder for myself which plants did well, and the “experimental” ones we should NOt grow again up here.

at our peak:

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ON THE PLUS SIDE:
1. STUPICE – OF COURSE! I’ve been a plateful of these little Russian slicers since July! STILL have some in the kitchen ripening…..had -5- of these plants this year, enough to give plenty away to friends….

2. SAN MARZANO – Great for canning, but even when picked at their peak, good to eat. CANNING!!!!
3. MOSKVICH – another Russian heirloom…HARDY, early, medium kids, globe shaped….tasty.
4. AMISH PASTE – Teardrop shaped…..good for CANNING, but ALSO good sliced when picked ripe.
5. BLACK FROM TULA – Red at bottom, dark green at top when ripe, slightly flattened….GOOD SLICER…BIG

ON the FAIL side, do NOT buy again:

6. MAXIBEL – didn’t produce one tomato.
7. CHOCOLATE REAPER – only a few blossoms tried to make fruit that did not ripen at all at our elevation.
8. CAROLINA REAPER – same as above

There you go!

And on the PEPPER side, don’t try the LEMON HABANERO PEPPER again – – the fruit was so little, didn’t even attempt to work with it.

BACK later……it’s 87 degrees out there, and may WELL BE the LAST day of THIS YEAR this happens….. If I get all done, I may just SIT on the deck and read the first bit of my new Reichl Book, “Tender at the Bone.

Yum.

2016 late summer life bits

Bloged in General Home Life,Pacific Northwest,Scuff Boys by mark Tuesday September 13, 2016

1. Yep, I AM feeling a bit older…..I SO do NOT like this being the year I will pass the decade of the
“60”s…

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…and hope I stay healthy/lucky enough to continue to “seem” to attract conversations with lots of younger people …..I LOVE talking to people about life……. Why else are we here after all?

2. 2016 summer in portland. Year of the weirdest weather we’ve seen in our 20 years. Everything ended up growing, just not quite as normal as in other years….the veggie garden tomatoes just ripening here in mid-September… everything else: DONE, FInito…out!

3. Theater. Just began our 2016 season, but besides our Artist Rep Theater tickets (lowered to only 4 shows because we didn’t like the plays they’ve chosen ….. Rodger’s boss has “given” a season of tickets to us to Coho Theater Productions as well….and will likely be going to those with Steve and Jo….just did the first one, the “GUN SHOW” on Saturday Night…..a serious, hard look and conversation afterwards with attendees about guns and violence . . . . whew! SO NICE that Steve and Jo love going out afterwards too for a drink and post-play discussion……. then, the very next day, we go with cuz Nancy & Jerry to Artist Rep’s first season play, “TREVOR”. . . .a ridiculous attempt at humor trying to portray a weird relationship between a chimp and a new widow owner that ends up in tragedy. Not ONE bad review could we find in New York, Los Angeles, or SF . . .or here for that matter, but not ONE of us liked it and wished we’d walked out at intermission (as a few others did)….. Whew! . . . . . AT LEAST, looking forward to a great season for theater for us this year!

4. Night life. What? We have night life? The weirdest thing, it’s only a mile away…. since Scott Becker bought the Skyline Tavern (as a sort of “plaything” toy….) . . . it’s become quite the hangout for some neighbors (we’ve met a few we never have met)….intel/nike engineers, the curious from downtown who’ve read about this new tavern’s life, a great MIX of people… Lisa, Mandy, Steve, Alex, all make us feel welcomed completely…..always people to meet and chat with, interesting music on fridays….. we’re glad this has come to the ‘hood.

5. Dog. Just reached 12, and is showing it. The hips are weaker, his skin chronically dry, the energy not lasting that long…..I’m convinced his swimming has helped keep his health good this long. Sigh. Mac’s been a good friend to have around.

6. Dining / Cooking. Continues always to be an enjoyable experience to me. So glad the greatest breakfast/brunch in this town of a 1000 restaurants continues to be John St Cafe just at the bottom of the hill, and glad the Overlook Restaurant, now in its 60th year run by a Greek family, of course, REMAINS the ONE absolutely identical twin of the classic 50’s diner/coffee shop / bar in the back . . . . place where you can get liver and onions day or night, chicken fried steak breakfast/lunch or dinner, and on and on…. great little place.. …

GARDEN TIPS for 2017 from 2016

Bloged in garden,General Home Life,Pacific Northwest by mark Tuesday September 13, 2016

for Mark’s reference next year…..a couple ‘new’ lessons I learned in this weird 2016 summer of weird cool/warm/damp/dry summer . . . . .

1. Tomatoes. water regularly, sure, into Late July or early August…when you have all those tomatoes out there, GREEN …. ripening is encouraged by reducing the watering…. it convinces the plant, summer’s almost over… and by mid-Sept, QUIT watering the plants.

2. Tomatoes – yes, keep pruning any and all dying leaves, THIN out thick inside growth to allow venting and more tomato fruit growth…… do all you can to maximize the use of the cages to help those heavy branches keep from splitting.

3. CUCUMBER – esp. LEMON…. **Plant this against a fence side…. and encourage that thick bunch of vines this plant makes to grow up along the fence. the “lemons” aren’t ever so heavy that they’ll hurt vine growth.

4. Peppers – don’t plant a whole row….we keep planting several odd types, and they NEVER mature in our cool summers.

5. Corn – GET seedlings started EARLIER next year in little pots, even if you have to re-pot b-4 putting out in the garden….use the 1 variety that’s always worked here: Golden Jubilee…..

6. Where? **Tomatoes were in the east-north side 2016….move to opposite next year.

7. HERBS – remember to plant just inside a fence opening access so you don’t waste time just going out to get some mint, parsley, etc.

8> More later?

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