somegeek wrote:Found an easy way to get the small prickly things off - a few passes with a scotch brite pad under running water.
I wet the cuke, scrub with about 1 tsp of coarse Kosher salt in my hands, then lightly rinse off. Salt acts as abrasive, seasons nicely and supposedly helps to remove bitterness in the skin.
Thanks, applestar - I will have to give that a try. Will have many more opportunities to do so.
Jalapenos(from seed) are starting to produce...
Red Chili pepper plant(from seed)...
Bell pepper plant from seed taken from a store bought bell pepper... one of those "eh, what the heck - give it a try" plants.
Sweet pepper plant(from seed). One pepper just starting to turn red...
Another Jalapeno plant(from seed) starting to take off fruit-wise...
Beefsteak tomaotes(store bought starter)...
Roma tomato plant(store bought starter) putting on a lackluster performance...
My healthiest beefsteak plant(store bought starter) - near 6' tall - lots of nice large fruit...
Beefsteak from seed - not matching what was on the packet... maybe these seeds came from some cross-polinated variety?
Loaded up Roma plant(store bought starter)...
Red potatoes(store bought seed potatoes) doing well... looking forward to digging these up to see how we did.
Sword Cucumbers(from seed) - these are doing very well. Each of the four plants has two or three runners running up the trellis. Enjoying the following cucumber salad with these:
Slice two large English cucumbers thin(~1lb 4oz) - potato peeler works well to get thin consistent slices)
Toss in a bowl with 1 tsp kosher salt, dump into a strainer, and place in bowl in the fridge for 1 hour to bring out excess water.
While cukes are sitting, combine in a bowl:
1 oz diced onion
2/3 C sour cream
1 heaping tsp dill
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp lemon
After the cukes are done in the fridge, combine with the sour cream mixture and scarf. Tastes better after a few hours so flavors can marry/develop.
Every day or two I check them to make sure they're training up onto the trellis correctly. Next year I will space four plants a little better in anticipation of training them up onto the trellis...
Strawberries (store bought starters)- planted a little late but growing well. I rearrange the runners every few days for even coverage and to keep them on their side of the bed...
Couple of our basil plants(from seed)... they're coming back nicely after being cut back roughly 2/3 for a harvest...
Potted up some habenero seeds and also have some bhut jolokia seeds on order. Will winter these plants over in our home. Looking to try some real heat.