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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2019, 07:11:26 AM »
We have had a lot of rain this year which apparently the mint loves. I have never seen it this tall. I'm looking for suggestions on uses besides my usual watermelon/feta/mint salad and mojitos.
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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2019, 12:40:45 PM »
We have had a lot of rain this year which apparently the mint loves. I have never seen it this tall. I'm looking for suggestions on uses besides my usual watermelon/feta/mint salad and mojitos.
Our mint is loving it, too.

We use a version of this chutney in a coconut milk-based chicken curry, but it's also good as a dipping sauce (go light on the cumin):
https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/mint-coriander-chutney-recipe/

Here's the NYT's Lebanese tabbouleh recipe (tastes best when you let it sit for a bit so the flavors can meld; we omit the garlic): https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012585-lebanese-tabbouleh

We also brew a lot of mint iced tea.  Harvest several springs, bruise them up a bit to release the minty oils, and then throw them into the pot of water as it's heating up.



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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #32 on: March 08, 2020, 10:00:25 AM »
Garden is weeded and mulched, peas are planted, radishes and greens should be planted this afternoon, tomatoes and peppers have been started indoors.  It's been a really mild winter, but I'm not ruling out another round of freezing weather this month.

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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #33 on: March 22, 2020, 03:02:50 PM »
Our camellias bloomed last week, our azaleas just burst forth over the past few days, and our daffodils are continuing (they started two weeks ago).

Most flowering trees are showing their best and brightest colors at the moment, and most leaves have unfurled. Birds are waking us up in the mornings, squirrels are playing everywhere, and ants are trying again to establish a foothold in our kitchen.

Spring has definitely sprung.

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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2020, 08:27:44 AM »
Question for experienced gardeners: after a year's hiatus, I plan on trying to grow some vegetables again. I've never had great results and am wondering about soil pH. Do those pH testing devices (the ones with two metal probes you stick in the dirt) sold on Amazon actually work? I know the right thing to do is send a soil sample to a lab, but I suspect my state's agricultural extension service is not operating at full capacity right now and I don't want to wait three months for test results.

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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2020, 09:48:09 AM »
(Not knowing...)

Could you just put a piece of litmus paper in the soil for a bit, take it out, and see what it says?

Of course, finding litmus paper might be like looking for TP at the moment...

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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #36 on: March 23, 2020, 10:09:27 PM »
Those soil tests on Amazon do work. 

The real catch is diagnosing the composition of your soil.  You may want to look into any Master Gardener clubs in your area.  They can guide you as to the best methods for amending/preparing the soil in your area. I'd try to see if one of the club members would be willing to look at photos of the area or be willing to chat with you on the phone so they can get a better idea about the conditions you are working with. 

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Re: Gardeners: how's it looking?
« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2020, 07:03:33 AM »
I suspect my state's agricultural extension service is not operating at full capacity right now

People might still be doing work from home available by phone or email through the extension as well as any Master Gardener clubs as Antiphon1 suggests.  I'm told part of the "fun" here is so many microclimates that soil quality alone is insufficient to get good results for common vegetables.  I was told to mistrust the standard recommendations based on geographical areas that don't take into account our changes in elevation and oddities related to wind/water local movement.  We even have observable fun with the snow all gone from soil patches that get sun during the day and big mounds of snow remaining in shady spots.
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