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The Challenge of Chastisement

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Votre response, Lambert?

...sorry for the long silence, my father, for whom I care, had a heart attack recently and there's some other family drama making my life a sort of hell that won't end. But, no matter how bad it gets, it's wonderful to spend a quiet hour each day in my gardens, which are overgrown, utterly productive, and lovely. I'll try to get some new pics up tomorrow. But I had to show off the latest in Correntish devices of Chastisement. I can't wait to see who has the biggest, snicker.

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Submitted by lambert on

But I think I have more of them!

Miserably rainy up here, we need some sun. But the zukes are doing pretty well, under the so-far-not-mildewed leaves.

Ah, yes. Family drama ("We all have our problems"). Hope your father is making it.

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Submitted by bringiton on

I'll be back with photos, quick note to say welcome back and best wishes for your Dad and all of your family.

Drama. No end to it, apparently.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

seriously, that struck us this year pretty hard, very wet spring, and i hate fight it back like a lion. luckily, nothing died of it except my roses, which never even got started. oh well, i've got plent of other stuff to enjoy. BIO i look forward to seeing your, um, goods.

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Submitted by Corner Stone on

Can I break up this undercurrent-fest of not so subtle tension?
Recently I was out of town on business. I came back and noticed one of my cherry T bushes looked odd. I asked my mom, "So, you pruned that bush back while I was gone?"
She immediately answered, "No, you've got a tomatoe worm." Walked over to the bush and in 3 seconds said, "Here he is."
I had scoped that bush out for 5 minutes wondering what the heck happened. She knew in 3 seconds or less, and spotted the culprit in his camo/hidden spot.
This goes to the arguments where people say, "Hey, my time is more valuable working than farming. I can buy more produce than I can grow."
Sure, that's true. For now. But if it all falls down, actual dirty green thumb knowledge will be so much more valuable. It should be obvious that you just can't throw down seeds, water, and reap good produce. Dirty hands, hard work and true knowledge will be paying off in spades (pun intended).
P.S. I sliced that juicy green worm into bits and it felt good.

Submitted by lambert on

And what did the vine look like?

Details!

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Submitted by Corner Stone on

Like someone had lopped off the top leafy portion and stripped bare all the stalks down about 3 feet from the top. I have three cherry tomato bushes in one bed and two of them are leafy and producing fruit. One bush looked like someone had taken a weed wacker to it but the vines were still straight and tall.
I looked the bush over for a while and couldn't figure out what the heck was going on.
Once my mom pointed it out to me I was pretty amazed. The worm was about 4 inches long and big around as your thumb. He was perfectly blended with the vine. Just a typical one of these:
Horned worm

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Submitted by Truth Partisan on

Looks like a great and delicious squash.

Hope your dad is better soon.

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Submitted by bringiton on

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English cucumber and Granny Smith tomatoes - what were you thinking?

(Yes, one is bigger than the other and no, it is not polite to stare much less comment.)

Submitted by lambert on

Just asking....

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Submitted by bringiton on

Ingredients

1 large egg, lightly beaten
3-4 medium-size green tomatoes
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided evenly
salt
pepper
vegetable oil

Preparation

Beat egg to a uniform color. Combine egg and buttermilk. Set aside in a shallow bowl or pan.
Combine cornmeal and 1/4 cup flour in a shallow bowl or pan, mixing until uniform in color.
Place remaining 1/4 cup flour in a separate plastic bag or shallow bowl.
Cut tomatoes into 1/4-inch slices, removing stem and top core.
Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch in a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 375°.
In batches, dredge tomato slices in plain flour until lightly coated, dip in egg mixture to cover, and then dredge in cornmeal/flour mixture until fully covered.
Gently lower tomatoes into hot oil, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden.
Place cooked slices to drain on paper towels or a rack.
Sprinkle hot tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste.

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Mmm, mmm mmm; crunchy good, tart and tasty.