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True Italian recipe. I was born in Padova, city 20 minutes from Venezia (Italy). In the summer we enjoy to eat the blossoms of Zucchini. We fry them and think that they are "food for the Gods" ! Here is my recipe.

QUESTION: Heat-resistant lettuce variety for Texas

This question is for "Greg Holdsworth" since I have noticed that he lives in Plano, TX.Greg I live in the other side of town, near DFW airport. Can you recomend some heat resistance varieties of...

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Re: Sowing Seeds for Salad in Flats

Is this book similar to the Farmers Almanac :Llewellyn Moon Sign Book?
I use : The North American Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar 2011 by M. Thun which is totally different from the Farmes Almanac. I have been using this book for a while with really success harvests.
The dates of the Farmers Almanac are not the same of this book. So I have stop using the FA.

Re: Winter Solstice - Full Cold Moon - Lunar Eclipse!

It would have been nice if you posted the article yesterday so I could have watch the eclipse. Thanka anyway

Re: Kitchen Bundles--Another Easy Fragrant Gift for the Holidays

How did you dry the Chile Peppers?
I'd like to make a wreath of dried peppers next year.

Re: Using Moon Phases as A Planting Guide

I have been planting by the moon in my vegetable garden this year. I saw a huge difference on the harvest quantity and on the reduction of pest problems. I will plant in this way in the future.
Below are the planting dates for the next few months:

December 2010
8th-10th Plant Sweet Corn, Beans, Peppers, And Other Above Ground Crops Where Climate Is Suitable.
11th-12th Good Days For Killing Weeds, Briars And Other Plant Pests, Poor For Planting.
13th-15th Plant Peppers, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, And Other Above Ground Crops In Southern Florida, California, And Texas. Extra Good For Cucumbers, Peas, Cantaloupes, And Other Vine Crops.
16th-17th A Poor Time To Plant.
18th-19th Fine For Planting Beans, Peppers, Cucumbers, Melons, And Other Above Ground Crops Where Climate Is Suitable.
20th-21st Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In Ground.
22nd-23rd Most Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Onions, Turnips, And Other Root Crops Where Climate Allows. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
24th-27th A Most Barren Period. Kill Plant Pests And Do General Farm Work.
28th-29th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Fine For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
30th-31st Plant Carrots, Beets, Onions, Turnips, Irish Potatoes, And Other Root Crops In The South. Lettuce, Cabbage, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds.

January 2011
1st Plant Carrots, Turnips, Onions, Beets, Irish Potatoes And Other Root Crops, In The South. Lettuce, Cabbage, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds. Good Day For Transplanting.
2nd-3rd Seeds Planted Now Will Grow Poorly And Yield Little.
4th-5th Good Days For Planting Aboveground Crops Such As Sweet Corn, Beans And Peppers, In Southern Florida, Texas And California.
6th-8th A Good Time To Kill Plant Pests Or Do Plowing. Poor For Planting.
9th-10th Fine For Planting Any Aboveground Crop, Where The Climate Permits. Extra Good For Peppers, Tomatoes, Peas, And Other Vine Crops.
11th-12th Barren Days. Do No Planting.
13th-14th Fine For Planting Beans, Peppers, Cucumbers, Melons And Other Aboveground Crops, Where Climate Is Suitable.
15th-16th Poor Days For Planting. Seeds Tend To Rot In The Ground.
17th-18th Best Planting Days For Aboveground Crops, Especially Peas, Beans, Cucumbers And Squash, Where Climate Is Suitable. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
19th-23rd A Barren Time. Best For Killing Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests. Clear Woodlots And Fencerows.
24th-25th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops. Fine For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
26th-28th Plant Carrots, Turnips, Onions, Beets, Irish Potatoes And Other Root Crops, In The South. Lettuce, Cabbage, Collards, And Other Leafy Vegetables Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting.
29th-30th Seeds Planted Now Will Grow Poorly And Yield Little.
31st Good Planting Day For Root Crops Where Climate Permits.

February 2011
1st-2nd Favorable Planting Days: The First Day For Root Crops; The Second Day For Aboveground Crops Such As Sweet Corn, Beans And Peppers, In Southern Florida, Texas, And California.
3rd-4th Barren Days. Fine For Clearing, Plowing, Fertilizing, And Killing Plant Pests

Re: Gardeners, Start Your Seed Search!

Could you suggest a good BELL PEPPER variety for the DFW area, please?
I like the red ones.
This year all my bell peppers were so small ...
Thanks in advance

Re: 2010 Tomato Roundup

Thanks for all your comments.
Please write where you live and your gardening zone.

Re: 2010 Tomato Roundup

This is a question for: yourownvictorygarden
HAave you planted your second crop of tomatoes this year yet?
I did. This will be my second time.
Last year I planted my second crop in mid July and we got all that rain in October - so no good tomatoes.
This year I left in the ground a few of my indeterminate tomatoes and planted new ones at the end of June. They are HUGE now.
Lots of flowers and some green tomatoes. I harvested just a few.
How is your experience with the second crop of tomatoes in the DFW area? Is it worth? Do you have a big harvest?
I am just wondering because I am giving my tomatoes a lot of space that I could have dedicated to my brassicas and greens.
Thanks in advance

Re: 2010 Tomato Roundup

I am in zone 8a, Dallas, TX.
My favorite tomatoes this season were:
BHN 444

My least favorite were:
BLACK KRIM: I love the flavor of this tomatoes very much, but it is my second year with this plant. It doesn't produce many fruits and the leave curl. No more next year.
EARLY GIRL: not many tomatoes produced

Re: Video: Creating School Raised Bed Gardens

WOW !! Great job !!
I am sure the kids will appreciate to learn about vegetables ... maybe not now ... but one day when they are older they will do.
I remember my grandmother teaching me stuff in her "orto", her vegetable garden in Italy. I thought it was so boring to know when a tomatoes is ripen or not, when to pick the cucumbers ... now I am glad she did and I really cherish all those memories ...

Re: Fashionable Sage is a Wise Choice for the Garden

I agree. I am growing this Sage plant in Dallas, TX.
It survived the cold winter, but mostly the real hot summer (right now we are having 100s degrees weather).
I had this plant for years and it is ever-green all year around. A definetly "must have".

Re: QUESTION: Cabbage won't head

Hello, from Dallas TX (Zone 8). I had the same problem if I planted my cabbeges in early spring. Now I plant them in the fall and they go trough the winter (even under the snow) and in February I have the most beautiful heads. I think they need longer time and cooler weather. Good luck.

Re: QUESTION: Why are cucumbers so bitter?

Hello from Dallas. I have experienced the same problem last year. This year I have selected "European" variety of cucumbers and what a difference. So sweet.

Re: Containing Potatoes

I have tried for the first time this year to grow potatoes in bags. I bought the bags from a garden website and they have 4 holes on the bottom. I placed the bags near the sprinklers. I was not sucessfull. I got only 3 potatoes and all the rest died. I think they were not be able to drain the water. Any suggestions?

Re: The Thrill of the Harvest

You are right Greg, it is time for some time off the garden here in DFW !! My first crop of tomatoes was fantastic. I had one tomato BHN 444 big as 16.5 oz !! Celebrity did very well this year. Sweet 100, really good performer in my garden. Also Gold Nugget, was my best yellow tomatoes. Small plant and lots of little cherry yellow tomatoes. Sapho tomatoes was also really good and I am watching it because it is supposed to keep making fruits even in the hear of our summer (from store).
I have planted my second crop of tomatoes with the hope that this year will not be so wet like last year.
Thanks for all your advice

Re: QUESTION: Are assassin bugs friend or foe to tomato plants?

They are LEAFFOOTED BUGS. I am in Dallas, TX and those bugs are just starting to appear.
Last year I was out of town often and they were out of control. KILL them as fast as you can. They are easy to catch because of their slowing metabolism. Be advised, these are members of the stink bug family. If held too long or crushed they emit a foul odor

Common Name: Leaffooted bug
Scientific Name: Leptoglossus phyllopus (Linnaeus)
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Coreidae

Description: Adults are about 3/4 inch in length and are dark brown with a whitish to yellowish stripe across the central part of the back. The hind legs have flattened, leaf-like expansions on the tibia. Nymphal stages look similar to adults except that they do not have fully developed wings.

A leaffooted bug in the genus Narnia is common on prickly pear cactus. Another species, Acanthocephala declivis (Say), is one of the largest true bugs in Texas, being over an inch in length as an adult. Adults are particularly active in the fall. Although some members of this group are predaceous, immature stages can be easily confused with assassin bugs (Reduviidae).

Broad-headed bugs (Alydidae) are similar to Coreidae, but the head is as wide at the widest portion of the throax. They grow to about 3/4 inch long and are yellow to dark brown. Immature stages remarkable resemble ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).

Life cycle: Immature stages are gregarious, being found in high numbers on certain fruit where egg masses were laid.

Pest status: Plant feeder; has well developed scent glands and will emit distinctive odor when handled.

Habitat and Food Source(s), Damage: Leaffooted bugs feed on a wide variety of developing fruit, including cotton, peaches, and tomatoes, and seeds such as beans, black-eyed peas, and sorghum. They also feed on the stems and tender leaves of plants such as potatoes. Damage produced is similar to that produced by stink bugs.

Re: QUESTION: Tomato Problem....

I have the same problem in one of my tomatoes: Black Krim.
It is very tall right now, I keep removing the suckers because it is an indeterminate variety. I do have about 10 tomatoes ... not ready yet !
The leaves are dark green and they are curling too.
Help ... anybody !!

Re: QUESTION: Heat-resistant lettuce variety for Texas

Thanks so much Greg, I will try the varieties you suggested.
This is my second year of veggie garden. Everything is growing wonderful. Love gardening in Texas

Re: Homegrown / Homemade: Peas

Love the video. You girls are great. PLEASE DO MORE VIDEOS !!

Re: W.O.W.... What A Difference!

I am in Dallas (TX) zone 8.
I have used Wall O' Waters all last year.
I sucessfully transplanted my Tomatoes plants on February 11th and tehy grew fantastic ! When the plant grow some of the leaves will go out of the Wall O'Water and they may turn a little yellow if the temperature is too cold ... but the plant will still be ok. I really had a MILLIONS of tomatoes starting my plants in side Wall O' Water so early.
Good luck

Re: Portable greenhouse saved my veggies from critters and frost

Add a little bucket with water inside your hoop house. All the plants will benefit from the moisture of the water. Good luck

Re: QUESTION: Tomatoes

Hello from Dallas (zone 8).
I normally transplant out my first tomatoes crop on February 11th.
It is still cold and you will need to use protection. I use the WALL O WATER around each plant.
If you don't have protection you can transplant them in March.
Starting in February I normally have lots of tomatoes by the beginning of May.
In Dallas we have two growing seasons. You can transplant out a second crop at the end of June.
If you are starting from seeds inside, you shall start at the beginning of January and at the beginning of May in order to transplant the tomatoes in February and June.
In this way I truly have "tons of tomatoes". Alessandra