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QUESTION: Growing split peas

I grew field peas this year for the chickens and our own use. They are yellow and pefect little balls. My question is; what kind of pea do I grow to have green "split" peas like the onesnbspyou...

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Re: Food Fights: Wacky Fun or Wasted Food?

If you add some pasta, parmesan and basil, then man could live on it

Re: Food Fights: Wacky Fun or Wasted Food?

It would be nice to do something more with the tomatoes but man doesn't live on tomatoes alone.
I guess my stand is that the tomatoes used are not MY tomatoes. They own 'em, they do what they want with 'em.
With bureaucracy the way it is, if you tried to deliver the truck load of over-ripe tomatoes to a shelter, they'd all be rotten by the time they were release to consume.
My thoughts.

Re: QUESTION: Deer problems: fence or sprinkler?

When a hunter friend shared with me how important it was to get all the scents of after-shave, deoderant soap and such off before going hunting, I decided to hang bars of soap in my garden to hopefully make the deer think a hunter was hiding near by. It works for awhile before having to replace the soap. Note that it doesn't work for 'coon and it will actually attract opposums.

Re: Home Vegetable Gardening: The “High Production” Gateway to Self-Sustainability

After the ice storm of '04 which left us without power for several days and all the stores closed, I became more determined to not rely on outside sources for food. I believe we are probably 60% self sufficient.
Next on our learning list: learning to grow food for our chickens to supplement their free range diet in the winter and planning on installing a wood heat/cook stove.
I haven't mastered growing and harvesting wheat for our own use but I'm hoping to have it down in the near future

Re: Prolific Pole Beans

Without a doubt, Kentucky Wonder is our favorite. We plant it along fences in May and a second bunch in early July.
They are our favorite green bean but they are also our favorite soup bean.
We have to make sure we put enough out to have fresh and yet leave enough to dry on the vine. We probably cover about 70 feet of fence.
I've always liked experimenting with other varieties, but with the reliablity of Kentucky Wonders, I'm not willing to take a chance.

Re: Using Your Fence for Growing Vertical Vegetables

I thought it was a waste to buy stakes for toamtoes every year so I've use left over fence and built 3 areas where I can rotate beans, tomatoes and cukes. The fences are permanent so I don't have to worry about setting them up every spring.
I keep them 6 to 8 inches off the ground for easier cultivation