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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 1:34 pm    Post subject: Italian Garden Reply with quote

I think we are on the road to having a great Italian Garden this year. We were so happy to find San Marzano tomatoes at a local nursery. They are very hard to find around here. Also planted various types of Roma, heirlooms, purple and yellow tomatoes. The herbs should be plentiful.....the zucchini, eggplant, Swiss chard,.........also, green and red peppers, some hot banana peppers and leaf lettuce will do very well if the animals don't get to them first. These are all the things my grandfathers planted every year........they were true Italian gardeners.
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, Karen... it sounds like you have a lovely garden. Can you tell me what makes San Marzano tomatoes so special?

I have an herb garden - chives, sage, thyme, parsley, basil, dill, and rosemary. We have too much shade to grow much else. (I used to have a full garden until all the neighborhood trees grew so big.)

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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are larger than a regular Roma tomato and they taste wonderful when you make them into sauce. I found out about them from Shane when he was around several years ago.
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karen, thank you for telling me about the San Marzano tomatoes. I'll look for them next year to grow a few in pots.

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karen, your garden sounds fantastic. We planted peppers, 5 different kinds of tomatoes, a Japanese eggplant and a yellow crookneck squash. Now if we can just figure out a way to keep the groundhogs our we will be able to enjoy some nice fresh veggies this summer. Vicki, I have always planted herbs, this will be the first year I have not planted any. We had some stray dill come up, but no one seems to like when I use fresh dill. I almost forgot, in my compost pile we had many many of some kind of plant growing but we have no idea what it is, I had to thin it way out because there were so many coming up together. Can hardly wait to see what the mystery plants are. I have a feeling that they are going to turn out to be pumpkins.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pattit, I just saw your post.........never got a message anyone had posted here after Vicki. Anyway, I will laugh if you are getting pumpkins out of your compost pile. Danny planted them in a separate garden last year and we got two little ones. I think I have to get involved in planting them this time, so we have a few come the fall. The year before last we had them growing in a part of the yard that the birds must have dropped the seeds and they just took root. They were beautiful that year.

I have herbs that come back every year.......so far we see thyme, chives, dill, and sage. The sage has gotten so big it has already bloomed and looks very pretty. There were small plants of leaf lettuce that came up from last year so Danny replanted them and they are doing great. Also looks like a lot of cherry tomatoes have started to grow from last year. I find this all very interesting since when I go out and pay for plants, they don't always turn out, but these things have made it through a horrible winter and are thriving. Go figure.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fun! I tried to plant grass a few times... fail! So I don't know if I'd have the guts to plant an entire garden.

Are there a few items I can plant to try (that don't die easily?)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karen - I'm not planting a garden but I do have a comment on the San Marzano tomatoes. After hearing you and Shane talk about them, I found some canned at Jungle Jim's. The last time I was at Michael's I made lasagna, using the same recipe I've made before but used the San Marzano in place of my normal canned tomatoes. Even though he's always liked my lasagna, he raved about it this time. It must have been the tomatoes because I didn't do anything different. I would imagine fresh ones would be even better. Let us know how they turn out.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will let you know...........till then I need to make a trip to the Strip and get a few cans.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karen ... how is the garden coming along?
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