tidathep wrote:Sawaddee Ka..Reddust,
Your grandson is so cute! I love your veg-garden, Thai people love to eat daikon/sweet basil very much. And I think this Thai sweet sause is the best...if you buy at a Chinese store/Walmart, big bottle just $2.89...good with tofu/chicken/ribs/fish etc.
Texas soil is bad bad...I have to buy potting soils for planting everything in my garden...with Miracle Grow to fertilize every 2 weeks!
Most of my squash and 1/2 my greens go to our chickens too, I love how you say chooks.shaunc wrote: I don't know why but I'm a bit superstitious like that, I always like first pick to go to the animals. I know it's all garbage, but it makes me feel better. Good-luck with whatever you're doing in your yard.
shaunc wrote:I gave a leaf to the budgies & a couple of leaves to the chooks. I don't know why but I'm a bit superstitious like that, I always like first pick to go to the animals. I know it's all garbage, but it makes me feel better.
Ayu wrote:There is no garbage existing in nature. All materials fulfil a function. In the Dakota language they have no word for "waste".
tidathep wrote:Sawaddee Ka...Reddust,
Ooh...what a coincidence..I just baked pumpkin-cake this cold cold morning...and I'll fry catfish-fillets top with hot/sweet sauce..garnish with basil leaves....yummy?? My basils (the only herb-plant that I planted in my garden)...still alive at 41 degrees F.
Love your veggy-garden/grandkids,
shaunc wrote:Today I got home from work at about lunch time & my wife had prepared an omelette. The eggs were from our backyard & so was the silver beet. She also used some capsicum & chilli, that I can't take the credit for. After lunch I spent some time feeding & watering the animals & the never ending task of chipping weeds. In less than a couple of hours I'd experienced the good & the bad of backyard gardening. It made me think of the 8 worldly concerns taught in Buddhism. I also wondered if life would be as enjoyable without them. As we used to say when I drove cabs, "you've got to have the bad shifts, so you know what a good shift's like.
If any moderators are reading this thread, could it please be moved to the backyard gardening thread in the diet, health & fitness section. I've been in touch with a moderator, but with my limited computer skills I'm finding it to be quite difficult.
shaunc wrote:Is canning any better than blanching. Blanching is basically picking & preparing your vegetable as though you were going to cook it, but you just 1/2 steam it & then just bag it & freeze it. I can't comment on vitamin loss as it's an area I've never really studied. But as you say, considering that I know where it all came from, I figure that it can't be any worse for you than commercially available frozen vegetables. We've been doing it for years & never got sick from eating it. Also is canning more expensive or more trouble than other methods of storing vegetables, like jarring, drying or blanching.
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