Anyone grow fruits/veggies?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by susiestar, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I can remember many summers where I never wanted to see, smell, touch or taste a zucchini after we dealt with the quantities that various relatives and neighbors grew - or the year my uncle set a garden up for my mom and planted 12 zucc plants. You can only handle so many, Know what I mean??

    As I looked some stuff up, I came across a program I wish I had known about as a kid. It is run by my state's regional food bank and accepts produce from gardeners who want to contribute or are over-run with zucchini to the point that zombie zucchini take over their dreams.

    It just sounds like a really great program and I bet other food banks also have programs like this. Here it is called Plant-A-Row.

    Happy gardening - and watch out for those Zombi Zucchini!
  2. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    I have a bunch of fruit trees, but have only gotten one ripe (excellent) plum in the past 6 yrs. The outdoor critters always get to them first.
    Tomatoes work for me ... but only as many as I can eat. I've never had enough to give away.
    You must use much better fertilizer!
  3. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    When my dad first moved to Tennessee, out in the country, he planted a HUGE garden, over an acre! And it was just him and my mom at the time! He had so much stuff, he set up a big table at the end of his driveway loaded it down with fresh vegetables, and invited all the neighbors to come by and take whatever they wanted. And they did!

    There were a lot of fruit trees too but I never had much luck with them. There were several different kinds of apples, plums and pears. I really wanted those pears and every year it would have a lot on it. And every year, before they were ripe enough to pick, the darned deer would get every last one of them!
  4. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Oh, I was thinking squirrels and birds. We have deer, too. That could be it ...
  5. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    We have tomatoes every year... But we don't plant them. They're all volunteer plants. Go figure.

    A couple of summers we had zucchini and yellow squash, but never too much. Last couple of years? ONE SQUASH - and I started cutting up this zucchini to steam for a snack and it was a CUCUMBER. (I am glad I noticed before the salt, butter and steam... Eww.)

    I am hoping for zucchini this year... The kids adore zucchini bread.
  6. tawnya

    tawnya New Member

    We grow produce for a living, and sell it at our roadside stand.

    I called a local homeless shelter, and asked them if they wanted my leftover (day old) sweet corn. Most people want it picked fresh every day, even though there is nothing wrong with the day old corn. They said they would take it, but I had to bring it to them. That can't happen because I am the only one running the place, picking, selling, planting, etc. I run from 6am-9pm during the summer. It made me kind of sad that there wasn't anyone who could come pick up. There just aren't enough people around to help.

    Nothing goes to waste because I take it home and put it up for the winter.

    I'll look into this program, too.
  7. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    If you do get too much zucchini, it can be shredded and then frozen for later use. I always did it in 1 cup portion sizes because that is what my bread and muffin recipes called for. There will be a LOT of liquid when you thaw it, so don't put as much liquid into the recipe. The liquid has a fair amt of vitamins so don't pitch it.

    My husband does some jalapenos and tomatoes most years and we toss produce that goes bad into the yard in certain areas. Usually we get plants there and often produce, with-o really doing much except a little watering and not mowing them down.
  8. ThreeShadows

    ThreeShadows Quid me anxia?

    Step, I peel, deseed and slice cukes into large dice. I then sauté them in butter and fresh dill. This make a delicious accompaniment to planked salmon.
  9. shellyd67

    shellyd67 Active Member

    You girls are making me hungry for zucchini, fresh corn and tomatoes ... :bbq:
  10. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    I need to get a few tomato plants!!

    The best tomatoes I've ever had were the ones my grandpa grew in his garden. We'd pick them off the vine, wash them off in the garden hose, and eat them while they were still hot from the sun!
  11. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    March 31, we finally hit 60 degrees this year. I'll grow whatever grows, including weeds...
  12. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    My husband tries every few years to grow tomatoes and a couple of other things. Every single time bugs or critters get 'em. After a couple of years husband tries again. Geez!

    We had two orange trees, one lemon tree and two grapefruit trees that bore fruit. A few years back when we had those three hurricanes back to back (that was a nightmare) the trees went barren. But after years of no fruit the one grapefruit tree is producing again for us. It's on the back lot line and the most heavily laden brances hang in our neighbors yard. The couple travels between homes alot so we only wave and say Hi once or twice a year. We won't go on their property so husband and I are
    eating all we can reach and leaving the rest. Rats.

    Our "hippie" easy child has his entire yard planted with vegetables. All of it. He takes bags to friends as well as the homeless shelter in his town. Just recently he was complaining about the squirrels this year. He's weird, lol, but a good man. DDD