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Re: Mel Has Fun With Aquaponics
« Reply #630 on: November 01, 2017, 07:07:28 PM »
If we wanted to carve pumpkins, well, there are usually pumpkins in the shops because they do grow well here and can also be imported, but we don't tend to get jack-o-lantern pumpkins, which I gather aren't very good to eat?

Jack-o-lantern pumpkins are fine to eat.  They are just more watery than the pie or sugar varieties, that are more common for cooking with pumpkin.  The secret is to drain off as much liquid as possible when cooking and if you freeze it, spoon off any liquid that comes to the surface as it thaws.  I find the flavour is a little milder and the colour a little lighter than pie or sugar pumpkins.
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« Reply #631 on: November 02, 2017, 12:11:40 PM »
If we wanted to carve pumpkins, well, there are usually pumpkins in the shops because they do grow well here and can also be imported, but we don't tend to get jack-o-lantern pumpkins, which I gather aren't very good to eat?

Jack-o-lantern pumpkins are fine to eat.  They are just more watery than the pie or sugar varieties, that are more common for cooking with pumpkin.  The secret is to drain off as much liquid as possible when cooking and if you freeze it, spoon off any liquid that comes to the surface as it thaws.  I find the flavour is a little milder and the colour a little lighter than pie or sugar pumpkins.

Because pumpkins aren't really a tradition here*, we don't differentiate between the types...

As I once again have a very flat [vertically challenged] pumpkin face, it occurs to me that I should either buy one for carving, or try and grow a different variety. :-\

* Growing up, we carved turnip lanterns [known as swede in other parts of the UK]: that is one tough hollow-out for small people!
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« Reply #632 on: November 02, 2017, 02:23:03 PM »
Turnips are an older tradition than pumpkins! ;D

Itís 6:20am and Iím waiting to check in at the hospital for my surgery, so Iíll update later.  :-*
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« Reply #633 on: November 02, 2017, 02:45:29 PM »
Turnips are an older tradition than pumpkins! ;D

Itís 6:20am and Iím waiting to check in at the hospital for my surgery, so Iíll update later.  :-*

I'm sitting here awkwardly...

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« Reply #634 on: November 02, 2017, 09:15:49 PM »
...Aaaaand surgery has been postponed because they wonít do it while thereís a cat scratch on my leg.  :'(
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« Reply #635 on: November 03, 2017, 08:36:19 AM »
...Aaaaand surgery has been postponed because they wonít do it while thereís a cat scratch on my leg.  :'(

Oh no!  Do you know when they will?  Or is it a case of you going back into the system to be assigned a new date?

I know you're off the meds/supplements that make life possible/easier for you, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed they have said "come back Monday" rather than "we will send you a letter with a new date"...
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« Reply #636 on: November 03, 2017, 09:53:34 PM »
...Aaaaand surgery has been postponed because they wonít do it while thereís a cat scratch on my leg.  :'(

Oh no!  Do you know when they will?  Or is it a case of you going back into the system to be assigned a new date?

I know you're off the meds/supplements that make life possible/easier for you, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed they have said "come back Monday" rather than "we will send you a letter with a new date"...
 :'(

Don't know yet. The surgeon said he'd get me into the next available slot, and I know he keeps slots open for emergencies, soooo if nobody's having an emergency right now it could be as early as next week. :P I'm going to be making phone calls on Monday to find out. I also need to ask if I need to do the pre-surgery blood tests etc again, because the hospital prefers them to be done 1-2 weeks before surgery, and I had them 2 weeks before my planned surgery date; if the new date is more than a week out they're going to want them redone.

Also shout out to my mother, who's first question after finding out was "are you still going to make it to my birthday party". ::)
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« Reply #637 on: November 05, 2017, 05:50:30 PM »
Rescheduled for Friday the 17th! Let's try this again...
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« Reply #638 on: November 05, 2017, 06:04:01 PM »
In other news, it's been raining all night and is predicted to rain all day, and the forecast says we're probably going to get all of November's rain in one fell swoop. My rainwater tank is full, there's half an inch of standing water over a lot of the lawn, and the sump in the aquaponics is already on the point of overflowing; I've dropped the flaps on the sides of the hoop house (thankfully still attached even though I took the ends down a while ago) to channel as much of the water as possible away.

I am happy it's raining because we need it (well... possibly we don't need quite this much...) and I wasn't planning to go anywhere today, but my joints are Not Happy and - horror of horrors! - our internet connection has slowed to a crawl. ::)
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« Reply #639 on: November 18, 2017, 11:17:12 PM »
waving at you all and your bounty and goodness.! THe pics are phenominal! new thing we did this time was
-huckleberries- . their jam /chutney is sublime.we'r doing mega-more in spring.  :)
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« Reply #640 on: November 29, 2017, 09:54:31 AM »
waving at you all and your bounty and goodness.! THe pics are phenominal! new thing we did this time was
-huckleberries- . their jam /chutney is sublime.we'r doing mega-more in spring.  :)

Ooh, huckleberries!

<Off to google what they look like, and whether they will grow here...>
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« Reply #641 on: December 09, 2017, 06:19:59 PM »
I have beans. So many beans. So many tasty, tasty beans. ;D It's seriously awesome! And the spaghetti squash are setting fruit, and so are the pattypan squash, and the round zucchini, and... everything is growing happily, it's great.

I haven't been able to do much except putter around making sure things get pollinated, because I still have to be careful not to overdo things and I won't be able to bend or crouch for a few more months (have to make sure not to bend my hip more than 90 degrees until all the muscles supporting it are back to full strength), but it looks like we'll be reaping the rewards of all the work I did before my operation for a while yet. Plus I have the Good Ethnic Boy to dragoon into planting more things (my next lot of seedlings are about ready!). >:D
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« Reply #642 on: December 11, 2017, 10:24:59 AM »
I have beans. So many beans. So many tasty, tasty beans. ;D It's seriously awesome! And the spaghetti squash are setting fruit, and so are the pattypan squash, and the round zucchini, and... everything is growing happily, it's great.

I haven't been able to do much except putter around making sure things get pollinated, because I still have to be careful not to overdo things and I won't be able to bend or crouch for a few more months (have to make sure not to bend my hip more than 90 degrees until all the muscles supporting it are back to full strength), but it looks like we'll be reaping the rewards of all the work I did before my operation for a while yet. Plus I have the Good Ethnic Boy to dragoon into planting more things (my next lot of seedlings are about ready!). >:D

That's awesome news on all fronts [apart from the waiting to recover from your op, of course]!

I had mounds of beans this year, and ended up pickling a few jars, and making mustard pickles using up a few more.  Patty pan squash vanished that way too. ;) ;D  And now they've matured, we get to tuck in. 8) ;D
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« Reply #643 on: Yesterday at 04:41:35 AM »
I have beans. So many beans. So many tasty, tasty beans. ;D It's seriously awesome! And the spaghetti squash are setting fruit, and so are the pattypan squash, and the round zucchini, and... everything is growing happily, it's great.

I haven't been able to do much except putter around making sure things get pollinated, because I still have to be careful not to overdo things and I won't be able to bend or crouch for a few more months (have to make sure not to bend my hip more than 90 degrees until all the muscles supporting it are back to full strength), but it looks like we'll be reaping the rewards of all the work I did before my operation for a while yet. Plus I have the Good Ethnic Boy to dragoon into planting more things (my next lot of seedlings are about ready!). >:D

That's awesome news on all fronts [apart from the waiting to recover from your op, of course]!

I had mounds of beans this year, and ended up pickling a few jars, and making mustard pickles using up a few more.  Patty pan squash vanished that way too. ;) ;D  And now they've matured, we get to tuck in. 8) ;D

That sounds taaaasty! I'm looking forward to (hopefully) getting gazillions of tomatoes - I plan to chutney-ify a lot this year since it turned out so great last summer.

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Beeeeeans! The latest bunch that I picked, nearly half a kilo (one pound). I need to pick more tomorrow because they continue to appear!

Planting three sorts turned out to be a great idea, the purple ones are brilliant in salads, the green ones are great both in salads and steamed, and the yellow ones taste quite different and are glorious steamed.



Observe the yellow climbing beans taking over the hoop house! They've gone all the way along one set of bracing wires and are starting to come down the other side. ;D



Spaghetti squash! I have half a dozen already started and more female flowers coming. These ones are growing in the big root pouch I have sitting in a paddling pool and seem to think it's the best location ever - even before they're pollinated the baby fruit below the flowers are surprisingly large.



I picked the first pattypan squash yesterday!



And the first round zucchini today! I haven't grown this variety before so I'm looking forwards to trying it.

Hip update: I had my first hospital rehab session this morning, followed by my first hydrotherapy session. They usually try to get patients into rehab within a week of them leaving hospital, but they didn't have any spaces in the program until now, so I've been going to a private physiotherapist who's just been giving me extra exercises to do at home; hospital rehab, on the other hand, is basically a supervised gym session tuned to whatever joint you had fixed. Oh my word that was one heck of a workout! :o I did really well - I'm apparently awesome at balance exercises, and they were impressed with how well I'm walking at just three and a bit weeks after surgery - but wow I'm feeling it now. (It's good you-exercised-that-muscle-well sore, not augh-something's-wrong sore!) Because it was my first hydrotherapy session that instructor actually gave me a shortened program, which I didn't think I needed until I got out of the pool and gravity hit me again. :P

I plan to do some mini rehab sessions at home and see if I can get into a pool to do some of that as well.  >:D
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« Reply #644 on: Yesterday at 08:49:32 AM »
I'm glad to see you're kind enough to provide a climbing frame for your beans!

I grew three colours of haricot beans, and pink-cased faggioli with white spots [sorry don't know the English].  All of them worked in different ways; a lot ended up in salads, because crunchy!  I steamed a lot and served them hot in vinaigrette dressing (made too many so that we could have them cold the next day, so they could absorb even more of the garlicky goodness).  We have focused on things that taste so great straight from the garden: we can get French beans in shops easily, but they tend to be bigger/tougher or flabby (and never any colour other than green), and all non-green/long courgettes are almost impossible to find, so I try and have the yellow ones [raw in salad, they taste almost buttery], and the white ones didn't marrowify quite as quickly...

I'm glad your round ones are behaving better than mine did [they had three chances, but didn't perform well for me].  I'm intrigued about your paddling spaghetti squash!  At they in a pouch that is in a pool filled with water?  I know I need to do better with my cucurbitae, and if they tolerate sitting in water, that could help me immensely!  My gherkins must have produced about a dozen fruit across four or five plants. :-[  As the dill-pickled cucumber slices were so yummy, I'm determined to grow more gherkins next year.  My poor plants were so weedy. :'(

Glad you're getting the 'proper' physio now, and hydrotherapy [I think that is one of the very best things a person can do for musculo-skeletal issues, if you can find a warm enough swimming pool], and all good thoughts for a continuing speedy recovery and you can get back into the garden! :-*
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