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Growing Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas
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I have lots of SP slips to plant but one bed I'd like to use already had some BEP sown.  Can the two grow okay together?  Thanks for any input.  MaryContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine, The Herb Lady Jul 17, 2015.

Growing Strawberries
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Are strawberries shallow rooted?  As in 12" or so of soil?  I have this table top garden thingy planted with strawberries.  They look healthy enough but not producing much fruit.Also, how do they…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by MaryMcP May 3, 2015.

Potato Harvest
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Hello, I placed some seed potatoes [russets] in a pile of straw in January, adding more straw as vines appeared.  When is harvest?  Thanks.ps: I tried to find a way to search this but was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patricia Apr 15, 2015.

The Fight for GMO Labeling

Just a quick note to give kudos to Catherine the Herb Lady for her ceaseless campaign to keep the labels honest.  Her letter to the editor at the Arizona Republic got a big headline and top listing…Continue

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Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to MaryMcP's discussion Growing Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas
"Mary do you soak your peas/beans for a few hours before sowing?  Can help speed up germination time and increase rate of germination.  Don't soak for more than 8 hours or you are into sprouting/fermenting territory. :-) FYI sprouting…"
Jul 17, 2015
MaryMcP replied to MaryMcP's discussion Growing Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas
"Thanks Catherine.  This is exactly why I grow the peas in summer, for the nitrogen fix, your note is a good reminder. On the SP vines, some have made it, some the birds got (I've covered most of the rest) and some just browned out and…"
Jul 17, 2015
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to MaryMcP's discussion Growing Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas
"Mary Steve's note about shade is generally valid, but SP I grow vine all over the place, so I don't think they will let some shade deter them When you are ready to harvest the peas - don't pull the plant - cut it off at the soil…"
Jul 17, 2015
MaryMcP replied to MaryMcP's discussion Growing Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas
"Thanks Steve,  I've got oodles of SP slips, the BEP's are already sowed.  I'm going to keep moving forward and we'll see.  I appreciate the input."
Jul 5, 2015
Steve Enteman replied to MaryMcP's discussion Growing Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas
"Hey Mary. Black eyed peas are huge bush type plants. I don't think its the roots you should worry about. I think they will grow so big that they will shade them out. But you know I like to try things out just to see how they do. Keep us posted."
Jul 4, 2015
MaryMcP replied to MaryMcP's discussion Growing Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas
"Thanks Jacq.  I wasn't sure of the root depth of the BEP's, appreciate the info."
Jun 28, 2015
Jacq Davis replied to MaryMcP's discussion Growing Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas
"I would think they can co-exist without issues. BEP has pretty shallow root system compared to sweet potato, I have sweet potato growing everywhere in my garden right now."
Jun 28, 2015
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Growing Sweet Potatoes with Black Eyed Peas

I have lots of SP slips to plant but one bed I'd like to use already had some BEP sown.  Can the two grow okay together?  Thanks for any input.  MarySee More
Jun 20, 2015
MaryMcP replied to tmbc's discussion i'itoi onion
"My i'itoi onions respond really well to fresh worm castings from my herd.  I can see almost immediate improvement, it's amazing. Here's a good article from Crooked Sky Farms, although it does not actually speak to your question…"
Jun 18, 2015
MaryMcP replied to Catherine, The Herb Lady's discussion July Planting Tips
"Great info as always Catherine.  Thanks for keeping  these monthly tip sheets coming."
Jun 17, 2015
MaryMcP replied to Larry's discussion Anna apples ripe?
"Juice 'em!  That is some of the best apple juice ever.  And you can use the leftover apple mash for muffins or apple leather.....the leather is fun.  Mine was finished in just a few hours in the sun yesterday."
Jun 15, 2015
MaryMcP replied to Larry's discussion Anna apples ripe?
"Hi Charles, my friend with an Anna apple tree picked all her fruit about two weeks ago.  She said they will rot on the tree in the upcoming heat.  Hope this helps."
Jun 15, 2015
MaryMcP replied to MaryMcP's discussion Juicer Pulp in the group Growing Gourmet
"OK, it's quiet around here, on the board, so I went ahead and made the muffin recipe and it's very good.  Dense.  We didn't much like the chocolate chips, made them too sweet, not what I'm looking for in this recipe.…"
Jun 14, 2015
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Juicer Pulp

Hello, My friend with the peach tree has now bestowed upon me two bags of Anna apples.  I juiced most of them and would like to find a good recipe for using the apple pulp.  What do you foodies do with juicer pulp?  Especially fruit pulp.  I did find one recipe that sounds yummy:Carrot Apple Ginger JuiceMakes 2-3 servings.6 medium carrots, peeled and trimmed5 crisp apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled, cored, and quartered1 small knob of ginger, peeledJuice all ingredients and pour into…See More
Jun 13, 2015
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almost a pound

"I'll try again next year, I think I still have some seed.  Happy munching Aaron!"
Jun 1, 2015
MaryMcP commented on Aaron's photo
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almost a pound

"ahhh...nice Aaron.  I've tried to grow those several times but not successful.  I think I fail to start them early enough.  When did you plant it out?  Did you start him from seed?  If not, where did you get the start?…"
May 31, 2015

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Vermont Maple Syrup

Freshly produced (2015 season) Vermont maple syrup is available at local farmer's markets.

Simply Vermont is a family business at the foot of Mt. Mansfield in north central Vermont.  Our goal is to provide small batches of high quality syrup.  One thing which differentiates us from other maple businesses is that our sap collection system uses no energy.  We don't use any vacuum pumps or electricity to collect the sap, it's a "Zero-Energy gravity feed sap system" which…

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At 10:10am on September 28, 2014, Stephanie said…

It should dry out by Tuesday - I can't help you but you can take all you like.  I'm at 6629 E. Thunderbird.  You can see it in the driveway.  I've used all I will need - piled it in the yard for now.  I need to get it off the drive so let me know when your done and I can let others come get some if you don't take it all :)

At 8:40am on December 21, 2013, Steve Enteman said…

Mary we have onions in (finally) if you're still looking.  Give a shout if so.  602-433-7247 cell,  Steve

At 6:07am on July 31, 2013, Kevin Dukes said…

Mary, that's funny you mention the meat thermometer. I was just thinking yesterday that a meat thermometer would make a good soil thermometer. I have a couple of them. Any thoughts on my comment about germinating seed at our current soil temps?

At 10:07am on June 12, 2013, Sheryl said…

I did!

At 9:49am on June 12, 2013, Sheryl said…

I woulda swore I already did this!

At 5:46pm on May 13, 2013, Grace Marie Newton said…

He  did it last year.  The plants were huge,  but he said the gourds grew strange so he did not use them.  Plus he said it took from May to October to grow.  So I thought maybe it would be better to wait a bit to plant my gourds.

At 5:08pm on May 13, 2013, Grace Marie Newton said…

Thanks Mary, the neighbor had some huge gourd plants last year and he said he planted them in May.  So I was wondering if now was a good time.

At 6:56am on May 13, 2013, Patricia said…

Thanks for the info, Mary!

At 10:13am on April 5, 2012, Cassandra said…

I will try to make three equal bags so that everyone who responded receives chicken poop.  

At 7:58am on October 23, 2011, Rachel said…
Hi Mary, I'm excited to win, thank you! I'll try the Oregon Spring tomato if that's okay with you. :) I didn't plant any fall tomatoes this year, so any tomato at all would be a real treat!
 
 
 

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