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Boston, Taxachusetts
Farmer, writer, sports nut, outdoor enthusiast, music junkie, cook, reader
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BillB is now following Whitney Evans
Apr 30, 2013
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Apr 30, 2013
Hey Whit! I wish I had some of those salad greens right now too. It was a great year for them. Good luck on your project - I'm sure it'll be excellent. Looking forward to seeing you too.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2012 on Now and Then at Urban Farmer 2017
Tric -- love the giving garden! I've got some four-legged friends (and two-legged!) as well. Those bastards are attacking your truck? Them's fightin' moves . . . Some little jerks (Chippies?) have been plucking my Scotch Bonnet (HOT!) peppers. Haven't gotten any from that plant yet. I'm close on pulling two big fatties, tho. Thanks for checking in!
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2011 on More thievery at Urban Farmer 2017
Hey Tric, I just had one that snapped mid-stalk. It was the number 2 guy, so he was a big boy before the flower got so big it started drooping over. On mine, I think the wind from Irene loosened some of the roots and maybe weakened the stalk. But I base this on no scientific knowledge of any sort. Not sure if yours took a beating before they fell. My best year for sunflowers yet. These were really amazing. Mammoth Russians. Just found the old seed packet from last season, and they claimed to be mammoth (up to 12 ft) too. But they topped out at 7-8. It's that hearty Russian blood . . .
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2011 on Russian Bears at Urban Farmer 2017
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Sep 7, 2011
Everything you ever wanted to know about Sunflowers, and then some, a la Wiki: "Sunflower seeds are more commonly eaten as a healthy snack than as part of a meal. They can also be used as garnishes or ingredients in various recipes. The seeds may be sold as in-shell seeds or dehulled kernels. The seeds can also be sprouted and eaten in salads. However eating expired sunflower seeds may cause stomach irritation such as bloating or diarrhea due to the rottening of the seed. When in-shell seeds are processed, they are first dried. Afterwards, they may also be roasted or dusted with salt or flour for preservation of flavor. Dehulling is commonly performed by cracking the hull with one's teeth and spitting it out while keeping the kernel in the mouth and eating it. In-shell sunflower seeds are particularly popular in Mediterranean and Asian countries, including Egypt, Syria, Israel, Turkey, and Malaysia, where they may be called garinim, ayçekirdeği, or kuaci. In Turkey, Syria and Israel they can be bought freshly roasted in shops and markets and are a common stadium food, while in Malaysia they can be bought freshly packed in various roasted flavors. They are also popular in countries worldwide including Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, China, Morocco, Iran, Canada and the United States." -- I usually don't eat my sunflower's seeds, but have spit out many other roasted and salted. I bet they would also be excellent with Old Bay. Everything else is. Thanks for visiting, guys!
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2011 on Russian Bears at Urban Farmer 2017
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