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    July 24, 2008



    You are a better (more patient) gardener than I am... I would already be eating that tomato, and thinking, "Well, I'll just wait for the NEXT one to be REALLY ripe..." lol. Great job on the staking, too. Wish I had an idea for you on those bugs--they certainly look nasty!

    I'm sorry that you don't like the eggplant still. I love eggplant, and that dish sounds awesome. Any chance you could direct us to the recipe online? And speaking of eating, whatcha going to do with that green tomato? I read somewhere that you can pickle green tomatoes in brine (when your jar of pickles is gone, just pop some in the brine that's left and let them sit in the fridge for two weeks before you eat them) so I want to try that sometime.

    Kris at Blithewold

    Heather, I'm with you on the eggplant - but I kind of love anything smothered in cheese and sauce... I hope you post pics of your wildflowers soon - especially if you decide to change that bed around!

    Heather's Garden

    Kim -- I think FIRST TOMATO is going to be dinner tomorrow with some fresh mozz and some of my basil. This is the receipe that VPH used, but since he was using skinny Japanese eggplants instead of a big fat one, he's not sure if he got the ratio right: Not a big pickle person, figured I'd just let the fallen tomato sit on the table out there until it either ripens or rots (totally thinking it's going to rot).

    Kris -- I think even smothered in cheese and sauce eggplant doesn't do it for me. I'm a texture and firmness in my food girl, so some things are just not my cup of tea and I supspect eggplant is one of them. They were quite sweet though and I wasn't expecting that. I'm thinking cut up in a stir-fry they might be more to my taste.


    That looks like an American Dagger Caterpillar. They sting! My wife just got stung by one last week...


    Thanks for the recipe, Heather! If not pickles for those green tomatoes, how about breading and frying them Southern-style? Delicious...



    Eggplant is not for everyone but the other components in the dish look great! I think you have the larvae of the Mexican bean beetle on your squash. I have some also. Check them out here:

    Heather's Garden

    Compostings -- Good guess, but I looked up the American Dagger caterpillar (nasty things) and that wasn't what I had.

    Kim -- It's still sitting on the table, lol. If we have green ones at the end of the season I think we'll try fried green tomatoes.

    Layanee -- you put me on the right track, it's actually the larvae of the squash ladybird beetle -- Epilachna borealis -- which makes sense since they were eating the zucchini plants. Ugh!

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