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dcarch

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  1. When I go to the stores to buy veggies, I noticed that there is not one single insect bite on anything. That's the reason why I grow my own veggies. Very good looking broccoli! dcarch
  2. Yes yes! I recommend New Zealand spinach to everyone. Very tough and prolific. No problem with hot weather. My NZS completely choke out all weeds. Having NZS for dinner tonight. dcarch
  3. Will be squash overwhelmed the next few days. They are coming! They are coming! dcarch
  4. Qualities of stone kitchen counter top may not all cracked up to be. I like the look, the friendly feel of wood, and of course lower cost . There is also bamboo to consider. Very durable. dcarch
  5. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    Thank you! As I have heard, all varieties of hostas are edible, and all parts of the hosta are edible. But the parts get tough as they get older. dcarch
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    Dinner 2019

    Thank you! You are very kind. dcarch
  7. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    Scapes, scapes, scapes ----- no, not garlic scapes. Hosta scapes. I posted my early spring dinner treat, hosta shoots. Now it's time for hosta scapes. As I had mentioned, hosta is a common vegetable in some other countries, Japan, for instance. Hosta is more than just edible, it's delicious. Around this time of the year, hostas send blossom stems, just like garlic scapes. These hosta scapes are very tender, mild in flavor. dcarch Skate and hosta scapes
  8. Based on what I saw, I think they do good business supplying to restaurants all over NYC. Not much to do with building owners and management. More has to do with liability lawyers. (I am guessing) They write clauses in the leases and for insurance companies. dcarch
  9. Actually, Googling "perlite growing" will lead to many ways of incorporating perlite, not only growing in pure perlite. Mixing perlite with compost is still much lighter than growing in soil. BTW,. a couple of months ago, by pure chance, I had an opportunity to visit a huge commercial roof top growing operation at lower Manhattan. I don't remember the address and name of that operation. They use a lot of perlite. dcarch
  10. 1. Google "grow plants in perlite". 2. Show your rental agent a planter with perlite, it weighs nothing. Enjoy your first tomato. dcarch
  11. Yes you can. I think you should start seedlings indoors. If you plant the beans outside, there is a chance those beans may become dinner for garden critters. dcarch
  12. Do you like Royal Corona beans? Not cheap. I am growing them. Seems to be doing very well. I will have a good supply this year. dcarch
  13. Yes it can be a bomb, if you use an air pump without a pressure regulator. This is a self-priming water pump. No pressure buildup. dcarch
  14. If you garden, organic or non-organic, you will need to spray. Do you find it fun to have to spray? Most of the sprayers you buy only work for a couple of seasons. On a hot humid summer day, pump pump pump pump --- take a shower, change underwear, more pump pump pump again ----more showers ------ more pump pump pump. I can't believe everything in our life is so advanced and we are still gardening with 100 year old technology. So I bought a $17.00 12v pump, and a $5.00 old MacBook rechargeable battery, changed the "plumbing" of a defective sprayer. Awesome! this simple electric sprayer can get a much better spraying job done in one fifth the time and without the sweating. They do sell motorized sprayers, but they are expensive, not reliable, and too big. I highly recommend making one yourself. Really worth it. It is not impossible to hookup an electric pump with a battery and a switch. dcarch
  15. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    For folks in cold zones, it's kind of a waste of time to try to grow artichokes. Not enough time for them to set blossoms. But don't give up. Look up 'Vernalization' for growing artichokes. It works. I did (my zone 6 area ). Artichokes are better if you grow your own, because you can pick them young while they are tender. You can pick them with long stems (the best part). You can pick them with young leaves (also nice tender and tasty). They are also very decorative in your garden landscape. dcarch Artichokes from the garden, SV salmon
  16. Here they come! 4 other plants also have chokes coming. The other 4 shouldn't be far behind. dcarch
  17. May not be a rule, but you don't have to wait until Wednesday to eat spaghetti, unless, of course, your name happens to be Anthony. dcarch
  18. Last year I found out the trick to get artichokes to blossom in my zone 6. This year with my DIY high power LED grow light, I am hopeful that I will have even better results. As of today, things look promising. dcarch
  19. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    Happy Father's Day to all! Some more garlic scapes to harvest. Made SV rib eye steak with garlic scapes for Father's Day dinner. dcarch
  20. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    First class sophisticated simple cooking, made even more appetizing by First class plating . dcarch
  21. But did you see that the casters are lockable casters? ( I have an eye for details )? A very important consideration even for 100 % level floors. dcarch
  22. dcarch

    Dinner 2019

    Garlic scapes are a gourmet early summer treat. But I have been disappointed buying them from farmers markets. Because the scapes are sold buy weight, so the sellers tend to pick them late and the scapes can get fibery; unless you grow your own. dcarch Shrimps on garlic scapes from my garden.
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    Dinner 2019

    You will go gaga over peri peri mahi mahi on couscous recipes. dcarch
  24. Are you sure you are talking about soot? I am not sure your can get soot from burning gas. I could be wrong. What you may be getting is grease/fat dripping down on the fire and vaporizes. The vapor gets condensed on the bottom of your cookware and gets carbonized. I don't know soot can get caked on bottom of cookware. If it is soot, you can wipe it off with a paper tower. What you are describing sound more like carbonized accumulation of cooking oil/fat. To tell if your gas burner is adjusted properly: if the flame is blue, you are OK. If the flame is orange, it needs to be re-adjusted. Soot and smoke are airborne microscopic particles. If they create problems for you indoors, you may be able to get your doctor to write you a prescription to buy an electrostatic sir cleaner. dcarch
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