Originally Posted by Housemom408
I have a gardening question and thought maybe you guys could help me out. This is my first year with a garden and it looks like I planted too many cucumber plants! Does anybody have any ideas on what to do with them? I don't want to make pickles
. It also looks like I might have planted my pumpkins to early. They are already orange. I am only going to use them for fall decorating, but how do I keep them from rotting? I have enjoyed my garden this year, and have a lot to learn. Any advice would be great.
my "we be littles" pumpkins are already orange too....hoping just keeping them on the vine will work...I thought they would take longer, my count is way off!...the larger pumpkins are still green and growing though.
Do you like 'cucumber & onions'? This is a great way to use up extra cucumbers without canning....
**just slice onions on a mandolin or very thin..then slice the cucumbers 1/8 inch thick... alternate layers of each in a bowl or plastic bowl, (that you don't mind having a vinegar-onion odor forever.hahaha)...Mix 1 cup vinegar ( i use white, but use your favorite), 1/2 cup veg. oil, and 1/2 cup water..mix all together, pour over cumber/onions. Let sit in fridge for a couple days, stir around every now & then..done when flavor is to your liking & the onion/cucumber has softened a bit. ..and enjoy! They are great just as is..or you can put them on salads, burgers...whatever.
Some people add sugar if the vinegar mixture is too strong. I do not...i like the tangy flavor!
We are getting cucumbers this year, but not as many as last year, will be less dill and bread & butters canned, We have been able to put up about 8 jars so far...
same thing with the tomatoes. ..not as many as last year.
So, not as many jars of salsa will be made..BUT, I just put in (planted) 2 more "goes" of green beans so I can jar-up more 3-bean salad!! We have a bunch of those canned now..
Got to just go with the flow and what is working sometimes... The beets, I put in another row of those too! Looking forward to canning them!
It has been a real treat to eat out of the garden...this past winter felt so long..I can't believe that July is almost over already!!.....