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Whole foods, hardest most tasteless bagels I've ever had

I've been trying bagels from all over. Wegmans, Trader Joes, Pumpernickels, Cosco, and more. I finally try the bagels at whole foods.

The ones in the bins. I use a wax sheet and grab the top two bagels from a bin full of bagels. I didn't want to dive in deep because an employee was watching, and I am not supposed to touch any bagels. My arm would have surely made contact with other bagels, if I would have delved deeper.

I squeeze my selected bagels and notice they feel hard, yet its whole food surely they must be good. Just two minutes ago I try the bagels with organic cream cheese. The cream cheese is good, but the bagels are hard and tasteless. I'm worried about my teeth. I'm attempting to salvage the mess with some cherry perseveres. By the way here's how I rate bagels thus far:

1. Pumpernickels
2. Trader Joes
3. Wegmans
4. Yum Yum
5. Cosco
6. Whole foods

Personally, I believe I shouldn't have had the option to pick such lousy bagels, if it was due to staleness the bagels should have been discarded/given away.

Aug 17, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Chains

Where to find the best cherries in Philadelphia area?

The whole foods near me had none. :(

Jul 11, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Philadelphia

Where to find the best cherries in Philadelphia area?

I just bought 4 ibs of them. Already went through about half. I doubt the other 2ibs will last the night. Not the best cherries, but still good. Thanks for tipping me off to the sale.

Jul 11, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Philadelphia

Where to find the best cherries in Philadelphia area?

I love cherries, once I get a taste of one, I want more and more! Obviously the best cherries would probably be organic ones I grow myself. Barring that, where do you find the best cherries? Note, I find the taste of organic food slightly better, than non-organic.

I've tried the Cosco organic frozen cherries. I've tried Wegman's organic cherries. Both good btw, but I feel I can do better. I've tried the costco rainer cherries, good but since they have pesticides, the chemical residue seems to build up a bad after taste eventually. Try eating several pounds of grapes and see what I mean.

I'm hoping to find some local produce stand, farmer's market, or CSA that has really awesome cherries. Thanks for reading.

Jul 10, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Philadelphia

Name this plant

I don't think its edible. I've can't remember seeing any fruit or flowers.

Jul 07, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Red Mulberry, any good, easy to grow?

Hey, I was looking for native plants that were edible. I figure I can be nice to the wildlife, and fill my belly too. I was wondering if anyone has grown or tasted red mulberries.

Taste good?

Mouth feel?

Perishable?

Eat raw or cooked?

Messy?

Full sun/partial sun/shade?

Invasive or easy to control?

Soil conditions?

What wildlife will they attract?

Thanks, I found some info on some dark purple mulberries when searching.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9086...

Jul 07, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Name this plant

It rarely blooms, when it does its a small white flower. Never seen any fruit. I don't even know what leaf margin is. I haven't seen any thorns, but have seen buds.

Jun 21, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Name this plant

Here's another photo of the leaves. Max height is about 20 feet that I've seen, might grow higher. Its a shrub, I've always though of it as a hedge. Branches can reach at least 1/2 inch in diameter. Need a bow saw to cut it.

Jun 21, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Name this plant

Hey, I'm expanding my kitchen garden, and I want to know what this plant is. It keeps growing and growing I have to cut it back a lot each year. Hopefully I posted the picture correctly. :) Hardiness zone 6.

Jun 21, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

I let my yard go wild, and now the Township is after me

If it was just the shrubs/fallen branches/grass/weeds I would be fine. I'm fairly strong and handy with a bow saw and ax.

I think for now I"m just going to worry about the present situation and weed every single weed I can find. Mow all the grass, which I'm almost done.

I'll worry about the fallen trees later, the more they decay the easier they are to deal with. If I have to I'll just use a chain saw for the fallen trees, assuming I can overcome my fear of chain saws.

My main obstacle perhaps is I want to have a wildlife sanctuary with milkweed for monarch butterflies and fallen trees for the critters.

Thanks for all the replies.

Jun 18, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

I let my yard go wild, and now the Township is after me

Call it an irrational fear, I just can't stand motorized mowers. I can't really explain it. I don't want to be anywhere near one. I remember when I was in elementary school I ran from one, and got called to the principle's office.

Even if I used one a big problem is all the obstacles. Including tough wooden vines, random shrubs, fallen branches, fallen trees, pricker bushes. I've always used a motor less mower to mow, I just didn't realize the wooden shrubs + fallen tree/branches from last winter would be such a problem.

I have mowed the lawn in the past, even if it takes forever. Another way to explain the problem is, if you skip a year of mowing, its way harder to mow the next year.

Jun 17, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

I let my yard go wild, and now the Township is after me

Even if its not the happiest news, I thank you for replying. I really don't want an attorney involved if possible. I know what am doing tomorrow morning. :)

I'm trying a new technique where I take thick non-degradable plastic and cover up the toughest grass. I then weight down the plastic. Maybe later I'll put some dirt and compost on top of the plastic and plant something low to the ground like strawberries on top.

Jun 17, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

I let my yard go wild, and now the Township is after me

Thanks for the responses.

"There are rules in certain areas. You need to either abide by them or work to change them."

I do feel the rules are a little harsh, yet I am uncertain how to work to change them. I feel for example native flowers mixed with food crops can help draw pollinating insects.

I've seen farms use small amount of weeds as an erosion barrier, later the weeds are used as compost/mulch. Most weeds > bare earth.

I guess what I really fear is that I will abide by the law, yet get fined anyways. For example, I'm afraid the township will destroy my raspberries. Food crops are except from the ordinance.

Jun 17, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

I let my yard go wild, and now the Township is after me

Lots and lots of black Raspberries, Blueberry tree x2. Cherry tree. Aiming for perennials rather than annuals.

I also have a huge container garden. With Banana plants, avocados, butterfly plant, mint, and other herbs. Haven't had time to take a full inventory.

Rubber tree plant, ficus, split leaf phendrania, Azaela, Adelphia.

Jun 17, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

I let my yard go wild, and now the Township is after me

It all started about three years ago. Things got busy and I got sick of mowing the lawn. I then got the brilliant idea to listen to some random person on the Internet. I made the conscious decision to not mow.

It only took a year before the Township took notice. Coming after me for hedge clippings. I clipped the hedge, but left the trimmings to fall wherever. I also got a letter about my lawn being overgrown. Frustrated that I let my motorized mower go, it wasn't working well anyways. I bought a $200 motorless mower. It took about 12 runs over the tough grass, but it finally got the job done.

Next year I managed an adequate job, but the township did send a 2nd letter, but I had to be there to sign and they stopped sending.

This winter a lot of trees fell over with the wet heavy snow. Meanwhile woody shrubs and vines started emerging everywhere. The wisteria in my yard continued to grow.

Finally, this spring the Township is coming after me again, this time threatening up to $600 a day or 30 days in jail per day I do not comply. In short If I didn't comply for three weeks I could be put in jail for over a year for not mowing my grass. Basically all weeds and grass must be under 10 inches tall.

I'm now in process of pulling up all the jewelweed in my yard, a native wild flower. Mowing like crazy, and using hedge trimmers on every shrub I can find. I'm scared, I'm not sure I can handle this type of work load. What if the township comes after me for the fallen trees in my yard?

There's no exception clause for backyards. I'm also scared that even I comply with the ordinance, that I will get in trouble for my food crop. I grow black raspberries, but to the uninformed eye it looks like a bunch of thorny weeds.

To make things more complicated a lot of the weeds are growing in the middle of my shrubs and English Ivy. Even a motorized mower can't mow that, and I learned from experience that if you attempt to mow with my reel mower, it will break the mower and need repair, I did manage to repair it.

I'm thinking with such harsh laws why would anyone plants trees in their yard? One of the trees is hanging on another, and I'm afraid to weed/mow under the “widow-maker” for fear of it falling on top of me. Another problem is a lot of my energy is going to moving large branches that are blocking paths in my yard and making it difficult to mow. Heck why would anyone plant anything with a max height over 10 inches? I've heard many a tale of a family going on vacation to come back to huge fines/jail time.

In the future, I'm worried that I will not be able to keep up. I am young and I have a friend helping me so there is a good chance I will do an adequate job this year. What about future years and long term plans? It is easy to focus on the present, but the long term ramifications of this seem worse. I don't see me standing a better chance as I age, and my friends won't always be available.

One long term solution would be to comply completely. To pave over my entire yard with concrete. It would be an eye sore, but would comply would the law. I would still have to weed the rogue weed sticking out of the concrete. Heck, if I got sick or something I could still end up paying huge fines/jail time for one 10 inch + weed.

Another would be to just ignore the problem completely and force the township to fine me/jail. There is a chance they are all bark and no bite.

I could also try to transform my entire yard until something edible. Which I've been attempting for years now, problem is its easy to mistake a food crop for weeds. I would hate to have a huge edible garden and for the township to destroy it and charge me a huge fine. To top it off I have a lot of old huge trees, 40 feet tall or more that I have no clue how to handle when they fall, other then to leave them be. The cost of removing such a tree is really high, especially if its a widow-maker or dead, but not fallen.

Finally, perhaps the most drastic is just to move. I didn't realize quite how much work it was to comply with local ordinances. Perhaps I could move to the city where I will have no lawn at all. The lawn mower just isn't going to cut everything.

In summary:

1. I let yard go wild
2. Township comes after me
3. I get scared and attempt to comply
4. I'm not sure I can meet the deadline (5 days)
5. I'm not sure what to do about the fallen trees
6. The future and long term goals

Jun 17, 2014
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Buying a cheesecloth

I was thinking of buying a cheesecloth, and I was wondering what to look for in a cheesecloth, and what type of store would have cheesecloth? I don't know how often I'm going be using the cheesecloth, so I don't want to spend too much.

I'm thinking of using the cloth as a strainer for washing my rice and steel cut oats. I was also thinking of trying to make my own butter, and using the cloth to separate the curds. Would the above be good enough reasons to buy a cheesecloth?

Nov 30, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Cookware

Indoor mushroom garden, worth the trouble?

Hey, I live in the North East hardiness zone 6. I was wondering if mushroom farming was worth the effort. I got a basement that has a lot of space not being used effectively. There is a lot of trash that would take considerable effort to move to make room for my mushrooms.

Anyways, I'm bored and its almost winter, I want to see something grow, I don't want to lose hundreds of dollars, but I'm okay losing $50 or so on the mushrooms. I'm also planning on planting some cereal rye, A.K.A. winter rye. Would I better off focusing my efforts on growing some rye, and planning for spring?

BTW, my outside garden didn't yield many squash, but did yield a lot of radishes, over 50! I'm so excited! It was worth spending about 25 hours of double digging. Only reason I mention the above is to give you an idea of my stamina, I know gardening is hard work.

Nov 06, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Free range or best turkey in Bucks?

A 36 ib Turkey, wow! I'm used to a 20 ib turkey. How would you brine such a large turkey? :)

"Last year we purchased a pig in the fall and it was butchered in the spring."

I don't fully understand the above sentence. Is spring to fall a long time or a short time for a pig, desirable or undesirable? The largest piece of pork I bought was an approx 18 pound pork shoulder.

Nov 04, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Philadelphia

Tomato fruit eating critter

I read the links on composting good info, I'm starting to feel confident about composting now that I've read about 10 or so articles about composting from various sites. I was in my garden and some of the squash plants seem to be missing. My garden looks less full and my dill herb was eating almost to the roots.

As for the squirrels, I guess I'll have to plant some sunflower plants so there is enough food for everyone.

Sep 02, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Tomato fruit eating critter

Yes, lots and lots of squirrels, I see them in the garden all the time. I notice whenever I plant seeds, about 6-10 squirrels seem to stay in the area for the next 24 hours. I thought squirrels only ate meat and nuts.

Sep 01, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Tomato fruit eating critter

Closed compost, I didn't even know closed compost existed? No I just put the compost in my unused raised garden beds with nothing covering. That way as the compost gradually decomposes the nutrients go into the soil, rather than having to transport the compost. I put about 3 birds , 2 chickens and one turkey worth of bones last time in a raised bed.

I really don't want to spend the money on a commercial composter. gardening is a time intensive and expensive hobby. I spent nearly $100 on gardening since May!

Sep 01, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Tomato fruit eating critter

Hmmm, what should I do with chicken bones if I don't throw in the compost? Chicken is one of the cheapest forms of meat, so I'm not giving up chicken any time soon.

I'm starting to re-think my compost idea and just buy compost. I bought a 40 ib bag of manure and humus Garden Pro brand compost from Lowes. I Just poured the contents onto a recently double digged bed. The compost is all gray now that its dried out though, compared to my brown earthy looking clay soil.

"Fencing in a garden is a great idea, and ultimately the one that will work the best." I plan to take down an old fence and put the fence on its side. Four legged creatures hate horizontal fencing.

Sep 01, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Tomato fruit eating critter

I noticed two days ago that one of my tomatoes was partly eaten. I set a haveaheart trap with the partly eaten tomato. The next day the trap was not set off, but the bait was eaten. Next, I set the trap with a milkbone and chicken bone. Today the trap was set off, and the bones moved to one side of the trap. I noticed today, all my tomato fruits were eaten, even the fairly high fruit. About 8 tomatoes were eaten in total. At the same time, the critter hasn't touched my yellow squash.

I feel conflicted, my first thought is to just give up, whatever is eating my tomatoes has more right to the land than I do. Growing food, even in a small garden inevitably conflicts with nature. To grow a garden is deny the animals. At the same time, whatever is eating my tomatoes much prefers tomato fruits to local weeds.

My dad said he smelled skunk last nite. Do skunks eat tomatoes? I've been putting lots of chicken bones and other compost into my compost pile. I think the compost pile may be drawing critters.

Part of me wants to cover the compost pile with lots of hay and grass clippings. Next, I want to cut down more trees and bushes to chase away the wild life. I'm still doing more for the environment than my neighbors who all have golf course mowed lawns.

Aug 31, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Determining sunlight

Don, do you think the problems with the Zucchini has to deal with temperatures over 90 degrees? My dad said he grew Zucchini in the shadiest part of the garden about 10 years ago. I'm surprised about the Zucchini since I gave the Zucchini the sunniest bed, the container tomatoes adjacent have given me 4 green tomatoes + each!

"Cherry and grape tomatoes and some early varieties (as well as beans and many leafy vegetables) seem to do well in an area of my CT garden with less than 6 hrs direct sun." What do you mean by CT, my only guess is container tomato. I'm going to look into grape and cherry tomatoes. Next year I plan to grow some tomatoes from seeds or seedlings.

Aug 21, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Determining sunlight

I wasn't sure how to get in touch, my local extension lacks a head of committee, because of lack of funds. I guess I could try calling anyways. I'm not sure what I would google, gah typed in local gardening groups clicked on first result, meetup.com and found a group not related to gardening over 10 miles away. Just tried another search, google can be so frustrating sometimes. You know exactly what you want but instead businesses come up and unrelated.

I even asked the manager the premier nursery in our area and the manager had nothing for me.

Aug 19, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

outside of putting in a fence...

Both Morwen's and Donshirer's garden receive so much sun. Looks awesome, how do you keep the grass alive, my grass died because I visit my garden 3-4 time a day? I haven't had any rabbit problems, I think the raised beds the trick for me.

I noticed your trees are short, the trees in my area are huge, most at least 2.5 stories high.

Aug 19, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

A Few Spiders Have Taken Up Residence on My Balcony Peppers

I doubt a spider would hurt a plant. From what I understand spiders are carnivores and eat the pests that eat your plants. Spiders are your friend, just make sure its spiders on your plant and not something else.

Aug 19, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Determining sunlight

Here's a video of the sunlight in my garden:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQJ-bU...

the video also includes a look at my tomato plants.

Aug 18, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Determining sunlight

I just looked at the photos of the first, the leaves look wilted, though some seemed to have recovered while the sun was shining on the plants around 6 pm. The tomatoes are fairly big compared to the containers and keep growing, so no dwarfing. The worse leaves looked fairy yellow or dying. No oddness about the leaves like in the photos.

I do have one black walnut tree about 50 feet away, but the tree is an older tree which have reduced toxicity on top of that the tomatoes are in a raised bed.

"The initial symptoms of Verticillium and Fusarium wilts are wilting of the plant leaves during the heat of the day. Affected plants often recover in the evening or overnight. Gradually, however, the wilting becomes progressively worse and many plants eventually die. " I'll see how the tomatoes are doing during the heat of day tommorow.

Aug 17, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening

Determining sunlight

Ok I'm posting both the 100 dpi scan and 600 dpi scan of my garden bed. I finished cutting off the branches of the ash tree hanging over my garden. Some of the branches fell on the tomatoes a little, but the tomatoes were and still are wilting.

Aug 17, 2010
Bottomless_Pit in Gardening