The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof...

 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. - John 1:16

GardenEndofSummer The garden's winding down. Just a few butternut squash still on the vine. String beans waning and cantelope and watermelon and summer squash gone. Cucumbers still ticking, but only slowly. Lots of every kind of pepper still coming--especially jalapeno and habanero (see pic on next page) and poblano (there behind the basil). The basil bushes are huge and we've finally let them flower. Bumblebees are all over them today. Our tomato plants go on bearing fruit, denuded down the bottom third of the stalk but sputtering out enough for joy at every lunch and dinner...

We planted forty-six of them and for the last half of the summer there were often more than twenty to forty tomatoes per day. Mary Lee's picking the lima beans, now, and we'll try them out.

Habanero The fecundity of God's green earth is mind-boggling. Every man should have a garden and see the overflowing goodness of His providence. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for your faithfulness to sinful man. It inundates us.

And speaking of inundating us with his providence, here at ClearNote Church of Bloomington we have eighty-five chilluns five and under!


You and Mary Lee must have a green thumb, because we've never had that much luck with a garden!


I was just thinking the same thing. I have black thumbs. Two of them. I even kill the sort of houseplant that is supposedly impossible to kill.

But if Mary Lee were to give me some of her extra tomatoes, I'd make you all the best spaghetti sauce west of the Po -or- the best mexican chicken stew north of the Rio Grande.


What should we do with our Poblanos? Any recipes for those and other peppers from someone of Hispanic descent? (Gringos need not speak.) I can't list all the kinds of peppers we planted.


PS: We've had many failures. Only a very few watermelon. Not one pumpkin. Only about three or four butternut from each plant. Lima beans a joke. Green beans wussie. When your garden is huge, you can fail at an awful lot and the law of averages keeps you eating all summer, anyway.

Last summer's garden was a comlete and utter failures, by the way. We had the driest August in over a hundred years.


No gringo recipes, but a bit of gringo advice - DO NOT peel the peppers without wearing gloves.

And CERTAINLY don't go take out your contacts after cutting jalapenos.


If you get tired of those Habanero peppers and what to try something hotter, I should have some ripe Bhut Jolokias in a few weeks. I can't wait to try them. I've already reserved a bed at the hospital.

On the fifth floor . . .

You might also want to ask people of Asian descent what to do with the fire peppers.

I have often wondered if there is anywhere in the United States, or even other parts of the globe, where you can grow a vegetable garden year-round. Anyone have the answer?

You've probably already thought about stuffing the peppers, but here's one recipe that might work:

The easiest way that I can think of to eat the peppers is to put them in quesadillas.

Peppers also can be used in a variety of salsas.

Perhaps my favorite way to eat them, though, is a LOT of work: tamales!
Last time I made tamales it took an entire Saturday. I followed a Mexican coworker's "recipe" which wasn't written down. Making tamales is a huge ordeal (best done with friends), but you can feed a lot of people pretty cheaply. They also freeze wonderfully, so leftovers isn't a problem. Anyway, here are some recipes I found on the internet that look similar to what I remember:

Nisha, you can freeze tamales? Before or after steaming?


I know a man in Ireland (Dublin) who manages to grow at least something year-round in a small greenhouse in his garden. The climate never gets too hot and it doesn't go into deep freeze. Down in the sotheast (Wexford area) it is even warmer. Palm trees grow in parts ofsouthern Ireland. Ireland is on a more northern latitude but God sends them a warm wind.

I froze mine after steaming. It might make a difference if you wrap them in corn husks or banana leaves. You'll often see Mexicans wrap them in husks, but I'm of Colombian heritage, and they prefer banana leaves. :)

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