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Old July 15, 2013   #46
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Woo hoo! It's a lovely, healthy herb, with lots of omega 3's- I had it some years ago, but lost the battle to little creatures...(aphids)
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Old July 15, 2013   #47
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i keep looking at it in the garden but have yet to try it. soon.

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Old July 15, 2013   #48
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I thought the purslane in my garden was particularly succulent this year, but nothing compared to yours, Durgan.
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Old July 15, 2013   #49
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It grows as weeds in my garden, and I have only used it as filler in salads. At it's best, if picked early in the morning, it has a bit of a sour lemony tang, at it's worst it just tastes grassy. I will have to try some in soup.
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I usually get ground-hugging mats that I pull when they get to be a foot in diameter, but this year I let them go and I've gotten a couple small "shrubs": just under a foot high and 2-3 ft. diameter. I nibble on it in the garden. In past years it's been more lemony; this year it's quite bland.
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Old July 16, 2013   #51
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We have eaten it fresh in the past, but discovered that it is excellent sauteed.
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Old July 18, 2013   #52
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Since my ability to grow weeds far surpasses my ability to grow tomatoes....do I just add olive oil in a frying pan to sauté it?
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I usually get ground-hugging mats that I pull when they get to be a foot in diameter, but this year I let them go and I've gotten a couple small "shrubs": just under a foot high and 2-3 ft. diameter. I nibble on it in the garden. In past years it's been more lemony; this year it's quite bland.
I get the mats, also.

I've tried to start golden purslane (larger leaves) from seed with no luck. I can't figure that one out.

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Is it possible for you to cut off some roots of these plants, and replant them near the originals? I've found elderberries just about the easiest thing to propagate by root cuttings.

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I've tried to start golden purslane (larger leaves) from seed with no luck. I can't figure that one out.
That's what happened when I wanted to grow stinging nettles. I planted seed and nothing came up. I finally got nettles (nettles!!) to grow when someone was offering plants (dig up free!). I planted a few, let them go to seed, and voila! A garden full of nettles forevermore.

One site claims purslane germinates best with soil temps of 90F. Another site says a single plant can put out 240K seeds and that seeds can lie dormant for 5 to 40 years. So if a seed packet has a paltry 5K seeds...
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Is it possible for you to cut off some roots of these plants, and replant them near the originals? I've found elderberries just about the easiest thing to propagate by root cuttings.
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I know absolutely nothing about propagating elderberry. I pick abundant berries alongside the back roads, since nobody else seems to be interested in them in my area. They are picked the first week of September in my Zone 5.They are superb this year, since there has been sufficient moisture, I expect to can, preserve, around 40 or 50 litres of juice. About two pounds of berries to each litre.
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That's what happened when I wanted to grow stinging nettles. I planted seed and nothing came up. I finally got nettles (nettles!!) to grow when someone was offering plants (dig up free!). I planted a few, let them go to seed, and voila! A garden full of nettles forevermore.

One site claims purslane germinates best with soil temps of 90F. Another site says a single plant can put out 240K seeds and that seeds can lie dormant for 5 to 40 years. So if a seed packet has a paltry 5K seeds...
thousands of years after a nuclear war the cockroaches will be eating pursalane.

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http://www.durgan.org/URL/?JXDDN 25 July 2013 Vegetable Juice
Twelve litres of vegetable juice was made from garden produce. Kale, beets, cucumbers,green beans and celery were the main ingredients. The produce was cooked and beat into a slurry and strained then placed in litre jars and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage.Pictures depict the process.
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The question is how does it taste?
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Old July 31, 2013   #60
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All vegetable juice has the same taste. I use no condiments. The criteria is nutrition.

But one could swamp it like all commercial products if desired.
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