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Eating Peppers is Good for You, Maybe: News on Parkinson’s Disease

The Elves here at the Chile Underground have ben espousing increased consumption of peppers of all types for years now. (They’ve also been espousing massive consumption of beer and meat-on-a-stick, but that’s for another article.) Now there’s scientific evidence that their push to get everyone to eat chiles is well-founded. Actually, it’s not their push […]

Garden Update, Part 2: Determinate Tomatoes

The tomato plants are set in two areas of the garden. The main section has three rows, with a fourth row set across the patch from the rest. This is an experiment I’m running, involving root protection from heat. In any case, it means I’ve got tomatoes scattered pretty much all over the place.

Some […]

Garden Update, Part 1: Indeterminate Tomatoes

The garden’s doing famously now, with spring finally deigning to make an appearance. Most folks (including me) had to replant most or all of their gardens this season, some unlucky souls (like my brother) doing so twice. So we’ll be late with the produce, though it appears that there will still be plenty to go […]

Garden Recovery Plan Complete; Rebuild Under Way…

Man, I hate it when that happens. A late freeze, I mean. I’d already declared Winter dead and Spring sproinged back in mid-March when the temperatures reached about 90 hereabouts. That’s hot enough, right? Now way could it freeze again after that.

Dang Global Warming stuff.

I had 30+ tomato plants out, a large area of radishes, […]

Ravioli With a Cherry (Tomato) On Top

A couple of important things are going on here at your favorite Underground. First, the garden’s producing mounds of lovely chiles and cherry tomatoes. Indeed, we’re finally far enough ahead that we’re sharing fresh veggies with all our friends who aren’t hiding from already being buried in little red menaces. With six cherry tomato plants, […]

Having Trouble Keeping Birds Out of Your Tomato Patch?

Are avian-type creatures attacking your flavorful orbs of loveliness? Robin you of your hard-earned produce? It’s a fowl thing they do, the dastards, but they’re raven-ous for red fruit this time of year.

Have we got a solution for you! We’ve hatched a new scheme to keep those pesky flying thingies away. (It was quite a […]

What Does a Redneck Put on Salads? Hillbilly Tomatoes, of Course…

Heirloom tomatoes are all the rage these days. Why? In my opinion, Americans want more flavor. In everything. Typical store-boughten tomatoes don’t seem to have much savor or aroma these days. They’re “designed” and optimized to stand up to the rigors of logistics: Picking, stacking, storing, shipping, more storing, and so on. They’re usually picked […]

Chicken-Stuffed Tomatoes, Yum!

Just the thought of going out to the garden about lunchtime and picking a couple of juicy, ripe tomatoes for stuffing is already making my mouth water! Here’s a couple of ways to prepare a great summer lunch, easy and hard (sorta).

First, the easy: Go to the grocer’s and buy a small tub of prepared […]