If you want to get started with pickling, this recipe is the best jumping off point. It will be almost as easy as making iced tea. Continue reading The Beginner’s Basic Overnight Pickle Recipe
2016 is the year of learning! In early spring we had a crisis at work and I completely neglected planting on time, among other things. Here’s a chance for you to learn from my mistakes! Continue reading How’s It Going? V.2016
.. but the Africanized variety are not the kind you want. Are there any ways to persuade Africanized bees to leave without paying a company to do it? Continue reading Bees are great and all..
Here in Arizona where it regularly gets to 115F, we need to be careful about excessive heat. Cucumbers don’t mind humidity, it’s us that does. To fight the heat, plant in an area that is shaded for the hottest part of the day. Continue reading Protecting Cucumber Plants From Heat Stress In Zone 9A
Not to name names, but some of our stomachs don’t like what we feed them. We’re here to talk about our options, and what science has to say about it. Recently there have been calls for research into the affects of a changed diet (gluten free) on symptoms of Lymphocytic gastritis, and considering the theme of this blog, these diseases should be discussed in depth. … Continue reading FIGHT: Gastritis and Coeliac’s Disease
In late September, when it looked like the prefect time to grow cucumber plants again, I did the thing. And it looked like the weather would permit nasturtiums to grow inbetween those cucumbers. Let me tell you about these nasturtiums real quick. They sprouted in September/November, grew to a certain size, and just decided to grow reaaaaaally slowly until this spring. So, if you’ve been … Continue reading The Trick To Nasturtiums In Zone 9A
Dill is a beautiful plant with SO many uses. If you’re into pickles, you’ll want those big heads (what I’m after), maybe the fully formed seeds themselves, and a few stems. Chopped leaves go beautifully with salads, dressings, and best of all, on baked potatoes! Here’s how you can start enjoying this amazing herb. About 2-3 weeks before the last spring frost is the best … Continue reading How To Grow Dill
Well it has been a VERY good year. Thank you to everyone who has followed along while I get my blogger’s legs, I’m not done learning. There’s no big celebration, but if this blog is still around and going strong after 5 years, I’ll celebrate with a party! Cheers! Continue reading Happy One Year!!
There was a cat in the yard last night. It had caught a little bunny. I have nothing against cats, but every so often I want to be the queen in this meme. Also this is apparently my 50th post! How quaint. Save Continue reading I’m sick, so until I’m well, it’s memes time!
How many different bugs have you counted in your garden? Even though we carefully plan and take care of it, and we feel as though we are the ones responsible for all the beautiful growth, a very diverse and intricate ecosystem is interacting with your soil and plants. Let’s take a magnifying glass to one little part of that system. Last summer I noticed aphids … Continue reading Don’t Blame The Aphid, Blame The Ants