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? Fire maybe? 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
Summary: Sow just before last frost, or in mid-October in zone 9A. Soil: 1/2 sand & 1/2 potting mix or compost Bury seeds 1/4-1/2 inch deep (1/2 cm) Water every 3-4 days Harvest and make pickles or freeze for use over winter. Warning: If soil is more than 1/2 potting mix, or if you bury them too deep, seeds may not sprout. Dill is a … 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, we’ll see! 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!
Is it a conspiracy, ants and aphids working together to destroy all that you have worked for in your garden? You’ll actually find a very diverse and intricate ecosystem in your garden. For instance, last summer I noticed aphids on my watermelon and cucumber plants. Something strange was happening. Since the watermelon was the only plant hit really hard by aphids, a few questions cropped … Continue reading Don’t Blame The Aphid, Blame The Ants