I got lucky with the picture at right, these flies are fast and don’t spend much time in one place. This picture should help me identify them. Now you know what I’ll be posting about next time, unless someone beats me to it in the comments (hint, hint)! Continue reading What are these teeny pollinators?
I dare someone to show me an uglier cucumber than this. Tag it #uglyvegchallenge on Instagram! Here’s my challenge(link). Continue reading Ugly Vegetable Challenge! (Cucumbers only please)
Don’t use metal lids for fermenting pickles, and use fresh garlic to kill bacteria. But there’s obviously more to it than that! Continue reading Why Garlic Is Good For You
Just look at them! Continue reading Quick post: teeny mushrooms
Monsoon season is both a blessing for its rain, and a curse, for how much gets into the compost bins. It dries out if it’s turned every day. Continue reading How Many Cucumbers Do I Have?
Or at least that’s what it should look like. The taste? Not so much. They taste musty, the same as they smell. Another day another lesson learned. It was the jalapeno I think. Use only FRESH ingredients. Let this be a lesson to you! *has a parental flashforward* Continue reading Now That’s A Pickle!
History: I fermented cucumbers for the first time. Now it’s tasting time. Well tomorrow is. And I have everything I need – medicine for upset stomach, *etc.*, my phone in case I need a medical evacuation, the list goes on. Everything is set. Altan says to wait 6-7 days from the start of fermentation. I waited 5 because the bubbles stopped (his other symptom of … Continue reading Tomorrow is Tasting Day
I have mites. There it’s been said. Twitter really pulled through, too. Knowing nothing about mites and what they can do to your plants, I enlisted the internet. I tweeted the problem yesterday because I couldn’t find a real answer in my online searches. I know what the bug looks like (thanks to a handy pocket microscope) but, with no experience, I was lost. Monique … Continue reading Mite problems? Ask Twitter!
Help! I have some sort of red mite on my cucumbers, and I have no experience with them. A search says they could be Southern Spider Mites, but those look huge compared to these. They are the tiny reddish dots all over the leaf in the photo. When you look closely, they appear to be mites, but they don’t look like spiders, meaning they shouldn’t … Continue reading Mites(?) in my plants
Wish me luck! Apparently this is a touchy process, so these could go bad. All that growing and they could end up in the compost! Two ended up going into the compost. I like to taste my cucumbers after I cut the ends off, just to be sure they haven’t gone bad. All it takes is to cut a thin slice from the end. Glad … Continue reading First go at fermentation