Plants die back and become mulch or decompose to become good soil. There is no such thing in Arizona! Continue reading When cold doesn’t kill
We’re getting the first frost of the season tonight. I don’t want it! First, I saved our desert tortoise from it, by upgrading his sleeping quarters. Second, I harvested a MONSTER cucumber, the biggest one I’ve ever grown. Check this out: To protect the cucumbers, I said I would cover them with a sheet, but I decided to just pull them under the protection of … Continue reading Video update: Saving cucumbers from frost
Or at least that is what is being said of this El Niño season. We will get more winter storms dumping rain in late winter, January and February (maybe California snowpack will bounce back!). Continue reading I’m getting snow for Christmas*
These have been growing like weeds this fall, 2015-10-14 17.30.05even threatening to grow up into the trees they grow under. This is the best time of year!! Hopefully they will produce a few before first frost, which is listed as December 1st here. Continue reading Yes, but what about second gardening season?
Good news! New cucumber plants are up, so in a few weeks we should be back in business. Bad news is, I may have to cover them when it gets to be mid November. The temperature in the house has stabilized, meaning I can ferment cucumbers out on the counter (very happy about this). When I get things set up and a plan in action … Continue reading Back in business!
Just look at the beauty that is roots! Continue reading Reseeding At Sunset
It regularly gets to 100F (37.8C) under the shaded porch here, and the high was 106F (41.1C) in the full sun a few days ago. That heat wave ran through over the last week. Even though I moved the entire planter into the shade, I have lost a plant. The count is now 2 live plants. On the bright side, our hot season is winding … Continue reading Lost a plant to heat
Insecticidal soap is mean stuff! This picture is neat because it looks like oblivion as far as those aphids are concerned. There is an army behind this war, and really, they are the opponent. Continue reading War has been declared.
Cucumbers the size of a baby! Continue reading What’s the time? Pickle time.
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?