The Trick To Nasturtiums In The Desert Zone 9A

In late September 2015, 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 in between 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 very, very slowly, until this spring. In … Continue reading The Trick To Nasturtiums In The Desert Zone 9A

The Ant/Aphid Connection | Pickles Of Wisdom

Don’t Blame The Aphid, Blame The Ants

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

Grow Guide: Pickling Cucumber

It’s Monday, So Go Plant Cucumbers

Everybody loves a delicious cucumber on salads or pickled. Well, now is the best time to plant. Imagine standing there over your salad, trying to decide what it’s lacking, and realizing you can just go outside and pick a cucumber for it (for the cost of water, seeds, and possibly soil)! STRAP IN FOLKS, this is a long post. Continue reading It’s Monday, So Go Plant Cucumbers