Imagine you’re me. Standing in the back room, looking out at the garden. A squirrel runs out from behind the barrel planter where the zucchini is growing. In your head, all your veggies are half eaten and all your hard work is out the window. What do you do? Well you run out and kick it in its little squirrel behind! Out! Don’t come back! … Continue reading How To Fight Off A Squirrel For A Zucchini
Experimenting with pickling lots of other veggies besides cucumbers is a great way to take advantage of the cooler weather. Peas, radishes, carrots, hopefully some zucchinis, should they last until December. And more zucchini. Have I told any of you that I can’t get enough zucchini? Here are four recipes I’ll be making this fall and winter. Join me! Continue reading 4 Quick Pickle Recipes I’m trying this Fall and Winter: Join me!
Keeping that tart garlic-dill style taste is tough when your vinegar is loitering. (Shouldn’t you be in school..?) Cut it out with a bit of sugar using these methods. Continue reading Two Methods For Eliminating Vinegar Flavor In Homemade Pickles
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 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
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