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
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
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
Apparently you can make tea from each of these but I’ve only tried mint. If anyone has experience with Lemon Basil or Bee Balm tea I’d love to hear about it! Continue reading Have you tried Lemon Basil or Bee Balm Tea?
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
Here is a video update summary of my aphid problem. It’s something I’d like to figure out before next growing season. Continue reading Nasturtiums aren’t helping with aphid control
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