Ever catch yourself saying this as you stand and gaze upon your garden?
I have. Am, I should say. My garden is going through some “growing pains” at the moment. Most horribly, our frost “bite” right before Christmas. Weather man modified his forecast AFTER I was able to prepare. (Aaagh!) Watching the news one evening, I found myself gaping at the television screen. Hard frost? Freeze, north of us? Oh no…
Yep. I have three forty-foot rows that look just like this one. We salvaged what tomatoes we could, pulled the plants and still have these to clean up. Tomorrow. There’s always tomorrow. Same fate befell my wax peppers, forcing us to clean, cut and can Christmas eve and Christmas day. (Like I had time for that?!?!) More
Justin and Eyry have been enjoying their garden without much issue, until now. Recently, we experienced a few days of unseasonably heavy rain and fog, and their squash did not fare well. Sad sight, isn’t it?
One problem was weather, perhaps bugs, but another is spacing. As you see here, they look pretty and full, but beware… More
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Wahoo~my Hungarian Wax peppers are ready to be canned!! It’s the moment my son has been waiting for. He can’t wait to get started harvesting–well, in between entertaining the neighbor girl peering at him through the chain link fence, that is. In between introducing him to all 100 of her imaginary brothers and sisters, her fleet of horses, her real life dogs…
Well, you get the picture. The boy was distracted, but still managed to snip this bounty of peppers.
Beautiful. From red to yellow (and a few green we’ll chalk up to the distraction factor), my son has given me quite the beginning for a canning fiesta. Mind you, he didn’t lug this basket up to the house himself. I did. He was busy impressing the young girl with his digging abilities, creating a hole deep enough to step in clear up to his thighs! Needless to say, she was thrilled. More
Good shape, poor shape, the kids have discovered all kinds of shapes in their garden this week, especially when it comes to leaves. They’re long, short, ragged, smooth, small, wide, narrow… Well, you get the idea. Brussels sprouts tend toward the round side.
Oval with a point as in oregano. Pepper plants share this shape (but it’s too cold for those at the moment). More
I love salads, all kinds. I love growing them and I love eating them. And cooler weather in Florida means fresh lettuce in my garden. A sample, if you will… Swiss chard — healthy and colorful.
Romaine — strong and delicious; a classic. More
So I have this cricket problem. They’re eating me out of plant and garden. Voracious little critters, they seem to be able to destroy a pumpkin vine in a matter of days, a helpless little Brussels in a matter of hours. I tried bird netting. But the squares are a bit too big.
Crickets can jump clear through them. Not always on the first try, mind you, but give them enough chances and out they go! Rascals.
So I had to get creative. For my netting, I’ve doubled up. This way, the pattern won’t match up identically and some of the squares will be rendered to triangles and the crickets won’t be able to escape. More importantly, they won’t be able to get in. The hoops are 9 gauge wire cut into pieces that I bend to suit my needs. More
This week the kids continued bug duty, as their pumpkins are being devoured by the day. It’s a sad sight when the kids clamor to inspect their pumpkins only to find the leaves eaten half off their plant.
Sad. Very sad. So they continued with their dispatch duty and in the process, found this little guy. More
You’ve all heard of the dirty dozen, right? Not to be confused with Dirty Harry (though my mother would plant him in her garden, if she could!). These are the top twelve fruits and vegetables known for being laden with pesticides and fungicides. Unfortunately, my favorite “Granny Smith” tops the list every year.
Apples. The number one offender when it comes to toxic residue. According to Environmental Working Group (EWG), the group who publishes the list every year, it’s believed “more pesticides and fungicides are being applied after the harvest so the fruit can have a longer shelf life.” Huh. Well who’d a thunk it. Yet another reason to grow your own. That’s what the kids think, anyway. This week we chased caterpillars from the garden and talked pesticide. Organic pesticide.
The little boy looked up at me in horror. “You want me to squish it?” More