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Early Fall/Late Summer Garden – Pictures and Observations

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Tomatoes

All except one tomato plant gave up producing about 6 weeks sooner than usual. That means no tomatoes for me in December and/or January.

The most beautiful and most productive tomato plant was the one in the fence border close to my back door. It’s still producing! And it’s why I’ll have […]

Garden – Late October – Pictures and Garden Talk

Entering my garden and looking left towards the upper end.

The garden this time of year has it’s own beauty.  I especially enjoy feeling the warmth that’s still in soil even though the air is cooler.

Eggplant. About 8 remain on the plants.  Most are hidden by the foliage but you can still see at least 5 if you look closely.

Eggplants […]

How’s Your Garden Doing? – Comparing Notes

It always seems advantageous to know how others are faring with plants that we’re growing in our own gardens – or with plants that we might want to grow in the future. It gives us that much more information (from the other person’s experience) to add to our base of knowledge. That can, sometimes, give us just the edge we need to help us […]

Winter Rye as a Cover Crop / 2 Strategies

The only disadvantage for a gardener that I can see of using winter rye for a cover crop is if they don’t know anything about it and therefore don’t plan to work with the characteristics of winter rye.  If you know how it grows and how to use it — it’s one of the best cover crops to plant.

It likes cool weather — […]

Growing Cucumbers – Varieties, The Beetle, Growing on a Support

Cucumbers are another vegetable that I don’t buy from the store —- ever!  (No taste unless they’re home grown.) So that  limits my cucumber eating to about 3 months in the year.  I usually get about 6 to 8 weeks from the plants and another 4 weeks out of refrigerated excess.

In past years cucumber beetles have been the bain of my cuke plants  […]

Garden – Strategy for Better Overall Garden Health

We eat mainly what we grow and there are very few vegetables that I buy from the grocery store — even in the winter.  And when I do they’re organic and in season.  I wouldn’t pay even a penny for a tasteless store bought tomato or cucumber.  Nor do I buy onions or potatoes. (Yes, I know— I’m spoiled.)  I consider myself blessed that […]

Beet – Cucumber – An Annual – A Perennial – Varieties of Interest

I was shopping for seed online at Pinetree Garden Seeds last night and I came across some interesting facts that influenced my choices.

These bits of information were so interesting I thought I’d pass them along to you.

Diva Cucumber

What appealed to me first about this cucumber was that it doesn’t require pollination to set fruit. That makes it perfect to grow under […]

Cucumbers – Proper Harvest and Storage can Extend the Season

Store-bought cucumbers can’t compare to those picked fresh from the garden. One or two months of the year is all the time we can hope to enjoy this garden favorite in our area.

The way you harvest and store them can go a long way towards extending the season.

Harvest

Harvest daily and when “just the right” length for eating is reached. With “slicing […]

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, & Onions - A Simple Salad

I was pressed for a vegetable for dinner the other night and decided to take the easy way and go for cut-up tomatoes and cucumbers and thinly sliced onions —-all from the garden  — with a little feta cheese crumbled in.  Drizzle with olive oil and a couple of splashes of white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste – then toss – and […]

Cukes, Onions & Dill - Summertime Snacks & Meals

This is an easy and quick to fix dish that is good as a snack or with a meal or just before a meal.  I especially like to fix it when I’ve been out in the garden longer than anticipated, am so hungry, and dinner won’t be ready for two hours.

Enjoy it in the summer with everything fresh —–read more—-