Archive for June, 2010

pickles: the waiting game! (via )

This is a great post that shows you what you can do with your harvest. I know that when the garden finally does produce I will have lots of left overs. I’m excited to give this a try later this summer.


pickles: the waiting game! Every summer, it’s the same old story: He makes me a couple of big batches of pickles. Refrigerator pickles, fresh and cold and so crisp and crunchy. Full of bite, because he knows I like them that way. Garlicky, because he knows I like them that way. This morning’s trip to the market yielded this excellent starting point: A coupla big bags o’ … Read More



Post 100 Degree Weather – Garden Survives

Last week we experience abnormally high temperatures for our area. There have been a few casualties, but I was surprised to see that most of my garden has lucked out! I may have made a mistake by not accounting for how much shade an Ash tree will provide. It’s turned out to be a good thing! My bed with the wildflower mix in it grew during this time. My young roses that are in pots for this year are protesting a little. I have a makeshift hanging tomato plant that I thought was dying, but not so! I will post a short on that item. I figured it was a good time to prune all the tomatoes that get full sun and leave my shaded tomatoes alone.

Lady bugs: My first attempt to introduce helpful insects was met with a mass exodus! I will try again next week. I followed the instructions provided, however I did not have a place for the ladybugs to hang out.

I’ve been lucky enough to stay on top of the garden throughout our heat wave.

News Flash! Chinese Pug Mauls Grapevine!

This just in, I was greeted by the shredded limb of a young grapevine. Funny dogs, but not funny when they shred your vines. Be on the look out for snorting little pups after your shrubs.