This year has probably been the best year for us as far as canning, and what has really enabled us is learning how to use a pressure canner. There is a scientific relationship between pressure and temperature – they are directly proportional, meaning as one increases, so does the other. The pressure canner basically facilitates… Read More Pressure Canning Ratatouille
The battle with the squash bugs has been brutal. And constant. I wrote about that already this year, and the measures I have taken. For example: BROKEN ARROW! For summer squash, I got some yellow squash early in the season, but I have yet to get any zucchini. We love zucchini – roasted, grilled, sautéed, made… Read More Squash War 2016
We Were Soldiers is one of my favorite Mel Gibson movies. He plays Lt Colonel Hal Moore who fought an epic battle in the Ia Drang Valley during the Vietnam War. At one point, the enemy presses them on all sides and is about to over run them. Moore sees it all, stops and shouts “Broken… Read More Broken Arrow!
This experiment will either be a colossal win or a colossal fail. I found this video on Youtube (linked below) where a gardner had set up a wooden trellis on her raised beds for her squash, cucumbers and melons. I really liked the set up, and how efficient it was. It was really inspirational! I already had… Read More Trellis Experiment
Squash Yesterday I posted on squash blossoms falling off the plants. This morning I inspected my winter squash (spaghetti in particular) to see if I could spot the boys and the girls. And as I searched around, I actually found more fruit growing that I had thought. … Read More Today’s Gardening Thoughts
I have been very concerned about this. It seems like every time I walk by my squash, whether summer or winter, the blossoms that were there have fallen off. What am I doing wrong? What did I do wrong? Are there pests? Am I watering enough or too much? Keeping a journal has been a… Read More Squash Blossoms Falling Off the Vine
Ripping Out the Peas The pea vines have yield their bounty and it is time to rip them out… along with the weeds that have hijacked my soil. We were able to dehydrate 2 full quarts of peas, so that is probably 4 quarts or more re-hydrated. We also ate some fresh, and ate snap peas… Read More Weekend Work
Dahlias This year I wanted to grow more flowers. We have some nice pink dahlias I planted 2-3 years ago that do really well to the left. My wife and kids really like this flower, so when I saw a package of 15 bulbs at Costco for ~$15, I jumped on two of them. Here… Read More Flowers This Year