Category Archives: Gardening

How to Grow ~ PEACHES

Peach trees are not hard to grow but it does seem like it takes forever before they produce fruit.

If you are reading this, it’s probably because you were looking for information on growing peaches.  You have probably read several articles ( I usually read at least ten) on how to successfully grow them, planting techniques, and basically how to keep them from dying.

We have apples, plums, and peach trees.  The small tree in the foreground is a red delicious apple tree that I purchased from Lowe’s last year and I have managed to keep it alive for the past year.  There are also two small peach trees and two apple trees in the photo above.  The peaches on these trees are tiny and I have no idea if they will mature into an edible fruit.

On the other hand, below is a huge peach tree was full of peaches this year.  The most amazing thing about this peach tree is that it was not a purchased tree but grown from a peach from the grocery store.

My mother can grow almost anything and when she bit into one of the best peaches she had ever eaten, she saved the seed and planted it.  Just goes to show you that it doesn’t take a lot of money to have a fruit orchard, just a lot of patience.

SUPER EASY DILL PICKLES

 

It’s not even May and I’m already canning pickles and putting peaches in the freezer.  I have never had cucumbers ready this early in the year but this mild winter has been great for the plants.

The first plants I put in the garden was cucumbers and I have been harvesting them for a couple of weeks.  I only have four plants producing  but they are producing more than we can eat so I decided it was time to pull out the canning supplies.

Alicia, from Simple words by A, gave me a jar of pickles last year and they were amazing.  When I asked about her recipe, she told me she used Mrs Wages’ Kosher Dill Pickle Mix.  

I have been making dill pickles for years and had never used a mix but her pickles were so good that I made a trip to Walmart yesterday to get a bag of Mrs Wages’ Pickle mix.  I love that you can make small batches at a time and store the leftover liquid in the refrigerator.

If you are interested, here is what you will need with this mix:  Mrs. Wages Kosher Dill Pickles Quick Process Pickle Mix, 6.5 OZ

  • 9-11 lbs pickling cucumbers (I do small batches so you don’t worry if you don’t have enough – You can make your pickles as you harvest your cucumbers)
  • 3 1/3 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 7 1/3 cups water
  • 1 pouch Mrs. Wages’ Kosher Dill Pickles Mix

How to Grow ~ RADISHES

 

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Radishes are a hardy, cool-season vegetable that can produce many crops each season due to its rapid days to maturity. Radish seeds can be planted in both the spring and the fall, but growing should be suspended in the warmer months. Overall, radishes are a very easy vegetable to grow.

PLANTING

  • Plant 4-6 weeks before the average date of last frost, after aged manure or organic fertilizer has been worked into soil.
  • Directly sow seeds ½ inch to an inch deep and one inch apart in rows 12 inches apart.
  • After they have sprouted, thin to about 2-inch spacings. Crowded plants will not grow well.
  • Radishes need sun. If they are planted in too much shade—or even where neighboring vegetable plants shade them—they put all their energy into producing larger leaves.
  • Practice three-year crop rotation.
  • Plant consecutively every two weeks or so while weather is still cool for a continuous harvest of radishes.
  • Plan on a fall planting. You can plant radishes later than any other root crop in late summer or early fall and still get a harvest.
Radishes - 3 types

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Cashews & Poison Ivy and what they have in common.

 

I think somewhere in my life, I have read about how we get cashews.  The thing that puzzles me is why I didn’t remember this information.  Seriously, this weird nut grows on the bottom of a “cashew apple.”  How can you forget something so bizarre?

The apple portion is actually an accessory fruit and the nut hangs beneath the apple. Even weirder, the nut isn’t actually a nut in a botanical sense, it’s actually a seed.

The red and yellow apples can be eaten but they are very delicate and do not ship well. They are made into juices, jams and liqueur.

Spring Flowers from the Yard


 

Spring is here and the first flowers have come and gone.  Now the second round of flowers are blooming including these roses in the rose garden.

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