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My Crispy Bread and Butter Pickles

6 lbs thinly sliced, unpeeled, unwaxed cucumbers (about 40 pickle sized Kirby cukes, will make about 4 quarts. The thinner they’re sliced, the more you will pack into each quart. Large English cucumbers will work too if Kirbys aren’t in season.) 3 thinly sliced large white onions (1-1/2 to 2 cups) 7 large garlic […]

How to Grow Cucumbers

This was the first baby cucumber of my garden.

Cukes are one of my favorite vegetables. Seldom do I not have a few in my crisper drawer. They vary in delightful ways, from “burpless” varieties to ones bred just for pickling to slicing varieties. They come in round, long, short, yellow, green, and white […]

Consider a Salad Bed

I love to grow one bed just for salads. I don’t know why, but lettuce is one of my favorite things to grow. It grows quickly, requires only partial sun, and can be harvested a little at a time for weeks. Arugula is one of those plants that will regenerate if you cut […]

Why Raised Beds?

Imagine a garden full of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn, beans, peas, broccoli, cabbage, greens, gourmet lettuces, radishes, carrots, onions, potatoes and herbs, growing in your yard in as little as 64 square feet. Utilizing a modified version of Mel Bartholemew’s Square Foot Gardening principles, we will explore an almost work free garden (once you […]

Pickles Again!

I made a small batch of pickles again today – only six jars. We ran out of our sliced pickles months ago and I miss them. Today I made all sliced pickles for sandwiches (the photo above is from a previous batch of spears.)

The last jar I saw of Vlassic […]

Pickle Production

The day before yesterday, I made my first batch of pickles from my brother Bob’s recipe that I posted a few days ago. I thought I’d chronicle the ups and downs of pickle production, complete with my mistakes for your learning.

I’ve never canned anything, so I relied heavily on advice from […]

Planting Seeds, Not Seedlings

There are plenty of vegetables that you can direct sow the seeds in your garden. Carrots, radishes, beets, corn, beans, peas and lettuces all are sown directly into the garden bed.

I now like to pre-treat the areas I’ll be directly sowing seeds into with BiotaMax. This ensures that the first roots […]

South Florida Summer Gardening

I grew this sunflower in my corn bed one year. I love the logarithmic spirals in the seed head. God is so cool.

I’ve received several emails from readers here in sunny zone 10 who want to plant a garden now, in March. I’ve told them all to go ahead with the warm weather […]

Recipe – Tsaziki Sauce

No matter how you may spell it, tsaziki sauce is a fresh tasting, cool and versatile summer sauce, dip, and dressing. It’s great with lamb, beef, chicken, and as a dip for veggies or chips. My version adds lemon zest and juice to the basic version, which brighten it a bit.

Makes about a quart […]