Simple Bread and Butter Pickles Made From Garden Cucumbers

Now that the cucumbers are growing in my Florida garden, I was reminded of a pickle recipe I found a few years ago. No canning was involved. Fortunately I was able to find my printed copy and it is still available online (see the link at the bottom of this page). I don’t do canning,…

Cut Worms, Pill Bugs and Squash Vine Borers Invade My Space

My little garden has been growing like mad, but now the cut worms and other creatures are making a mess of it. Cut Worms I’ve seen black worms eating leaves, and they are not picky which plant they attack. These are the cutworms – pictures below. Cutworms can also nip a new seedling at the…

Blossom End Rot Problem on The Squash

I’ve been having a blossom end rot problem with my Summer Squash. After reading a bit about the disease, I found a couple of solutions to try. Vegetables will begin to grow and look fine, but then the ends will turn brown and rot the fruit like in my image below. First, overwatering is a…

Air Plants Need Only a Branch to Grow

No dirt needed.  Air plants seem to be just that – plants that grow in air. This is one of the coolest plants that grow in Florida.  It is a type of bromeliad. You may see air plants in the wild way up on the branches of oak trees. Or sometimes they grow off the…

Garden Fungus Begins as a White Pod and Then Gets Weird

As I have been gardening I keep noticing these weird, puffy white balls under the soil in my raised garden bed. As I dig them up I throw them into the yard. Yesterday I found another one. I just set the round slushy blob on top of the dirt and left it. Today this is…

A Little Mouse Story

I really don’t remember how I came across this little mouse. But I believe I saw my cat, Skittle, chasing something outside my back deck. When I went outside there he was, “hiding” behind the dying nasturtium vines. Luckily for him, Skittle doesn’t seem to have the greatest eyesight. She couldn’t find him, but she…

Remembering Life in New England

This winter photography recently sold in my Zazzle store as a postcard. It seems fitting as a reminder of how far I’ve come. Since I am no longer living in the northeastern U.S., and back down in the humidity of Florida, this scene makes me a bit sad.  I was born in New England, and…

Dilemma: Bugs, Birds, Bears, and Cats

This is my garden dilemma:  I have a grasshopper infestation.  I need a natural way to get rid of the bugs, as I am an organic gardener. Attract birds that will eat them, is my first thought, but I have cats that go outside.  If I feed birds in summer it’s only the hummingbirds.  My…

Festivals & Flower Shows That Include or Feature Hydrangeas

Summer is the time to attend garden and flower shows held by local towns or organizations to raise money. We can enjoy the gardening skills and botanical delights while gleaning information from the masters for growing our own flowering specimens. The Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival in Douglas County, Georgia was held the first weekend of…