The Bird’s Nest Mushroom

I kept seeing these interesting little growths in the dirt in my vegetable garden. As I searched for info about the orange mushrooms that keep popping up, I came across the bird’s nest mushroom (fungi), and I said…”Ah ha… that’s it!” The Cyathus striatus is tiny and very unusual looking.  To me it looks like…

Are Orange Mushrooms in the Vegetable Garden Okay?

I’m trying to find out about these orange mushrooms that keep growing at the base of my vegetable plants. Are they okay to leave there? Are they good or bad for the garden? I have lots of questions because I have never had this happen in my garden before. Read on for the answers I…

Simple Bread and Butter Pickles Made From Garden Cucumbers

Now that the cucumbers are growing in my Florida garden, I was reminded of a simple bread and butter pickles recipe I found a few years ago. No canning was involved. Fortunately I was able to find my printed copy.  (Recipe Link Below) I don’t do canning, but I love bread and butter pickles made…

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…