What are root knot nematodes?

What are root knot nematodes?

I planted cucumbers on June 19 and expected them to take off in the warm weather and soil, but they kept wilting in the noonday sun. So I watered more. They continued to wilt every afternoon. When they weren’t wilting, they were barely growing. Finally, I yanked one...
Growing ‘Green Finger’ cucumbers

Growing ‘Green Finger’ cucumbers

I didn’t much like cucumbers until I grew ‘Green Finger.’ I didn’t love to eat them, and I was frustrated while growing them. From my garden, too often they were bitter, and I never could figure out how to consistently prevent that. Insufficient or uneven watering...
How tall can dinosaur kale get?

How tall can dinosaur kale get?

I planted this kale in late 2017, at about the same time that my daughter was born. She is now two years old. She can now run and climb rocks. The kale can’t even stand on its own; but it’s far taller than she is. Reaching to almost six feet here in late February...
Growing cilantro in Southern California

Growing cilantro in Southern California

Cilantro is my favorite feral plant in the yard. It pops up in pathways, under fruit trees, over by the fence. And I do still plant some in my garden beds. Yearly routine I haven’t bought cilantro seed or plants for years because I’ve got a routine that keeps the...
Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding

Having received our first rain of the season in Southern California, Charles Dowding is more relevant to us than he was a week ago. Dowding is a market gardener in England, rainy England. And he goes beyond growing and selling wonderful vegetables to writing,...
Handwatering vegetables

Handwatering vegetables

I wish that I could water all of my vegetables by hand all the time, but as my family has grown so necessarily has my vegetable garden, and I’ve decided to accept the costs and wastes of watering with sprinklers and driplines in order to save time. During a Southern...

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