Category: Gardening

What We Do With Okra

One of our big summer garden crops here is okra! We have tried several different varieties of okra, and it seems as if it’s very acclimated to our weather and thrives very well! Last summer our chief cook of the … Continue reading

Tiny Ranch Hot Sauce

Spicy foods are a big hit at our Tiny Ranch! In fact, hot sauce is our favorite condiment, and is used at every meal. I used to go through so many of those little bottles of purchased hot sauce, until … Continue reading

Blackberries I Have Known

My Grandmother Bullington constructed fabulous blackberry cobblers. I’m not at all sure what made them what they were.  My brother agrees with my opinion of them being something special, so I’m sure they weren’t just special in my imagination!

Best Hoes for Heavy Soils

Hoes are used for several different tasks in gardens and fields. I’m sure some hoes that look useless to me have applications in light, airy soils. In the heavy soils, often mostly clay, I’ve been associated with, it takes a … Continue reading

An Easier Way to Strawberries

There’s nothing quite like snipping off a bright red strawberry that’s bursting with flavor and popping it in your mouth, right in your own strawberry patch- it’s a wonderful experience! It’s pretty easy to deal with everything about strawberries. Eating … Continue reading

How To Tell When Sweet Corn Is Ripe

Don’t you just love good fresh sweet corn? Many of the new sweet corn varieties are great, even if they aren’t quite ripe yet. They are even good when quite a bit past their peak. Especially if eaten raw right … Continue reading

Some Open Pollinated Sweet Corn Thoughts

Contrast conventional hybrids with older non-hybrids. Why not just use non-hybrids or, as they are called, open-pollinated sweet corn seed? The truth is open-pollinated sweet corn generally isn’t very sweet. As the seed catalogs point out, some people like the … Continue reading

Okra Is For Us

Cotton grows well where we live. Okra in the garden thrives in the same kind of conditions as cotton. I know okra is grown successfully in many parts of the world, but here in the hot, steamy upper South we … Continue reading

Garden Tiller Advantages – 7 Ideas

I’ve gone on record as less than a fan of garden tillers. For several reasons, I think many gardens would be better off without a tiller. Over and over I see tiller-made-gardens flounder and turn prematurely to weeds and grass. … Continue reading

Buckwheat in the Garden

We followed our onion crop with Buckwheat this year. I’m reminded upon watching it grow some advantages of this oft-mentioned cover crop. I’m not sure upon reflection why we don’t plant it more often. Buckwheat just springs up under far … Continue reading