In A Bit of a Pickle

Hello garden gals and guys!! It's been a minute since my last post, but I'm back and I come bearing a recipe.  My cucumber plants are not doing as well as they usually do this time of year. I have a ton of flowers but so far only about four cucumbers.  I think some hand pollination may be in order.  But I digress.

My oldest son LOVES pickles.  I really didn't feel up to going through the whole canning process especially given the heat of the past couple of weeks.  But someone I follow on Instagram shared a recipe for pickles that is quick and easy.  So if you have a lot of cucumbers from your garden or the farmers market (or the grocery store), you can follow this recipe and have cucumbers in a few hours! Yes, a few hours.  But I'm going to let mine sit overnight.

They are called refrigerator pickles and I can't wait to see how they taste.  Here's what you need:

What you see are a few canning jars, 3 or 4 cucumbers (one of mine was starting to get a little yel…

Summertime, and the Growin' is Easy

Hello Garden Gals and Guys! It's July! Can you believe it?? I was hoping to have my first ripe tomato by July 4th so I could take a picture and share it with you.  Although I do have quite a few maters on the vine, none are ready for harvest yet.

I do have lots of great pictures to share with you of Fat Earth.  So, here we go.

First up are some of the sandwich tomatoes, these are a variety called 'Celebrity'.  There's probably about ten total and at least forty more blooms that will hopefully produce fruit.

Here is my tomato and pepper forest. In the middle are yellow pear tomatoes (cherry tomatoes). To the left of the really tall ones are my 'Roma' variety (plum) and they are doing okay, I guess. Only about five or six of them so far.  The cherry maters are definitely the winning producers in here.

Here is a close-up of the yellow pear tomatoes. They are really going wild. I can't wait for them to ripen!

I counted at least 60 with at least another 40 or 50…

Flowers falling off your cucumbers? Stay cool....

Hello garden gals and guys! I've got a great little garden nugget for you today and it's all about cucumbers. Cukes are one of my favorite things to grow, mostly because I love to see the tendrils they put out that grab onto anything in their path to pull themselves up on.

When I was in my garden this weekend, I saw a lot of the flowers falling off my cucumbers. My husband will tell you that I panic first and then try to figure out what is going on.  This is what I saw:

Flowers on the ground. 
I panicked. 
Then I did some googling. 
It turns out that the first ten or so flowers on a cucumber are the male flowers and it is common for these to fall off when the plant is setting flowers. So, thankfully, there is no cause for concern. 
But I will be watching them closely because I also learned that if both your female and your male flowers begin to fall off the vine, that means the female flowers aren't getting pollinated. 
Our little bee friends usually take care of this. But…

Body and Soil

Hello garden gals and guys! It was a hot one this weekend, but I got out early to get my farm tasks done. Before I get to the pictures of the physical labor that I did, I wanted to talk to you a little bit about fertilizing your plants. It's pretty important stuff.

I fertilized this weekend because I saw flowers forming on my plants, and that is always when I give them their first feeding. I also give them another dose when I see the little fruits forming.

There are so many things to know about fertilizing. Let's start with those three numbers on the bag. Let's take a look at a bag of Dr. Earth fertilizer (which is a really great organic fertilizer, by the way). See those three numbers there on the right? Let's talk about that.

5-7-3. Those numbers always represent the amount of nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K) which is sometimes called Potash, and always in that order.

A great way to think of what each of these does is this: up, down, all around.


Now THAT'S a FIRE!!!!!

Hello garden gals and guys! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. This lil' ole garden gal was busy from Friday until Sunday evening, and I'm TIRED. But it's a good kind of tired because we got a lot done here at Fat Earth! So, get your cup of coffee or tea (or whatever your morning cup of joy is), sit yourself on down, and enjoy a stroll with me through my backyard farm.

Where shall I begin? Let's start with the wood pile. We've had these large pieces of wood sitting in our side yard for a few years. They are from a tree my mother-in-law had cut down in her yard. I was so tired of looking at them. So, when we were having some wood delivered, I heard the man mention that he splits wood. He gave an affordable price. So he delivered 5/8 of a cord, then came back with his equipment and split the wood.

These are the two wood piles:

Here's a little video of them splitting the wood. It took about an hour and a half to get it all chopped up:

Below is the finished p…