Mini-Melon Trials

I have always loved sweet Summertime melons and longed to grow my own. Years ago I tried, failed and decided they weren't worth the trouble. This year I tried again with a different approach, plenty of research and careful variety selection. The result was sweet sweet success! While planning my Summer gardens, I wanted to... Continue Reading →

Frontyard Peanut Patch

Peanuts are farmed on almost 200,000 acres of Alabama land every year and this year our family proudly added 100 square feet to that total. We scalped sod and transformed a useless piece of pristine Zoysia lawn into a micro-peanut farm and have been thrilled with our little peanut patch.  I am declaring it our... Continue Reading →

I Love Luffa

I really do love loofah, specifically Ridged Luffa, Luffa Acutangula. It is also known as ridged gourd, loofah (the spelling used for the sponge), Chinese okra, silk melon, dishcloth gourd, angled luffa, vegetable gourd, and many other aliases. Whatever you call it, luffa is a truly versatile plant with as many uses as names, and it is--without a... Continue Reading →

How NOT to Braid Garlic

Growing garlic is something that is fairly new to me, so, I am far from an expert. But, over the last 2 years I have learned plenty about my favorite little Alliums. Mostly, I've learned what not to do with garlic and how not to braid it. I grew garlic for the first time last... Continue Reading →

Black Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes have never been what I would consider an important part of my summer gardens. I've grown one or two each year for snacking and salads, but they haven't been useful for much else. My Grandaddy Joe always told me I was silly for growing them. He couldn't stand those thick skinned little things.... Continue Reading →

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