• How to Self Pollinate Squash Blossoms

    August 8, 2016DishinandDishes

      Have you ever planted zucchini and had scads of blooms but don’t seem to be getting any zucchini? I do all the time here in Oklahoma. Especially in the hot days of summer when the humidity keeps the pollen moist and it won’t drop like it it supposed to. Never fear! You can do it yourself very easily with an inexpensive little tool you may have already around the house. A small paint brush. You know like those inexpensive ones your kids used to paint watercolors when they were little? You could also use a cotton swab but I don’t think it works as well. You can also pick a male flower and peel off the leaves and just rub it inside the female…

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  • Potato Towers Harvest #3

    June 30, 2016DishinandDishes

    Part #3 of our potato tower tutorial – Harvesting the potatoes!

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  • How to Plant Potatoes in Towers #2

    May 5, 2016DishinandDishes

    An update on the potatoes we are growing in towers!

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  • Growing Lettuce

    April 8, 2016DishinandDishes

    Even the basic gardener can grow lettuce! Try these instructions to learn how to grow your own lettuce, even in small areas!

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  • How to Build a Winter Squash Arch

    April 6, 2016DishinandDishes

    How to build an arch support for winter squash and sugar pumpkins when space is limited.

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  • Gutter Strawberries

    March 29, 2016DishinandDishes

      Some friends were throwing out an old gutter recently and Mr. Wonderful brought it home and made us the coolest strawberry planter. First, he screwed it onto our stockade fence securely. Next, he just bent the open end shut and filled it with good soil. The hope here is that we can trail the strawberries out over the gutter instead of them sitting in the soil and rotting like they can do. Plus they are at the perfect height for our sprinklers to still hit them. AND, they will be much easier to see and pick at this level. I want three or four more of these gutters filled with strawberries now. Because as far as I’m concerned, more strawberries are always better right?

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    Growing Potatoes in Towers #1

    February 29, 2016DishinandDishes

    Learn how to grow potatoes vertically in a tower or cage

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  • It’s Gardening Time Ya’ll

    February 24, 2016DishinandDishes

    It’s February here in Oklahoma and it has been gloriously spring-like. And even though it’s February… It’s Gardening Time Ya’ll! One thing I never learned in my early years is to take advantage of all the nice days that occur here on and off through the winter months to prepare for next year’s garden. One thing we really wanted was to convert our big back garden into two more raised beds. After the two we used last year, it wasn’t long before we wanted to convert to just using raised beds.  The weeding and maintenance are so much more convenient on our backs and no more tromping around in the dirt and mud to weed!   So last weekend we made two more raised beds…

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