|"The" Garden Book|
I was in need for extreme guidance over Tangent. I was, what do you call it, "the blind leading the blind", but in this case, I was the only blind one wandering aimlessly through the desert. And to say, Doing the 40 days of wandering is very exhausting by the way.
Okay! Yes, rambling... Whatever...
Anyways, I found out about a Master Gardener whose name is George Brookbank... He wrote, The book, Desert Gardening Fruits & Vegetables.
It is like the bible for the desert gardener... I now have a major understanding in some of the questions that I have had for sometime..
This man talks about the crazy seasons, the caliche soil, the specific insects that are a trouble here... Well, except for the "SQUASH BUG!!!", that I am having to deal with! But that's okay... Working on it, as I type... the fungus that affects only the desert area... How to prune the fruit trees properly for this enviornment...
George, where have you been? Well, nevertheless, I have found you! I fully intend to be a practitioner of this book!!
As I mentioned in the paragraph above, I am experiencing the infamous, "SQUASH BUG". I found three this very morning and afternoon... Can you believe it?
|Dead Squash Bugs in soap water!|
I was in hopes that with spraying and the tillering and that extra effort... that I did, done, then conquered and eradicated them from my garden... So Tonight, the insecticide will be applied and enforced... Do I hope this works? You betcha, will it work, not a clue..
"I" on the other hand...Have some great news... I harvested my first zucchini, four eggplant, and two chocolate bell peppers yeah I know they are not chocolate but I just wanted to pick them any way... Yep!Yep!
Tomatoes will be coming soon with a another harvest of eggplant and zucchini, Now if I can get these cucumbers to grow... all will be right with the world..
I have learned this type of zucchini is best for the desert region...
I also learned about another type of cucumber that really isn't a cucumber at all, it is a type of Muskmelon... Ready for this, if you don't already know which I did not!
It is called the Armenian cucumber.. Now it seems similar to an English cucumber. It grows to a length of 30 to 36 inches. But best pick at about 12 to 15 inches. Another name for it is snake cucumber, But can not be confused with snake gourds...
Will I have better luck than the traditional cucumbers? I must say, I think I might because, the Armenian cucumber are grown in an arid environment... Well, I wish I had a picture of it... but I can do the next best thing put a link in so you can see this incredible "fruit"!
I have so much more to talk and to post about, but I really have to do a little more reading and well spray for those squash bugs. "Stupids" so, off I go and start my mission!