Q and A: canning with flour, apple trees with fire blight, and dehydrated zucchini — 7 Comments

  1. Lisa, I think I did share the info about the radishes. I got my love of gardening from my great-grandfather, but I learned older techniques from reading – Jackie’s blog, an organic homesteading yahoo group, and books (Carrots love Tomatoes was the first one I read, but there is now lots of info online). I learned to just try to implement a few things each year, 1 to 5 new ideas or plants. More than that and my mind exploded and I didn’t do anything! -April

  2. arm2008, are you the reader that shared about the radishes? I think you might be. If so, thank you again for sharing your tip. It really helped me.

    I’m going to look for that book….and scatter some radish seeds. :)

  3. The bees love the radish blossoms, too, and the more they like my garden the more time they spend there – double bonus! At the end of the season I shake some of the dried pods out over the garden and I usually get some very early radishes as a treat in the spring.

    For more beneficial garden pairings read up on “Companion Planting.”

  4. Hi Anita,
    I planted my squash in rows with a soaker hose permanently in place along side the row. Then I planted the radishes all along the row, right up against the squash seeds. The other reader told me to leave the radishes to grow right along with the squash. Right now, the radish plants are tall and blooming. (The radishes are also producing seed pods which are a tasty treat that my children and I snack on while in the garden. ) The radish plants might look like big weeds to some people, but keeping the plants alive is all I care about right now.

    I made good use of that soaker hose all summer, too, and kept my squash well watered.
    I also recently learned about spraying the squash plants with a 50/50 solution of milk and water to combat fungus and blight.
    So, I did all of these things.
    I sure hope you can get your squash to produce next summer. I know how disappointing it can be to lose your squash plants. This is the first time I’ve been able to keep them alive this long.

  5. Lisa,
    I’m interested in how you planted your radishes and squash together. I lost all of my Hopi Pale Gray plants this year. Since I plant them in hills would I plant the radishes around the hills and leave them until the squash plants are well established?

    Whitewater, CO

  6. Thanks, Jackie, for answering my question. I’m looking forward to trying this out.
    I have to tell you that my Hopi pale grey squash are doing well. Last year the plants died early on because of disease spread by the squash beetle. One of your readers suggested that I try planting radishes with my squash to deter the beetles. I did that, and, thankfully, my squash plants are loaded with nice big squash. I’m anticipating a great harvest.