Monthly Archives: September 2013

C is for Cantaloupe

Sticking with the cucurbits family, meet sister cantaloup. Melons are relatives of cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and watermelon; hence, they suffer from similar pests and diseases. Cantaloupes, like squash, have both male and female flowers, and male flowers usually open first … Continue reading

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C is for Chives

Chives are relatives of the onion, garlic, and leek; all are members of the Allium family. Grown by seed or by dividing an already-established plant, chives need very little soil to thrive. A mere four to six inches deep of … Continue reading

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C is for Caigua

My garden buddy introduced me to the Caigua plant two years ago. The Caigua is primarily grown in South America and now Central America. It is a fast-growing vine that produces a hollow cucumber-like/pepper-like fruit. Zooming in on the picture … Continue reading

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C is for Cucumber

On the heels of uninspired cherries comes something a little more dear to me–cucumbers. In our house, we have an inside joke about cucumbers. Let me just say, “They Repeat:” You know, you can grow burpless cucumbers that contain fewer … Continue reading

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C is for Cherries

I’m only on C and I continue to marvel at all of our possibilities in the garden here in San Jose: The Valley of Heart’s Delight. It’s just not fair! We get to grow and eat the coolest food. If … Continue reading

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