The Pickle Tree

My Garden

Well, it's Springtime again. I was inspired by my neighbors to start a vegetable garden. Last year, the results were great! What the squirrels and birds didn't get, I did. I had tomatoes, onions, squash, peppers, and thistle weed. Except for the weeds, my salad's were delish.

So today, I went to my local nursery and bought two pickle trees. I prefer the dill pickle, but what the heck, I got a sweet pickle tree too. They were small saplings (approx. 6 inches tall), but grow very fast with a good fertilizer and plenty of watering. I expect I'll be able to harvest my first crunchy taste sometime around August.

You too should try growing your own veggies. Besides, it's a good excuse if you like to play in the dirt! B-T-W ... avoid the imported versions of the pickle tree. Many of these come with pickle worms and are hard to detect until after your crop is in. You don't want to find a worm in your pickle, believe me!

Pickles, fresh off the tree are much healthier for you too. No MSG, preservatives, or saturated fats (although I've had some fat pickles and, occasionally, have found myself in a pickle). But, as they say ... "a pickle a day keeps the doctor away." Some people even use pickle juice as a salt substitute. Very heart healthy as well. Makes your breakfast eggs green however. They remind me of the Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs & Ham.

This also reminds me of my little neighbor that’s always looking for a chicken to play with. She's a sweet, but naive 12 year old whose family could have saved some money by planting their own pickle tree's too. She rode her bike over to a local San Jose farmers market and asked, "How much are your pickles?" The farmer replied, "My pickles are a quarter." The little girl then said, "At the stand across the road they are only a dime." The farmer then asked, "If they are only a dime across the road why don't you get one over there?" The little girl said, "Because they're all out of pickles." The farmer gazed down on her with a wide smile and said, "Well, if I was all out of pickles too, I'd only charge you a nickel."

Yeah, you can save a lot of money by planting your own veggie crop. After all, money doesn't grow on trees these days.

Next year I'm thinking about planting a spaghetti tree. I don't like the pre-picked, packaged kind of spaghetti you get in the grocery stores. Despite what the label says, these strands aren't grown in Italy, but rather Fresno, if you can believe that. I prefer the variety with 12 inch stalks, (for me, the 12 inch variety is better than the 18 inch - I'm not so good at sucking down the longer strands - just can't pucker up my lips well enough for anything other than kissing and whistling). With all the tomatoes I'll be growing, this will be a perfect match of sauce and pasta. Why, I can even plant a few herbs, like basil, to add a little sass to the sauce. However, I'm not going to buy a pig for the sausage meatballs. I'm way too land poor to build a swine wallow, so I'll buy my meatballs from a pig wrangler I know back in Texas. He's got the best sausage I've ever eaten. Keeps them pigs real clean like. Lots of people come from miles around just to hear his hogwash. On second thought, I just might try the soy sausage.  I'm not much into sacrificing animals for my dinner anymore, (except for animal crackers and them little yellow marshmallow chickens and ducks momma used to buy when I was a kid).

Now I'm off to the nursery again to buy a little more fertilizer; you know, the kind that comes from bulls. I never seem to have enough to spread around.

When you’re in a pickle, just keep moving. Click to watch video.