"I tried potatoes in straw/compost 2 years ago. The plant tops grew and grew. I was sure that I would have a bumper crop. The tops died off and it was reveal time. I had nothing. Not even a single spud. I…"
"I grew up on a turkey farm in Iowa. We had about 8000 turkeys on the open range annually. My experience is that foxes and coyotes usually grab one and go to a place where they feel safe to consume. And, they will return if not…"
"reply to self (fees weird...) to continue the interest.
We would love to have bees in our backyard this year. We live in a cul de sac with a large back yard, and have grow beds for vegetables, 16 fruit trees, 12 grape vines and 300 -…"
"back to you... I'm not sure about having hives in our backyard. How much space is appropriate for a single hive. Is there a liability factor? We would mostly just like to attract bees to our home made bee blocks. …"
"It will get hot !! We started with chickens at our house last year and the chicks matured just before the heat. I tried to plan the shadiest spot to place a 'summer coop', and even though it was well shaded, I worried…"
"Hi!Glad to meet others in the East Side interested in permaculture! I love your chicken coop. It's cute! We do chickens for eggs & meat, aquaponics, soil-based gardening, and we raise beef & pork. It's a great way to live!"
"Thanks for your interest and quick responses. Like many, we are tired of maintaining a pool that gets minimal use. What a waste. We were going to fill it in a couple of years ago, and it was the City of Mesa that directed us to…"
"Nice videos. Yes, it takes a lot of plant life to balance the waste production. We have 500 gal total in tanks, and have to drain about 1/3 weekly into our soil based garden to keep it in balance because we don't have enough grow beds to use…"
"One of the considerations of pool to pond conversions is the stocking density and how you plan on filtering the water. If you keep your fish density very low and take some steps to provide areas that promote the growth of bacteria to create a…"
"Are you making the entire pool into a pond, or a greenhouse with a pond? I'd recommend you visit GardenPool.org. They're in Mesa & have tours occasionally. The next is in mid-Jan I think. Converting the whole pool into a pond would be…"
We will be attending the event at Home Grown Hydroponics featuring Dr. George Brooks. After that, we fully intend on converting our backyard pool into a productive pond. We have seen some information on this site whereas others in the group have done this, and we would be grateful for input and suggestions from anyone with experience with this concept. We have been researching other information and are ready to commit to this conversion. All that said - to invite any interested persons on…See More
Hi! Glad to meet others in the East Side interested in permaculture! I love your chicken coop. It's cute! We do chickens for eggs & meat, aquaponics, soil-based gardening, and we raise beef & pork. It's a great way to live!
Welcome to the VPA, Brian and Kristine! You'll find that Permaculture people tend to use found materials and other very economical means of creating very sustainable, bountiful living spaces and gardens. I hope you have the opportunity to check out the forum on this site, where you'll find all sorts of knowledge to help you on your way. There is also a small Southeast Valley group you can join if you wish, and please take a look at our Community Bazaar section, where people barter, buy, sell, and give away items. Enjoy!
Jane Doyle Program Coordinator Valley Permaculture Alliance