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Help with citrus tree
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My husband and I recently bought a house that has a citrus tree (of some undetermined variety) in the west-facing back yard.  I'm not sure what sort of care (if any) it was given by the previous…Continue

Tags: fruit, tree, citrus

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Green Dec 6, 2012.

Looking for simple solution for backyard lanscape
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Howdy Permies!   I'm hoping all of you can help me figure out a simple solution for my backyard.  Currently we have landscaping gravel that covers the entire yard (picture of similar gravel…Continue

Tags: garden, backyard, cover, ground, landscaping

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Brewer Dec 4, 2012.

Tips for a vermiculture newbie
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Hi all, I'm new to PPG and new to vermiculture....well soon to be.  After years of living in a house and having space for an outdoor compost bin/pile, I'm now an apartment dweller with no outside…Continue

Tags: vermicomposting, composting, vermiculture, worms

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dara Feb 20, 2011.

 

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Dara replied to Victoria Jordan's discussion Vermicomposting Outside
"You might contact the guy that runs http://www.canyonlandworms.com/  I got my worms from him a few years ago.  He runs his worm farm in the Valley and may have some tips/ideas."
Feb 26, 2013
Dara replied to Victoria Jordan's discussion Vermicomposting Outside
"Sorry, apple cider vinegar."
Feb 26, 2013
Dara replied to Victoria Jordan's discussion Vermicomposting Outside
"Karis, in my experience small containers with ACV in them set on top of/near the bin will help control/eliminate the fruit fly problem when your bin is indoors.  It gets worse before it gets better but the ACV does work.  :)"
Feb 26, 2013
Dara replied to Victoria Jordan's discussion Vermicomposting Outside
"I am far from an expert but have been pretty successful with vermicomposting here in PHX.  The tricky part here is the extreme heat during summer.  I use a plastic bin as well but I bring my worms inside during the hottest part of the…"
Feb 26, 2013
Dara replied to Grace Marie Newton's discussion Manual powered washing machine.
"This is a pretty creative idea for wringing out wet laundry - and seems like a good system overall.  "
Jan 4, 2013
Dara replied to Grace Marie Newton's discussion Manual powered washing machine.
Jan 4, 2013
Heather Green replied to Dara's discussion Help with citrus tree
"What does the fruit smell like? Seville oranges are prized for their deliciously sweet smell, which is why they are used in perfume extensively. Grapefruit has more of a green, bitter, citrus smell to me. You can scratch the rind of the fruit-…"
Dec 6, 2012
Dara replied to Dara's discussion Help with citrus tree
"Thanks for the recipes Catherine!  I think marmalade is definitely in my future.  I've been looking for ideas for what to do with sour oranges as well - I wouldn't want them to go to waste!"
Dec 5, 2012
Dara replied to Dara's discussion Help with citrus tree
"FN, thanks again for sharing your knowledge.   The gravel and plastic covers the entire yard!  I'm overwhelmed thinking about how I'm going to get it out of there.  My first step is to remove it from around the citrus tree…"
Dec 5, 2012
Fascist Nation replied to Dara's discussion Help with citrus tree
"Or a whole bunch of varieties.  $10 trees.  Great idea.  You can even plant them in pots for a good supply and toss the scions in the fridge while you graft onto branches and get good at it.  SSO supports most citrus so you are…"
Dec 5, 2012
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Dara's discussion Help with citrus tree
"FN's note about the leaf fragrance is an excellent way to ID citrus, and I will add - technically the leaves of all citrus are edible.  Not so much to munch on but to use to flavor things or as a safe garnish :-)"
Dec 5, 2012
Fascist Nation replied to Dara's discussion Help with citrus tree
"1.  Thick peel and puffy, misshapen citrus on a mature citrus is indicative of serious over fertilizing.  I'd avoid adding nitrogen probably for the next three years.  Like I said the leaves look healthy; no fertilizer…"
Dec 5, 2012
Catherine, The Herb Lady left a comment for Dara
"Hi Dara, Thank you for the note on the Tales ... - I discovered and watched that one after I posted about the other farm series.  I got so excited watching these I had to assure my dear Deane I would not require us to backwards to burning wood…"
Dec 5, 2012
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Dara's discussion Help with citrus tree
"Sour Orange Recipe Ideas. Dara I found some recipe ideas for you if you have mostly a sour orange tree - if you have one trunk that is sweet wonderful, but if you want to try SO recipes here are two. A bit of history- I mentioned that the sour…"
Dec 5, 2012
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Dara's discussion Help with citrus tree
"Karis, not saponins perse, but the many EOs found in orange, which are very caustic in their natural state (which is why they use orange essential oils in cleaning solutions."
Dec 5, 2012
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Dara's discussion Help with citrus tree
"Dara just a note about the berm.  Agreed get the gravel away from the trunk.  Make a double berm - one about 12 inches from the trunk and the main one at the 'drip line' of the tree (edge of canopy) - water only within the two…"
Dec 5, 2012

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At 6:16am on December 5, 2012, Catherine, The Herb Lady said…

Hi Dara,

Thank you for the note on the Tales ... - I discovered and watched that one after I posted about the other farm series.  I got so excited watching these I had to assure my dear Deane I would not require us to backwards to burning wood and coal for heating and cooking.

I found it fascinating that so many of the concepts are ones we (permies etc.) want to use now or resurrect.

Happy gardening.

 
 
 

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