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Gaile S.
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Composting Eucalyptus leaves--
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I'm starting a compost pile. I've got lots of veggie scraps etc but nothing else other than lots of eucalyptus leaves. Can I grind those up and use them in compost?  Or do you have some grass…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powell Gammill Nov 12, 2013.

Biochar...compost tips please
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Someone gave me a 1 c. bag of Biochar.  Can I add that to my smallish compost that's developing AND continue to add kithen scraps etc? Or would I need to start a 2nd compost in order to use the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gaile S. Jun 1, 2013.

are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
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May seem obvious, however can I put the grass clipping from mowing the bermuda in the compost? thanks.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powell Gammill May 30, 2015.

Amaryllis re-potting
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I have some potted Amaryllis that are only growing leaves, no shoots with blooms. They haven't been repotted in 2 years. What time of year here do they typically bloom and when is the best time to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gaile S. Feb 21, 2013.

 

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Powell Gammill replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Can't be that long...the bags break down in a few weeks of sun exposure.  Although they could compost them in the shade or better yet a shed for that long maybe.  As both very experienced growers have said the big fear is Bermuda will…"
May 30, 2015
Jennifer Wadsworth replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Wow - that's going to be pretty stinky when you open it!  Just be prepared. I won't use Bermuda in my compost - I just don't trust it.  And once you've spent years removing it by hand, well, you are less inclined to…"
May 29, 2015
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Jack - I have not tried composting bermuda or Tiff because it simply is not worth getting the grass growing in areas where the compost is spread. Our hot sunny afternoon surface temperatures can reach about 180.  In theory that would cook…"
May 29, 2015
Jack Notebaert replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Wow, I just posted a question about this and then found this thread.  What I want to know is if you put a load of Bermuda grass in a large black trash bag, add about half a gallon of water, then leave in the 105+ degree sun for two days, will…"
May 29, 2015
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Powell what did you disagree with?  I have not read the book FYI."
Apr 24, 2014
Powell Gammill replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Optimal pile size is about a cubic yard...so 18" is about right.  Minimum is about 140F, but 150F or 160F would be better,  I am skeptical of being able to completely cook a pile.  Temp goes up and cooks.  When it starts to…"
Apr 23, 2014
Gaile S. replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Thanks!!!"
Apr 23, 2014
Jennifer Wadsworth replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Gaile I have this one and it's held up well for years.  It can be calibrated and even shows when the pile is active and hot.  Usually you need something longer than a foot to reach the center of an active compost pile.  A pile…"
Apr 22, 2014
Gaile S. replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Thanks. Great thinking outside the box!"
Apr 22, 2014
Brian Smith replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"I purchased a thermometer for brewing beer that has a 12 inch probe.  You can get one on line or at What Ale's Ya."
Apr 22, 2014
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Gayle I believe it should be 150 - the thermometer has to have a very long probe (correct me on this Powell if I'm mistaken) to adequately register the true temperature.  They make a compost thermometer, probably available online."
Apr 22, 2014
Gaile S. replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Thanks. I agree. Does anyone know what temp it must reach and if ya just use a cooking thermometer?"
Apr 22, 2014
Gaile S. replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Interesting. Sounds like it works great ."
Apr 22, 2014
Powell Gammill replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"If you were concerned about Bermuda appearing in an area you were trying to keep it out of I would not compost it.  You MUST make sure the temp of the entire compost reaches a killing temp or you will have seed and even stolon material that…"
Apr 21, 2014
Duane replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"What I have done is to just mow over the grass and not bag the clippings. I use a munching mower but any will work. When I do dig up the ground to plant something I have a layer of black soil from the years of mowing. When I plant something I remove…"
Apr 21, 2014
Gaile S. replied to Gaile S.'s discussion are bermuda grass clipping ok for composting?
"Thanks, I've decided not to put the Bermuda into the compost."
Apr 9, 2014

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I love to grow veggies and want to learn how to grow in the desert, plus fruit trees, as well as planting native plants and cactus for medicinal and culinary use.

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texas sage pruning

Moved into a house that has a couple Texas sage that are leggy and scrawny. When is the best time to prune these so they'll begin to bush out and can grow more naturally full.

 

Thanks!

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 5:45pm — 4 Comments

Help with a building green retaining wall

Posted on December 25, 2012 at 9:58am — 5 Comments

Your ideas for a "green" retaining wall

Help. I recently bought a north facing house with concrete block walls in the back yard on all 3 sides. The back wall is 8" high , 74' across, with the ground sloping away from the wall about 6'.  We want to put in a retaining wall 4" high and plant there.

Any ideas on green material that won't heat up in the summer months to the alreay cement filled area? 

 

Thanks!!!

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 12:11pm — 7 Comments

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At 3:54pm on December 24, 2011, Mischa O'Reilly said…

Hi Gaile!  The classes typically talk about raised bed, container, and below ground.  There are arguments for each type.  It really depends on your needs.  Classes are very informal and the instructors do a great job of allowing time for lots of questions.   I really recommend attending a couple of classes.  I've found them to be incredibly helpful.  

The forum is a wonderful place to get your questions answered by people with various experiences.  I've learned a ton just by reading through posts.   

Mischa

At 8:10am on December 20, 2011, Mischa O'Reilly said…

Welcome to the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater Phoenix Valley. You can read more about the VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, and explore the many groups and resources this Ning “social networking site” has to offer, as well as customize your own Profile Page and connect with new like-minded friends.


We encourage you to browse the discussions, blogs, videos, comments to get a feel for our incredibly resourceful community, and to share your interests as well. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with classes and events, so please let me know if you are interested in helping out when available.

We offer a variety of classes to our members on a donation basis (usually $10 to $25) that goes toward venue hard-costs, also to our experienced and knowledgeable instructors, as well as to support the non-profit in providing quality education for improving our health, our communities and environment. See what classes you may be interested in attending atwww.phoenixpermaculture.org/events - and feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

Thanks!

Mischa 

Valley Permaculture Alliance

 
 
 

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