need someone to steward your property? I am a gardener by trade, smartscape and MG certified. we are looking for a 2 br house with a small pool and yard. we have a couple months to find something so…Continue
need someone to steward your property? I am a gardener by trade, smartscape and MG certified. we are looking for a 2 br house with a small pool and yard. we have a couple months to find something so please let me know if you have or know of a gem in the desert for rent that needs some TLC.See More
"singh is the thing. $70 a truck load he opens at 9 am. he has compost and planting miw, both are great. bring a tarp to cover it on the way home. grab a fish emultion while you are there, he has it made special. good stuff. good price."
"When the loofas dry on the vine, pop the end off, shake out the seeds, and then plunge the loofa into a bucket of water. The skins will come off easily then. Trying to take off dry loofa skins is pretty tough, but re-wetting the skins works like a…"
"I don't know how correct this is, but it worked for our family one year that we had a bumper crop of loofas. My husband would squeeze them when they were still green but turning more yellow and when they started to feel not so hard, he…"
"Sounds good on the loofa. On the bee balm, 1) it may go down for the winter, but should come back up in the spring. 2) On uses, mostly tea, but if you have an 'oregano' type it can be used like oregano. You will be able…"
"the vines are still putting out flowers and new fruits are forming. i think i will let nature take it's course. any input for bee balm? i planted one next to a south wall that only gets sun in the summer. it seems happy with indirect light so…"
"If you can just leave them on the vine to dry out - although I know it is wet right now. If you do have a none humid place to hang them to dry with some air circulation that would also work. Good luck :-)"
"Marion, are they completely dry on the vine? Or are you picking them green?
Basically nature does a lot of the work for you if you dry them on the vine or hang them to dry in a place with air circulation (so no mold or mildew grows) …"
"I grew and dried some epazote for the first time this past late summer/fall. It grew well. The original plant looked pretty bad after the successive nights of frost though, but now it is leafing out and I think it may be okay! Anyway tonight I made…"
The Desert Botanical Gardens is having there plant sale this weekend and they will have Honey mesquite, I just checked the plant list and they are showing it. Saturday the 16th from 7am till 5pm."
I need green around me. I have a mix of edibles, aromatic vines, flowers, herbs and tropicals in my private oasis in the dessert. I am working on a master gardener certificate at DBG, focusing on our soil type, effective water usage, composting and collecting rain water. I use intensive and companion plantings along with trellising vines and existing shade to create micro climates in the garden working with the amount of sun and moisture in each area.
Water conservation is important in the dessert so making use of every drop is essential. With our short growing seasons timing is everything for a successful harvest. You need to use varieties of vegetables that mature quickly and enrich the soil on a regular basis. One trick to working in this high PH soil is to add vinegar to reduce the acid and balance the PH. My garden is organic in that I don't use pesticides, fungicides or commercial fertilizer. I spray regularly with a mixture of peppermint soap, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a tea of steer manure. I do hang fly strips by the compost and around the yard. It really helps keep the flies down without using poisons. I like to recycle hard-scape items when I can like bamboo for trellises and arbors, old gates and decorative metal items. I would love to talk to other gardeners in the area so let's get together.
Thank you Marion! Those are a couple of the little boys from my last litter of miniature schnauzers. They went to the same home with a couple of elderly sisters and one day they were tired out from playing and sitting there so cute I could resist a portrait.
I love the pictures you've posted on your page. I seriously think something is missing from my soil. My bell peppers do extremely well but my tomatoes just aren't ever happy. They grow and set fruit but the leaves aren't big and lush like my tomatoes in N. Calif. They start out seeming OK but as they grow they look sadder and sadder. I think a soil analysis is in order. I'm going to try to locate a local place to do it, otherwise, Chris mentioned one out of state that is very reasonable.
So, what is the Lady Bug thing you mention below? Just curious.
I also want to take the Master Gardener course and get certified but it's always scheduled at a bad time for me, plus, last Winter I tried but didn't realize you have to register two months in advance. Maybe this year I'll make it.
Hi, we have a marketing meeting coming up - 3rd Tuesday each month at Lady Bug Building 1641 E University Dr, Mesa AZ 85203. Please join us to get exposure to the group and see how you feel. Social time 6pm, meeting starts at 6:30 pm to 8. We would love to see you.