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No grapefruits on our tree
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As we were cooling off in the pool my husband noticed that our grapefruit tree was fruitless. We have a pomegranate right next to it and the unripened pomegranates sort of looked like grapefruits and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powell Gammill Jun 30, 2013.

Just curious about charcol
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We are die-hard charcol fans, no gas grilling for us. My husband was wondering is there any benefit to our plants if he put the ashes from the grill on them? Anyone? Anyone?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden Oct 24, 2012.

Transplanting seedlings question
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Hi AllOther than root veggies which I sow directly into the garden I have never started something from seed that needed to be transplanted later. I have started some romenesco in little seed…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mable Oct 8, 2012.

side yard death zone
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Hey all I need some help for my side yard. It is on the east side of the house, has a west facing wall, a south wall and about 3 about hours of direct sunlight. Last Oct we planted some tangerine…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine, The Herb Lady Sep 27, 2012.

 

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Andrew Greaves replied to Michele's discussion Malabar vine spinach
"I cannot get my Malabar spinach to grow any suggestions? It is planted in poor soil or at least I think it is"
Jun 1, 2014
Powell Gammill replied to Michele's discussion No grapefruits on our tree
"1.  The grapefruit are green and well blended in this time of year. 2.  Brian is right about the water.  But that is another topic. 3.  I would guess that the freeze in Jan. just happened to be at the right time to take out your…"
Jun 30, 2013
Brian Beck replied to Michele's discussion No grapefruits on our tree
"40 min every other day? For 15 years? Wow. Usually they should be watered 10-14 days now and not at all during winter. I'm shocked you've not had any root rot."
Jun 29, 2013
Michele replied to Michele's discussion No grapefruits on our tree
"We normally have beautiful pink grapefruits and have had them for the last 15 years or so. The orange is an Arizona Sweet and it has a boatload of baby oranges. I can't remember what type the grapefruit tree it, but they are both dwarf…"
Jun 29, 2013
Powell Gammill replied to Michele's discussion No grapefruits on our tree
"Does it normally fruit? (Is this your first year at this address?) Did it flower this year? Possible the cold spell this winter just happened to kill off the new blooms. Do you fertilize?  Does it otherwise look healthy?  Green leaves,…"
Jun 29, 2013
Michele posted a discussion

No grapefruits on our tree

As we were cooling off in the pool my husband noticed that our grapefruit tree was fruitless. We have a pomegranate right next to it and the unripened pomegranates sort of looked like grapefruits and they drape onto the grapefruit tree so I had not looked too closely until yesterday. This doesn't speak to well for my observational powers.  Our orange tree is laden with fruit so I am a bit perplexed at this turn of events. Any thoughts or ideas?MIcheleSee More
Jun 29, 2013
Michele replied to Miguel de Maria's discussion Summer Tomatoes?
"I too have slow ripening tomatoes, and at some point I just pick them and make green tomato chutney or relish. I have tried fried green tomatoes but the relish/chutney can last in the fridge for quite awhile-years even!"
Jun 29, 2013
Michele replied to Ryan Bond's discussion Shade Structures
"Morning sun 6am - 11:30ish. Then 2:00-4:30 ish. I know it's not exact but it worked pretty well for me."
Jun 16, 2013
Michele replied to Ryan Bond's discussion Shade Structures
"I didn't seem to have to much shade and especially later in June and July when I was trying to get a few more tomatoes from the already heat stressed vines. good luck!"
Jun 15, 2013
Catherine, The Herb Lady commented on Michele's blog post tomato jail
"Fun and creative option :-)"
May 26, 2013
MaryMcP commented on Michele's blog post tomato jail
"That's a great idea, very creative.  My challenge now is the milkweed bug that pokes a hole then enlages it.  They are harder to combat than birds.  I finall dragged out the DE."
May 18, 2013
bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden replied to Michele's discussion Just curious about charcol
"the 'charcoal' source that I have tapped is a hardwood pizza / bread oven wood source ... i never use bbq 'charcoal briquettes'"
Oct 24, 2012
Jacob Carranza replied to Michele's discussion Just curious about charcol
"wow, they recently have been chattn bout it on here. descent link. thanx for the note grace :)"
Oct 24, 2012
Grace Marie Newton replied to Michele's discussion Just curious about charcol
"Hi Michele, you can also do a search on this board for biochar, if you want to learn even more and there are also step by step directions."
Oct 24, 2012
Mable replied to Michele's discussion Just curious about charcol
"The material from your grill has no similarity to bio-char! Do not put the ashes on your plants unless you desire some serious problems. If you lived in an area of lots of rain, like the Northwest, East, etc... then after testing it can be helpful…"
Oct 24, 2012
Jacob Carranza replied to Michele's discussion Just curious about charcol
"dont forget... its all about the low oxygen intake... so, if you make your own barrel. u just copy your grill... put a small hole into it. that way u can cook, your whole yard waste. many countries do this, bio mass fuels. its 4 times more…"
Oct 24, 2012

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I am new to raised bed gardening, I have two 4' x 6' steel raised beds in my backyard. This is my second year of semi-successful growing and I am looking for some like minded souls to share successes and failures with.

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tomato jail

I am battling the birds and trying to keep them from getting to my tomatoes first. I got some "old school" plastic berry baskets and I am hoping that will keep their little peckers from getting at my mates. I just thought you would like a laugh!

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At 6:11pm on April 28, 2011, Jane Doyle said…

Hi Michele, you'll find plenty of like minded souls who've gone through many failures and successes here, including some that are just starting out. We're glad you're here! Here's your welcome letter:

Thank you for choosing to join 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.

You’re encouraged 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 requested fee basis ($15 or more) 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 by clicking our events tab, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

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