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Tell me about kiwis....
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Do any survive or thrive in the valley? The vpa offered them at a tree sale a few years back and there are old forum posts, but I haven't heard of anyone raising kiwis in Phoenix metro.I know they…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Brewer Mar 3, 2016.

Yay or nay: using water to dig tree holes?
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When planting in hard soil, do you use water to soften things up or do you go at it with hand tools?Always wanting to work smarter, I usually dig a small hole with the shovel and turn the hose on it,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Lucking Jan 21, 2016.

Having trouble starting some seeds, Arizona Rosewood (vauquelinia californica)

I bought some vauquelinia californica seeds (Arizona Rosewood, the native oleander lookalike) and have been trying to sprout them with no luck.The seeds themselves are very tiny and mixed in with…Continue

Started Aug 10, 2015

Sun damage starting to show
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I have shaded almost all of my new in-ground trees, and so they are doing well. But in looking at a couple older (2nd and 3rd) year trees I have sun orange streaks starting already. So far on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powell Gammill Jun 21, 2015.

 

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Lauren replied to Catherine, The Herb Lady's discussion September Planting Tips 2016 - Using "Collars" and "Hats"
"Thanks Catherine, I'm going to try and find some ASAP!"
Aug 25, 2016
Lauren replied to Catherine, The Herb Lady's discussion September Planting Tips 2016 - Using "Collars" and "Hats"
"Catherine, do you have any tips on things to plant at this time of year that will produce bee-friendly flowers relatively quickly? Nothing in my yard is blooming and I'm not sure which annuals will flower reliably."
Aug 24, 2016
Lauren replied to Cricket's discussion Processing Carob
"A chocolate style bread that's really more of a cake... This makes me miss bread. I hope this tasted as good as it looked!"
Jul 24, 2016
Lauren replied to Suzy Sturm's discussion Perennial Vegetables
"Greg at The Urban Farm (http://www.urbanfarm.org/freebies/) has a great planting calendar for our area specifically. From your list I know people are growing tree collards and okinawa spinach here. Catherine the Herb Lady also posts a monthly…"
Jul 4, 2016
Lauren replied to Suzy Sturm's discussion Growing Zones
"Phoenix is USDA Hardiness zone 9B (I think the whole city?) which is a reflection of our winter temps. A plant that does well in Zone 4 can take a lot of cold, a lot more than we get here. Sometimes those plants can work here but sometimes they have…"
Jul 4, 2016
Lauren replied to Cricket's discussion Did Powell Gammill pass away?
"I think the news is true, and he will be missed greatly. He was a fountain of knowledge and active in the fruit growing community."
May 29, 2016
Lauren replied to FrozenJoe's discussion 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #1 Illinois Everbearing Mulberry
"Nice! I have never tried the Illinois Everbearing but read very high praise for the variety. Joe, have you tried other mulberries and if so how would you rate this one? I've gotten a couple new mulberries this year (from cuttings and whole…"
Apr 15, 2016
Andrew Brewer replied to Lauren's discussion Tell me about kiwis....
"They need cooler temperatures and higher humidity to fruit here. Vines might survive with adequate water and heavy shade, but that's pretty much it. Same thing goes for a lot of other tropicals/subtropicals like cherimoya, for example."
Mar 3, 2016
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Tell me about kiwis....

Do any survive or thrive in the valley? The vpa offered them at a tree sale a few years back and there are old forum posts, but I haven't heard of anyone raising kiwis in Phoenix metro.I know they are low chill and probably heat/sun sensitive, and that you need male and female plants to produce fruit - which would probably need to be mail ordered. There are some other species "kiwi berry" and "golden kiwi" that I haven't looked into yet.. not sure if they are hardier.Kiwis in Phoenix: pipe…See More
Mar 3, 2016
Lauren replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Bloom Time
"Well LE Cooke lists them at 200-300 hours apiece so I at least have a little hope :) Those red baron blooms are the stuff of legends. They are so ruffley, almost double flower looking. That's one I'll have to see in person and marvel at."
Feb 29, 2016
Lauren replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Bloom Time
"Very nice! I keep seeing this red baron peach mentioned... is there something extraordinary about the variety? The blooms are fantastic. Poo on the pears being bland. I planted sugar pear (seckel) & pineapple pear this year and have no…"
Feb 29, 2016
Lauren replied to Carole Walters's discussion Need Help with Water Feature "mold"
"It looks like the same type of algae that grows in stagnant water (like horse troughts) a lot... You have to scrub it out I think, and it will kinda feel like fake fur. I am not sure if "hair algae" is a specific strain or just a catch all…"
Feb 26, 2016
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Jan 26, 2016
Charles Lucking replied to Lauren's discussion Yay or nay: using water to dig tree holes?
"I do both - small hole, fill with water, give it a couple of days to drain/percolate, then go at it with a pickaxe.  :)  As far as tree survival rate, I think there are probably other factors that play a much larger role than the method…"
Jan 21, 2016
Powell Gammill replied to Lauren's discussion Yay or nay: using water to dig tree holes?
"You almost have to.  But I find a good very slow soaking 48 hours before a dig helps and the time required with my soil so it isn't muddy.  With all the rain we had now is a good time to dig."
Jan 16, 2016
Lauren posted a discussion

Yay or nay: using water to dig tree holes?

When planting in hard soil, do you use water to soften things up or do you go at it with hand tools?Always wanting to work smarter, I usually dig a small hole with the shovel and turn the hose on it, letting it soften up the ground so I can dig a large hole with relatively little effort. But I notice that others promote going at the hard dirt with a pickaxe. I would really like to lose fewer (or no) trees this year and if that means "the hard way" I might be open to it.What do you all do? Which…See More
Jan 15, 2016

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At 4:05pm on May 5, 2011, Jane Doyle said…

Hi Lauren, you've found just the right place to learn about desert sustainability. We're glad to have you 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, sign up for our newsletter,  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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