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March 2009 Blog Posts (41)

mature leaves coming up!

My cantelope and regular cucumber are getting their 3rd & 4th leaves. I'm thrilled! None have died. They love the warmer days.

I put my patty pan squash in actual containers today. I'm gonna give them an opportunity to get more adult leaves on them before I put them in their homes.

In my seedlin incubator I have my bush sugar baby watermelon, bell pepper, black beauty eggplant, pickling cucumber, kentucky wonder pole beans.



Other plants progress.



Eight ball… Continue

Added by Melissa Rennells on March 29, 2009 at 4:49pm — 2 Comments

My / Our Earth Hour

Partook in Earth Hour by spending a relaxing quiet night at home.

Put together a solar system puzzle and played some cards.…

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Added by JLPhoenix on March 28, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Quiessence on the Farm at South Mountain partaking in Earth Hour!

TONIGHT!!! TONIGHT!!! TONIGHT!!! TONIGHT!!! TONIGHT!!! TONIGHT!!!

From melting glaciers to increasingly intense weather patterns, we know that climate change is already impacting life on our planet.



Tonight, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 pm, Quiessence Restaurant and staff will take part in Earth Hour—the world’s largest global climate change event as you know. The Q will turn off all non-essential lights, equipment,

computers,… Continue

Added by JLPhoenix on March 28, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

taste of produce so far is absolutely yummyy!!!!!

I tasted some chives, lettuce, carrots, and they are just yummyyyy. I'm just amazed that I'm able to grow this stuff in containers and it tastes so good!!!

Added by Melissa Rennells on March 28, 2009 at 9:03am — 1 Comment

more seedlings are up!

I have bell pepper, black beauty eggplant, bush sugar baby watermelon, patty pan squash, pickling cucumber, and soon kentucky pole bean, seedslings

Added by Melissa Rennells on March 28, 2009 at 9:01am — No Comments

Great deal on trellis material!

so, Erika just turned me onto an awesome source for ReMesh! although they don't have the 4"x4" material, they DO have 6"x6", which gives more of an open feel to the trellises when nothing is growing on them. so, here's the source...



Desert Cove Liquidators

Bob Ogden

1402 E. Van Buren St.

(480) 241-9809



Bob currently has a pallet of 11 rolls, each roll is 5' wide by 50' long. 6"x6" weave. $25 / roll! if you want alot, he'll certainly make you a deal! get it… Continue

Added by Jay Johnson on March 26, 2009 at 2:01pm — 2 Comments

Researched Lemon Balm

Interesting stuff. I is the derivative to citranella. How cool. I believe we will get rid of any mosquitos this summer on the balconies. I plan to split the plant and have a container in the front and one in the back.

Added by Melissa Rennells on March 25, 2009 at 10:34pm — No Comments

How to Make Shepherds Pie

How to make Shepherd's Pie:

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on March 25, 2009 at 5:45pm — No Comments

I received an email from Danielle of Indiana where she wrote, "Where did you get your buckets and what all are you storing in your year long pantry? I'm trying to build toward something like this....…

I received an email from Danielle of Indiana where she wrote, "Where did you get your buckets and what all are you storing in your year long pantry? I'm trying to build toward something like this...."



Being very excited about this process and loving to share my philosophy with interested women, I emailed Danielle back asking for her phone number so I could talk with her. We had a delightful 30+ minute chat. I explained why I'm doing what I'm… Continue

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on March 25, 2009 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Can, Canning, Canned, Canner

Pressure cookers and canners date back to 1679 where Denis Papin, a French physicist and mathematician designed this large cast iron pot with a locking lid. His invention raised "the boiling point of water and at this higher temperature, bones softened and meat cooked in quick time."



Oh, we've come a long way baby . . .



Since I began developing my year long food pantry, I've experimented successfully with solar… Continue

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on March 25, 2009 at 5:33pm — 2 Comments

writing ideas for reports on composting

My 7th grade Language Arts students will begin studying report writing next. I am looking for suggestions of possible report topic ideas.

So far this year, I have centered all of my teaching units around composting.

* For summary, they read articles on composting and wrote a summary.

* For persuasive essay, they wrote to our principal, the cafeteria manager, and the maintenance manager, to convince them to allow us to have a compost pile on campus.

* For our functional… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Yazzie on March 25, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How We Got Started In Gardening - 1 Year Ago









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Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on March 24, 2009 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Cooking in Lylah's Kitchen

I love to cook and I thought it would be fun to have a few younger moms over and cook dinner together. So, today, I invited BreAnna, Molly and daughter Candace to join me in the kitchen for some good ole' fashion home town cookin'. And, they did. Comfort food was on my mind and therefore we chopped, diced, chased children, stirred, whisked, rolled, cut, laughed and baked Creamy Chicken Potpie with… Continue

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on March 24, 2009 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Something Else To Do With Chicken Feet

Two dear friends have been encouraging me to add these to my chicken soup. To be honest, I haven't had the stomach to do "it."





So, since I made roasted chicken last night and I always make broth (for soup) the next day, I decided to brave it and pull these out of the… Continue

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on March 23, 2009 at 8:35pm — 1 Comment

Baking Home Made Whole Wheat in the Sun! Part One!

I love to make bread and have made about ten loaves since the beginning of February. Today, I made two loaves and used my solar cooker - sun oven to bake the bread. Here's part ONE of my… Continue

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on March 23, 2009 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Planted more seeds today

pickling cucumbers 4 seeds, bush sugar watermelon again, patty pan squash,

Potted regular sugar pumpkin, new basil, lemon balm, sage, repoted spearmint.

Well I have all hot loving plants growing now!

My regular cucumbers and cantelope are all getting their 1st and 2nd mature leaves on them.

Added by Melissa Rennells on March 22, 2009 at 12:32pm — 2 Comments

Has anyone grown Stevia?

I have several 2" seedlings but have been debating where to plant them. How does it perform in Phoenix? How much sun can it take? Will it thrive in a pot? There is some information on the web but haven't found anything specific for growing in the low desert.

Added by Rod on March 21, 2009 at 10:01pm — 3 Comments

love is smiling just to share it

Yesterday, I had a man follow me all the way home on Baseline from about 40th St all the way to 35th Ave. When he stopped, he said immediately, "I'm not trying to stalk you, I promise. I'm a therapist, and when I saw you driving, you looked so happy, you had the biggest smile and just kept it. I thought, wow, she really has something, and I have to know what it is. As a therapist I'm always interested in what makes people happy, and I feel like when you find that happiness, you need to find a… Continue

Added by Jenna Peterson on March 20, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

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