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Any flowers planted now that would bloom Feb-Mar?

Catherine or others, anyone think of flowers (or flowering herbs) that can be planted from seed now that would be in bloom in February or March?  I am looking to attract and feed pollinators.Continue

Tags: flowers

Started Dec 10, 2015

WARNING: Freeze tonight in outlying areas?
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As I write this, the National Weather Service--who has been abysmal this year in short term predicting the weather here--is projecting 39F low cloudless tomorrow morning at the airport.  Who knows…Continue

Tags: chill, ice, cold, freeze, frost

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powell Gammill Dec 16, 2015.

Six growing seasons in Maricopa Co.?
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I was listening to an online garden growing presentation in Phoenix and the speaker--who I won't ID since I may have it wrong--was talking about our planting/growing seasons. We have short ones.  We…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karis Nov 11, 2015.

Today's the day we don't need to do anything

California and the rest of the nation goes back to its own time today.  We thankfully don't notice. Continue

Tags: saving, time, savings, daylight, arizona

Started Nov 1, 2015


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Powell Gammill replied to Kai Goodwillie's discussion Create a balanced organic citrus fertilizer
"To be quite honest, most soil in Arizona has great mineral content.  It is missing organic material and nitrogen.  I only add nitrogen (alfalfa pellets) and wood chips (organic) mulch to keep citrus happy.  On a rapidly draining sandy…"
Feb 20, 2016
Powell Gammill replied to Andrew Brewer's discussion Things that I've Learned...
""The only rootstock that tolerated Arizona growing conditions -- 3CR178 (Z-Dwarf) -- is no longer being propagated by Dave Wilson." So what is the story on this Andrew?  Any reason you know of?"
Feb 8, 2016
Powell Gammill replied to Carole Walters's discussion What is this plant?
"Enjoy it.  Replace when plant dies."
Feb 5, 2016
Powell Gammill replied to Joseph McClellan's discussion Should I cut back my bare-root santa rosa weeping plum?
"no, don't cut it It won't get very tall (12') because the branches weep back down. "
Jan 28, 2016
Powell Gammill replied to Suzzanne's discussion Chickens in Maricopa, AZ - Pinal County
"Good luck 1.  p3 and 10 keyword "bird" Mainly concerned with noise and odor.  The noise ordinance is likely unconstitutionally vague since…"
Jan 27, 2016
Powell Gammill replied to Bruce Kauspedas's discussion Winter garden going great!
"Yup.  Native soil.  All the minerals you could ask for.  And shade is OK for leafy vegetables.  Congrats."
Jan 26, 2016
Powell Gammill replied to Connie Padian's discussion Using worm castings in school garden
"Spread away and what an awesome learning experience! "
Jan 25, 2016
Powell Gammill replied to Polly's discussion PVC Pipes for Shade Structure Support
"Half inch.  Schedule 40 PVC.  Length is usually 10'  Occasionally I spot 12'  And I think Lowes has 20' available (delivery?).  If you feel the 10' is not high enough you can use joiner sleeves to connect…"
Jan 19, 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
Powell Gammill replied to Christopher's discussion Gleaner hear
"Nice.  But one complication this year. Quarantine map for Arizona Quarantine map for Arizona - Google Earth (requires Google Earth) Quarantine Order"
Jan 5, 2016
Powell Gammill replied to Carol Duffell's discussion Pruning Apricot trees
"Never make a cut without a reason.  When in doubt, don't. So it is just starting to be a mature tree with good fruit production. And yes, those thick buds are flower (fruit) buds that have not started to swell (break dormancy) yet. …"
Dec 31, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to Shannon Conshue's discussion Barbado Sheep..Checking interest
"Good lawn control."
Dec 29, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to Shannon Conshue's discussion Guinnea Birds
"I believe I read somewhere where Guinea hens were not destructive in gardens and could be allowed to roam amongst the vegetable beds (presumably after seedlings had gained some height)."
Dec 29, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to Catherine, The Herb Lady's discussion January Planting TIps
"Thanks for the reminders, and that is quite a bit one can plant (or start) in January."
Dec 23, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to VPA Staff's discussion Join us: the 12 Days of Permaculture!
"Gorgeous photo!  I knew with the grapes it had to be shot a lot earlier:Camera Maker: PanasonicCamera Model: DMC-ZS5Image Date: 2015-05-21 07:43:15 (no TZ)Focal Length: 4.1mm (35mm equivalent: 25mm)Aperture: ƒ/3.3Exposure Time: 0.010 s…"
Dec 18, 2015
Powell Gammill replied to VPA Staff's discussion Join us: the 12 Days of Permaculture!
"The 12 Days of Permaculture Inspired by David Holmgren On the first day of Permaculture my Instructor said to me: Observe and Interact On the second day of Permaculture my Instructor said to me: Collect and Store Energy, and Observe and Interact…"
Dec 17, 2015

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Retired microbiologist/ molecular biologist. Lab manager. Currently repair and upgrade PCs for fun. And am the editor for a online news service, Freedom's Phoenix.

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At 6:48pm on January 27, 2013, Michelle Walters said…

Powell - please describe a #15 pot. I did not find any marked in that manner. How tall, capacity, width at top?

At 8:05am on January 24, 2013, Michelle Walters said…
I will check how many #15 that I have and let you know.
At 10:46am on November 9, 2012, Lisette Volkmar said…

Inexcusable?  Umm, hyperbole?

At 12:34pm on November 7, 2012, Karis said…

Way to earn 6% of the vote in your district! That was a hearty chunk of the vote!

At 9:18am on February 21, 2011, Liz & Dan said…

Welcome Powell,

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 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 at - and feel free to contact us with any questions.

~Liz Lonetti~


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