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De Ann
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Container Gardening Asparagus
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This is new territory for me;  I have never even grown flowers in a pot.  Though I have borrowed numerous container gardening books from the library, there is nothing better than sage advice from…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grace Marie Newton Oct 11, 2014.

Mystery Vine

The mystery vine finally identified its self.  It is a lemon cuke!  Yea!!Continue

Started Aug 20, 2014

Black Currant
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I have a black currant patch at my place on the AZ Strip and I was hoping to start a patch here.  Does anyone know from experience if they will grow here or not?  The info on the internet is very…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powell Gammill Aug 20, 2014.

Cool Looking Weed
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I haven't had the heart to pull up this weed; it is so interesting looking. Does anyone know what it is?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by De Ann Jul 9, 2014.


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I am a married, homeschooling mom of 8 blessings, four of whom are still in the nest. I adore watching the miracle of tiny seeds growing into food and more tiny seeds and more food... I find creating things out of other things rewarding: yarn into blankets and booties, fabric into clothing and curtains, pen and paper into words of encouragement, a yard of clay into beautiful things we can eat. :-)

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The End of a Season

It has been 17 months since I dug my first shovel full of road base in this once sterile backyard of mine.  The first thing to go in the ground was my mint collection that I have gathered from the hollers in Tennessee to the canyons of northern Arizona and babied over the past 20 years, and then my Iris from the Arizona Strip homestead where my Great Great Grandmother first planted them.  Now those will be the first things to be put back into pots.  Yes, it is true, I am moving.  Again.  It…


Posted on October 8, 2014 at 9:26am — 3 Comments

Confessions of a Garden in July

July has taken me by surprise.  I had expected everything once green to be brown and crispy.  Everything.  I am so happy I was wrong.  Before I blow the trumpet too loudly, I think it only honest that I disclose the number of triple digit heat deaths...

My beautiful pineapple sage died.  Both of them.  I suppose the loss would be more devastating if I had grown if from seed instead of laying out 5 bucks at Lowes.  I was looking forward to harvesting radish seeds right up to the moment…


Posted on July 31, 2014 at 4:23pm — 6 Comments

Falling in Love With My Garden

The garden and I have come to an understanding.  I pay close attention and it will feed me.  A little.

Keeping the kitty OUT of the beds was my first feat.  Laying garden fencing panels over the beds has proven to be very beneficial!  Tacky but beneficial.  Not only is the kitty defeated but the vines love being above the cool damp…


Posted on June 20, 2014 at 1:00pm — 10 Comments

Expecting the Unexpected

It has been eleven months since the Valley of the Sun became 'home'.  Eleven months since I dragged my buckets of iris and chamomile and orange globe mallow and mint into this foreign land of the sun and said,"Grow!"  Alas, every green token of my life before died except the iris and mint. But, iris and mint grow anywhere, right? This spring I scattered chamomile seed in my daughter's now flourishing flowerbeds to no avail.  It's a weed!  Can I not even grow a weed? Last week I noticed a…


Posted on April 27, 2014 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

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At 8:02am on March 30, 2014, Catherine, The Herb Lady said…

Hi DeAnn - yes, I think the ginger likes the shadier spot better.  After I moved them we had to remove the tree which shaded the area, so I will see how they grow this spring and maybe update that post.

At 9:41am on March 6, 2014, Melissa Rawlings said…

Yes, it's quite an experience gardening in the city, let alone in the desert! I think we're very fortunate to have two growing seasons though. Looks like you're doing amazing with that green thumb!

At 5:35am on February 27, 2014, Member Coordinator said…

Welcome and thanks for joining the Valley Permaculture Alliance (VPA) website!  VPA is a Phoenix based non-profit that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations.  Learn more about VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, and explore what this site has to offer.  We hope that you will participate fully in the many groups, forums, and other resources on this site.  Please take advantage of the wealth of knowledge readily shared by our members!  When you signed up to be a member, you may have opted to receive our weekly newsletter. We hope you will find the info and updates on classes and other events helpful.  If not, please let us know how to make it better.

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