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Mesquite Trees ~ Velvet, Honey, Screwbean
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Liz & Dan Sep 30, 2017.

Broody Hen?
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Liz & Dan replied to Denise's discussion Mesquite Trees ~ Velvet, Honey, Screwbean
"I agree with caution at major chain nurseries, but even smaller family owned ones.  Make sure you are dealing with a knowledgeable tree person, not just anyone on staff.  I remember when I went to Whitfield Nursery and the helpful teenage…"
Sep 30, 2017
M Suzanne Rowe replied to Denise's discussion Mesquite Trees ~ Velvet, Honey, Screwbean
"You may want to try the Desert Botanical Garden plant sale in October. Here is a link to info on that --> Also, there is a place in Tucson that sells them --> AND…"
Sep 27, 2017
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Mesquite Trees ~ Velvet, Honey, Screwbean

I am looking for these varieties of mesquites and can't find them at any of the nurseries OR on craigslist right now.  Preferably 15 gallon or smaller so I can get them in my car.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!DeniseSee More
May 7, 2017
Denise replied to Ron's discussion do you have Olives ready to pick in your yard or neighborhood? Lets make olive oil!
"I wish I'd seen this a week ago.  Have a huge olive tree that bears early to mid-October and would've loved to let you have the olives.  My chickens eat some of them when they fall to the ground, but there are so many, they…"
Oct 25, 2015
Denise commented on raf evan's photo

ant admire juju

"Oh my gosh!  We have a property in the neighborhood that has (at least) 3 of these trees...older ones, that are loaded with fruit every year.  Never knew what they were.  What do you do with the fruit?  Eat fresh, can, or...?"
Jun 14, 2015
Denise replied to Patricia's discussion Thinning fruit?
"I thinned off almost 300 peaches from my Eva's Pride this year.  Try to leave at least 6-8" between fruits.  This tree is 5 years old, planted as a bareroot.  Sure set on a lot of fruit this year."
May 16, 2015
Denise replied to Linda Enger's discussion a ripe peach in hand better than those birds in the tree?
"I lost almost every peach to birds last year.  They've already started in on the unripe peaches this year, so am going to try bird netting.  Hate to lose my crop again!!"
May 16, 2015
Denise commented on heather rutter's blog post Blackberries
"Heather, we've had our blackberry bushes for 3 years and got a decent crop this year.  Neighbor's yard is half-filled w/blackberries, too.  Ours also get water on a regular flood irrigation schedule that is a deep watering every…"
May 16, 2015

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We've lived in Phoenix for over 20 years now and have had a garden - both winter and summer - for most of those years. I grew up on a farm in so. Indiana, both sets of grandparents had a farm and I really miss the good taste of fresh produce. My great-grandmother raised chickens, too, and the boys and I would like to try our hand at having some "in-town" chickens for eggs and fertilizer for the garden.

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At 8:27am on November 18, 2009, Luanne Mattson said…
Oh my goodness, we live so close (for now)! I'm near there. Send me an email at luanne.mattson (at) cox (dot) net and we'll talk directly.
At 1:21pm on November 8, 2009, Luanne Mattson said…
Yes, Denise, that's me! Lisa was in my class. Karen told me years ago that you were here, but I never took the initiative to look you up. She is in Indiana with her family. I see you are raising chickens. My fiance and I are attending a workshop to do the same on Thursday. We'll see if it works out. In what part of the Valley do you live?
At 12:13pm on October 3, 2009, joy borum said…
Those 2 new pix are egg-zactly (never resist the opportunity!) the type of things I love. Thank you.
At 12:39pm on September 13, 2009, Chip Satterlund said…
Hi Denise - I might suggest that you rinse the barrel out, it may have some shampoo residue. I enjoyed having you guys at the workshop and look forward to seeing you at future events!
At 9:27pm on June 5, 2009, Erika said…
Sorry I didn't respond sooner I had a heatstroke, I am still recovering. I do not live near you, I was asking how many you have, because if I have room for them I would keep them here to care for them. I can't remember but I think you had more than I could fit in my extra coop.
At 10:45am on February 9, 2009, Lisette Volkmar said…

Yes, I think they are lawnmower wheels, $6 each at Ace. They are on a metal rod that is attached to the bottom of the coop. Pretty wobbly, but I'm not running races. I tried a nest box on the perches, but the girls didn't like it. As they are now free ranging all day, they have favorite spots in the yard, an old wood crate under a tipped up wheelbarrow and the "waiting not working" compost bin. Thank you for the compliment on the girl's behalf! They are such fun! Check out my description of "Chickens chasing Crickets" at

Best of Luck,
At 12:37am on February 8, 2009, Lisette Volkmar said…

Saw your post on ordering chicks from Myron, I have ordered for three to go with my flock of four. If you look on my page, there is a description of my chicken tractor. You are welcome to come see it or ask questions online.


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