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Julie Elefante
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sunchokes and sweet potatoes?
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I have a bit of space in my raised bed now that I've pulled the peas that dried up, and was looking through the Urban Farm's (…Continue

Tags: compstsifter, jerusalemartichokes, sweetpotatoes, sunchokes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Treasa May 14, 2010.


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My boyfriend and I moved into our first house in November 2009 and planted our first veggie garden in a raised bed in March 2010. One of our biggest challenges has been figuring out good soil recipes and trying to reckon the front and back yards, which are planted with invasive Bermuda grass. I'm a professional copy editor, and he's a computer guy. We're both on the nerdy side. I love to cook and have certificates of completion in commercial cooking and baking/pastry arts.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wow, I've really fallen behind in my garden blogging! I'll start off by saying that gardening has been a pretty decent treatment for two of my worst non-gardener traits: not wanting to ever get up early, and scoleciphobia--an irrational fear of worms/caterpillars. First things first, though.

In short, temperatures have dipped up into the 90s since mid-April, but even this week, there were days where highs still topped off at 71 (blissful days for me). Lows haven't gone below 50s this… Continue

Posted on May 2, 2010 at 1:04am — 1 Comment

Saturday, 3/20/10

The weather has been gorgeous! In the middle of summer, it's easy to believe that , AZ is blazing over 100 degrees9 months of the year, but that's not the case. March has stayed steady in the high 70s/mid 80s, and it's wonderful weather to be outside. Here's my latest update, in list form:

1. I survived the 6-day "in-laws'" visit (in-laws actually being just my boyfriend's parents). His mom, a seasoned gardener in Oklahoma, told me that while my plants looked nice and healthy, many of… Continue

Posted on March 20, 2010 at 8:37pm — 8 Comments

Friday, 3/5/10

Got the raised bed planted, huzzah! All my seedlings have homes now.

Immersing myself in new topics always makes me sound like Rain Man. Yesterday, I saw some basil seeds at Target and started mumbling, "Opal basil. Yeah, these would be good with tomato plants. Yeah. Keeps some bugs off. Gotta pick the flowers off before they seed. Yeah . . . 87 leaves on my basil plant at home, yeah, 87 leaves, definitely 87 leaves." Okay, maybe not that extreme, but I am grateful to have such a… Continue

Posted on March 6, 2010 at 12:41am — 2 Comments

Wednesday, 3/03/10

Dear Blog--just a short(ish) entry, in list form.

1. Bermuda grass is a PITA to break up. Hun started out with a square shovel and found it nearly impossible, but luckily, I'd bought a garden pick, and the going was much better. I just wanted enough to break up the sod and dig a trench our garden bed could set into on level ground: success.

2. Dirt is hella heavy. That's a nice way to say it, and now I feel generous because I didn't necessarily want to say it nicely. We moved… Continue

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

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