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Rob Risley
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I like fruit trees a lot.

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Clover vs Bermuda

Clover is a very different plant from bermuda grass, although the clover can get invasive as well.


At The Farm, I just let the clover grow; I don't mow it.  It can get 18 - 24 inches tall during cooler weather.  It develops a nice duff underneath it.  I'm not sure how it would work for a lawn substitute.  For one, if you didn't mow it, the height would probably classify it as a weed for purposes of Phoenix zoning ordinances, and if a neighbor complained you'd have to battle…


Posted on September 20, 2011 at 6:51am — 5 Comments

Rogue Chickens

A few months ago I told you about my garden floor--the New Zealand White Clover.  It's great for a number of reasons--it suppresses weeds, it conserves moisture, it pumps nitrogen into the soil, it keeps me from having to walk through mud.  Over the last 9 years it has spoiled me, and suddenly I'm having to do without.

A few weeks back someone dropped some chickens into The Farm.  I suspect the neighbors, since I constantly hear roosters crowing in their back yard, and the chickens…


Posted on September 18, 2011 at 7:38am

Desert King Fig; Breba Crops

Hasn't this been a strange year for fruit trees?  Every year is different, but this one is more different than most.  In my orchard, some later season peaches bore quite early (Babcock is bearing already!), and some early season peaches look to bear quite late.  The apple harvest was down from last year, and the Annas got mushy even before they took on their pink blush.  On the figs, not much of a breba crop from any…


Posted on June 20, 2011 at 9:05pm — 8 Comments

Orchard Density

Thanks for your comments.


I just spent about an hour writing about orchard density--partly in response for pictures and a tour--and lost the message in a hiccough.  I'll try again some other time.  Just please be patient.

Posted on June 18, 2011 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

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