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February 2010 Blog Posts (15)

Garden obsession

what a beautiful day for gardening today. I planted so many things today. Fennel, oregano
basil. zucchini, pole beans and peas. What a wonderful way to spend time. I find more and more that it is becoming more than a hobby and more of an obsession.

Added by Treasa on February 27, 2010 at 6:52pm — 1 Comment

Sunday, 2/21/10

Much to report since my last entry! My watermelon seedlings have finally made an appearance and are just now pushing from the soil. They were the last to come up, but altogether, it only took a week for everything. Now to get them established and planted, then hopefully producing! If it works, we'll supposedly see the literal fruits of our labor in 2-3 months. Wow!

Our garden box is built, but still not placed. Robert found a yard crew to come chop and haul away the lantana and… Continue

Added by Julie Elefante on February 21, 2010 at 11:25pm — No Comments

EM composting starter source in Phoenix area

Visiting friend told me about EM composting starter results. Like to find a local source if possible.


Norm Clark

Added by Norm Clark on February 21, 2010 at 9:10am — 16 Comments

Spring garden fun

So last weekend my lovely grandfather let me take over part of his back yard. I actually thinks he is getting a chuckle out of my farming attempts. I have started some corn there. He has a lot of old bricks stacked here and there so I am building a series of raised beds. I am working on expanding it this weekend. In the first plot I have rows of mounds that I have planted corn in In those same plots I am also going to plant beans and then later on squash. This is my first try doing it this way.… Continue

Added by Treasa on February 20, 2010 at 7:39am — No Comments


I wanted to let everybody quickly know I exchanged emails with Dr. Chalker-Smith about 4 weeks ago where she referenced this new, soon-to-be-released sustainable gardening publication of hers.

Linda is the author of the informative publications: "The Informed Gardener" and "The Informed Gardener Blooms Again." I purchased the former upon it's release and it is a great resource. You can obtain more information and also…


Added by Jeff Adams on February 19, 2010 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Backdated, Wednesday, 2/17/10

I need to map out my garden bed! I built the walls last night, but haven't put them together. I used the 2x6 cedar boards we got. I should blueprint it out: I got 6 boards that were 8' long, cut two in half, and stacked them on top of each other so I have foot-high walls--two the full 8', 2 the short 4'. We used some predrilled metal plates to stack them. Thinking back, I hope they're stainless steel . . . Anyway, where can I put bean and pea polls? Maybe on the west end of the bed (assuming I… Continue

Added by Julie Elefante on February 17, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Backdated: Tuesday, 2/16/10

My peas and beans sprouted! I was nervous leaving the tray out when I went to work this morning because the birds sounded so chipper, and hungry, but so far, so good! I should consider netting, though. The catnip seems to really wither in the sun, even just morning sun, so I set it behind one of the patio posts, to the north of it, so it got a bit of shade as the sun moved across the sky. We went out and bought cedar from Home Depot to build the garden box. Also picked up a couple of 10-gallon… Continue

Added by Julie Elefante on February 16, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Backdated: Monday, 2/15/10

I put the seed tray out with the seedlings, putting them uncovered on the second shelf of the bookshelf. I'm glad today is a holiday so I can see how the peat pellets react in the sun and warm air exposure. They didn't dry out. Again, it all came in at night, but after a longer time outside. I covered the tray after I brought it in. I wish I'd thought to do that before the sun went down so it could've retained the day's heat.

Added by Julie Elefante on February 15, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Backdated: Sunday, 2/14/10

It occurred to me that the seedlings would love some sun, so I put them out on a little spare bookshelf with all open sides. I'd used its twin as a potting table, coincidentally. The strawberries seemed to especially like it, which strikes me now as maybe odd because I'd read that strawberries like or thrive in the shade. Not being a strawberry expert, I don't know what to think, really. I'll just continue doing what makes these guys happy. Anyway, both plants have a few flowers. I really wish… Continue

Added by Julie Elefante on February 14, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Backdated: Saturday, 2/13/10

Robert and I started our seeds. I'm afraid we may have started them too late since the resulting seedlings will be very small when we put them in the ground. Of course, we haven't built our garden box yet, so maybe the plants will be big by the time we get it done. I really need to map out my seed tray BEFORE I start sowing. I first had a feeling I'd doubled-up on some peat pellets, but now I wonder if I left a couple empty. Oh well. Here's what I have, in some amount:

  • Waltham…

Added by Julie Elefante on February 13, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

If anyone is interested in volunteering at Tempe's new downtown Urban Garden, here's the link to information... There are volunteer dates s…

If anyone is interested in volunteering at Tempe's new downtown Urban Garden, here's the link to information...

There are volunteer dates set for this weekend (2/6, 2/7) and next weekend (2/13, 2/14). I'll be there this Sunday, in the morning... :) Continue

Added by Jay Johnson on February 4, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Calif Rare Fruit Growers Assoc

Hello everyone, The above organization-Arizona chapter, meets every second Thursday, at 7:30 pm at the Maricopa Cty Cooperative Extension bldg at 4341 E Broadway. This Feb 11, 2010 meeting, they will demonstrate grafting. I've never been to this group and it sounds like fun. Bring your scions. No need to RSVP-just show up.

Added by janet wanicke on February 3, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Urban Chickens & cats

I'd love to raise chickens, but am concerned that my cats might find them tempting. I've had people tell me that cats won't bother chickens. Is that true? Afterall, chickens are birds and my cats love birds. Any input on this is appreciated.

Added by Lisa DeChiara on February 3, 2010 at 1:50pm — 4 Comments

Easiest Solar Oven Design!

Hi All,

I have to share this simple and super effective Solar Oven Design from Kathy Dahl-Bredine.

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"Kathy and her husband are Maryknoll Lay Missioners working in Oaxaca, Mexico with local organizations on sustainable development among indigenous and marginalized rural communities. Kathy works with the organization Niño a Niño… Continue

Added by Liz & Dan on February 2, 2010 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

Common Chicken Diseases and Symptoms in Backyard Flocks

When it comes to backyard flocks, there are many common chicken diseases that you should become familiar with. It is essential to learn chicken diseases symptoms and even the signs of respiratory diseases based in these animals if you are seeking to raise healthy chickens. Most medical conditions that affect backyard flock poultry affect the respiratory system of the animal. This particular system includes the air sacs of the body, the passages that permit the intake and outtake of air, as well… Continue

Added by Suzie O'Connor on February 1, 2010 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment

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