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March 2010 Blog Posts (11)

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

Added by Julie Elefante on March 20, 2010 at 8:37pm — 8 Comments

Growing potatoes in hay

In a recent issue of Backwoods Homes, there was an article about growing potatoes without any soil, but simply planted in hay. Has anyone here ever heard about this before? Any experience with this? I'm planning to try it. I made a sizable berm of a hay/straw mix that the horses trampled into the dirt, then peed on for good measure, about a month ago. Then I bought a small bag of fingerling potatoes from the grocery with mixed colors of potatoes. I washed the potatoes to remove the… Continue

Added by Jeanne Tavares on March 16, 2010 at 4:06pm — 30 Comments

.something eating my rhubard leaves

What pest bother Rhubard. my lower leaves are being muched. I can't find any caterpillars. not enough eaten to be rabbits. no aphids. Anybody got any idea's???????

Added by Treasa on March 15, 2010 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Composting Horse Manure

I have been experimenting with composting horse manure for roughly 8 months. When I say experimenting I use this word in the very "loosest" sense possible.

I have read a decent amount of literature on the subject and have set up 6 piles of equal lengths and heights. Each pile has ventilated PVC pipe ( 1/2' hole every 6 inches) running the horizontal length of the pile so that air is able to circulate freely. The piles are tarped so that the core temperature of the pile gets to the desired… Continue

Added by Trent Houg on March 12, 2010 at 9:58am — 3 Comments


UPDATE: The diggable trees and plants have been taken (11th March). Thanks to all - AG

Added by Anthea on March 11, 2010 at 7:27pm — 4 Comments


We just got in some newly hatched chicks and I thought that I would pass this along to anyone who has just brought some lil chicks home.

Most chicks that arrive in Arizona are coming from a hatchery and thus travel by mail to get here. Chicks arriving by mail have been stressed pretty heavy. Give them feed and water as if you

hatched them yourself, and watch them closely. If they take

to the feed and water quickly, you may not want to mess

with anything else. They should… Continue

Added by Trent Houg on March 11, 2010 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Free Fertilized Chicken Eggs with Purchase of Mini Incubator

Great idea for a Science Fair Project hatching chicken eggs and watching life from start to finish. This is such a neat project that has put together an inexpensive package to help save Mom's, Dad's and teachers some money. We have Free fertile chicken eggs with the purchase of the mini 3 egg incubator and Free fertile chicken eggs with the purchase of the… Continue

Added by Suzie O'Connor on March 10, 2010 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

The Birds have attacked

I had started an additional garden plot in my grandfathers back yard. About two weeks ago I planted corn. No sooner have the seedlings come up than the birds have plucked out my beautiful seedlings and stolen the corn seed. So depressing after all of the excitement of the seedlings finally making an appearance. So I have purchased some bird netting and I am starting over. I am soaking the seeds now and plan on planting tonight.…


Added by Treasa on March 7, 2010 at 10:56am — 6 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

Added by Julie Elefante 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

Added by Julie Elefante on March 4, 2010 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

Tucson Set to Move Forward On New Commercial Development Rainwater Requirement...

This was originally set in motion previously by a legislator who visited Brad Lancaster's Rainwater capturing development but I thought I would forward this new March 1st article in azcapitoltimes. Although we receive less frequent rainfall in Metro Phoenix, we certainly should be applying these same methods. I'd give Brad and his accomplices a pulitzer--I just think that work is so important.…


Added by Jeff Adams on March 3, 2010 at 9:49pm — 2 Comments

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