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March 2013 Blog Posts (14)

From the Wife of a Worm Farmer

My husband is so smart.  Don't stop reading - I know you think yours is smart too.  But mine farms worms.  He's so smart. 

Seven years ago, I thought he was...not that smart.  He got this crazy idea that he could breed waterdogs (those are baby salamanders) in our storage room.  He actually started them in a terrarium on our kitchen table, which is part of the reason he wasn't that smart.  That was ick.  So he quickly moved the operation out to the storage room.  He rapidly realized…


Added by Robert Fenchak on March 31, 2013 at 5:29pm — 1 Comment

For Sale - Home with urban garden and 4 zone drip system

I thought this might be of interest to all the urban garden peeps out there.

When we purchased the house the yard was a blank canvass, and over the years we've put in a 4 zone drip system; added a veggie garden to the front yard; a orchard to the back, and many native bushes and trees. We would love to see our house go to someone who has as much passion for urban gardening, as we do.

You can go to this link to see the details of the house.…


Added by Paris Nattboy on March 29, 2013 at 10:48am — 3 Comments

The Worminator Bucket Video

I put together a little video showing how I use the worminator bucket to raise composting red wiggler worms.

Check it our if you're interested in recycling/composting yard waste.

click here to see video

Added by Jon Woods on March 29, 2013 at 9:17am — 2 Comments

a little garden report from our friends at indigo street pottery

these folks have taught me so much about gardening on the 'desert's' edge ... truly amazing ... and they are all too humble ...…

Added by bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden on March 27, 2013 at 10:25am — 3 Comments

Planted too deep: a photo essay (FIXED)


I was enjoying all the new growth on my trees and vines when I noted a Santa Rosa Plum had the dreaded Chlorosis. No way! I knew this wasn't a soil issue as this was buried in prime. I'd been reading that trees should be planted at their root…


Added by Brian Beck on March 23, 2013 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

Planting blueberry grapevine cuttings

Today, I could not wait any longer to check and see if my blueberry grapevine cuttings from Paul has rooted or not. And out of the four cuttings, two of them had put out really good root!

So I have located two spots in my backyard next to the pool for them to grow. This is all mostly experiment since I have never grown grapes and this is just too much fun!

Thank you Paul for trading the blueberry grapevines with me! I am really excited to see if these will…


Added by Jacq Davis on March 23, 2013 at 10:03am — 5 Comments

Interesting Video on Wild Plant Farming

It's a little bit of an advertisement, but still very interesting.;

Added by Heather Green on March 21, 2013 at 9:45am — 9 Comments

Drip irrigation information

I wanted to mention to those interested in drip irrigation that "Drip Irrigation Basics" and "Choosing the Right Emitter" for your drip system are information pages on the Water Your Landscape website.

Added by Richard Cartwright on March 20, 2013 at 6:50am — No Comments

Rush of confusion, but FUN!!!

So I grew up in Arizona. The product of unconscious parents. If they did not feel like cooking, it was a drive through for us. But my father grew up, son of a Navy man. A CHEAP Navy man. Who loved to grow his own food. And I remember as a kid, watching grandpa check his beehive, and pull a tomato. WHAT HAPPENED in the gap between my grandfather, and where I am today??? 

You see, growing is completely new to me. And I am a little daunted by it. But I am trying. Seeing what…


Added by Matthew Mullins on March 19, 2013 at 9:39am — 5 Comments

Rescued Citrus

I moved into my house about a year ago, and to my excitement and dismay, I had about 9 fruit trees, mostly citrus, that were all dying. I'd never lived in a house before and certainly knew very little about tree care. Elated at the thought of abundant fresh fruit, I made it my mission to rescue these ladies. In fact, that's why I became a member of the VPA. I…


Added by Heather Green on March 14, 2013 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Diversified Edible Flower Box

I can not speak highly enough about the results I have seen in my diversified edible flower box. All my plants in this box have been planted in companion groupings- with flowers, onions and herbs attracting pollinators, hummingbirds and repelling pests. 

Out of all of my little gardens around the property, this one is small but stunning and really productive. I have only used organic methods of fertilization- blood and bone meal, chicken and steer manure and the…


Added by Heather Green on March 14, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

First Harvested Head of Red Cabbage

The color of my harvested cabbage was absolutely beautiful, almost black. The flavor is much more mild than the grocery store-bought over-grown heads of cabbage I'm accustomed to.

Planted back in September, this showy purple cabbage plant takes its time to get to maturity- but the results are worth it. I recommend harvesting when the cabbage is just a little larger than a baseball.  An additional benefit to growing red cabbage is its beautiful blue hue. It…


Added by Heather Green on March 13, 2013 at 10:01am — 2 Comments

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