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May 2009 Blog Posts (33)

Scary little thing called LIFE!

I have discovered LIFE in my garden. All kinds of life forms, of a variety that dizzies me. I cannot identify or quantify it. Plants, animals, and insects seem to be settling in. Wasps, spiders, bugs...

I have harvested squash, fished my first egg out of the chicken coop, and taken pictures.

All this life seems to have attracted the Gila woodpecker, emerald hummingbird, gamble quail, inca dove, mourning dove, finches, love birds, lizards, and an astonishing array of feral… Continue

Added by Philodice on May 31, 2009 at 11:38am — 6 Comments

Watering In The Garden Presentation

Greetings All -

Here is the presentation for the Watering Workshop presented on 27 May 2009 at Drip Coffee. Feel free to comment and provide feedback. Enjoy!


Added by Vynnie McDaniels on May 26, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Movies, Car, and Garden Mostly...

It's been a little over 3 weeks since my last post on May 3rd. Nothing exciting really going on, I have mostly been spending time on my container gardening.

May 8th - My plants keep growing.

May 9th -My plants keep growing but there's something… Continue

Added by Juan on May 25, 2009 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Purchased Thompson Seedless green grapes today.

I found a couple of really nice plants at Home Depot. They are already caining in the perfect shape. I just have to get them in a simi permanent container or in the ground.

Added by Melissa Rennells on May 23, 2009 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Re potted my Bonanza dwarf miniature peach tree & dwarf tangelo trees

They were both getting very rootbound. I put the peach tree in a 15inch diameter container, but should have put it in a 24. I will repot is in fall if it survives this summer. The poor thing was getting very root bound. The roots were going around in a circle, and the top was starting to suffer.

The tangelo, wasn't as bad. It looked good still, but was stuck in the container. I had to cut the container off of the root ball. No damage done there thank goodness! I put it into a 24inch in… Continue

Added by Melissa Rennells on May 23, 2009 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

Varieties Growing in 2009

I have been curious just how many varieties of edible plants I am growing so finally started a list. It comes to 132 varieties, a far cry from the Dervaes family with over 300 but a good start. The list include things we've harvested since Jan 1 and things in the ground now, but does not include the seeds still waiting to be planted.


This is a list of varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers grown in 2009. Items marked with * are… Continue

Added by Mary Hysong on May 21, 2009 at 7:58pm — 2 Comments

Rain! It is rolling off my roof and traveling to Basin garden!

Looks like my rain harvesting plot has succeeded! It is coming off my roof, down an incline in the soil, right into my pit garden. Raised beds can't do this, baby!

Added by Philodice on May 20, 2009 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

Corn, I got Corn!!

its a wonderful day in the neighborhood today as Hot as it is! I planted corn last week and it sprouted today WooHoo.....

Added by Trinidad Cardona on May 19, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

At least some of my plants like the heat

The melons and cucumbers are going crazy. Especially the melons. The cuke plants are getting HUGE and blooming, but I'm not seeing any product.

The Charentais melon, on the other hand...

I took this pic on Friday:

Now look at it as of this morning (Monday):


UPDATE: This morning, I noticed the vine supporting the bigger one was getting… Continue

Added by grrlscout on May 18, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Well I agree the heat has done it's job!

I got those grown bag strawberries to loate. They are pooped out. My cantelope in the containers all turned yellow and died off. My brussell spouts died a week ago. A big fat catilipillar was having quite the feast on them. Oh well,,, he found his way over the balcony wall. My tomatos are happy campers. I topped them so they would focus on the production on the green leaves and stems. My eggplant is happy as ever. I lost 2 eigth ball zucchini plants, but one survived. I lost a patty pan squash.… Continue

Added by Melissa Rennells on May 18, 2009 at 9:37am — No Comments

Heating Up

Well it's definitely heating up around here. Has run about 96 all week though it was cooling off to about 56 at night, last night [that is actually 6 this morning] it was still 62. have had to start running the cooler a bit but only a couple of hours in the afternoon and as soon as it's cooler outside than in I turn the pump off to save water. Most of the peas have pooped out and have just let the last few grow for seed. The rest of them will soon be coming out and the cucumbers, okra, malabar… Continue

Added by Mary Hysong on May 17, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

RE: Food Safety Hearings:

ALARM! bells are going off...this morning on Cspan I awakened to a hearing (recorded Thursday) about Food Safety and Horticulture and Organic Agriculture.

So what I have gleaned from the hearing headed by Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) from one of the FDA Commissioners, Dr David Acheson is that irradiation was mentioned. Also, Cardoza blatently mentioned 'industrial partners'.

If Monsanto (wrote HR 875) is one of the players it would seem that they have an interest in killing… Continue

Added by TERRI LARSEN on May 15, 2009 at 10:29am — 2 Comments

Good design, why and how we should work with nature.

Ethics- first, a unfounded expounding of the high and mighty moral motivation for good design.

The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.

Cooperation, not competition, is the very basis of future survival and of existing life systems.

Principles of Permaculture

Components placed in a system should be viewed relatively, not in isolation. Stress the functional Relationship between… Continue

Added by Andrew Martin Schreiber on May 13, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Question for You Experts out there

My cucumber plants are flourishing; however, they seem to have a shocking lack of male flowers to assist in producing cucumbers! Every day I go out and check to see if there are any male flowers and I have lots of female flowers with fruit on the ends, which of course dry up and fall off since there is no pollinating going on! Is there anybody out there that can answer that… Continue

Added by marilyn on May 13, 2009 at 8:10am — 6 Comments

New Arrival Just added to my Website - Homemade Chicken Coop Tractor for 12-15 hens

This homemade chicken coop tractor is made of white pine and cypress which will last you many years to come. It measures 8ft x 5ft x 5ft and will hold 12-15 hens no problem. Inside we have 4 nesting boxes, 2 perches and drop down step for hens to get to the bottom of the run which is completely enclosed with wire which made this coop predator protected. We have an opening… Continue

Added by Suzie O'Connor on May 13, 2009 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Grape Leaf Skeletonizers in the hood

They're back with a vengence. I used a whole container of something organic, which did nothing but encourage the little stinkers. Someone in the guild wrote about neem oil - anyone know where to purchase locally?

After a long day at work, the best part of the day is to come home and stroll through the garden, look underneath the leaves for the next flower or little bud of fruit and joyfully discover something is really growing! Some things like the cucumbers seem to grow six inches in a… Continue

Added by Kathi Metzger on May 12, 2009 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Grape Vines

I have a seedless crimson that I just planted from bare-root this spring. It has been growing beautifully with lots of green leaves. A few days ago, I noticed that several leaves have these perfectly formed semi-circles eated out of them. Are these called cutter beetles or something like that? How do I get rid of them before they eat all my grape leaves!!! And I need to find organic solutions, thank you!!!

Added by Linda on May 12, 2009 at 5:08pm — 2 Comments

Molly's Lemon Cupcakes

This year Molly and Treve shared Easter brunch with our family.…

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on May 12, 2009 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

Lunch in a Box - I Ate an Ant

I'd just gotten off the phone with a friend from Ireland and decided that it would be a Lunch in a Box day. So, I grabbed my kitchen shears and snipped some spinach, arugula, and some curley leafed lettuce. I'd so enjoyed the Nasturtiums from the other day and I read that Pansy's are edible as well, so I snipped away.

After taking great care to rinse my salad off, I carefully set each piece on my plate. I like to… Continue

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on May 12, 2009 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Advise on building a chicken coop.

Good morning,
I am planning a chicken coop for 15 laying hens. My husband suggested we use the Rainiew Wood Storage Building from Lowes and make some conversions to it. My concern is the wood is "treated". Has anyone looked into this and do you think it is a problem for the chickens?

Added by Susan on May 10, 2009 at 10:21am — 2 Comments

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