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May 2010 Blog Posts (12)


I have a Gardenia planted in a 24" clay pot on the porch, lightly shaded at all times. The buds are not setting as they should and have a white film around the stem within 1/2" of the bud. The buds seem to be drying up and falling off. Can anyone help.

Added by Howard Hughes on May 29, 2010 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Over the last few weeks I "remodeled" my old garden space by amending soil and expanding my drip system. I now have easily quadruple the space I had last year, so I took full advantage of it and planted just about everything I could get my hands on. In addition to the many plants that have hung on from fall/winter (still have tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, and flowers going that I planted last summer) I have added:…


Added by inspir8tion on May 25, 2010 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Planning for a French Gourmet Garden

This fall, a friend and I will be venturing into the world of growing a gourmet garden here at the farm.

At the recommendation of a local Scottsdale Chef, I ordered some very French specialties such as… Continue

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on May 25, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Beautiful Borage

It's beautiful blue Monday and I thought I'd share the beauty of borage - an edible herb - flowers and all. I've got spots of it growing through our garden and have simply fallen in love with the beauty of this plant. It's a delicate blue star and quite… Continue

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on May 24, 2010 at 11:17am — 5 Comments

Driveway Material Alternatives?

I am getting ready to bust up my old concrete driveway and use the "urbanite" to create pathways and such. My question is...what should I use to replace the concrete? It is a double driveway in Central Phoenix in a historic neighborhood. I am lazy when it comes to removing weeds so I would like something that is impermeable to them. I do not know anything about asphalt or gravel or any other substrate. I do not want to replace with concrete. Happy to take any suggestions. Thanks!

Added by Winston Nowak on May 19, 2010 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

Fruit basket Tree

I am in the process of turning a grapefruit tree into a "fruit basket" tree and I am looking for some lime tree cuttings. Please e-mail me at if you can help out. I have graphed one side of me tree with lemons, oranges, and tangerines so far. I know I am a week or two late...but I would like to get some lime buds graphed before it gets too hot. I'll keep you posted on progress.

Added by Dee Danowski on May 18, 2010 at 6:51pm — 7 Comments

My First Garden in 5 Years!

This spring, I planted my first garden in 5 years – a 450 sq. ft. outdoor classroom that has been, so far, both a joyful and frustrating experience (see my photos at My Big Fat 2010 Garden,

The joy has been creating this wonderful space for Mother…


Added by Adrienne Howell on May 16, 2010 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

The next farm to fork dinner is here!

This Saturday, May 15th!! The next and final dinner will be June 19th!! Go to for more…


Added by Bobbi Smith on May 13, 2010 at 9:24am — No Comments


This is my first time, so I'm new at this, so...when I find something interesting to eat, I go w/ instinct and go w/ it. Sometimes, it never works out the way I had hoped.

Added by Harrison Watchman on May 6, 2010 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

Time of Okra

In the past, okra was a vegetable I would only look at and preferred to not eat or touch. Seemed way to slimy to me. I changed my mind the day I was served some fried okra.

And, so, last spring I seeded some okra and was absolutetly enthralled with its beauty.…


Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on May 5, 2010 at 8:51am — 13 Comments

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wow, I've really fallen behind in my garden blogging! I'll start off by saying that gardening has been a pretty decent treatment for two of my worst non-gardener traits: not wanting to ever get up early, and scoleciphobia--an irrational fear of worms/caterpillars. First things first, though.

In short, temperatures have dipped up into the 90s since mid-April, but even this week, there were days where highs still topped off at 71 (blissful days for me). Lows haven't gone below 50s this… Continue

Added by Julie Elefante on May 2, 2010 at 1:04am — 1 Comment

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