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May 2013 Blog Posts (23)

New canvas tote design -- purslane/verdolagas


Here it is, our newest Hip Veggies design!  Art by Adriana Grossi, benefits The Family School.  We will be helping them buy weekend food packs for their financially struggling students.

For more information please refer to our Etsy…


Added by Monika Woolsey on May 29, 2013 at 1:17pm — 2 Comments

Webinar -- Antioxidants in your backyard

Awhile ago, I posted a webinar link to my Dropbox account.  It is a talk I did for THRIVE a year ago.  It was well enough received that I took the time to record it and store it in my account.

I was disappointed that the only comments I received were complaints that I had not used another format, and suggestions that I was trying to mine email addresses for some other use.  In trying to erase the negative comments I accidentally erased the entire link.

I really don't want the…


Added by Monika Woolsey on May 29, 2013 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Dangers of tires / pallets

I know we all want to upcycle / recycle available building materials, however let's be little more conscious when selecting what to use. I was surprised to learn that both tires and pallets may contain toxic chemicals / substances that I don't want in my food, lawn, home, etc. Please see following links ~…


Added by Jason Navarro on May 24, 2013 at 10:47am — 4 Comments

Does any one have ducks, geese, goats, sheep or other small animals that they would like to share at at a Vacation Bible School.  We want to display them during a week long evening event beginning ne…

Does any one have ducks, geese, goats, sheep or other small animals that they would like to share at at a Vacation Bible School.  We want to display them during a week long evening event beginning next Tuesday  evening May 28th.  Our Church is located in Glendale (43 Ave and Glendale).   We have a safe display area under cover attached to our…


Added by Robert Brown on May 23, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments

Looking for a bungalow rental

I'm looking for a bungalow rental house beginning mid to late summer, in the east valley. I want a small yard for a small vegetable and herb gardens. The house doesn't need to be very big, but I would need a two bedroom or one bedroom with extra room for office. If you have such a place, please send pics (if you can) inside and out, include yard and kitchen. And what does it rent for. I am an herbalist and therefore desire a fair bit of counter space in the kitchen or enough space for an…


Added by Eagle Spirit on May 23, 2013 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

#3: Surviving my own grand plans for the yard

After spending the previous summer collecting materials and growing weeds, I decided to start the next spring out right. After calling blue stake, I took shovel to dirt and started digging out what will (eventually) be a patio area

-photo, spring 2012 the digging begins

I found out that I was not good at digging big holes by myself, so I…


Added by Lisa Schoop on May 22, 2013 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

Garden of your mind

Here is a little project I'm helping my friend Kevin with in Downtown Mesa. It's called Garden of your mind. And here is a link to some photos / page. Most of it is currently on facebook. Feel free to message or like us!

General Page -…


Added by Jason Navarro on May 21, 2013 at 12:59pm — No Comments

#2: The Saga Begins

This is where it began about a year ago. This is my yard in spring of 2012... Scary!  the green patches is where the sprinkler leaks were. I had no clue as to what I wanted, other than no grass! There's not a bit of shade, and the budget to start this project is thin. So.. Off to Craigslist!

I was not completely certain as to what…


Added by Lisa Schoop on May 20, 2013 at 3:12pm — 2 Comments

1st Crop - 1st post

I have been an urban gardener for about 6 years, but this year my first crop feels extra special. This is the first yield from my new garden, in my very own home. I have plowed under and taken apart hours of hard work because I was a renter. Now for the first time I have a chance to make my garden how I want it, where I want it , and for as long as I please.…


Added by Lisa Schoop on May 18, 2013 at 9:20am — 5 Comments

Garlic harvest

Had these under the ornamental plum.

Not sure where I'll plant next time around.

This was my first time growing garlic.

The leaves were yellowing and I figured it was time to pull 'em out.

HOoray! They were bigger then expected.…


Added by Torrie B on May 17, 2013 at 9:54pm — 4 Comments

tomato jail

I am battling the birds and trying to keep them from getting to my tomatoes first. I got some "old school" plastic berry baskets and I am hoping that will keep their little peckers from getting at my mates. I just thought you would like a laugh!



Added by Michele on May 14, 2013 at 7:57pm — 2 Comments

Interesting Article on Maggot Composting

Discovered that my compost bin is infested with BSF larvae. These things are gigantic and horribly disgusting looking. I just want to take a shower thinking about them. However, this article was funny and interesting. A good read. Would love other's thoughts on it.…


Added by Heather Green on May 12, 2013 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments


Tyler's Honest Herbal by: Steven Foster and Varro E. Tyler, PhD. 


Honey is the saccharine secretion deposited in the honeycomb by the bee, Apis mellifera L., a well-known insect of the family Apidae.  To prepare this product, the worker bee collects nectar from the various flowers and stores it briefly in its crop or honey bag.  There it is acted upon by secretions from…


Added by Torrie B on May 9, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Planted climbing plants outside the coop!

Malabar spinach, cow peas, Hyacinth beans and more that are okay for my babies to munch on.

In my garden I put in the last of my brown onion starts, black simpson heat tollerant lettuce,  moss rose, allysum, yellow wax green beans and a bunch of flowers seeds.. yaaayyy... I am on the watch for seedlings now!

Added by Melissa Rennells on May 8, 2013 at 9:35pm — No Comments

From rock garden to veggie garden!!!!

I don't have much space for garden.  I like my grass for the dogs.  I removed about 25 feet of rocks from the back of the house and have more space in the side yards.  Next year--quail and side gardens.  This year I've planted basil, 9 different…


Added by kathy Thompson Hill on May 7, 2013 at 5:18pm — 4 Comments

Hip Veggies latest design celebrates mesquite beans!


Added by Monika Woolsey on May 7, 2013 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Lippi has Hengda temperament perfect transformation

Who says Guangzhou Hengda can not win on the road? The so-called record, this is meant to be broken and there, not to mention some objective conditions had embarrassing record it? Strength, after all, is to hit back at all question the most powerful weapon ...... Following the home win over rivals, Evergrande Away the Muang Thong SCG Stadium, and eventually a 4-1 victory over the opponent, two-round score of 8:1, occupy the Thai team back-to-back against the absolute upper hand. Now Hengda…


Added by Blair Michelle on May 7, 2013 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

Chicken photobomb

While trying to get a picture of one of the younger girls taking a dust bath, curiosity got the better of one of my barred rocks.  My girls make me smile every day!

Added by Kelly Tjon on May 6, 2013 at 2:51pm — 6 Comments

The "before" picture and "Current" picture.

I want to begin to document the transformation of our yard :)

This first blog is just a picture of the "before" picture - what the house looked like when we purchased it.  

We have purchased a Postage Stamp size lot  in July 2012 in Mesa... close to down town. 

 The house came with 7 baby fruit trees in the front yard. (No water was planted yet... I now know the importance of knowing how those trees will get water before actually planting them) : ) A…


Added by Torrie B on May 6, 2013 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

Deadheading Multibranch Sunflowers

A lot of people probably know the benefits of deadheading sunflowers, but I didn't.  I've been deadheading one of my sunflower patches- one with a a lot of multibranch varieties in particular, and I have experienced nice results.

I planned on just letting nature run its course when I planted this…


Added by Heather Green on May 6, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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