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August 2008 Blog Posts (10)

A Wonderful Video "Healing Gardens of New York"

I saw this the other night on Link TV, and I especially love the idea of garden therapy. If you have tivo, you can search on the title, I'm sure they will play it again.

Added by VDaniels on August 30, 2008 at 6:57am — No Comments

Thanks to Myron and Co. for the Chicken class!

I 'henpecked' hubby 'til he agreed to go to this class -- he calls it enabling me in my chicken obsession. And it actually was helpful for both of us. I learned that I am WAY overthinking this. They're chickens for crying out loud, not an endangered species I'm going to kill if I screw up. You know, pets with benefits. Jeff learned it's a common sense thing, and that many people who keep chickens share his aversion to using them for meat after them being pets. (I unfortunately grew up at least… Continue

Added by Susan on August 17, 2008 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Baby Steps - Time to Start Composting

I went to the dump (ok, to be PC, the landfill) at 27th Avenue & Lower Buckeye Road and picked up a compost container. For $5 you can go pick up one or more former garbage bins. They're the size of the recycle/blue containers, the bottoms have been sawn off and holes have been drilled into the sides. It fit in the back of my Suburban just fine. I've got an old ice cream container with lid in the kitchen, collecting food waste. A fresh bag of grass clippings is baking in a black bag in the… Continue

Added by Katherine Coles on August 17, 2008 at 11:45am — 4 Comments

List of species and varieties of seeds stored in mass bin used for Seedball Class.

Here is a list of the seeds placed in the seed bin used for seedball class. Many, although not all, are identified by common ame, and binomial genus-species names. I continue to work on making the names complete, especially since so many of you have heard me rant about identifying plants by common name alone. Not fussy, it's just that people have been made ill and killed by misunderstood common names. I will be grateful too any fellow permies who want to help with this. They and are invited to… Continue

Added by Ruby Sheffer on August 15, 2008 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Young chickens, just started laying, friendly

FYI - From Craig'slist, wish they showed a pic of the coop. Lis

Young chickens, just started laying, friendly

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Date: 2008-08-15, 8:13AM

We are moving and can't take our girls with us. We have 6 chickens, 3 are 8 months old and 3 are 6 1/2 yrs old. They all are laying brown eggs, almost one a day. Currently we get about 5 eggs a day. They are docile and follow me around the yard. They do not peck little children, they were… Continue

Added by Lisette Volkmar on August 15, 2008 at 10:51am — 4 Comments

A Fungus Among Us

This morning I discovered these mushrooms popping up in my garden. It's cool to see your garden come alive on it's own!

Added by VDaniels on August 14, 2008 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Gardening Adventures - whats happening in my garden Aug 08

August is an exciting month in the garden for me. I am able to plant a few things now and I know that september is just around the corner and the exciting fall season of gardening is here.

What is growing:

I have just picked my last cantelope. That is the end of my summer harvest. Most my plants are just hanging out waiting for it to cool off... I have my 5 year old green pepper that is looking good and starting to get blooms and I have seen a few baby peppers. My new red… Continue

Added by diane on August 13, 2008 at 9:06pm — 4 Comments

Circular Gardening Thoughts

One of the great features of a "no dig garden" is the water conservation aspect. Because you plant down into straw/mixed with compost, it seems to retain water quite well. Probably one reason why this type of garden is popular in Australia. Anyways, when I awoke this morning, I realized I was feeling anxious about not watering the garden last night, even though the soil was perfectly moist. It was then that I realized that I am a compulsive WATERER! This realization flipped me backwards to all… Continue

Added by VDaniels on August 10, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

Still here!

So I put in my first organic garden last weekend. A nice lite rain fell that evening which was awesome! Then the BIG storm Thursday night. I thought for sure that my veggies and herbs would fly away to Kansas, so I kept envisioning a very large (heavy!) tub over the garden, protecting it from the hurricane. The next morning I had huge branches ripped off my front tree, so squeezing my eyes shut, I stumbled over to the garden and............... everything was still there, even the little name… Continue

Added by VDaniels on August 9, 2008 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Adventures with composting - with a new chipper/shredder

Finally I now have a chipper/shredder to hopefully help me with the enormous pile of compost that has been on the side of my house for years.... with little to zero resulting in black gold compost.

What I bought: a 2.5HP chipper/shredder from Harbor Frieght Tools here in Phoenix. The website had it listed for $159, but it was on sale at the store for $119. I figured that was a decent price to give it a try. I looked for the red 'german engineered' one that was mentioned in the… Continue

Added by diane on August 5, 2008 at 12:40pm — 3 Comments

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