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September 2009 Blog Posts (15)

Pictures galore

As you can see from my page I love visuals. Images give me a huge amount of inspiration to move forward with my own Projects. I think it has to do with the years of owning an Art Gallery in Los Angeles.

Now I am just a humdrum banker these days, surrounded by lifeless cubicles without an ounce of expression.

This weekend Chris and I had a visit to Don's house. I love the fact that he has his garden plan laid out in a good-sized format. This way he can expand easily on his… Continue

Added by Ruthanne Gold-Winters on September 29, 2009 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Hyatt Hotel offers Food for Composting

Hyatt Hotel in downtown Phoenix is looking to connect with a farmer who needs food scraps for compost.

If you would like to add more food scraps to your compost management this is a place to go. I do not know if this is raw or cooked food (hopefully it is raw), but I think it is a good move on their part to start thinking in this direction. Maybe they will inspire other hotels to follow suit. If you need this service, contact:

John Pekala

ENVIRON International… Continue

Added by TERRI LARSEN on September 28, 2009 at 11:37am — No Comments

Ruthanne's easy Salsa

Ruthanne’s Bean, Corn & Pineapple Salsa

Large can of Mexican stewed tomatoes (chopped, use half the juice) or fresh tomatoes work great as well.

Small can of diced pineapple (use half the juice) or fresh pineapple.

Four cloves of garlic chopped finely

Half-small onion chopped finely

Cilantro if desired

Small can of nib lets corn (drained) or cooked fresh corn cut from the cob. I love the roasted corn taste.

Small can of Black or Red beans (small… Continue

Added by Ruthanne Gold-Winters on September 27, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Malabar Spinach is growing like crazy!

I need to get it growing on an actual trellis, but for now it is growing on some bamboo poles I have in a tripod position. The 3 plants are intertwining and reaching out for the sky! It has the buds for the blooms and berries. They come in groups like grapes. Some are start to turn a pretty purple color.

Added by Melissa Rennells on September 25, 2009 at 10:21am — 3 Comments

Fall container garden planted.

I put in Butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and some more regular cucumbers. I also tossed in some cilantro. I planted a few weeks ago my black simpson seed lettuce, leaf spinach, and chives.
I do have some success to report from my summer container garden. I finally have cosmos! They are blooming all over and cute. I have been picking the tiniest pickling cucumbers. A few hungry cherry tomatoes. This was way more than I ever got on my patio in our appartment.

Added by Melissa Rennells on September 25, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

Beginner Gardener etc.

I am a recent arrival to Phoenix from Canada. I am trying to start a garden on my balcony. So far I have killed a bougainvilla and a pot of basil. Can anyone help me with suggestions on how to start a potted garden ? Should I just be using clay or terra cotta pots instead of plastic ones? I would love to grow flowering plants and herbs and even vegetables - maybe even a citrus tree, is that possible? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance


Added by Kathleen Martin on September 24, 2009 at 12:29pm — 8 Comments

Our first full autumn in our new home.

I just finished pulling up the remnants of the remainder of the bermuda grass growing in our first garden bed. We moved into our half-century-old house on Veteran's Day of 2008. I transplanted all of the pepper plants I had been nurturing in pots while we languished in a rental home in South Scottsdale. The peppers were frying on the plants over the summer, but recently I've been able to harvest and roast some to eat in omelettes and as a topping on our pizza.

What a surprise to find… Continue

Added by Anita Mahaffey on September 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Teaching Kids how to Garden Indoors - Some Fun Ideas for the Winter Months

Growing Food During the Winter Months

You do not have to have a garden in order to have fresh vegetables to eat. What you do need is the know-how and desire to begin growing your own. These simple steps and items around your kitchen can get you started on turning seeds into plants in order to grow vegetables even when it's snowing outside.

The very first thing that you need is packages of seeds. Seeds are easy to come by and cost under a dollar. Vegetables that grow well… Continue

Added by Suzie O'Connor on September 22, 2009 at 11:50am — No Comments

Worm Castings - Usage?

I just harvested about 10-15 lbs of worm composting for my first time!

What suggestions do you have on how to use it?

Do I add it directly to the soil?
Make a tea . if so how?
Use it for seeding and up planting?

I am sure all work but any suggestions or great results that you'd like to share .. much appreciated



Added by Neal R on September 19, 2009 at 9:37pm — 3 Comments

Tilling is done!

Done with the hard part!.......

Added by Linda C. Tarango on September 12, 2009 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments

Blooming Gourds!

I have a bunch of gourd vines that are beginning to bloom. Should I pollinate the females myself or should I just let them be and hope for the best? And what would be the best way to pollinate them myself?

Added by Kevin on September 8, 2009 at 6:08pm — 2 Comments

Need helpers in Tempe- co-op gardening!

im new to blogging, so i can also be contacted @ 602-326-3732 I live in East/central Tempe & need help w/ a garden space in the yard of home Im renting- I will trade produce from the harvests to those who help- I am free thurs/fri/sat -
thanks- Linda

Added by Linda C. Tarango on September 8, 2009 at 10:20am — 2 Comments

Wowkay Bird Streamers for fruit trees

I have some nifty Roscolene stencil-cut sheets about 2 feet long by 1 foot that I hung on my 2 peach trees in the spring, hoping to keep the birds off. There were hundreds of ripe peaches... and the birds are at bay - it worked! The streamers are v light and not obvious - they cast pretty coloured shadows in sunlight and toss around in the wind; they look decorative on the trees (if you notice them at all) and come in 10 different colours. I used about two dozen on each tree. sells… Continue

Added by Anthea on September 3, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Started some lettuce and spinach seeds this last weekend.

I hope it isn't to early or hot. I have some seedlings. We shall see. I'm gonna continue the container garden for now. I have more time to plan for the big garden I want to do.

I'm all healed up from my surgery, and doing really well, but the house is still coming together from the remodel.

I miss my quiet meditation with Jesus in my garden work.

Added by Melissa Rennells on September 2, 2009 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

Prepping Compost?

Does anyone prep compost before using? I've heard it's a good idea to sterilize it by solarizing it. I don't really think I have the room to do that. Also, my compost is pretty much made up of marble sized chunks. Should I be doing something about this? I try to break it up into smaller bits, but there's so much of it there's no way I could make a dent. Should I be doing more about this or is it alright to use it "as is"?

Added by Rod on September 2, 2009 at 7:21pm — 2 Comments

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