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Affordable Home Upgrades

Upgrading a home can be an expensive project, especially if there are several upgrades that need to happen all at once.  Do-it-yourself projects are always an option, and a good idea, but many people do not trust their skills or do not think they are creative enough to complete projects on their own, so they end up spending lots of money on products and professionals.  The…


Added by Sally Williams on July 14, 2015 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Moringa seeds or cuttings

Where can I buy Moringa seeds or cuttings. I live in Mesa.

Just found out about the awesome health benefits of Moringa leaves, flowers and bark.

Added by Karin Brunner on July 12, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Keeping cactus clean from tree debris

I have a beautiful Palo Verde and love all the blossoms but when they drop they get stuck in all the cactus I have below it.

I have tried brushing, vacuuming etc. and can't get the stuff out.  Any suggestions?

Added by Carole Walters on July 7, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments

For sale - Rare Young Roosters

Hi everyone! This is my first blog post, I just joined. I have 2 young roosters that I would like to get rid of asap. Both are just under six months old, and outgrowing their living space. One is a silver-laced lakenvelder, a tad aggressive, but I think he just needs more space to roam. The other is a small black silkie who is somewhat shy but friendly. Both are healthy and crowing. I love my chickens and would love to keep them but I just don't have room for them and my…


Added by Tanner Laizure on July 1, 2015 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Making a Home Look Expensive

Let’s face it, when we decorate our homes, we want visitors to think we paid good money for that look, but the truth is most of us can’t afford the home décor looks of our dreams.  Here are a few ways to make your home look expensive without the actual cost!


Affordable DIY upgrades for all skill levels


We live in a world…


Added by Sally Williams on June 30, 2015 at 9:13pm — No Comments

School Garden In need of Assistance

Dear Community Friends, I am looking for assistance with our schools garden. We are having a community project day on July 11th from 8am to 11am. Our students will be present to assist with all projects in school, including repairing our garden. We are looking to the community to come out and assist our students. If you can help or have questions, please email Stephanie Daniels at Thanks :)

Added by Stephanie Daniels-Lilly on June 29, 2015 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Five common oversights when remodeling

Remodeling projects rarely go as smoothly as you hope. No matter how much planning goes into a home remodel and no matter how prepared you feel, it never goes exactly as you have it down on paper. Here are five of the most common oversights homeowners make when remodeling their homes and some tips for avoiding those oversights.

Don’t forget…


Added by Sally Williams on June 26, 2015 at 3:39am — No Comments

Affordable and Creative Organization Techniques

There are few greater feelings than a clutter free, and organized home.  Getting it to that state, however, can be stressful and cost a lot of money if you do not know what you are doing.  First and foremost, you have to get rid of all unnecessary clutter.  Hold a yard sale or donate items that you do not use to open up more space in your home and make organizing much easier.  Here is some more advice for organizing your home without draining your savings account.




Added by Sally Williams on June 22, 2015 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Sissoo tree help

I moved into a home with a small yard that had two Sissoo trees in. I have cut them down ground out the stump and planted two trees I adore in their place. Now the Sisoo roots are alive and well sprouting mini trees throughout the yard. I am getting pavers put in and terrified it will destroy the pavers if not fixed first. I have dug up most of the roots and sprayed total vegetation killer on some. But now I traced some larger roots to the base of my new gorgeous palms. I need to kill the… Continue

Added by Jenny on June 16, 2015 at 12:53pm — No Comments

looking for a loving home for chickens and rabbits.

We will be living out of the country for an extended period of time and our renter cannot care for our chickens and rabbits.  We are hoping someone in the Permaculture network would like to add our critters to your mix.  We have 4 chickens.  They are 3 years old so they do not lay as much as younger birds but they are excellent at pest control and creating fertilizer!!  They will come with their feeder, any remaining feed and watering containers.

We have 3 lionhead rabbits.…


Added by Shawn & Allison Disarufino on June 12, 2015 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Pine Needles as Mulch? Or is Straw better for the summer?

I have several beds that need some mulch to protect the plants for the summer and I'd read about using pine needles (which we have a lot of and they are free).  But I've also read in the past about pine needles not being so good, although that may have been regarding compost since they take a long time to break down.  I think being in Arizona our soil would not be hurt by acidification from the needles.


Added by Barbara Middleton on May 30, 2015 at 11:07pm — 3 Comments


can anyone tell me when  guavas are ripe in phoenix?

Added by ann hazelett on May 22, 2015 at 8:27pm — 5 Comments

Vermont Maple Syrup

Freshly produced (2015 season) Vermont maple syrup is available at local farmer's markets.

Simply Vermont is a family business at the foot of Mt. Mansfield in north central Vermont.  Our goal is to provide small batches of high quality syrup.  One thing which differentiates us from other maple businesses is that our sap collection system uses no energy.  We don't use any vacuum pumps or electricity to collect the sap, it's a "Zero-Energy gravity feed sap system" which…


Added by MaryMcP on April 11, 2015 at 6:18am — 2 Comments



We just planted blackberries and boysenberries and they will be on the same irrigation system as our garden which will be watered daily for 30 minutes. Does anyone have any suggestions about the number of gallons per day we should water?


Added by heather rutter on March 8, 2015 at 10:31am — 9 Comments

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Added by Linda Enger on March 6, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Heirloom Tomato Seedlings

Heirloom organic varieties, all well suited to our arid climate. I've been growing tomatoes in my east Mesa garden for 10 years and these are some of my favorites, just started some extras this year to help cover my seed cost. All are in 3" pots and ready to go into the garden. $5 ea or 5 for $20

From Baker Creek,

Black Krim

Mini Orange

Chocolate Cherry

German Green Cherry


From Native Seed Search in Tucson



Added by Kim Watkins on February 15, 2015 at 10:07am — No Comments


Download the Tarragon Handout Here: AHA%20Tarragon%20Talk.pdf

Added by Liz & Dan on December 21, 2014 at 2:13pm — 4 Comments

Lady Bug invasion...I think


Added by Victoria Jordan on December 20, 2014 at 12:13pm — 3 Comments

Good time for planting a fig and pomegranates?

I have 3 pomegranite bushes and a turkey fig tree that I have in pots. I moved them around the yard now for about a year, and having found that they both like full sun, I am ready to plant them in the ground. Is now a good time for planting these? (early December?) Thanks for your sage advice.

Added by Deborah Ohara on November 28, 2014 at 12:10pm — 5 Comments


We love to add fun & different stuff to our garden. Candles, rocks, dried drift & much more. We enjoy afternoon & evening tea in the garden.

Added by DePhane Marcelle on October 28, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

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