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I don't have enough ants!

I posted awhile ago about how I don't kill ants- nope, I don't do it! And I try not to use the word, "should" because my mother always taught me the world of "shoulds" is a world of judgement, but I'll make an exception and say you shouldn't kill ants either- or any insect for that matter- unless it's a cockroach inside your house- then I understand.

I watched this documentary last night, and I have gained yet even more respect for these fascinating creatures, and while I was aware of…

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Added by Heather Green on May 27, 2014 at 8:40am — 7 Comments

Root Knot Nematodes and Biological Controls

I never thought it could happen to me... 

We spend our time often observing insects, climatic changes or geek out with soil tests and moisture meters in an attempt to diagnose garden problems, but until you pull a plant up- you probably will not know root knot nematodes are the culprit.…

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Added by Heather Green on March 20, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Easy No-Till Garden Beds on the cheap!

It starts with something like this...

Then it ends up looking something like this for a little while.…

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Added by Heather Green on March 2, 2014 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

Lee Lee Grass or Lemon Grass if you insist





I call it Lee Lee grass, because thanks to Lee Lee's Market, I can now grow my own lemon grass year round. I started this lovely plant with 2 left over lemongrass stalks I purchased at Lee's Lee's. It's an easy and thrifty plant to get started. Just sprout the stalks in a jar of water. I left mine in a North Facing…

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Added by Heather Green on February 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

I don't get rid of Ants - nope

I don't do it! Sure, I suffer some bites here and there, but it's the price you pay for having these little soldiers clean up the yard and aerate the soil... Do they steal my seeds? Not that I've noticed- I lay down enough to share though. Do they farm aphids? I don't think so. If they do- they're probably just factory farming some snacks for other creepy crawlies that hang out around the yard.

Now, they used to bother me when I first moved into my house. In fact, I used to…

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Added by Heather Green on September 29, 2013 at 10:42am — 4 Comments

Treecopaths.

Some people are tree haters plain and simple. I once dated a guy that chopped down any tree that dropped anything. A bird could drop dead from a branch and there he was with an axe... "To hell with this pine tree!".

Every tree on his property was slaughtered gruesomely by a chainsaw and a smile on face, and it didn't stop there. Every…

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Added by Heather Green on June 4, 2013 at 6:00pm — 16 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.…

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

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

Pallet Planter Experiment- Pallet 1- Update

I have been watering about every 4th day with the exception of areas where I have seeds planted- I'm not sure it has been necessary to water on the 4th day as I do not have a moisture meter to confirm soil dryness, and I have not…

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Added by Heather Green on May 2, 2013 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Interesting Newsletter on No-till Gardening/Farming

"UNCOVERING THE REAL DIRT ON NO-TILL"

http://www.sdnotill.com/Newsletters/Real%20Dirt.pdf

Added by Heather Green on April 22, 2013 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

Pallet Planter Experiment- Pallet 1

I kind of like the challenges of growing in the desert heat and sun. It gives me an excuse to busy myself with quirky little experiments and perhaps trivial observations. It's jolly entertainment! Take my pallet gardens for instance...

I made a few of these around the property in addition to raised beds and some in-ground gardens. While I suppose I could invest in a drip line or some shade cloth (that would probably make life easier right?) or some beautiful…

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Added by Heather Green on April 19, 2013 at 7:14pm — 12 Comments

Interesting Video on Wild Plant Farming

It's a little bit of an advertisement, but still very interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/v/pDDfJC5n-D0&hl=en_US&fs=1&;

Added by Heather Green on March 21, 2013 at 9:45am — 9 Comments

Rescued Citrus

I moved into my house about a year ago, and to my excitement and dismay, I had about 9 fruit trees, mostly citrus, that were all dying. I'd never lived in a house before and certainly knew very little about tree care. Elated at the thought of abundant fresh fruit, I made it my mission to rescue these ladies. In fact, that's why I became a member of the VPA. I…

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Added by Heather Green on March 14, 2013 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Diversified Edible Flower Box

I can not speak highly enough about the results I have seen in my diversified edible flower box. All my plants in this box have been planted in companion groupings- with flowers, onions and herbs attracting pollinators, hummingbirds and repelling pests. 

Out of all of my little gardens around the property, this one is small but stunning and really productive. I have only used organic methods of fertilization- blood and bone meal, chicken and steer manure and the…

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Added by Heather Green on March 14, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

First Harvested Head of Red Cabbage

The color of my harvested cabbage was absolutely beautiful, almost black. The flavor is much more mild than the grocery store-bought over-grown heads of cabbage I'm accustomed to.

Planted back in September, this showy purple cabbage plant takes its time to get to maturity- but the results are worth it. I recommend harvesting when the cabbage is just a little larger than a baseball.  An additional benefit to growing red cabbage is its beautiful blue hue. It…

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Added by Heather Green on March 13, 2013 at 10:01am — 2 Comments

Cauliflower Harvest February 2013

I had a good amount of cauliflower this season, which was great because my favorite dishes on a cold evening are Aloo Gobi and Navratan Korma, both of which were made stellar due to the addition of beautiful organic home-grown cauliflower. In retrospect, I could have roasted the cauliflower and persevered its beauty, but nothing tastes better to me than hot'n'spicy 'Ruby Murry'.

An interesting find in regard to growing cauliflower, is you must 'blanch' the heads- that is,…

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Added by Heather Green on February 20, 2013 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The Trials and Tribulations of an Eggplant`

I love that eggplants grow quickly and produce abundant pale lavender droopy blooms. They are very pretty and the plant is extremely easy to grow. These heat loving plants can take full sun in our harsh Arizona climate and if we have a mild winter, it's possible to grow them like an perennial. 

One plant can provide around 50 fruits in a…

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Added by Heather Green on December 30, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

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