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Clover vs Bermuda

Clover is a very different plant from bermuda grass, although the clover can get invasive as well.


At The Farm, I just let the clover grow; I don't mow it.  It can get 18 - 24 inches tall during cooler weather.  It develops a nice duff underneath it.  I'm not sure how it would work for a lawn substitute.  For one, if you didn't mow it, the height would probably classify it as a weed for purposes of Phoenix zoning ordinances, and if a neighbor complained you'd have to battle…


Added by Rob Risley on September 20, 2011 at 6:51am — 5 Comments

Rogue Chickens

A few months ago I told you about my garden floor--the New Zealand White Clover.  It's great for a number of reasons--it suppresses weeds, it conserves moisture, it pumps nitrogen into the soil, it keeps me from having to walk through mud.  Over the last 9 years it has spoiled me, and suddenly I'm having to do without.

A few weeks back someone dropped some chickens into The Farm.  I suspect the neighbors, since I constantly hear roosters crowing in their back yard, and the chickens…


Added by Rob Risley on September 18, 2011 at 7:38am — No Comments

Desert King Fig; Breba Crops

Hasn't this been a strange year for fruit trees?  Every year is different, but this one is more different than most.  In my orchard, some later season peaches bore quite early (Babcock is bearing already!), and some early season peaches look to bear quite late.  The apple harvest was down from last year, and the Annas got mushy even before they took on their pink blush.  On the figs, not much of a breba crop from any…


Added by Rob Risley on June 20, 2011 at 9:05pm — 8 Comments

Orchard Density

Thanks for your comments.


I just spent about an hour writing about orchard density--partly in response for pictures and a tour--and lost the message in a hiccough.  I'll try again some other time.  Just please be patient.

Added by Rob Risley on June 18, 2011 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

Garden Walls, Windscreen, and Microclimate

OK, I seem to be getting the hang of the blog system now.


I told you about my garden floor, so before I get into talking about what I've learned about fruit trees, I'll tell you first about the garden walls.…


Added by Rob Risley on June 14, 2011 at 5:35pm — 3 Comments

Urban Orchard in Central Phoenix

I've wanted a place to share about my orchard for a long time now.  I've been doing this since about 2003, and have picked up a lot of information by trial and error over the years.  Perhaps it could be of use to someone else.  I have over 50 trees on about a half acre of SRP irrigated land in a Phoenix inner-city neighborhood--citrus, figs, stonefruits, apples, pomegranates, persimmons, pecans.  I'm not too good with…


Added by Rob Risley on June 12, 2011 at 3:50pm — 5 Comments

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