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Herbal Workshop Feb 16th

In celebration of Valentine's Day we're soaking it in, and making some bath time treats. We'll be crafting rose bath teas to soothe the body and nourish the skin, and candles to up the ambiance.

This month we're running a Pal-entine's special! Bring a friend and you'll both get $5 off the…


Added by Liz & Dan on February 10, 2020 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Importance of Building Healthy Soils

I found this amazing video where you can plainly see the difference in good soil structure and weak soil structure. This is exactly the demo Rebecca Senior and I used for the Master Gardener Soils lab class.  Enjoy

Added by Liz & Dan on September 21, 2019 at 10:54am — No Comments

Herbal Workshop Sept 14th

The Arizona Herb Association is proud to present

Happy Miels - an Herbal Workshop

Honey provides our bodies with a host of beneficial

actions and we know a…


Added by Liz & Dan on September 4, 2019 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Summer Greens Program - UPDATE

Hi All,

I know it seems kind of early to start thinking of summer, especially with this cold snap.  But summer is right around the corner and our beautiful supply of fresh lettuces, spinach and other tasty winter greens will soon be replaced by squash, corn, okra and the other summer gardening favorites.  But does that mean we have to give up on the idea of salads and other cooked greens from the garden?  NO!!  Well, at least not entirely... we can't grow lettuce during the summer…


Added by Liz & Dan on May 27, 2017 at 7:03pm — 7 Comments

Wicking Bed 2.0

Wicking Bed 2.0 May 2017

Some of you may remember when I first posted about my experiments with a kiddie pool wicking bed way back when.  Well, I wanted to take some time to update what I learned about using that bed and how I designed a new bed at our new house.  That original wicking bed experiment can be found here:…


Added by Liz & Dan on May 27, 2017 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

Planting Calendars - more than just Veggies out there!


I've been so busy lately with life that I haven't been posting here as often as I would like.  Today I thought I would just include a quick note for all of you out there wondering what you can plant and when here in the greater Phoenix area.  Our wonderful Extension Office has created not one but THREE different planting calendars for our area that include Vegetables, Herbs and Flowering and Bedding Plants.  Basically covering all the main smaller type plants you could want…


Added by Liz & Dan on May 27, 2017 at 6:02pm — 1 Comment

New Old Technology - UPDATE

Ollas are unglazed earthenware pots that provide slow deep water released directly to plant roots.

------------------------ Original April 2009 --------------------------

As the weather heats up, I’ve been thinking about how to stretch the growing season for my greens and am turning to container…


Added by Liz & Dan on May 27, 2017 at 4:53pm — 15 Comments

1st Annual Herb Festival! March 18th

Greetings fellow Gardeners!  I'm excited the Arizona Herb Association is hosting their 1st ever Herb Festival March 18th, here is some information about the educational event.  I'm hoping to see you all there!

Where: Cooperative Extension Office

4341 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, USA

When: Check-in begins 9am

Programs 9:30am – 4pm

$45 Ticket price includes lunch

The 1st Annual Herb Festival is a full day of fun &…


Added by Liz & Dan on February 19, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Fall Gardening in Phoenix, Veggies & Herbs

Welcome to the Resources page for the City of Peoria Sustainable U Class titled "Planting Your Fall Garden".  I'm glad you've come to visit and hope you find this information useful and helpful!  Please don't hesitate to ask questions, this website is a great resource with lots of people here with years of experience growing in the desert.

A PDF of the class powerpoint is available to download here:…


Added by Liz & Dan on August 12, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments


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

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

Cool Features about the VPA Website

There are a lot of new folks here and I thought I might share a few of my favorite things about this website...


Search Function

One of the best functions I love about this website is the search function at the top right corner of the page.  If you want to know what has been posted about a certain topic (i.e. chicken scorpion stings, harvest…


Added by Liz & Dan on February 24, 2013 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

Wicking Bed Experiment UPDATE March 20, 2015

Wicking Bed Experiment

So I used our neighbor’s old kiddie pool to try a proof of concept this summer.  A Wicking bed is simply an enclosed reservoir of water over which you put a growing medium and grow stuff.  It is supposed to be low water use and the research I found was intriguing enough to want to try it!

So, figuring the easiest and…


Added by Liz & Dan on June 19, 2012 at 10:00am — 59 Comments

FREE Food Preservation Video Series

Hello fellow Permies,

Did you know about the fantastic video section on this website?  We have an entire series on food preservation created by Purdue University titled "Putting Foods By" by Sue Berg from the Monroe County Extension Service and Stephanie Solomon from Mother Hubbard's Cupboard demonstrate different ways of stretching your food dollar and preserving food in your own home with the following techniques:…


Added by Liz & Dan on January 26, 2012 at 10:19pm — 5 Comments

New Publications from our friends at UofA

For those who don't know, UofA has a great Cooperative Extension office here in Phoenix.  Uof's

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences also has well researched papers available for free (some hard copies cost money) to anyone looking for information on a variety of topics related to landscape and gardening.  These are two new ones:…


Added by Liz & Dan on July 19, 2011 at 1:15pm — 2 Comments

Drowning in Peaches!

Well the peach harvest keep rolling in like a tidal wave here!  Sunday Doreen and I spent the morning picking peaches at a friend’s house, he’s out of town and the harvest doesn’t wait for our vacation schedules!  His peach tree is only 5 years old, but we must have harvested around 100 pounds of peaches off that one tree!

That is only a small portion of what was…


Added by Liz & Dan on May 25, 2011 at 5:18pm — 19 Comments

Easiest Solar Oven Design!

Hi All,

I have to share this simple and super effective Solar Oven Design from Kathy Dahl-Bredine.

From, (

"Kathy and her husband are Maryknoll Lay Missioners working in Oaxaca, Mexico with local organizations on sustainable development among indigenous and marginalized rural communities. Kathy works with the organization Niño a Niño… Continue

Added by Liz & Dan on February 2, 2010 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

Healthier Eggs - Study Finds Pasture Eggs more Nutritious!

I'm sure many of you know that the eggs from your backyard flock are much healthier than the conventional factory-farm egg, but now we have some indication of how much better!

Testing done by Mother Earth News in 2007 concluded that most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture.

Compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on… Continue

Added by Liz & Dan on July 29, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

How to build an Herb Spiral

Phenomenal example of an Herb Spiral at Joan Baron's home

Hi All, I have been asked by many people (most recently Martha last night) about herb spirals. They are a beautiful and productive use of space for the home permaculturalist. I wanted to share some resources that I have seen with you all in the hope that you will feel empowered to go ahead and start using all that Urbanite!…


Added by Liz & Dan on April 23, 2009 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

Dining a la Permaculture

Odds N Ends from the Garden- Cauliflower Leaves!

Hi All,

I am cleaning out the Winter garden in preparation for the Spring plantings (I know, should have done this a couple weeks ago!) and was overwhelmed with the amount of Cauliflower leaves my plants produced!

These are… Continue

Added by Liz & Dan on March 10, 2009 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Dining a la Permaculture!

A Basic Permaculture Meal…

Hello All,

Welcome to my new blog topic “Dining a la Permaculture” where I’ll share some of my kitchen exploits as we come up with new ways to use all the good stuff that we’re growing. Thanks Karl, Doreen and Connie for the inspiration to start on this topic!

So, I thought I would start with an oldie, but a goodie, the omelet! When you can use fresh eggs from your very own hens, life doesn’t get much… Continue

Added by Liz & Dan on March 3, 2009 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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