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Soils & citrus in north-of-Phx area - Help!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Anthea Jan 12, 2013.



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Anthea replied to Anthea's discussion Soils & citrus in north-of-Phx area - Help!
"Hi Kevin - We moved in during the summer and just picked up a bunch of fruit trees (bare root) to plant in a couple of days after the cold weather passes. Need your advice re fencing, please - what type of fencing do you use? Chickenwire... dog-run…"
Jan 12, 2013
Anthea replied to Robert Brown's discussion My garden in the group Soil Builders
"Hi Robert - It looks like you have the problem I am grappling with: Lack of canopy shade! How about mulching with (organic) straw? The "Extreme Gardening Guy" talks about using 6-8" of straw or other mulch... to keep the soil cooler…"
Jun 26, 2012
Anthea replied to Sapna Gupta's discussion How to deal w/hard water without getting a water softener?
"Hi Brian - just stumbled on your response right now. I'm happy to clarify my position: I created the website to promote these amazing water structuring devices. I do not personally benefit from any sales. Thanks for asking. AG"
May 10, 2012
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Anthea's discussion Soils & citrus in north-of-Phx area - Help!
"Absolutely! :-)"
May 10, 2012
Linda Enger replied to Anthea's discussion Soils & citrus in north-of-Phx area - Help!
"so I was on the right track :)"
May 9, 2012
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Anthea's discussion Soils & citrus in north-of-Phx area - Help!
"I love to find ways to recycle the jugs - one of my cats has a very specialized diet and needs distilled water so I like to find ways to use the jugs - and they do make a wonderful cloche or plant starting for late winter/spring."
May 9, 2012
Linda Enger replied to Anthea's discussion Soils & citrus in north-of-Phx area - Help!
"Catherine, I love the gallon white vinegar approach. I use lots of that from costco and have been saving them to cut to try for  temporary pots in winter to give soil more heat, and as covers instead of big glass domes to keep in heat. NOW…"
May 9, 2012
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Anthea's discussion Soils & citrus in north-of-Phx area - Help!
"Another option is a plastic jug olla - perforate gallon jugs at the bottom and just keep filled with water.  I found a link showing the jugs used as ollas Recycling!"
May 9, 2012

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I'm vegetarian (vegan), was brought up organic (my parents were members of the Soil Association in England back in the 1940s), enjoy turning everything into compost and planting/tending fruit trees. I know nothing about growing veggies but am hoping to learn!

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UPDATE: The diggable trees and plants have been taken (11th March). Thanks to all - AG

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 7:27pm — 4 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

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 1:00pm

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At 10:02pm on September 16, 2009, marcy said…
hi anthea =)
sorry, no, i'm not planning on going to that one. perhaps if you post on the event that you're in need of a ride, someone else may be able to help. it looks like a good tour but i've been real busy lately so i'm just going to focus my energies around here for a while. spent most of today and some of yesterday working on the garden. i can feel autumn in the air finally =) how is your wall coming?
At 9:51pm on December 4, 2008, marcy said…
my garden has grown much since those last pictures. i'll have to have you over sometime so you can see my giant mustard greens =) i'm looking forward to working on my garden some more this saturday after the class.
and yes, i do think there should be lots of life in the compost. i just think maybe next time that i'll be a little more cautious about throwing weeds(actually weed seeds) into the mix. i've always felt that weeds were just underappreciated plants, and i'd love the extra life in the garden, BUT, i think i better concentrate more on increasing the number of intended plants first, and then if i get a few volunteer weeds, they can have a nice home in my garden. i don't like to kill anything that's got such a will to live.
i do think it's really exciting , looking at my compost and witnessing the changes as it turns to dirt. i've gotten a few mushrooms growing in it, though right now, it doesn't seem to be doing much. it's pretty neat watching the cycles of life,
At 6:14pm on November 10, 2008, Mary Ann Zoeller said…
thanks for the welcome Anthea. I hope to meet some of the SW folks soon but am traveling back to Indiana on the 22nd. Enjoy
At 8:34am on November 10, 2008, marcy said…
nov 22 works for me =)
At 9:07am on November 8, 2008, Anthea said…
I left 2 messages for Peg but no response - maybe the wrong number? So no, I don't have a ride! My number: 623 974 1166. Any chance you could pick me up?? Thanks! AG
At 8:27am on November 8, 2008, marcy said…
are you still ok on a ride?
At 7:59pm on November 3, 2008, Peggy Sorensen said…
Hi Anthea, my name is Peg. I'm going to the Open House and would be glad to give you a ride. You can call me at 623-217-4822. It starts at 9:30, so I would need to pick you up no later than 9am. I live close to Sun City. Please give me your address and I'll get directions.
At 12:56pm on October 28, 2008, Anthea said…
Hi! I'd like to attend the Fruit Tree Open-house at the Urban Farm - is anybody coming from west Phoenix? I live in Sun City and would appreciate a ride!

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