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Marion Shaw
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  • Paradise Valley, AZ
  • United States

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need someone to steward your property?  I am a gardener by trade, smartscape and MG certified. we are looking for a 2 br house with a small pool and yard. we have a couple months to find something so…Continue

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Started Mar 5, 2014

loofa harvesting
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My first loofas are getting readdy to pick and I need to find out how to cure them. Any thoughts?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ericka Dec 6, 2011.


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About Me:
I need green around me. I have a mix of edibles, aromatic vines, flowers, herbs and tropicals in my private oasis in the dessert. I am working on a master gardener certificate at DBG, focusing on our soil type, effective water usage, composting and collecting rain water. I use intensive and companion plantings along with trellising vines and existing shade to create micro climates in the garden working with the amount of sun and moisture in each area.
Water conservation is important in the dessert so making use of every drop is essential. With our short growing seasons timing is everything for a successful harvest. You need to use varieties of vegetables that mature quickly and enrich the soil on a regular basis. One trick to working in this high PH soil is to add vinegar to reduce the acid and balance the PH. My garden is organic in that I don't use pesticides, fungicides or commercial fertilizer. I spray regularly with a mixture of peppermint soap, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a tea of steer manure. I do hang fly strips by the compost and around the yard. It really helps keep the flies down without using poisons. I like to recycle hard-scape items when I can like bamboo for trellises and arbors, old gates and decorative metal items. I would love to talk to other gardeners in the area so let's get together.

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At 1:53pm on September 16, 2010, Dianne Felder said…
Thank you Marion! Those are a couple of the little boys from my last litter of miniature schnauzers. They went to the same home with a couple of elderly sisters and one day they were tired out from playing and sitting there so cute I could resist a portrait.

I love the pictures you've posted on your page. I seriously think something is missing from my soil. My bell peppers do extremely well but my tomatoes just aren't ever happy. They grow and set fruit but the leaves aren't big and lush like my tomatoes in N. Calif. They start out seeming OK but as they grow they look sadder and sadder. I think a soil analysis is in order. I'm going to try to locate a local place to do it, otherwise, Chris mentioned one out of state that is very reasonable.

So, what is the Lady Bug thing you mention below? Just curious.

I also want to take the Master Gardener course and get certified but it's always scheduled at a bad time for me, plus, last Winter I tried but didn't realize you have to register two months in advance. Maybe this year I'll make it.
At 3:09pm on August 25, 2010, Jennifer Bass said…
Thanks, Marion! I look forward to learning more as I figure out this group!
At 5:47pm on August 17, 2010, Tina Davis said…
Great! Thank you for the information!
At 9:44am on May 21, 2010, Mallory Loring said…
There should be two messages in your inbox!
At 2:12pm on May 17, 2010, Lady Bug Lisa said…
Our meeting is Tuesday ( tomorrow ) : Lady Bug 1641 E University Dr, Mesa AZ 85203 6PM social time - feel free to bring a munchie - and 6:30 PM meeting starts.
At 3:33pm on May 9, 2010, Lady Bug Lisa said…
Hi, we have a marketing meeting coming up - 3rd Tuesday each month at Lady Bug Building 1641 E University Dr, Mesa AZ 85203. Please join us to get exposure to the group and see how you feel. Social time 6pm, meeting starts at 6:30 pm to 8. We would love to see you.
At 9:50am on May 9, 2010, levi mason said…
Welcome to the guild! Sounds like you have lots of little tricks for being green in the desert! :)
At 4:24pm on May 8, 2010, Ericka said…
Thanks for joining us, sounds like you have a lot of information to share!

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