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Grow your own tea?
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I saw this article on the Rodale site and wondered if anyone has tried to grow a tea bush in the low desert.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine, The Herb Lady Feb 4, 2015.

Salad Greens in June
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This is the salad I harvested this morning, June 17.  I love it that fresh greens are still…Continue

Tags: summer, greens, nasturtuim, amaranth, salad

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Kirkland Jun 17, 2014.

Oily yellow substance in rainwater caught yesterday
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We have a substance we've never seen in our rain barrels before -- and I'm concerned due to the possibility of smoke/particulate matter from the nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, which was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marsha Cleaveland Mar 26, 2011.

Anyone growing pigeon peas?

This perennial legume is good for food, for composting and for livestock.  I'm wondering if anyone is growing it here and has any tips to share, or possibly seeds to share. …Continue

Started Feb 2, 2011


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Having lived in the desert for 10 years, I want to see desert-adapted versions of our favorite foods.

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Seed heads

Winter and spring crops are going to seed.  Broccoli, quinoa, arugula, and chard seeds have been harvested and are drying, but romaine lettuce, parsley and orach seeds are still maturing.

Parsley flowers and seed heads…


Posted on June 18, 2014 at 8:28am — 4 Comments

Seed Scattering - Harvest your seed

Harvest  your Seed

Although the time is right for planting and growing winter crops (all lettuces;  brassicas such as broccoli, kale, turnips, collards, and cabbage; carrots and radishes; and many more) don’t forget to collect the seed from your summer and fall crops to plant next year.

Plants currently making seed in my garden include:  chili arbol, Malabar spinach, sunflowers, black-eyed peas and (hopefully) my moringa…


Posted on November 18, 2013 at 11:17am

Seed Scattering - Selecting Seeds

Selecting New Seeds?

When planning my vegetable garden, I combine…


Posted on October 15, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Seed Scattering - Life Force

Our Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) produces abundant spears of flowers each spring, attracting hundreds of bees.  Later, green berries appear and dry through the summer on the tree.  Winter winds shake the brown, dry seeds down, and invariably two or more sprout directly under the…


Posted on September 10, 2013 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

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At 5:07pm on August 10, 2010, Debbie Fishell said…
Your Moringa looks great! Get ready because it will be taking off now. Mine just turned 2 months old and is 4 1/2 ft tall already!

At 3:19pm on June 8, 2010, Debbie Fishell said…
What can you tell me about those"Thrasher" birds? I have caught some birds pecking my sprouts, beans and squash, and pulling them out or tearing the leaves off without eating them. Punks!!! It's like they are little garden terrorists! I put strips of tin foil around the seedlings yesterday. It would be a shame to have to completely enclose every plant in netting.
At 3:15pm on June 8, 2010, Debbie Fishell said…
I grew up eatting the leaves, Filipino-style, in Hawaii and it was called Kalamungay there. I purchased 10 seeds from Florida and have given away 4, killed 1, planted 1 and will be planting the other 4 in pots to see where they grow the best. My sister is going to send me some seeds from Hawaii, so I will let you know when they arrive and I'll be happy to share.
At 2:36pm on May 4, 2010, levi mason said…
welcome to the guild!

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