Monthly Archives: May 2015

may garden update, part ll

The emphasis this year overall is to increase yields and diversity.  One of the ways I’m seeking that is by correcting soil pH.  Most soils tend to be acidic, but unfortunately our city water is very hard and very basic … Continue reading

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end of May, garden update, part I

many months ago had some bare root fruit trees delivered, including a fig.  Everything else seems to be doing fine, but nothing ever came from the fig.  Suddenly, my decision to keep it and keep watering has paid off as … Continue reading

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updates

hadn’t been out into the garden for a couple of days and today discovered that critters had gotten into my grow box and mowed down a bunch of my bean plants right down to the ground!  GRRRR Then found they’d … Continue reading

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Firsts

’I’ I’ First tomato.  although now I’m wondering if this is indeed the “patio tomato” that I thought had sprung from live roots in the pot, or seeds from some fruit that might have fallen at some point.  and the … Continue reading

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trouble in paradise

This is the first water container we bought,  Its full now, but unfortunately, its warping!  Contacted the company and they asked if it was level.  The pad was, before we put this down.  I checked it again when this started … Continue reading

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growing rhubarb

Last year had planted a store bought rhubarb in one of these low fat round containers and got fruit all summer long, BUT the stalks were never more than about 8 or 9”, most about 6”.  Figured a short squat … Continue reading

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Garden update

After weeks of cooler than normal temps and WAYYYYYY more rain that AZ has gotten in recorded history, have finally uncovered most of the plants in the garden This is the “patio tomato” that I tried to winter over in … Continue reading

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more rain

  Woke up to rain today and upwards of an inch expected for tomorrow.  So DH hustled to get the 650 gallon tank in today and hooked up.  So far this month we’ve put over 400 gallons in our 1000 … Continue reading

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Saving water

  This is the 1000 gallon tank we installed this year, hooked up directly to the gutter.  We missed the heaviest of last weekend’s rain, but there was still plenty over the following 24 hours from when we got it … Continue reading

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more updates

These are the shallots planted last fall they are starting to flower the rest of the bed is garlic all the potatoes are in containers, we’ve had trouble with gophers so pretty much all my growing is done in containers, … Continue reading

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