Category Archives: gardening

where have the insects gone?

Don’t know about anyone else, but suddenly we have no insects – AND – no birds. Not that both have totally disappeared, but say a good 90-95% of them have!  had sort of noticed that there were fewer insects around … Continue reading

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more sun baking

      Got the oven good and hot, kept it well aligned, did not fasten down the glass.  let these cook for about 75 minutes.  tops lightly browned.  bottoms not.  Last time let them go for 2 full hours … Continue reading

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and summer begins

  My favorite lillies.  The color fades fast in the harsh AZ sun new planting of bush beans have been eating string beans from the greenhouse already, while the peas in the garden are just starting to bloom and set … Continue reading

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first harvest

not really have been eating onions, spinach and lettuce already.  So lets say first SUMMER harvest.  Tomato was perfect. nice size, perfectly ripe. nice color.   Green beans are just starting to develop.  This is all greenhouse grown in northern AZ. … Continue reading

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june garden update

  greenhouse exploding: squash wi/buds, green beans flowering, tomatoes with loads of green fruit. hopefully all coming to Fruit-ion soon! couple of geraniums, there were lots of them last year, these are the only two survivors and two Amaryllis, plus … Continue reading

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Olla adaptation

Before we moved here to the desert SW some 20+ years ago, had read how the Hopi indians used Ollas and was struck by the genius of the idea. It is only in recent years that Ollas have become a … Continue reading

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I’m back!

The last couple of years have been tough in the garden for several reasons.  Our business has been good and we’ve been super busy so not enough attention combined with weird weather.  But that lack of attention is a big … Continue reading

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