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chicken not laying
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Michael Pollan's Open Letter to the Prez
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Mary Gillespie commented on Ben Ruesga's photo

Tomato Worm

"Wow... beautiful.  I see he has done some damage.  I think it's sweet you let your kids keep them as pets.  I don't think I could kill one either."
Apr 21, 2012
Nicole Reeves commented on Ben Ruesga's photo

Tomato Worm

"So beautiful and yet so destructive!!  My kids keep 'em as pets since I don't have the heart to kill them."
Mar 24, 2011
Jonathan Mecham commented on Ben Ruesga's photo

Tomato Worm

"That guy needs a hookah.  Seriously, that's enormous!"
Mar 24, 2011
Ben Ruesga replied to Cassandra's discussion Looking for a FREE hen to add to my backyard group... in the group Micro Livestock
"Oh boy. I told my 7 year old about the plan and he is not really thrilled with letting Trixie go. I asked him to think about it overnight and told him she would be with other chickens, etc.... Call me in the morning and I'll give you an update.…"
Jan 5, 2011
Ben Ruesga replied to Cassandra's discussion Looking for a FREE hen to add to my backyard group... in the group Micro Livestock
"Awesome! I was just starting the process to figure out where she might go. She really is sweet, and tame. My boys like to pet her. :) If you want to wait until saturday, that would work too. I am returning the hens that I am sitting on Saturday.…"
Jan 5, 2011
Ben Ruesga replied to Cassandra's discussion Looking for a FREE hen to add to my backyard group... in the group Micro Livestock
"I have an americauna you can have. She is very sweet 1 1/2 years old or so and is still laying pretty much daily. I recently chicken sat for a friend that brought 4 hens over and she acclimated very quickly. She is my only hen I have left, and I…"
Jan 5, 2011
Ben Ruesga replied to Sue Wefel's discussion Starting plants early for spring transplanting
"Get a seedling heat mat. They had a couple at Baker's Nursery last time I was there. this keeps the soil in the pots warmer. Or you can try a heating pad on low with a thick layer of towel or blankets between the pad and pots.…"
Dec 8, 2009
Ben Ruesga replied to Michael and Lylah Ledner's discussion Removing Oleander Help
"Michael, Andy did some tree trimming work for me last year, they did a great job. I would definitely recommend his company. I even got to save the tons of wood chips!! I pulled some oleanders out from my backyard in the spring, and none of my…"
Oct 11, 2009

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I am your average nerdy guy that loves to garden. I am married with 2 small children who also love to garden. I am interested in gardening and sustainability as well and how those 2 things relate to the community. I have just fallen into the concept of permaculture and would like to know more about it. I am especially interested in the use of grey water. (since we live in a desert)

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At 1:46pm on July 9, 2009, Kathy said…
Thanks so much, Ben!

At 8:26pm on July 7, 2009, Kathy said…
Hi, Ben -

I have found a seamstress in downtown PHX but would be interested in your recommendation as a back up.

Many thanks - Kathy F
At 9:16pm on June 3, 2009, Rachel said…
Yeah, I'll still put in the chick order if people want birds in the fall, but man... no meat chicks for me, that was rough. I did a quail the week prior and that wasn't bad but for some reason those chickens really traumatized us. Also, it was physically much more challenging and time consuming than I expected. Also, when people tell you that they smell way worse, that's really not an adequate description of how much worse they smell....
I think I'll just stick with fish.
At 10:12pm on May 20, 2009, Rachel said…
How early of varieties did you plant? This heatwave has done a number on mine as well. I have about 35 plants now, only two of which are hybrids, and those hybrids are doing TERRIBLE compared to my heirlooms. So I'm having the opposite results, my neighbor did about 50/50 and his heirlooms are also way outperforming the hybrids. Most of mine are cherry tomatoes, and I tried to not plant anything that was more than about 75 days. I wish I would have planted more 'table' heirlooms, then we could probably have a better comparison.
At 4:47pm on May 19, 2009, Karen said…
The variety of banana is "Ice Cream". It is supposed to get about 15 feet tall and the fruit is supposed to taste like ice cream or vanilla custard.
At 8:07pm on March 16, 2009, Maren said…
Hi Ben!

It is indeed a small world! One of my son's friends lives on the same street as Greg from the Urban Farm - I just found that out a short while ago. And then a few days later I see your name on the Brixen's guest list.
Bummer, I missed the opportunity to chat with you and your wife. I love your pictures - your backyard looks great. We are still in a trial-and-error phase with our gardening. One season we have a great harvest of squash, the next it won't grow. At least the one thing we can count on to flourish are our citrus trees. Only a few weeks ago I installed some permaculture beds the Garden Guy recommends (layers of blood meal, compost, newspaper and straw). Hopefully that will help us increase out yield this year.
Well, maybe we'll get to meet you one of these days. Take care!
At 2:19pm on March 4, 2009, Erika said…
Ben, sorry I didn't introduce myself at jennifers. It was nice to meet you. Do you still only have one laying hen? Two weeks feels like forever when you are waiting for something like that, but it really isn't much time...I'm sure the others will lay soon.I didn't expect two eggs on the same day.
At 10:36am on January 21, 2009, Rachel said…
Hey Ben, I'm really curious to see how that italian tree tomato performs for you, I never seem to have much luck with the really large ones. You and I alone have planted over 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes this season (!) it will be really fun to see which ones do well here.
At 11:48am on January 12, 2009, Randy Collins said…
Thanks, Ben. I've got a 4 x 20 raised bed garden I am working on and it seems I'll need a lot of vermiculite. I live in Goodyear. I'm going to check again at Home Depot. I may have asked the wrong guy. All he showed me was 8 qt. bags. Thanks.
At 5:30pm on December 17, 2008, Andy Young said…
I can probably make it tommorrow after 4:30pm. I will give you a call to confirm and get your address tommorrow.

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