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When to water
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I often near advice about watering in the morning so trees can drink for the hot day. I'm curious where this came from as I see golf courses watering their happy grass whenever they feel like it.Why…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine, The Herb Lady Jul 1, 2013.

Blackberry trellis
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I have this awesome tangle of blackberries that's starting to become unruly. It's a weeping thorny variety meaning all the best berries will be in the middle daring me to pick them. I want to trellis…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by erniee85017 Apr 9, 2016.

Fruiting Avocado - in Arizona.
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 I know a lot of people who SELL avocado tree's who tell me that the do well in Arizona and thrive and ask to take my 80 bucks, but the reality is I've never seen one do well and everyone I know who…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Brewer Feb 11, 2013.

RSI growers ve THD
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I'm curious as some swear by them, but what's the main difference between a local company RSI growers for example and Home Depot? The price difference is pretty big.On that note, is the fruit tree…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doreen Pollack Oct 2, 2012.

 

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erniee85017 replied to Brian Beck's discussion Blackberry trellis
"Brian:  Would you be interested in selling some canes that I could root?   I have had ZERO luck with blackberries. If you'd like, email me directly:  ernie 85017 at cox dot net. Thanks!!!"
Apr 9, 2016
Brian Beck replied to Polly's discussion Pomegranates Not Red?
"I often get two crops too. I have a second one on my Ink pom. I find the second crop always to be darker and I attribute it to the cooler temps at night. All of my trees are on a western exposed block wall so it gets blasted with sun all afternoon…"
Nov 24, 2015
Brian Beck replied to Polly's discussion Pomegranates Not Red?
"I have lots of different cultivars and they usually are at most dark pink. I've heard Patrick Hallman state that it has a lot to do with the temps not really changing from hot in the day to cool at night which causes the pigmentation. I very…"
Nov 24, 2015
Brian Beck replied to Catherine, The Herb Lady's discussion Pineapple Guava - Recipe in the group Growing Gourmet
"can you post a picture of your guavas and tree? 1. Aren't there different types of pineapple guava and some a better than others to eat out of hand? 2. I have one that froze to a stick in our big frost and now it's pretty large...but not…"
Nov 26, 2014
Brian Beck replied to Charles Lucking's discussion Predicting the Freezes
"I think you can look back at a history with weather underground and get an idea of the weather patterns. The way I work is that i'll check basic weather forecast for phoenix which is usually based at the airport. From there you're yard is…"
Nov 17, 2014
Brian Beck replied to HobieCat's discussion AZRFG meeting, Thursday, Oct 9th, 7:30pm - Cold-hearty Mango Varieties for AZ
"I wasn't able to attend the meeting - do all the same things apply to these mango's? Same issue with salinity, drainage, etc that we come to love here in Phoenix? The only difference is no need to erect massive structures to keep the…"
Nov 6, 2014
Brian Beck replied to Lee Tipton's discussion Cottonwood issues
"that may not kill the entire tree. I've often found that shoot removal is the best way to do it. I often use a shovel and thwack the heck out of those shoots to help damage roots more. I have an oleander I'm going through the same thing…"
Nov 3, 2014
Brian Beck replied to Grace Marie Newton's discussion What do you like or hate about your local nursery?
"I'd have my reservations about an app as a business owner and a buyer. The only plants I buy on line (and this is rare) are those I can't get here locally. When they are local I can choose which one specifically I want among many. I want…"
Oct 17, 2014
Brian Beck replied to Grace Marie Newton's discussion What do you like or hate about your local nursery?
"this sounds like basic customer service tips. I'm often amazed at the lack of understanding that a business has about people experiences more than goods experiences. I can really buy a particular plant or ask a particular question anywhere…"
Oct 14, 2014
Kristin Parsons replied to Brian Beck's discussion Dragon Fruit/ Pitahaya
"very exciting post, I have one in a pot on my patio that faces east, and yet I still see sunburn on it. I have a palm in a shady spot in my yard and I will plant it and let it grow up the palm! Mine hasn't fruited yet, but I have only had it…"
Sep 25, 2014
Brian Beck replied to Ahwatukee Community Garden's discussion Composted Manure for Community Garden
"If you have a truck it's considerably less expensive as you save delivery fee. I've gotten chips there a number of times and that's always free. My favorite type of cost. They have a few different grades of dirt and even the good…"
Sep 23, 2014
Brian Beck replied to Catherine, The Herb Lady's discussion October Planting
"Thanks for posting these So helpful"
Sep 17, 2014
Powell Gammill replied to Brian Beck's discussion Dragon Fruit/ Pitahaya
"DO NOT eat it with anything sweet.  The fruit is so low in sweetness that anything sweet with it OR BEFORE IT will make it taste like eating water.  BUT if your tongue has not been preconditioned with anything sweet then you will hopefully…"
Sep 8, 2014
Brian Beck replied to Brian Beck's discussion Dragon Fruit/ Pitahaya
"Yes. Don't over think it. Either will work. They sprout pretty quickly too fwiw"
Sep 7, 2014
Sarah Rudolph replied to Brian Beck's discussion Dragon Fruit/ Pitahaya
"Brian, should I use tweezers to get the seeds spaced out or just toss a chunk of the fruit in dirt? Also, would planting in a pot be appropriate?"
Sep 7, 2014
Brian Beck replied to Brian Beck's discussion Dragon Fruit/ Pitahaya
"Put it in dirt. Super easy to sprout"
Sep 7, 2014

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I'm interested in anything that grows and I can eat it. Unless it is okra. That's not edible.

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Planted too deep: a photo essay (FIXED)

 

I was enjoying all the new growth on my trees and vines when I noted a Santa Rosa Plum had the dreaded Chlorosis. No way! I knew…

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Posted on March 23, 2013 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

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At 9:12pm on August 13, 2012, Debbie Fishell said…

Not to worry! We'll find SOMETHING for you to do :) I'll be in touch. Thanks for reaching out Brian

At 12:12pm on May 23, 2012, Rachel said…

Hey Brian, I just now saw your request. :) I dropped off some native passionfruit seeds at the VPA office, there should still be some there. 1122 E Washington. Stacey has them.

At 1:12pm on December 9, 2011, Jane Doyle said…

Hi Brian, you've got to pick the okra while it's young! :D Seriously though, there are tons of gardeners here - okra fans as well as okra haters - who love to help other people develop their own organic, sustainable garden. You'll have your own before you know it. Welcome to the VPA!

Sincerely,

Jane Doyle
Program Coordinator
Valley Permaculture Alliance 

 
 
 

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