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Hall Family - Mesa
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Hall Family - Mesa commented on Jeanne Tavares's blog post Growing potatoes in hay
"I tried potatoes in straw/compost 2 years ago.  The plant tops grew and grew.  I was sure that I would have a bumper crop.   The tops died off and it was reveal time.  I had nothing.  Not even a single spud.  I…"
Mar 18, 2013
Hall Family - Mesa replied to Megan Towe's discussion Coyote attack in West Valley
"I grew up on a turkey farm in Iowa.  We had about 8000 turkeys on the open range annually.  My experience is that foxes and coyotes usually grab one and go to a place where they feel safe to consume.  And, they will return if not…"
Mar 10, 2013
Hall Family - Mesa replied to Dawn M's discussion Organic Bee Club- East Valley in the group Southeast Valley Permies
"reply to self (fees weird...) to continue the interest.   We would love to have bees in our backyard this year.  We live in a cul de sac with a large back yard, and have grow beds for vegetables, 16 fruit trees, 12 grape vines and 300 -…"
Mar 10, 2013
Hall Family - Mesa replied to Dawn M's discussion Organic Bee Club- East Valley in the group Southeast Valley Permies
"back to you... I'm not sure about having hives in our backyard. How much space is appropriate for a single hive. Is there a liability factor?  We would mostly just like to attract bees to our home made bee blocks. …"
Jan 28, 2013
Hall Family - Mesa replied to Dawn M's discussion Organic Bee Club- East Valley in the group Southeast Valley Permies
"Please - please tell me more about your bees.  I was just wondering if you are still working with your bees."
Jan 22, 2013
Hall Family - Mesa replied to Lauren's discussion Thanks VPA for the fruit trees and easy pickup!
"Our new fruit trees are soak'n and grapevines are at rest... The Fruit Tree Day with the VPA was simply the best !   Good job and thanks to all the volunteers. Hall Family in Mesa"
Jan 7, 2012
Hall Family - Mesa replied to Michelle's discussion Bermuda Grass Quandry in the group Soil Builders
"I was just wondering how this turned out ?  "
Dec 28, 2011
Hall Family - Mesa replied to michaelb's discussion shade for chickens
"It will get hot !!  We started with chickens at our house last year and the chicks matured just before the heat.  I tried to plan the shadiest spot to place a 'summer coop', and even though it was well shaded, I worried…"
Dec 26, 2011
Sheri Schmeckpeper left a comment for Hall Family - Mesa
"Hi!Glad to meet others in the East Side interested in permaculture! I love your chicken coop. It's cute! We do chickens for eggs & meat, aquaponics, soil-based gardening, and we raise beef & pork. It's a great way to live!"
Dec 20, 2011
Hall Family - Mesa replied to Hall Family - Mesa's discussion Pool to Pond Conversion in the group Aquaponics
"Thanks for your interest and quick responses.  Like many, we are tired of maintaining a pool that gets minimal use.  What a waste.  We were going to fill it in a couple of years ago, and it was the City of Mesa that directed us to…"
Dec 19, 2011
Sheri Schmeckpeper replied to Hall Family - Mesa's discussion Pool to Pond Conversion in the group Aquaponics
"Nice videos. Yes, it takes a lot of plant life to balance the waste production. We have 500 gal total in tanks, and have to drain about 1/3 weekly into our soil based garden to keep it in balance because we don't have enough grow beds to use…"
Dec 19, 2011
Liz & Dan replied to Hall Family - Mesa's discussion Pool to Pond Conversion in the group Aquaponics
"One of the considerations of pool to pond conversions is the stocking density and how you plan on filtering the water.  If you keep your fish density very low and take some steps to provide areas that promote the growth of bacteria to create a…"
Dec 19, 2011
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Hall Family - Mesa's discussion Pool to Pond Conversion in the group Aquaponics
"I Second Sheri.  I have not had a chance to visit Gardenpool.org myself, however their project is a huge inspiration."
Dec 19, 2011
Sheri Schmeckpeper replied to Hall Family - Mesa's discussion Pool to Pond Conversion in the group Aquaponics
"Are you making the entire pool into a pond, or a greenhouse with a pond? I'd recommend you visit GardenPool.org. They're in Mesa & have tours occasionally. The next is in mid-Jan I think. Converting the whole pool into a pond would be…"
Dec 18, 2011
Hall Family - Mesa added a discussion to the group Aquaponics
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Pool to Pond Conversion

We will be attending the event at Home Grown Hydroponics featuring Dr. George Brooks.  After that, we fully intend on converting our backyard pool into a productive pond.  We have seen  some information on this site whereas others in the group have done this, and we would be grateful for input and suggestions from anyone with experience with this concept.  We have been researching other information and are ready to commit to this conversion. All that said - to invite any interested persons on…See More
Dec 18, 2011
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Dec 16, 2011

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We have a nice living space that needs attention and we have more ideas than we have time and money.

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At 2:54pm on December 20, 2011, Sheri Schmeckpeper said…

Hi!
Glad to meet others in the East Side interested in permaculture! I love your chicken coop. It's cute!
We do chickens for eggs & meat, aquaponics, soil-based gardening, and we raise beef & pork. It's a great way to live!

At 12:48pm on December 9, 2011, Jane Doyle said…

Welcome to the VPA, Brian and Kristine! You'll find that Permaculture people tend to use found materials and other very economical means of creating very sustainable, bountiful living spaces and gardens. I hope you have the opportunity to check out the forum on this site, where you'll find all sorts of knowledge to help you on your way. There is also a small Southeast Valley group you can join if you wish, and please take a look at our Community Bazaar section, where people barter, buy, sell, and give away items. Enjoy!

Sincerely

Jane Doyle
Program Coordinator
Valley Permaculture Alliance 

 
 
 

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