For those living in N Phoenix, a new Farmer’s Market is starting this Saturday, 11/30 from 9 AM to 2PM. The location is the Unity of Phoenix parking lot, between Bell and Greenway on 16th St.In…Continue
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"The first time you plant sweet potatoes, you do from slips or a full tuber. And then you harvest the tubers.
But, even though you harvest the tubers, the roots that you leave in the ground (and any missed tubers) quite often will sprout…"
"I have 2 methods for drying my figs.
In the early summer with low humidity, I string them up outside in the shade on a piece of stainless steel wire for a day or so.
In the fall, I put them in my oven, with the power ON but the temp set to…"
"No, sorry. It was about 2 years ago.
The story was about a man, who about 25 years ago, began to work on a 25 hectare tract that was desert. He began by digging a grid of shallow pits, connected by trenches to collect rain. The…"
"This is an odd looking tree. The trunk looks to be about 1" thick but it has been cut to only about 2 feet tall. I'm guessing it might have been mail order and cut that way for shipment? Maybe a dwarf?
"While it may not be an appropriate system for "civilized" trees, in wild forests a hugelkultur scenario is very common. It's called "nurse logs".
In the Pacific northwest, home to giant trees, you can find rows of…"
"An easy way to get rid of a stump, if you are patient, is to decompose it with saltpeter, i.e. potassium nitrate.
Drill several 1" dia holes down into the core of the stump. Dissolve 1 lb of potassium nitrate in about 2 qts of hot water…"
"Borage is a good plant for insects plus the flowers are edible. Cilantro blossoms attract bees and butterflies.
Many people don't know that mesquite is a legume and as such, is a nitrogen fixer.
In my personal opinion, a very good…"
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