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Recycling egg cartons
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I have about 48 egg cartons available for reuse. If you can help me recycle, I'm in North Phoenix near I-17 and the 101.Call or text 602-317-5313BrianContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Volunteer Manager Sep 10, 2015.

New Farmer's Market
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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Birgit K. Nov 27, 2013.

Mushrooms

Some interesting cutting-edge research...Can Mushrooms Help Fight Stormwater…Continue

Started Nov 14, 2013

A non-intuitive solution
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Only when a problem has been fully  identified can a solution be tested.Here's a very interesting recommendation on climate change.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Miguel de Maria Oct 7, 2013.

 

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Volunteer Manager replied to Brian Smith's discussion Recycling egg cartons
"Folks often bring egg cartons to the Veggie & Other Stuff exchange here at the VPA Office and then exchange them for other goods, like produce. The next one is on Saturday, September…"
Sep 10, 2015
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Recycling egg cartons

I have about 48 egg cartons available for reuse. If you can help me recycle, I'm in North Phoenix near I-17 and the 101.Call or text 602-317-5313BrianSee More
Sep 6, 2015
Brian Smith replied to Polly's discussion Sweet Potatoes
"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…"
Aug 27, 2015
Brian Smith replied to Johnny Schultz's discussion Sweet Potatoes
"I'm in north Phoenix.  I have a number of old gourds laying around on the ground with plenty of seeds.  You are welcome to them. Brian 602-317-5313"
May 31, 2015
Brian Smith replied to Kristen's discussion quick fig preservation?
"It is an electric oven. It surprised me too but ON power and OFF temperature warmed it up15 to 20 degrees above room temp. That was enough to dry the figs."
Oct 30, 2014
Brian Smith replied to Kristen's discussion quick fig preservation?
"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…"
Oct 30, 2014
Brian Smith replied to Jennifer Wadsworth's discussion RESOLVED: The Great Huglekultur Debate - does it REALLY work in hot, drylands?
"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…"
Jul 7, 2014
Brian Smith replied to Jolene Kuty's discussion broken limb on young peach tree
"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? Regardless, since…"
Jul 6, 2014
Brian Smith replied to Jennifer Wadsworth's discussion RESOLVED: The Great Huglekultur Debate - does it REALLY work in hot, drylands?
"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…"
Jul 6, 2014
Brian Smith replied to Jennifer Wadsworth's discussion RESOLVED: The Great Huglekultur Debate - does it REALLY work in hot, drylands?
"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…"
Jul 6, 2014
Brian Smith replied to FrozenJoe's discussion Fig Trees
"My technique: gently squeeze it.  Ripe figs are soft."
Jun 20, 2014
Brian Smith replied to FrozenJoe's discussion Fig Trees
"Beautiful!"
Jun 19, 2014
Brian Smith replied to De Ann's discussion Pretty addition or invasive weed??
"A quart of boiling water will kill roots in a 8" to 10" sphere of dirt. Very localized and just minor after effects.   The remainder of the root will sprout suckers but that section will not."
Jun 6, 2014
Brian Smith replied to De Ann's discussion Pretty addition or invasive weed??
"God put Round-up on this Earth for a reason.  :)"
Jun 4, 2014
Brian Smith replied to Stephanie's discussion Passion Vine
"Passion vines need cross pollination and some also need a male to pollinate the females. Check the variety.  The internet has plenty of info."
Jun 4, 2014
Brian Smith replied to Tara's discussion Insectary and nitrogen-fixing suggestions?
"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…"
Jun 4, 2014

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At 8:52am on December 19, 2012, Jacq Davis said…

Thank you Brian for the tip about ILM. I will contact them and get on the list!

At 4:16pm on August 23, 2011, Mischa O'Reilly said…

Welcome to the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater Phoenix Valley. You can read more about the VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, and explore the many groups and resources this Ning “social networking site” has to offer, as well as customize your own Profile Page and connect with new like-minded friends.


We encourage you to browse the discussions, blogs, videos, comments to get a feel for our incredibly resourceful community, and to share your interests as well. There are many volunteer opportunities to assist with classes and events, so please let me know if you are interested in helping out when available.

We offer a variety of classes to our members on a donation basis (usually $10 to $25) that goes toward venue hard-costs, also to our experienced and knowledgeable instructors, as well as to support the non-profit in providing quality education for improving our health, our communities and environment. See what classes you may be interested in attending atwww.phoenixpermaculture.org/events - and feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

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