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Growing Sugar Baby Watermelon Successfully
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I have started growing sugar baby watermelons (March) and I want to make sure I am doing all I can to achieve a successful harvest.  Right now I have watermelons forming in various sizes from the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Powell Gammill May 20, 2015.

Organic Gardening Apprenticeship Program

Does anyone know about an Organic Gardening Apprenticeship Program in Phoenix or nearby cities.  I would love to sign up for such a program to learn how to turn my home into a sustainable home urban…Continue

Started May 8, 2015

Growing and Cultivating Elephant Ear Plants
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If there is anyone out there that have had success in growing and cultivating elephant ear plants indoors and outdoors please feel free to educate me--Thank youContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Waterbug Feb 22, 2012.

 

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Powell Gammill replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing Sugar Baby Watermelon Successfully
"" I fertilize the patch every other day with chicken manure/decomposed organic matter water.  One patch has started to shrivel up but the other patch is thriving much better." Well I am certainly no expert but fertilizing every…"
May 20, 2015
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing Sugar Baby Watermelon Successfully
"Larry I wonder if your soil is TOO wet - every morning for 30 minutes is a lot of water.  Is the irrigation "raining" on the plants as opposed to watering under them? The soil does indeed have bacteria which can be beneficial or…"
May 20, 2015
Larry Gentle Soul Lover replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing Sugar Baby Watermelon Successfully
"the pesticides you recommended are they organic/natural pesticides?  I prefer solving my plant troubles naturally and organically. Also, I do not see any insects that you describe.  My melon patch seems to be just withering away.  I…"
May 20, 2015
raf evan replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing Sugar Baby Watermelon Successfully
"Catherine's posted picture  above reminds of a scene from baywatch, am not sure why, lol! before i get moderated, let me get back to topic. here's a pic of possible watermelon vermin: http://forum.vpaaz.org/photo/sowbugs?context=user"
May 12, 2015
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing Sugar Baby Watermelon Successfully
"Hi Larry, I recommend inserting an uncoated white paper plate under each fruit.  Pests are more likely to be drawn to the fruit if it is sitting on the ground.  Our desert soil (when amended) is wonderful overall but does contain some…"
May 11, 2015
raf evan replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing Sugar Baby Watermelon Successfully
"sugar baby is an excellent choice. I think it is so much sweeter and has better flavor than the striped watermelons. I have grown mine in las vegas, and i could surmise we have similar bugs. Pillbugs, roaches and squash bugs are the worst offenders.…"
May 9, 2015
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May 8, 2015
Lady Bug Lisa left a comment for Larry Gentle Soul Lover
"Hi Larry - Sorry for the late reply. Thank you for reaching out - I have not gone on the site recently. YES - A rooster could perk up your ladies : )  And it is normal for hens to get broody ( sit on eggs ) from time to time. Certain…"
May 11, 2013
Waterbug replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing and Cultivating Elephant Ear Plants
"I searched Colocasia esculenta. Lots of different kinds."
Feb 22, 2012
Larry Gentle Soul Lover replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing and Cultivating Elephant Ear Plants
"Thank you for taking to via satellite take a look at my home.  Although I love and welcome having that personal contact with having guest at my home especially those who enjoy sustainable living.  Your suggestions of Pond Gnome and…"
Feb 22, 2012
Waterbug replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing and Cultivating Elephant Ear Plants
"I was searching around for bulbs. Looks like a couple of places on Ebay sell them as live plants, with leaves. That would solve the sprouting issue. But really, sprouting should be the least of the worries.   One encouraging thing was a local…"
Feb 21, 2012
Waterbug replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing and Cultivating Elephant Ear Plants
"It is complex and confusing. You're trying to do something that is not normally done, something that most people would assume would fail. By doing it you would get to write the book. I really have no answers, only guesses based on experience in…"
Feb 21, 2012
Larry Gentle Soul Lover replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing and Cultivating Elephant Ear Plants
"You are wonderful to take the time to share in such detail,  I am afraid it is quite complex and confusing as some information seem to conflict with each other.  It would so wonderful to have you actually here at my home and seeing the…"
Feb 21, 2012
Waterbug replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing and Cultivating Elephant Ear Plants
"Manure contains chemicals that can burn a plant's roots. When composted bacteria convert the harsh chemicals into other chemicals which the plant can use. The composting process converts manure into soil with lots of nutrients. Mixing manure…"
Feb 16, 2012
Larry Gentle Soul Lover replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing and Cultivating Elephant Ear Plants
"I am not sure I understand everything you so gracious shared with me.  However, when I use manure I always get the driest and I till or mix it into the soil.  I also take fresh or dry horse and chicken manure and make manure tea or manure…"
Feb 16, 2012
Waterbug replied to Larry Gentle Soul Lover's discussion Growing and Cultivating Elephant Ear Plants
"Swampy is OK, but I find these types of plants do better in wet soil, or wet feet. While they can live in standing water, they do better a few inches above the water line. Or just heavy watering. You want a good combination of good gas exchange in…"
Feb 16, 2012

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I am interested in organic gardening and raising laying hens to live a more healthy life. I am a retired military administrator that is a full time professional actor. I am part Native American and African American and a former New Yorker

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At 8:29pm on May 11, 2013, Lady Bug Lisa said…

Hi Larry - Sorry for the late reply. Thank you for reaching out - I have not gone on the site recently. YES - A rooster could perk up your ladies : )  And it is normal for hens to get broody ( sit on eggs ) from time to time. Certain breeds do it more than others. As for the soft shells - usually oyster shell can help that out, if calcium i needed - but there are other factors that can infuence soft egg shells.

Thin egg shells can occur on hot days when the temperature rises. This is associated with a lower food intake and shell thickness will return to normal when the temperature drops and the food intake returns to normal. Sometimes stress ( other birds chasing them ) can influence shell softness. Also other vitamin/protein/mineral difficiencies can cause issues - depending on what they eat. Free range chickens usually have the least issues because of their varied diet and grit they consume.

Hope you find a solution !  : )

At 8:51am on September 9, 2011, Nikki Myers said…

Hi Larry,

The classes are full. They are moving it to a new venue with a lot more space. Keep an eye out for the next round of classes. With how popular these are I'm sure they'll do another round. Please be sure to leave a comment on the class discussion area to let the instructor know that you'd like them to offer another round of classes since this one filled up so quickly.

At 11:26am on January 30, 2010, Larry Gentle Soul Lover said…
Wow, :Chicken time" sound way cool! I know that their amazing creatures just brings such clam and peace and overall a good feeling that you are connecting the eco-system in the most sustainable of ways
At 11:16am on January 30, 2010, Ericka said…
That is awesome! Chickens are so amazing and I can relate to what you mean by childhood awe, we have friends who stop by for "chicken time" - how cool is that!
At 9:34pm on January 27, 2010, Ericka said…
Welcome Larry Gentle Soul Lover! How many hens do you have? We have 3 Australorps.
 
 
 

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