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Using soil that's been treated with glyphosate
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Late last summer, we finally resorted to using glyphosate to kill the bermuda grass in our yard. I know it's evil stuff, but it seemed to be the only feasible way to kill the grass. This spring we…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Becky P Mar 18, 2013.

Where to buy Mexican Oregano plants?
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Does anyone know where I can buy Mexican Oregano(Lippia graveolens) plants here in the valley? They don't grow true to seed so I need to find plants. We want to have some in our salsa garden section…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine, The Herb Lady Jan 10, 2012.

Surinam Cherry and Cherry of the Rio Grande
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Has anyone tried to grow Surinam Cherry or Cherry of the Rio Grande here in the valley?  From what I've read, they should grow here, but it would be really nice to have that confirmed. They seem…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Becky P Oct 4, 2012.

Best Root Stock for Apple, Peaches, Apricots
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I am still in the process of trying to make a final decision on which fruit trees to plant in my yard. Sigh. My current question is, what is the preferred rootstock for our area...Dwarf Peach…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Becky P Sep 24, 2011.

 

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Jay Jett replied to Becky P's discussion If you had to choose 4 peach trees...
Apr 30
Becky P commented on Suzie O'Connor's blog post How to use Chicken Manure in your Garden for Fertilizer
"Jane Doyle,  Thanks for the note on not using eggshells. I've been laboriously saving shells from our home use and throwing them in the compost bin. I cook them briefly in the microwave to kill salmonella since my tumbling barrel…"
Jan 29, 2014
Becky P replied to Becky P's discussion Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?
"I'm looking forward to reading the book."
Dec 11, 2013
Ericka replied to Becky P's discussion Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?
"What is interesting in the foreword of "Holy Shit" he talks about some farmers who are raising cattle, not for the meat/dairy to sell, but literally for their poop. If they break even on costs to raise them (factoring the fertilizing poop…"
Dec 11, 2013
Becky P replied to Becky P's discussion Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?
"I love the title! The topic also sounds very interesting.  Last spring I listened to a friendly debate on organic vs. non-organic farming. It was between an organic gardener and mostly organic gardener who took the opposing view for the sake of…"
Dec 10, 2013
Class Coordinator replied to Becky P's discussion Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?
"I just looked up Plant Propagator's Bible. It does look like a helpful and interesting read, as well as a good gift book for a gardener. Ericka, in another thread (about chicken coop substrate) just mentioned another book that sounds not only…"
Dec 10, 2013
Becky P replied to Becky P's discussion Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?
"I also enjoyed In a Desert Garden (Love and Death Among the Insects) by Johan Alcock. It was both entertaining and lovely. I hadn't realized he had written other books, so I will be sure to see if I can find them. I've requested that the…"
Dec 10, 2013
Class Coordinator replied to Becky P's discussion Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?
"I have not read Edible Forest Gardens. I'll check it out. Marrow's book is actually my first attempt at diving into a formal book on permaculture. As a VPA staffer, I'm a little embarrassed to say that I was daunted by Mollison's…"
Dec 8, 2013
Becky P replied to Becky P's discussion Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?
"Susan, Can you tell us a little about Rosemary Marrow's Earth User's Guide to Permaculture?  How would you compare it to some of the other books on permaculture and what did you particularly like (or dislike) about the book? Also,…"
Dec 8, 2013
Michelle S. Hawkins replied to Becky P's discussion Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?
"Great info. Appreciate especially the books on gardening in the desert which really has its own challenges."
Dec 7, 2013
Class Coordinator replied to Becky P's discussion Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?
"I'm boosting this thread because I'm sure some folks are looking for some suggestions of permie/gardening books to give for the holidays. Suggestions?Based on a suggestion by Kari Spencer, I'm reading Rosemary Morrow's Earth…"
Dec 6, 2013
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Garden Book Reviews - What are your favorites?

I was just looking on the forum to see if there is a thread for book reviews. It would be great to see what other people have found to be the most helpful. I haven't found many so I'm going to start a thread for garden book reviews. I put it in the Zone 1-5 section, since that's where I would look for the information. : ) I was spending too much money on books (I have about 2' of shelf space for gardening books) so I started checking them out of the library and reading them before I spend…See More
Dec 6, 2013
Becky P replied to michaelb's discussion shade structure, trees, angles
"Thanks, Powell. I saved your instructions to a document. I'm a little worried about the wind. We live out in Maricopa and there isn't much to slow it down out here. The PVC may be a good plan since we mostly want mid-day sun relief.…"
May 1, 2013
Becky P replied to michaelb's discussion shade structure, trees, angles
"I know that this is an old thread but I just ordered shade cloth for my 4 new fruit and 2 new citrus trees. It was recommended by Bakers and Greenfield Citrus. I found a great price here:…"
Apr 30, 2013
Becky P replied to Becky P's discussion Using soil that's been treated with glyphosate
"Thanks, Powell. There will be about 18" between the row and the berm and the water will be pushing any residue outwards - unless we get a hard rain."
Mar 18, 2013
Powell Gammill replied to Becky P's discussion Using soil that's been treated with glyphosate
"Do you think it's safe to use as berms around the new garden beds and fruit trees?  yes, were it mine that is what I would do."
Mar 18, 2013

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I've lived here in the Valley of the Sun all my life. We recently moved and now have a backyard that is a blank slate (once we get rid of the straggly bermuda grass and the rocks. Our goal is to grow as much of our own fruit, citrus, and vegetables that we can in our typically sized suburban backyard. We want to garden organically, mulch responsibly, and work with our climate rather than against it.

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At 3:26pm on June 12, 2011, Rob Risley said…

Becky,

I solarized to get rid of Bermuda.  This is the perfect time of year to start solarization.  Irrigate well, then cover with clear plastic and leave it on for the hottest part of the summer.  It will kill the bermuda and most other weeds (unfortunately, cheeseweed and prickly lettuce will likely survive).

 

Also, on peach varieties, I like May Pride.  (May Pride, NOT Mid Pride).  Really tasty fruit.  The blossoms are beautiful rich red doubles.  Some years when the tree blossoms all at once it is breathtaking.

 

Rob

At 2:51pm on May 27, 2011, Kris and Jean said…
Sounds great!
At 2:42pm on May 27, 2011, Kris and Jean said…
That is very sweet offer! We live in East Mesa, ValVista/Main. I am afraid it may be out of your way, but if you are ever in the area you can stop in for a minute. With 2 toddlers we don't get out a lot, but would like to meet more permies. It seems that everyone from the group that I know of lives way out west or out in Queen Creek.
At 2:25pm on May 27, 2011, Kris and Jean said…
Sounds great, just at the moment our garden is in between everything, first squash just came in, but corn is still growing and the tomatoes are green. If you love beets this is the garden for you! We also have cabbage, but everything in the winter garden has bolted, so we salvaged what we could and everyday give a bit more to the flock. It is a first time garden after all. I am afraid we don't have a whole lot to offer on the swiss chard. Mother in law uses it like spinach. Kris loves it, but I am still holding out on grrowing it. Sometimes you find great ideas in the archives for things like that. Maybe we could trade for a plant. I have a small container of strawberry from a 14 years strong vine, and curley parsley, and even sweet basil from HD.
At 2:03pm on May 27, 2011, Kris and Jean said…
And that, my friend, is because we don't have one! Hence the "thinking" about it part. We are the only people we know who aren't on facebook or have a blog. Still working on the tech skills here. Kris is handy and I am artistic, but no technical skills concerning internet/computer, but I have come a long way in the last 16 mos. Hopefully we can establish something by the end of the year. Thanks for the interest, though.
At 4:20pm on May 19, 2011, Mischa O'Reilly said…

Hi Rebecca!  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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