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love to hear from everyone trying our drier spot! challenging welcome at 3 Moons! between Las Vegas and Death Valley!!! what a hoot! you can choose both and then, in the middle us! 

this spring  …


Added by JEHANEor jeanne RUCQUOI on December 20, 2015 at 8:40am — No Comments

Volunteers Needed at the Rose Pruning at Sahuaro Ranch Park 1/2/16

The Rose Society of Glendale will be pruning and offering hands on instruction to all volunteers who come and join us on Saturday, January 2, 2016. Will be in the rose garden at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ from 8 am to noon.  Consulting Rosarians will have a pruning demonstration and rose care discussion at 9 am. Bring your pruning shears if you have them, gloves, and a hat. Free event, and all are welcome to come. Looking forward to seeing you there.     

Added by Allison Bowns on December 15, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

3 Moons project

check out on face book and, not the one from San Francisco! but with, 3 Moons , hope I get it?! need help I guess with getting this one better! 

Invite everyone to try out their knowledge of dry growing, not in the Phonix area but closer to Death Valley, drier, tougher!!!

first we are building small structures with earth bags and walls with bottles and whatever else! to shape protected areas. growing protected by walls and…


Added by JEHANEor jeanne RUCQUOI on December 7, 2015 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Get Goat Smart Clinic

The Arizona State Goat Breeder's Association is having a goat clinic on Saturday, November 14th at the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Office, 4341 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ in the Ocotillo Room.

If you are interested in making cheese, soap or yogurt from goat's milk you will enjoy this clinic. There will also be demonstrations on kidding and what you need…


Added by Cal Griggs on November 2, 2015 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Plants that Rabbits and Quail do not eat?

I know it's safe to plant Geraniums and Lantana outdoors and of course Oleanders. Am wondering what else I could plant outdoors without the Quail or Rabbits wiping them out? A few years back I tried Pansies and they were cut to the ground over-night.

Any and all advice is much appreciated.

Added by Tom gundlach on September 7, 2015 at 10:15am — 2 Comments



We are looking for worms for our new worm bin. Does anyone have some they would like to sell or know of a good place to find some?
Thanks you!!

Added by heather rutter on August 16, 2015 at 10:06pm — 4 Comments

Fall Gardening in Phoenix, Veggies & Herbs

Welcome to the Resources page for the City of Peoria Sustainable U Class titled "Planting Your Fall Garden".  I'm glad you've come to visit and hope you find this information useful and helpful!  Please don't hesitate to ask questions, this website is a great resource with lots of people here with years of experience growing in the desert.

A PDF of the class powerpoint is available to download here:…


Added by Liz & Dan on August 12, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

A kitchen remodel that will stand the test of time

Kitchens are typically the first room in the house that show their age. Because preferences change over time, what makes a kitchen desirable for one person may offend another’s sense of style. The kitchen is often the deal breaker for prospective buyers and when it’s not, it’s still as likely as not to be remodeled by the new owner. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel but want a kitchen that won’t make your home difficult to sell down the road, consider these…


Added by Sally Williams on August 7, 2015 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Solar Oven Cooking - Garden Pie

With a newly created solar oven design, I'm realizing I do not know how to cook in it! I spend so much time building it, but not enough time developing/gathering recipes. Thanks to a friend for her "garden pie" recipe. She calls it garden pie, because you can put just about anything in it. I describe it as a spiral quiche, but even that is not accurate. Check out the photos and give it a name!

Started the SolOve pre-heating, then went to the kitchen to put it together.



Added by Matthew Newton on August 1, 2015 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment

Solar Oven Adventure Log

Let me catch you up! I have been "tinkering" with solar ovens for about two years. It's been a bit of an obsession to make an oven that can reach 300 degrees or higher, and made from low/no-cost, small footprint materials. I have seen the pizza box, and just can't imagine that gets above 200 degrees.

The first through sixth versions were an education! I revisited geometry, my X-acto skills, and the melting point of duct-tape. I'm on my 7th version, I've fixed all the issues of the…


Added by Matthew Newton on July 31, 2015 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

Affordable Home Upgrades

Upgrading a home can be an expensive project, especially if there are several upgrades that need to happen all at once.  Do-it-yourself projects are always an option, and a good idea, but many people do not trust their skills or do not think they are creative enough to complete…


Added by Sally Williams on July 14, 2015 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

Affordable Home Upgrades

Upgrading a home can be an expensive project, especially if there are several upgrades that need to happen all at once.  Do-it-yourself projects are always an option, and a good idea, but many people do not trust their skills or do not think they are creative enough to complete projects on their own, so they…


Added by Sally Williams on July 14, 2015 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Moringa seeds or cuttings

Where can I buy Moringa seeds or cuttings. I live in Mesa.

Just found out about the awesome health benefits of Moringa leaves, flowers and bark.

Added by Karin Brunner on July 12, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Keeping cactus clean from tree debris

I have a beautiful Palo Verde and love all the blossoms but when they drop they get stuck in all the cactus I have below it.

I have tried brushing, vacuuming etc. and can't get the stuff out.  Any suggestions?

Added by Carole Walters on July 7, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments

For sale - Rare Young Roosters

Hi everyone! This is my first blog post, I just joined. I have 2 young roosters that I would like to get rid of asap. Both are just under six months old, and outgrowing their living space. One is a silver-laced lakenvelder, a tad aggressive, but I think he just needs more space to roam. The other is a small black silkie who is somewhat shy but friendly. Both are healthy and crowing. I love my chickens and would love to keep them but I just don't have room for them and my…


Added by Tanner Laizure on July 1, 2015 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Making a Home Look Expensive

Let’s face it, when we decorate our homes, we want visitors to think we paid good money for that look, but the truth is most of us can’t afford the home décor looks of our dreams.  Here are a few ways to make your home look expensive without the actual cost!


Affordable DIY…


Added by Sally Williams on June 30, 2015 at 9:13pm — No Comments

School Garden In need of Assistance

Dear Community Friends, I am looking for assistance with our schools garden. We are having a community project day on July 11th from 8am to 11am. Our students will be present to assist with all projects in school, including repairing our garden. We are looking to the community to come out and assist our students. If you can help or have questions, please email Stephanie Daniels at Thanks :)

Added by Stephanie Daniels-Lilly on June 29, 2015 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Five common oversights when remodeling

Remodeling projects rarely go as smoothly as you hope. No matter how much planning goes into a home remodel and no matter how prepared you feel, it never goes exactly as you have it down on paper. Here are five of the most common oversights homeowners make when remodeling their homes and some tips for…


Added by Sally Williams on June 26, 2015 at 3:39am — No Comments

Affordable and Creative Organization Techniques

There are few greater feelings than a clutter free, and organized home.  Getting it to that state, however, can be stressful and cost a lot of money if you do not know what you are doing.  First and foremost, you have to get rid of all unnecessary clutter.  Hold a yard sale or donate items that you do not use to open up more space in your home and make organizing much easier.  Here is some more advice for organizing your home without draining your savings account.




Added by Sally Williams on June 22, 2015 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Sissoo tree help

I moved into a home with a small yard that had two Sissoo trees in. I have cut them down ground out the stump and planted two trees I adore in their place. Now the Sisoo roots are alive and well sprouting mini trees throughout the yard. I am getting pavers put in and terrified it will destroy the pavers if not fixed first. I have dug up most of the roots and sprayed total vegetation killer on some. But now I traced some larger roots to the base of my new gorgeous palms. I need to kill the… Continue

Added by Jenny on June 16, 2015 at 12:53pm — No Comments

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