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looking for a loving home for chickens and rabbits.

We will be living out of the country for an extended period of time and our renter cannot care for our chickens and rabbits.  We are hoping someone in the Permaculture network would like to add our critters to your mix.  We have 4 chickens.  They are 3 years old so they do not lay as much as younger birds but they are excellent at pest control and creating fertilizer!!  They will come with their feeder, any remaining feed and watering containers.

We have 3 lionhead rabbits.…


Added by Shawn & Allison Disarufino on June 12, 2015 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Pine Needles as Mulch? Or is Straw better for the summer?

I have several beds that need some mulch to protect the plants for the summer and I'd read about using pine needles (which we have a lot of and they are free).  But I've also read in the past about pine needles not being so good, although that may have been regarding compost since they take a long time to break down.  I think being in Arizona our soil would not be hurt by acidification from the needles.


Added by Barbara Middleton on May 30, 2015 at 11:07pm — 3 Comments


can anyone tell me when  guavas are ripe in phoenix?

Added by ann hazelett on May 22, 2015 at 8:27pm — 5 Comments

Planting Calendars - more than just Veggies out there!

Hello fellow Permies,

I've been so busy lately with life that I haven't been posting here as often as I would like.  Today I thought I would just include a quick note for all of you out there wondering what you can plant and when here in the greater Phoenix area.  Our wonderful Extension Office has created not one but THREE different planting calendars for our area that include Vegetables, Herbs and Flowering and Bedding Plants.  Basically covering all the main smaller type plants you…


Added by Liz & Dan on April 16, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Vermont Maple Syrup

Freshly produced (2015 season) Vermont maple syrup is available at local farmer's markets.

Simply Vermont is a family business at the foot of Mt. Mansfield in north central Vermont.  Our goal is to provide small batches of high quality syrup.  One thing which differentiates us from other maple businesses is that our sap collection system uses no energy.  We don't use any vacuum pumps or electricity to collect the sap, it's a "Zero-Energy gravity feed sap system" which…


Added by MaryMcP on April 11, 2015 at 6:18am — 2 Comments



We just planted blackberries and boysenberries and they will be on the same irrigation system as our garden which will be watered daily for 30 minutes. Does anyone have any suggestions about the number of gallons per day we should water?


Added by heather rutter on March 8, 2015 at 10:31am — 9 Comments

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Added by Linda Enger on March 6, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Heirloom Tomato Seedlings

Heirloom organic varieties, all well suited to our arid climate. I've been growing tomatoes in my east Mesa garden for 10 years and these are some of my favorites, just started some extras this year to help cover my seed cost. All are in 3" pots and ready to go into the garden. $5 ea or 5 for $20

From Baker Creek,

Black Krim

Mini Orange

Chocolate Cherry

German Green Cherry


From Native Seed Search in Tucson



Added by Kim Watkins on February 15, 2015 at 10:07am — No Comments


Download the Tarragon Handout Here: AHA%20Tarragon%20Talk.pdf…


Added by Liz & Dan on December 21, 2014 at 2:13pm — 4 Comments

Lady Bug invasion...I think


Added by Victoria Jordan on December 20, 2014 at 12:13pm — 3 Comments

Good time for planting a fig and pomegranates?

I have 3 pomegranite bushes and a turkey fig tree that I have in pots. I moved them around the yard now for about a year, and having found that they both like full sun, I am ready to plant them in the ground. Is now a good time for planting these? (early December?) Thanks for your sage advice.

Added by Deborah Ohara on November 28, 2014 at 12:10pm — 5 Comments


We love to add fun & different stuff to our garden. Candles, rocks, dried drift & much more. We enjoy afternoon & evening tea in the garden.

Added by DePhane Marcelle on October 28, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

The End of a Season

It has been 17 months since I dug my first shovel full of road base in this once sterile backyard of mine.  The first thing to go in the ground was my mint collection that I have gathered from the hollers in Tennessee to the canyons of northern Arizona and babied over the past 20 years, and then my Iris from the Arizona Strip homestead where my Great Great Grandmother first planted them.  Now those will be the first things to be put back into pots.  Yes, it is true, I am moving.  Again.  It…


Added by De Ann on October 8, 2014 at 9:26am — 3 Comments

Symphony of the Soil

Last night, I watched Symphony of the Soil, recommended by a fellow permie. It helps to confirm what I am doing to our front yard is the right way to start building a good soil structure for the plants. And I have amazing plant growth to prove it.

Catch a free online viewing of one of the most important film that all gardeners and farmers could watch to understanding soil building and the importance of soil building to help make the future a better place for all of us.



Added by Jacq Davis on October 8, 2014 at 8:52am — 10 Comments

Chicken's & Duck's in the Garden

Our chicken's are better at catching the crickets, but the duck's will get the ground dwellers.. We put out wheatgrass for them to scratch on.. We are going to grow out the clover omega-3 blend this winter..

Added by DePhane Marcelle on October 6, 2014 at 6:58pm — 3 Comments

Lettuce Turnip the Beets!

Shirt image I made for my hub's birthday :))…


Added by Skye Lucking on September 26, 2014 at 11:27am — No Comments

Composting - Need help please

I have two black bins from City of Mesa for composting, but get almost no useable compost.  I add all my household useable waste and garden stuff (both dry and green), egg cartons and some torn up paper and cardboard bits. The bins are full. Recently I began leaving them open and watering them occasionally. They are…


Added by Barbara Middleton on September 21, 2014 at 10:56am — 8 Comments

Rabbit needs new home

My rabbit needs a new home. He has managed to deal well with the heat burrowing his home in the chicken coop. She is resilient and lives comfortably with chickens. Do you have a space for her?

Added by Judith Levin on September 3, 2014 at 8:20am — 3 Comments

Check out these great chicken coops!!!

I love the coops and all the wonderful features this company has created for chicken coops!    Scroll down and click "more info" and you'll see on your right about chicken coops.  Enjoy!!

Added by Linda Schneerer on August 29, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Fold your own seed packet

Found this design online and loved the simplicity. No tape, just the paper and folding. Thought I would share.

Best to print this out at full size, do not scale it or "shrink to fit" as it messes up the fold lines.


Added by Matthew Newton on August 10, 2014 at 2:45pm — 4 Comments

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