Husband of Kristie. Father of Cohen and Hannah. Follower of Jesus. Pastor at Living Faith Anglican Church in Tempe, AZ. New homeowner. Noob steader.
Member since April 12, 2013
Mushrooms in the desert
I've recently moved to Phoenix, Arizona: not the prime climate for mushroom cultivation. However, given the use of a greenhouse and the acquisition of the right kind and size of logs, any idea if the drill and wax or kerf techniques would be transferrable?
Replacing grass with groundcover
Our new home has grass in the front yard and in the back yard. First, it's not really grass, it's clover and weeds. Second, here's no way I'm doing that much mowing year round here in AL. I want to convert 50% of my yard to ground cover, shrubs, flowers and fruit trees.
Here's my question: what is the best way to replace grass with ground-cover? I'm sure Monsanto would love me to use Round-up then plant fresh, but is there a way to do it without chemically killing the grass or digging it all up?
Secondarily, any good ground covers for full sun, in zone 7b? I've thought about low clover, green carpet rupturewort, and pachysandra.
Back to Eden
I'm 10 minutes in to this documentary. Anyone seen it? I'm curious if it's worth watching. I've liked what I've watched so far.
My tomato plants have been getting these bright green caterpillars with a big horn on their rear ends. They are vicious, and have completely devoured one of my plants. I cleaned the plants of them yesterday and killed them (interestingly enough, a wasp was eating one of them in half), but I wondered if there is anything I could do to prevent insects from eating my plants?
My landlord is doing some interesting "land-lording" around the property. For example, blueberries and grapes (zero upkeep). I'm taking notes.
The bane of my subsistence
I love cilantro. For three years now, I have struggled to grow it in the South. My plants are wimpy looking and in a few weeks they will likely turn yellow and brown and disintegrate.
Anyone have any tips?
Gotta start indoors next year
My plants are looking good, but too far behind.
Everybody loves coffee
I've been wanting to try mixing some coffee grinds in with the soil for some of my more acidic-loving plants. Any body have any experience with this? Either that, or pouring diluted left-over coffee in their pots. Thoughts?
Our small organic gardening effort...
...is underway. Cilantro, thyme, sweet basil, basil, green onion, cherry tomato, beefsteak tomato, bell pepper, marigold, and mix flowers.
Better than last year. After all, to be able to say that is the goal each year.
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