Posts Tagged ‘garden’

garden with dave Jan 2011 089


Holy Cow, over on facebook, my friend Melinda gave me two great suggestions .

Northern AZ seed trust, good for ordering seeds and maybe I should take their July class, or is it more than I need at this point?

City of Phoenix composter that I can get for only 5 bucks.

I decided against corn for now because it sounds tough to grow,  I went with several types of squash to experiment and because squash is supposedly the easiest .  Based on past experience I need easy.  I went with two kinds of beans, because beans are the classic southwest stable, and then with a tomatillo, because that is the southwest’s version of a tomato.

From the Northern Seed trust I got the following.

Qty Name SKU Price Total
1 SQUASH, WINTER – Baby Blue Hubbard (3 g.) (20 seeds) 39106 $2.07 $2.07
1 33904 $2.07 $2.07
1 33306 $2.07 $2.07
1 BEANS – Titus’ Magic (1/2 oz.) (30 seeds) 30E08 $2.95 $2.95
1 TOMATILLO – Grande Rio Verde (1/10 g.) (30 seeds) 39301 $1.95 $1.95
1 30310 $2.07 $2.07
SubTotal : $13.18
Shipping and Handling Fee : $9.04
Total: $22

So doing research on how to get garden ready, as Phoenix has two grow seasons, the first one starting in Mid – February, which is just around the corner.  A friend turned me on to a Phoenix specific planting and harvesting calendar, which led to a discovery of all other sorts of useful info, such as a nice video on how to build a raised garden.
I am planning on growing primarily crops that Native Americans grew, because I figure those would work best based on my sourroundings. Those plants are squash, pinto beans, corn.

Also debating growing tomatillo (because urban farm says it is easy), tomato (because I love a fresh tomato) and eggplant (because there is an expression in Arabic that says “A Woman who asks her husband what he wants for dinner during eggplant season is asking for a divorce.”)

I need to start the seeds indoor now for the tomatillo,

Reading about the history of Native American farming in the southwest, the most improtant thing was the harvesting of water. (Well, no duh). So I suppose I should be working on the harvesting of rain water at the same time.

So anybody got any seeds they want to spare?

Apocalyptic Gardening in Feb

Posted: January 4, 2011 in food, garden, research

Found a good site for gardening in Phoenix Phoenix Gardening Calendar . I went looking because I went to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix on Sunday for research and read in a display that the Native Americans planted crops in February.  So I went to google to find what to plant in February in Phoenix. I like how this site is specific to this weird place that I live.

Right now (Jan) I should be pruning my fruit trees.
I should be planting radishes, roots asparagus, carrots, lettuce, and potatoes. I don’t think any of these are native to here (except for maybe carrots and potatoes) so would they take too much water in a post-apocalyptic garden?

According to the site in February I “should plant beets, bush beans, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, eggplant, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, radishes, summer squash, tomatoes, and watermelon.” From this list I am guessing bush beans, peppers, summer squash are native to here and would not take much water.  Watermelon would be awesome but has got to consume water.  Eggplants would be awesome, but I would guess, take water.  I might plant them anyway.

I should also start fertilizing and pre-emptive weeding. I am not going to do much weeding, as my Bermuda grass should be kept because one should not throw anything away (Sidenote separate post: Rule 1? Never throw anything away.  See rules learned while watching Zombieland.)

I am going to fertilize with used coffee-grounds from the office. Bad idea?