Posts Tagged ‘squash’

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
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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?