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Monday, March 10th, 2008
7:29 pm
Can anyone identify this tree for me?
It's in a neighbor's yard. A very tall and moderately narrow tree, with these long leaves (3.5 to 5 inches long).

Semi deciduous, it drops leaves occasionally, but held leaf all winter. It has rough bark, with deep seams running parallel to the ground.

It's an attractive tree, and since he does no yard maintenance whatsoever, I imagine it's fairly desert adapted.

Anybody out there know what it is?
I appreciate your help.
Friday, May 6th, 2005
9:01 pm
How Do I Identify The Species Of My Chile Plant?
want to know how to identify different chile species? here's a handy key!

Friday, April 22nd, 2005
1:54 pm
Echinopsis?? Xposted
Does anyone have additional info on this lovely cactus and her blooms?
I am pretty sure it's Echinopsis but have no clue on variety, cultivar etc etc

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Thursday, March 17th, 2005
2:18 am
favorite avantgardening website
this is still one of my favorite gardening websites! it was totally influential on me and helped feed my interest in radical gardening. dig it.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
11:14 pm
free Native Seeds/SEARCH event saturday
Native Seeds/SEARCH members, supporters & customers:

We will have a booth at a free event in Phoenix this weekend, selling crafts, foods, herbs, and other NS/S items.

The event is Ancient Technologies Days at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park and among the many family-friendly events will be pit-baking agaves. It is on Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Museum grounds, 4619 E. Washington St. Admission to the museum is free all day. For a map, see the museum website:


Even if you don't need to buy anything, this will be a fun and educational event - come see us! And if you can't come and need seeds or anything else, please check out our website: www.nativeseeds.org.
Monday, February 21st, 2005
12:20 pm
Lupini Beans?
anyone have any suggestions on how to cook dried Lupini Beans? so far most recipes require a good deal of soaking and then brining. i'm willing to do all that but i'm curious if there's a simpler method.

Anyone know any of the growing requirements for lupini(Lupini albus)?
Tuesday, October 19th, 2004
1:28 pm
seed saving and gmo
A friend emailed me this article link. I actually have a lot of seeds from William Weaver. Jion SSE!

John Feffer, AlterNet
William Weaver and his fellow seed savers are preserving
fruits and vegetables against the homogenizing pressures of

Sunday, October 10th, 2004
6:34 pm
basil kill?
I had some chiles in pots with some basil growing in the same pot along side them. In every pot with basil the chile died or the basil died. I had a few other chiles die because it was hot but mostly I lost the chiles growing with basil. I'm wondering if chiles and basil don't make good companions in pots? Most of my other chiles survived the summer. I know the plant may have just been outcompeted by the basil. Has anyone had this happen to them?

Current Mood: easy like sunday
Friday, October 1st, 2004
7:10 pm
vegetables for october planting
vegetables for october planting
Here's some stuff you can plant now till when specified in the low desert.

beets -mid march
bok choy,
chinese cabbage etc. -feb
broccoli -mid jan.
brussels sprouts -oct.
carrot -april
cauliflower -jan.
kale -nov
leeks - mid oct.
lettuce -feb
green onion -april
peas -feb
radishes -april
spinach -feb
swiss chard -feb
turnip -feb
fava - mid nov
garbanzo bean -mid now
lentil -mid nov
onion -mid nov

Current Mood: ready to bike
Monday, September 27th, 2004
12:12 pm
stuff to plant in sept. and oct
Here's some common herbs to plant here in phoenix starting in september. The dash and following month indicates the typical month these plants can be planted till.

Borage -feb.
calendula -march
chamomile -march
coriander -dec
Dill -feb
fennel -dec
Nasturtium -feb
Parsley plant from oct-dec
Catnip -nov
Feverfew plant in oct
lavender -march
lemon grass -oct
rosemary plant year round
Rue -oct

Current Mood: pensively critical
Monday, July 19th, 2004
7:49 pm
Plume tiquilia to tequilia greggii
Does anyone have any experience growing Plume tiquilia in central Arizona, and how does it fare?


Also, anyone know where to get some shipped here? All the nurseries I am calling here are coming up dry and head-scratching. I will dig around on the internet some more but a recommendation is always good. Maybe some wholesalers in Texas since that's where it grows?

I am very interested in its purple-and-silver combination. Any other similar recommendations in this color scheme would be welcome.

I just planted a cornerful of tall burgundy-stemmed and violet-flowered Ruellia shrubs bordered by Imperial Blue Plumbago, Victoria Blue salvia and Blue Ribbon salvia. It looks nice but I'm willing to tranplant those somewhere else once I find exactly what I'm looking for!
Sunday, June 20th, 2004
10:46 am
seed exchange
I have 10+ seeds available of all these listed.
please direct me to a list of things you have available!

Seed exchange- available as of 6-20-04Collapse )
Tuesday, April 20th, 2004
3:36 am
tepary beans(Phaseolus actuifolius)
Me and Liz just cooked our second pot of tepary beans(Phaseolus actuifolius). They are so good tasting and the most amazing legume ever! They thrive in desert heat and actually don't make bean if their given to much water! Overwatered plants will produce more leaves and runners and fewer pods. The leaves of the plants actually turn towards the sun to catch more rays when other beans turn their leaves away to aviod the sun. They're very high in protein, more so than other legumes.

"First grown in the Southwest during the time of the Hohokam Indians, teparies mature quickly and are tolerant of the low desert heat, drought and alkaline soils. " -NativeSeeds/SEARCH

You can buy them in 1 lb bags and seeds for planting from NativeSeeds/SEARCH http://www.nativeseeds.org/v2/content.php?catID=1024
Wednesday, April 14th, 2004
2:28 am
I grew lizallium 3 tomatoes and 3 peppers this year. We transplanted rio grande, green zebra, Aunt Ruby's German Green all tomatoes. We transplanted red marconi, jimmy nardello, and ancanagua sweet peppers. I started them all a few months ago. I also planted a few rare chile varieties today. Some of them are from the usda and don't even have common names just ID numbers.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2004
5:01 am
Seed Savers Exchange
Are there any other Seed Savers Exchange members on here? I definitely recommend joining. It's 30$ for a year and they have an optional fixed income 25$ rate too. I'm not sure about Flower and Herb Exchange but I know it's cheaper. Check out their web site. http://www.seedsavers.org/ Lots of people grow their stuff organic and they say it in their member info. I also recommend the book they publish Garden Seed Inventory (Fifth Edition). It's like a catalog of catalogs and it's set up specifically so you can see what varieties of plants are at risk of being no longer sold commercially and possible lost. Studying that book made me realize just how much diversity is being lost and what great work organizations like seed savers exchange are doing. I had no idea how many pepper and other plant varieties have disappeared!
4:00 am
stuff to plant in feb and march
Now's the low desert planting time for a lot of stuff! you can still plant a spring crop of garbanzo beans, peas, lentils, faba beans, wheat till the end of february.

Good vegetables to plant now are common beans, long bean, beets, carrots, chiles, corn, cucumbers, melons, watermelons, chives, green onions, spinach, swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, sugarsnap and snow peas, radishes and there's still time for fast maturing varieties of greens, chinese greens, broccoli, lettuce and mescaline and cabbage. now's the time to transplant tomatoes, asparagus, potatoes and artichokes.

You can also plant chamomile, parsley, cilantro, dill, lavender.

Flowers to plant now include begonias, rain lilies, geraniums, dianthus(edible), iceland poppies, johny-jump-ups(all of which like the shade) marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, globe amaranth, mexican sunflower, salvias, verbena, celosia, portulaca, geraniums, and nasturtiums(edible).

In March you can plant warm weather vegetable such as squashes, common beans, long bean, chiles, corn, cucumbers, melons, watermelons, amaranth, cotton, black-eyed-peas, gourds, herbs, sorghums, sunflower, okra, eggplant, tobacco, and tomatillo. March is the time for most herbs such as sage, thyme, mints, epazote, tansy, thyme, and lemonbalm.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2004
4:48 am
there's so many seeds I want to get from J. L. HUDSON which is an anarchist run seed company.
I filled out an order last year that liz was going to buy for me but I didn't place the order with it because I don't actually have the land to grow all the seeds I've been collecting. Seeds have to be grown out every few years or they start to die. Hopefully I'll find somewhere to live with some space for a nice garden.

I also got my Seed Savers Exchange annual publication Seed Savers Yearbook (mailed each February) which makes available (only to SSE’s members) the seeds of about 12,000 rare varieties of vegetables, fruits and grains. In other words, each year SSE’s members offer nearly twice as many vegetable varieties as are available from all of the mail-order seed catalogs in both the U.S. and Canada. Last year I splurged and bought about 50 dollars worth in mostly chile seeds. I'm going to keep digging at my soil in the back yard, but it's a nightmare to dig. I miss my garden in tempe.
Thursday, February 5th, 2004
1:51 am
I'm about to start planting some seeds for peppers and tomatoes in little pots. I've promised a few people some peter peppers and various tomatoes. I think I'm going to grow some other nightshades as well such as datura, chinese lantern and tomatillos. what's everyone else's gardens up too? what's everyone planting for spring?
Sunday, October 19th, 2003
9:31 am
any idea why birds have left my garden alone for months, but now that devil's claw is growing, they're attacking it like crazy?
Wednesday, September 24th, 2003
5:59 am
fall planting?
What are you folks planting for fall? We have a lot of stuff but Liz's garden is so over run with curcubits that I don't know where we would plant yet.
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