Category Archives: Growing in the Desert

Soil Solarization or How I'm Choosing to Embrace the Desert and Use it to my Advantage Soil Solarization or How I'm Choosing to Embrace the Desert and Use it to my Advantage


This past weekend temperatures in Phoenix reached nearly 120 degrees in the shade.  Needless to say, at temperatures that high, it is difficult to get anything to grow well.  We do have a few things that I am trying to get through the summer, but for the most part, we have begun deconstructing our gardens…
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Introduction to Nitrogen in Your Garden Introduction to Nitrogen in Your Garden


You may have noticed the letter NPK on bags of fertilizer – http://amzn.to/16woG5L or other organic matter in the past.  These letters stand for Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium (in that order) and these are essential nutrients for your garden and its plants. Of these three nutrients, nitrogen is often the one that is most difficult to get to…
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Solving Problems with Your Tomatoes Solving Problems with Your Tomatoes


A post I wrote about growing great tomatoes was recently featured on the lovely blog (and one of this month’s sponsors!)  Black Fox Homestead – http://blackfoxhomestead.com/blog/ .  Here is part one and part two of that post. Having that post be brought up again got me thinking.  What if your tomatoes don’t turn out great?  What if you put…
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Creating a Children Garden Creating a Children Garden


I know we’ve all done it.  You pinned an image on Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/lilhomesteader/ and thought to yourself, “Self – you are going to do that awesome craft/activity/recipe/diet/homeschooling-thing this week!  That is just too cool to forget about.  I just can’t live another day without doing that!” And then, lo and behold, the week ends,…
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Improvising: Masonry Ladders for Plant Protection Improvising: Masonry Ladders for Plant Protection


Today was a day. It involved a rediscovery of termites, which are slowly eating away at our dear old house.  (Almost one hundred years this house has been here and these darn termites choose NOW to start their destruction!? I tell ya’.) It involved a little girl who has been getting progressively sicker over the…
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