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Anybody getting their gardens ready?

I've been tilling my gardens most of the day.

Getting ready to plant several kinds of beans/peas, tomatoes, peppers, some herbs, sunflowers, radishes, cucumbers, watermelons, muscadines...


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do you

eat the shoots?

Desert Suburbia

Okay..I've done my best to get my family to want to move to the country, but to no avail. So, I'm stuck in the desert (where there is abundant sunshine, but not as much water and intense summer heat) and in suburbia (where there isn't much space to grow a garden...provided I could til one in the rock hard soil here). I guess we will be in trouble huh? Any ideas on how to get a garden growing here?

I'd think there are big

I'd think there are big advantages to the desert if you can get water to the soil:

(a) You don't have to deal with pests like chiggers and mosquitoes. This is no small thing.

(b) You don't have to waste a lot of gardening time mowing grass and weeds instead.

(c) Many good things to grow (most fruits and grapes, for example) do best in well-drained, sandy soil.

(d) Your warm weather is a lot less miserable than in the humid regions of the Sun Belt.

Support the Constitution of the United States

Support the Constitution of the United States

If you..

.. google for "desert vegetable gardens" and/or "desert vegetable gardening" it returns quite a bit of informative sites and how-to's...

boxes n' leaves

Build a big box (at least 6-18" tall), put cardboard at the bottom, fill it halfway to 3/4 of the way with leaves and manure, fill the other half with compost.

I would recommend building up the rest of your land (and saving a lot of water) with a compost toilet. It sounds gross, but it's really easy. Check out the Humanure Handbook. Even if you don't decide to compost your excrement, composting everything else is a must.

Oh, and coffee grounds! Just go to the Starbucks with a 5-gallon bucket and say filler up. You can just spread that out over your property and really make things swing.

Drip irrigation and no less than 6" of mulch.


Lisa C.


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Google lasagna gardening

I live in the desert area too, at least we are in a drought, and our dirt is rock hard too, cept in my garden where i did lasagne gardening. It is now soft, full of worms, and humusy.

Hanging Baskets

Lots of veggies grow in hanging baskets. I have strawberries, tomatoes, cukes in baskets.

Check out GrowBags

and water retention crystals. You could also culture and bio-filter your pee if you're really hardcore about it.

Thanks martfuncher for the

Thanks martfuncher for the tomato ladder idea. After I have bought fence, plants, ladders, pressure cookers, jars, lids, gadgets, etc., these tomatoes only cost me $64 a piece. tee hee.


.. but hopefully you'll get many years use out of all that stuff and many tasty returns. =)

Those tomato ladders are powder coated steel! So they should last a long long time. In the pictures they look like cheap plastic. I don't see how they can sell them so cheap...

Two green tomatoes I am so happy…

My neighbor just called me a forest nymph while peering over the fence… while I was pulling weeds, a little creepy coming from him! He will not be getting any vegetables from me. I think I will be doing some peripheral vision exercises to make sure I still have the ability if something or someone is sneaking up on me. Gardening has turned into a real passion for me and everything is doing so well. Funny how times change back home on the farm as a kid gardening was a chore and now it is just so much fun. : )



Back to nature. =)

Maybe a little exercise of your 2nd amendment rights would work to scare away the creepy neighbor infestation...


Great minds think alike...

I laid my shot gun on the pic nic table... I also told him I would be growing pepper spray and asked him if he would like to sample it. I am pretty sure that he is now hiding in the hole he dug for himself.


I bet..

.. you'd look cute in a cowboy hat, holsters, a bullet belt and some chaps... =P

Call me Annie...LOL

That sure would make for an interesting garden calendar…dibs on August : )~


Arizona Annie...


Don't bother with a net,

the squirrels just eat through it. They even eat through wire fence. Nothing stops them (except a bullet).

wire fence? You've got to be

wire fence? You've got to be kidding me! Oh well, I guess I'll just have to sit in front of my fruit trees all day with a book and my glock. :)

Rats with fluffy tails...


I wonder if it's legal to

I wonder if it's legal to trap them and eat em?

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

Down South...

.. squirrel's are redneck gourmet food and I've never heard of hunting them being illegal. This past year Missippi's official squirrel hunting season was from Sept. 29, 2007-Feb. 28, 2008... (=

please don't tell me...

please don't tell me you eat those things..

"I have once heard that the ability to resist temptation is the truest measure of a mans character."

Dustin Hoffman to Steve McQueen

I have before...

.. it's been about 20 years though.

Basically, you cook squirrels just like you do rabbit... =P

I have bunches and bunches

I have bunches and bunches of lettuce, strawberries and herbs right now. They're so tasty.

I got rid of all the grass in my front yard recently, and it's all vegetables now, with a nice little flower fence which is getting taller every day!

I'm jealous..

.. of the strawberries. Wanted to plant some but they slipped my mind and didn't get included in my planning.

How big is your front yard?

you could

still plant some. You might not get many berries, but they would spread out all summer and you'll get tons next summer! They're perfect groundcover, too, a nice grass substitute I think.

The front yard is about 50 feet by 40 feet. It's not huge, but I've got about 20 bell peppers, 20 eggplants, 15 hot peppers of different kinds, 30 or so okra, a dozen or so potato plants and about a million onions.

I'm still working on the front. I want to do corn, artichokes and asparagus but I don't know if I'm too late or what.


... wish I could see pics of your front yard. =)

With regards to strawberries I seriously didn't know they were perennials like that. I have plenty of grass that I could do without. Grass is boring and so "yuppie"... =P

Yeah, and you don't have to

Yeah, and you don't have to mow the strawberries! I'll take some pics of the front once it's a little more presentable.

I have..

.. lush fast-growing grass(and weeds). I wonder which one would win out, the lush grass or the strawberries?