Let’s Talk Gardening

April 27th

Saturday, I met my friend Blair, who is a member of the Phoenix Junior League. She asked if I would share my experiences vegetable gardening with a few members. My friend Duda came too. It was a great couple of hours talking tomatoes, and looking at a fantastically diverse example of community gardening. We met at the South Scottsdale Community Garden — which has plots available, if you are interested.

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

 

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

Junior League of Phoenix gardening day

 

Ever start talking about something you love and realize how much you’ve learned over the years? I have been trying to garden in Arizona for a decade and I am finally starting to get the hang of it — or at least can talk the talk.

A few resources I mentioned which are worthy of repeating:

1. Starbucks grounds for gardeners are gold for our high alkaline soil in the Phoenix area. Also, you don’t have to compost, but saving your egg shells and working them into your soil is a great free resource for better veggies, especially calcium heavy tomatoes.

2. Buy your seeds from Native Seeds if you want to start from seed. You’re supporting generations of farmers by doing so, and the heirloom gardening movement, which is important. Plus, their seeds work in our soil and climate.

3. Best organic (and cheap) pesticide? 1 tablespoon dish soap, 1 tablespoon cayenne and the rest water in a squirt bottle. Go to town. You won’t hurt the plant, but you will send aphids and caterpillars elsewhere.

4. Plant what you want to eat. A great calendar for what to plant and what to harvest in the Phoenix area can be found here.

~K

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  1. These are great tips! It is funny when you think you don’t know much about something and then start talking with someone who is totally new to the topic. It always surprises me, like “hey! I do know stuff!”