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Gardening Class on Tomatoes

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Gardening Class on Tomatoes



I am teaching a class this Saturday , December 9th 2017, at the Fountain Hills Community Centre from 1.30pm to 3.30 pm.
The Class is "How to grow the perfect tomato in the AZ Low Desert".
It is free to Fountain Hills Community Garden members and $5.00 for non members

below is the link on their face book page


https://www.facebook.com/events/369928800132734/

Seed Saving Workshop

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Seed Saving Workshop


Glass Gem Corn  Hello Gardeners,

I attended a one day seed saving workshop at Arcosanti yesterday run by the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance and am now going to be sharing many of those techniques at a free Workshop.

The date is Saturday November 18th, 9-11am at the St Vincent De Paul Urban Farm, 420 West Watkins Street. Here is the link to register.
Registration is required, even though the class is free. ( note the date for the class is wrong, it does say December 2nd, but it had to be changed to November 18th - not sure why they have not changed it on registration form though - oh well.)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1B4-wfhAdCPiNdbdUbe6ar7n50FfiXMMV9SkfR-wNH5c/viewform?ts=59cea12f&edit_requested=true

Please bring any seeds you yourself may wish to share.

The workshop is held outdoors, so please bring hats, sunscreen, water, notepad, pen and any other thing you might need for an outdoor workshop. You may also want to bring a bag to take home any seeds yo…

Upcoming Class at DBG

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Upcoming Class at DBG


I am teaching a class on Pollinator Gardening at Desert Botanical Gardens.
Monday November 13th 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Here's the link :- https://learn.dbg.org/mainstore.asp?cid=1265

Final Post on the Corn

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Final Post on the Corn

So you will probably be glad to know this is the final corn post !!
I harvested all the ears last week as various "creatures" had discovered it and were having a very happy time munching away.

My - how those stalks have grown, taller than me now ! Corn Harvest Lovely ear of corn "Munched Ear of Corn" Time now to look for some corn recipes !! Happy Gardening

How the corn has grown in a month !!

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How the corn has grown in a month !!

So yesterday I visited the garden plot at SCGC ( Scottsdale Community Garden Club) to see how the corn had grown during my 3 week trip to Europe.

As you can see below, it has come on along quite a bit !


The ears are forming nicely. 
Probably another week and it will be ready - yum !  The good thing about planting corn in late summer for fall harvesting, is that it does not seem to get the "worms" so much, that often plague spring corn. The "worms" are the larval stage of the Corn Borer - "Helicoverpa zea" - a moth that lays it eggs on the young  plants. I wonder if this time of planting does not tie in so much with the life cycle of the moth. Anyway, it does seem to not get as many worms - which works for me !! Another update and harvest time in a week - I hope ! Happy Gardening

Blog Hiatus

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😃 Blog Hiatus !

Many of you will have noticed I haven't posted anything for a good month or so.
Well.......I moved house and went to Europe for a month.
But I am back now and ready to start sharing more gardening stories, photos, recipes and ideas.

For now - here are a few photos from England - lovely Autumn flowers and scenes.

Arley Hall Gardens, Cheshire



My Parent's Garden

Update on my corn

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Update on my corn

This corn was planted about a month ago and has finally decided to start to grow a bit. Might have to do with the fact that I finally got the irrigation sorted out properly !!
Anyway, if it keeps up this rate of growth we should have corn ( hopefully) by the end of October.

It was planted in the brand new plot - if you look at the earlier blog posts you will see how I started with bare cracked earth (July 2nd) and gradually brought the soil back to life.

It is now about one foot tall. I will let you know how it progresses. Happy Gardening !!