Raymond Jess Grow Buckets: basket in bottom

Grow Buckets

Several years ago, I started my adventure with wicking garden beds. I found the concept powerful and wondered, how can I use this concept in a different way? I consulted the internet and found a few good ideas, but not quite what I wanted. I needed something I thought might stand up to the unrelenting summer heat of Phoenix, Arizona and produce a nice vegetable harvest. I came up with this design of a grow bucket.

Tack strip on greenhouse

The Six Week Greenhouse

By Guest Blogger: Joel Karsten – For northern gardeners, starting vegetable plants as early as possible is key to a productive and successful food garden, since sometimes it seems we only have about a three-week growing season! That might be a slight exaggeration, but certainly gardening in the north is challenging. One of the key advantages of the Straw Bale Gardening method is…

Bill McDorman and Greg Peterson

Bonus Episode 25: Seed Saving Class February 2019

A chat with a seed expert sharing highlights from the 2019 Seed Summit – There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the February 2019 episode of a Seed Saving Class – with Special Guest Belle Starr. Listen and learn about highlights from the epic…

Garden eating culprit

What’s Eating My Garden?? An Epic Adventure with a Twist at the End!

By Guest Bloggers: Jim & Roxanne Malinski – We live in southeast Chandler, AZ in a neighborhood established 20 years ago.  Last year in mid-September (2018) we planted romaine lettuce, curly kale, rainbow blend carrots (all seed) and six small broccoli plants in my vegetable garden (raised 6’x12’ plot).  Within a couple weeks everything was…

Podcast 430: Lee Perry on Fleet Farming

430: Lee Perry on Fleet Farming

Helping urban farmers grow food in other people’s yards. – Lee Perry passionately shares the progress of the Fleet Farming movement and how it is strengthening Florida communities. This collective farming movement is an awesome way for gardening novices and interns to get…

Thomas Tuoti on Growing Mushrooms at Home

429: Thomas Tuoti on Growing Mushrooms at Home

Minimizing food waste and improving soils by growing fungi – We learn the ins and outs of growing mushrooms at home with Thomas Tuoti. Listen in for the difference between mushrooms and mycelium as well as how to use them to build your soil. Mushrooms are the composting tool we never…

425: Katie Fiore on Sweet Potatoes and Fruit Trees

Building a living green mulch – After a long career in retail, Katie Fiore knew it was time for a change. Part of her future vision was a backyard full of fruits and vegetables. The other part was a flexible, fulfilling lifestyle educating others. Katie discusses changing her life direction at 37 years old, how…

Love Languages of Gardening

Love Languages of Gardening

By Guest Blogger: Katie Fiore – When you love to garden, it’s not always easy to explain why you love it. Often, we make a joke about how we like to play in the dirt. And that’s a legit reason! There’s scientific proof that playing in the dirt exposes you to soil microbes that stimulate your body to produce serotonin. Other times, we excitedly start talking about…