Retired Phoenix paramedic firefighter. Married to the same lovely lady for 34 years, two grown children and two grandsons.
We have 1.5 acres with a small orchard and large garden next to the Hassayampa River 2 miles downstream from Wickenburg. We have been gardening for our entire marriage. I recently became a raw vegan and am interested in growing my own organic produce. I want to make my soil the best it can be to improve the quality of the vegetables. I am interested in educating myself in nutrition and native foods as well.
"I do have some bird visitors to the grapes. My dogs scare them off usually, and I use old CD discs suspended on fishing line to assist. I get so many grapes that it is usually not much of a problem. Netting is also available if you have a bad…"
Your squash are being eaten by insects obviously. There are several that I know of, grasshoppers and cut worms of different types. Have you found any insects on the plants themselves? The irregularity makes me think of grasshoppers they…"
Yes you need a juicer that is capable of juicing green leafy vegetables. I use the Green Star twin screw juicer. It does a great job with all vegetables, and an exceptionally good job with grass. I bought the one with all the attachments,…"
Thanks for the address. We live in Wickenburg which is about 50 miles northwest of Phx. I go to Phx. College in the evenings two nights a week, and also do errands down there often. I am always looking for some place to eat and shop that…"
"My first comment was referring to a pruning plan that I got from the Ag extension that told how to prune for fruit production. I just re-read my earlier message and it felt a little unclear.
We put a stone "floor" under our grape arbor, see my page…"
"I would like to see such a market myself. I love fresh produce, and enjoy the fruits of my own garden annually. I have never had the room to grow such a bontiful harvest though! Thanks for the response. J"
"I will have cuttings this fall late or early winter from red flame and thompson seedless. Several people have expressed an interest in getting some. I will save some for you if you would like. Mine grew like wild vines in a jungle this year, so…"
"PS see you at the composting class, sounds interesting. There is also a class on making bokashi about a month later. It is a type of propagation of microorganisms that make your soil healthier and organic, so it can use up the compost you put in it.…"
"I too am a raw foodist. I read about it in Dr. Gabriel Cousens' book "There is a cure for diabetes" I have been at it for three months, and have lost the high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and over 50 pounds. I like juicing, wheatgrass, greens…"
"I would love to know where your restaurant and apothecary is located. I have looked for these type establishments online without much luck. I am new to the vegan lifestyle, but learning fast. My wife of 35 years is a beginner in yoga, but loves it,…"
"Give those grapes a couple years and you will have more than you need! Follow basic pruning guide for fruit production after they become dormant in the winter. I got mine from the Agriculture Extension Service in Phoenix. I got lots of grapes the…"
"Your kids sound great. You must be doing something right! Love the healthy organic vegetarian lifestyle. I startes a forum about Raw Food Enthusiasts to learn more about the subject. Check it out sometime and see if you have any thoughts to add."