So much more than simply an edible bean - scarlet runner beans are magnets for hummingbirds and butterflies.
Help your garden survive a summer drought by using watering cans, watering from below, using drip irrigation, soaking drill before sowing, shading seedlings and keeping the soil cool by spreading mulch.
Avoid persistent annual and perennial weeds by laying down cardboard, removing roots, using a sharp hoe weekly on established beds, spreading mulch or planting a vegetable with abundant foliage like potatoes.
Southwestern regional advice is great if you live in the southern half of New Mexico and Arizona, where the winters are warm and the summers are blistering hot. But if you live in the Northern half of Arizona — known more for its bitter cold winters, alpine snow, and a short growing season — much of that regional information is useless.
Have a property line with nothing growing on the border? Have an annoying view of a road or apartment building? Plant for the future and plant an edible hedge with pineapple guava, pomegranate, and berries.
Wild cherries are one of the most widespread wild shrubs throughout all of North America, according to botanists. The Prunus genus not only includes all wild and domestic cherries, but also nectarines, peaches, plums, and almonds. This is a large group with mostly edible flesh, and seeds that can be toxic but edible once processed
Find a sustainability certification that’s right for your plot to add transparency to your growing practices and connect with other proponents of organic agriculture.
Nostalgic reminiscing is the motivation behind the author’s seed hoarding and heirloom seed collection.
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