Welcome to my gardening blog! Here you will find all kinds of useful information about Gardening including video tutorials and a planting schedule for Maricopa County(at the bottom of the page). I have learned a lot from several different sources- Beverly Austin who teaches an awesome organic gardening class on Saturday mornings at ASU East for just $5, Jim Kennard-the president of the Foodforeveryone foundation and teacher of the Mittleider Method of gardening, and my parents who always had us kids out working on the family garden. I hope you take away useful information and use it in your own gardens but even if you don't do everything I've outlined, the most important thing is that you plant! Now! Nothing will teach you more than actually doing it on your own!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

How to make rows!

Here is a diagram of how to make your rows Mittleider style- please click on it to see the full view. A video tutorial is also available on Gardening with Mittleider part II

Saturday, October 31, 2009

How to Transplant

I think the most transplanted plant would have to be basil. You buy your little plant from a Sprouts or Fresh and Easy and take it home and plant it. Easy, right? Then why is it dead now?
At the Preparedness fair this morning I had a lot of questions from people about how to transplant a plant without killing it- Good question!
It is best to transplant at night and if at all possible, during a rainy season. Take the plant out of the container it's in along with all of the dirt it's planted in (trying not to break too many roots). We want to protect the roots as much as possible! Gently loosen the roots in the dirt and plant into moist soil, packing roots in pretty good so they have contact with the new soil. Water it liberally.
Watch your plant after it's been transplanted and if it looks like it's suffering, water it with some dilluted liquid Sea Kelp/Seaweed that you can get at your local garden store- I've even found it at Walmart of all places. This comes in a large jug, however, you will only be using a small amount in this process and this jug will last you years. Once I was taught this I never lost another plant to transplant shock! YAY!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

7-week progress

Hey y'all! These are pictures from my 7 week progress. sorry I'm posting this so late- I took these pics and videos right before girls camp so didn't post them and then I got home on the 13th, took pictures again and didnt post them because I have been exhausted cleaning, getting dental work done (yes, I know, when will it end?), and a ton of other stuff. I had a sleeping bag stolen off of my porch by the way (I left the camping stuff out there and have been gradually putting things away. grr.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

6-week Progress and Garlic!

Hey y'all! Here is the 6 week progress video(s). I took two different videos and I like both so I'm showing both :o)

Also, I dug our garlic up, braided the roots together and hung it to dry! I'm sad that I only harvested 2 of them- the others I had to dig up and transplant to pots to make room for the garden in April and I wasn't able to save them- the larger of these two was transplanted and did alright but I had three die on me :o( I ripped too many roots. I can't wait to plant some more in October! What fun!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

4-week progress

Click here for the 3-week progress. You will be amazed at how much all of this stuff has grown in a week. Here is a video of my garden in it's 4th week of existance. I'll do a tutorial on the pvc watering system for you guys if you want, just let me know. It was a lot of fun and it now takes about 1 minute to water my garden. awesome.

If you haven't read about the garden, please see

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


This is a serious problem..... I have these tomatoes ripening left and right and they are soooo good. I'm actually quite surprised I love them so much because I'm not really a tomato person. and definitely not a cherry tomato person. I hate the feeling of the tomato bursting in your mouth. yuck. I do not like tomatoes in salad, but I do like a good tomato sliced thick with salt and pepper. mmmmm. these are perfect for that (even though they are small) they are so yummy with a little s&p. yay for the first veggies yielded from my delectable garden.