Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Raising beds

It's time to try an alternative method of planting our produce.  My most dreaded enemy, the grass, and its friends, the weeds, took over the nice rows we planted with peas, kale, etc.  I did not have it in me to try planting in rows again, so we are solarizing instead. 

 And a raised bed is now in place.  

Along with a watering system that will make it self-sufficient once hooked up onto a timer.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Simple Things

Even the simplest of things can have beauty in them and make us happy in their own special way. Here some wonderful young artists are putting mosaic tiles together:

These special little mosaic tiles now call our garden home:

Art belongs everywhere.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Good thing rustic is a favorite look for me. I can go rustic when paving areas that will improve the look of the garden.

 And paving will definitely control the weeds and grass, my dreaded enemies.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


In the eloquent language of flowers, cosmos flowers symbolize peace and tranquility. 

Now that it is almost spring, the flowers have bloomed and seem to be telling us that they are calm and happy in the garden.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Peace (Peas) in the Garden

The pea plants grew rapidly in our garden and have given us plentiful amounts of peas. 

A successful harvest puts one's mind at ease and gives us satisfaction in knowing that all went well. Our efforts paid off and a large quantity of the peas were gathered last week. 

We're like peas in a pod in our similar love for the garden.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Geeks' Night Out

Our club had their own booth set up at  the annual Geeks' Night Out in Downtown Tempe. At our booth we mentioned the activities of our club and showed event goers the plants we grew.

 We also tried a new experiment at our booth- purifying tainted water. The unclean water is first poured into the top layer of the mechanism and is then left to settle out the sediments from the water.

After approximately 30 minutes, the valve is opened to let the water from the top tank flow into the middle tank. In the second tank, little microorganism clean the impure substances from the water. Gradually, the water will become clean in the third tank where some substances are added to ensure the purity of the water.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air, that is in Arizona at least.  I think the people of the northeast would be glad to say the same.

In Arizona, in this particular zone, we plant tomatoes.

The soil was prepped with horse manure and a bit of coffee grounds.
This will be our second growing season at Corona.  We chose a variety of types from the FIGG sale that took place on Saturday.