Neighborhood Connections and Sustainability
Leaderless circle of folks in the Morongo Basin around our individual and collective gardens. Share what you know--ask about what you don't!
Thanks for visiting ... If you live in the Morongo Basin and have an interest in growing your own food, flowers or native plants in our unique High Desert environment, you're in the right place! We're all here to share freely what we know, ask about what we don't know and so help each other make our gardens happen. There's also a bit of 'social' to our network! Feel free to post an event (see below-right on how-to's), post questions/answers to your blog, and join groups that interest you. Peruse the site and let us know what you think -- we're all co-creating it, so feel free to jump in!
Enjoy --Amara Alban
Hi Neighbors! I always look for the first new things to sprout in response to the earth's axial rotation --late winter to spring--as the earth leans toward the sun, it warms up from longer daylight hours; seeds and plants respond to temperature...here is a self-seeded radish on January 13. It is so much fun to find! It is in my 24x48 ambient temp greenhouse...what are the first signs of "spring" in your gardens? I also watch tree/shrub buds swell on branches...…Continue
Posted by Loretta Beavis on January 17, 2015 at 5:55pm
I have saved the root-ends of onions when I cut them for cooking and they regrow green leaves, flower...so why not garlic? Another plant experiment from the mojave gardener....plants have an apical tip, the growing tip...it is that green shoot you see in garlic and flower bulbs, for example. That is the short form of the biology...this picure shows some hefty elephant garlic bulbs with growth that stopped before they cloved...called "ball garlic" like golf ball, ya know? So I planted them…Continue
Posted by Loretta Beavis on January 17, 2015 at 5:51pm
Chickens like the winter, in fact more comfortable in the winter than the warmth of the mid summer.
When the temps get lower and the days get shorter chickens tend to lay a little less, but more
because they like the longer light of day. So we light the coop with a heat lamp to lengthen the light
of the day and I think they like the little heat too. On the freezing nights I'm sure they like the
heat a lot. In the winter they are mostly through the molting process…Continue