Southwest Gardening forum: Backyard Farming in San Tan Valley

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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Apr 9, 2010 7:46 PM CST
I really liked Jayne's thread title "The Farm at Arrowhead Ranch" so I had to come up with an appropriate one too!

Anyway, here are a few update pic's of my farm.

In the foreground are 6 tomato plants guarded by garlic sentinels. These are the earlier toms and most are determinate.
Just beyond the toms is a hill of zucchini. Next are the pepper plants and then the bush beans, beets and carrots at the end of the bed. Deb's potato patch is to the right.

Fig tree and strawberry plants are in the diagonal planter in the far left and Banana tree and herbs are in the right planter.

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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Apr 9, 2010 7:54 PM CST
These are the tomatoes that I started Thanksgiving and they are the longer DTM varieties. There's plenty of garlic in this planter too not to mention a nice patch of Ray's "E-Toy" onions!

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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Apr 9, 2010 8:01 PM CST
This is a Sweet 100 tomato plant that made it through the winter... the cage is about 5' tall. To the left is the asparagus patch that really put out quite a few stalks this year and there are still more to come.

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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Apr 9, 2010 8:07 PM CST
Not really a part of the "Farm" but I caught the sunlight at just the right time for this pic.

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Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
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rtl850nomore
Apr 9, 2010 9:15 PM CST
You have a great farm going there Dan. Looks like there is going to be good eats in San Tan Valley.
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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Apr 9, 2010 9:17 PM CST
Canna leaves are beautiful. There's something very interesting about light coming through those leaves. I've cause some interesting shots, too.

Farm is very neat and fertile looking. Good Eats. That sweet 100 tom is on 'roids, right?
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Apr 9, 2010 9:18 PM CST
Funny, Jayne. We both used the "good eats" reference in the same time frame. Universe is amazing.
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Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Apr 9, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Love the farm Dan! That tomato does look suspiciously like it's on something - lol...
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Name: Judy
Phoenix, AZ
judyb
Apr 10, 2010 11:37 AM CST
That it the tidiest farm I've ever seen. Very nice.
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Apr 10, 2010 5:48 PM CST
Thank you everybody. The nice thing about photo's are that you can only see what's in the pic and not everything else that might be laying around and pretty much looking kinda messy. :o)

I've been so busy these last couple of weeks that my backyard is on the verge of getting away from me. I've got to find a little time to do some general clean-up and weed control.

But in the meantime this weather is making a lot of plants real happy around here.
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Runs_With_Scissors
Apr 13, 2010 11:47 AM CST
Sigh...I just LOVE your planters, if only I had a planter builder of my own.................. Lovey dubby
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Apr 13, 2010 2:52 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Apr 28, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Lookin really good, Dan!
Name: Rodica P
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rodicap
Aug 18, 2010 12:42 PM CST
Hi Dann.


Any updates ?
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: Southwest Gardening Vegetable Grower Dog Lover Tropicals
Dann_L
Aug 18, 2010 6:02 PM CST
Hi Rodi!

The Backyard Farm ended up a total bust this year. With re-doing the frontyard landscape and working on the new BBQ the veggie garden got a lot of neglect. We went on vacation the last week of June and the first week of July. While we were gone the water system failed and everything turned to toast. So I just let it go and concentrated on getting the other 2 projects done.

How are you doing?

Never mind...I just found out about your loss in another thread. I have not had to endure the experience of losing a parent but I know that it must have been a very difficult time for you.

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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Aug 19, 2010 12:38 AM CST
Dan, we didn't get to a veggie garden this year either. But we have lots of awesome local farmers markets!
Name: Rodica P
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rodicap
Aug 19, 2010 8:50 AM CST
Thanks Dann. You are lucky. I've lost both of them.
Sorry about your farm and I hope it did not discourage you. I hope to see lots of pictures of your new, beautiful bakyard farm.
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: Southwest Gardening Vegetable Grower Dog Lover Tropicals
Dann_L
Aug 19, 2010 7:37 PM CST
I figure that as long as the sun rises everyday there will always be another growing season.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘...Holy Crap ...What a ride!'
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Aug 19, 2010 7:50 PM CST
They farmers are the most optimistic people of all... and the biggest risk takers. Lose the crop due to drought, pests, war, they always plant again. I feel for the grape growers in the Elgin Valley area.... grape corp got destroy by a hail storm. They will work for another corp next season..... thankfully! Everyone here has that kind of optimism!
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: Southwest Gardening Vegetable Grower Dog Lover Tropicals
Dann_L
Oct 28, 2010 5:07 PM CST
Between cats and crickets I've had a real struggle getting the fall garden going this year. The cats think my veggie beds are a giant litter box and the crickets arrive by the droves every evening for a buffet meal. Here is part of my solution to control both pests in one of the raised beds.


I bought some 4'x7' concrete reinforcement wire panels and arched them in-between the blocks. Then i covered it with frost cloth and laid a barrier of DE on the block caps and on the ground around the bed. (I didn't want to put any DE directly on my gardening soil) So far it has worked like a gem.
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