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  •  Thanks for all the compost information (1+ / 0-)
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    I am freezing and heading under the covers for the evening, but I will read all these great compost ideas.  I have always had a slight idea about compost, but these tips and ideas give me a lot of aaaaaaaaaaahaaaaa moments.

    I will go back and read up on the other posts.  I am excited and full of trepidation about gardening in the desert, it will be a somewhat new adventure for me.

    Thanks everyone ^;^

    "A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered:" Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Yo Bubba on Sun Feb 05, 2012 at 06:37:40 PM PST

    •  Gardening in the desert... (2+ / 0-)
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      bronte17, Ice Blue

      is tough, especially in the American west due to water rights. How many times you are not allowed to harvest any rain water on your own property. Rainwater Harvesting by Brad Lancaster (I haven't read either book yet) is supposed to be crucial to helping navigate the system. Here is a link to a talk he gave at the 10th International Permaculture Convergence in Jordan held last year.

      If you can, pick up a copy of Gaia's Garden (links above). Toby talks about a family that hired a permaculture designer and now have a lush property. If you can find "Permaculture in Arid Landscapes" by Bill Mollison (co founder of permaculture), which is usually part of the Permaculture Design Curriculum, you should get some more ideas there too.

      And lastly, if you go to my first diary, you can see the results from the site in Jordan thats up and running, just to give you an idea as to what is possible.

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