Summer Ends, a New Garden Begins

ny1

My family and I had lots of fun and excitement this summer. We were able to get away on vacation to New York, where I spent time getting to know my in-laws, and do some sightseeing; we got a chance to beat the heat by getting out of Phoenix to go fishing in Payson; and we took some day trips to Sedona and Jerome. Of course we can’t leave out the fact that our entire family has caught Pokemon fever, and we spent lots of time at our favorite parks trying to catch ’em all!

ny2 ny3

During our time in New York we spent a week upstate surrounded by tall trees and rolling fields – far from what we have in Arizona! The kids enjoyed swimming in the pond, riding around on quads and playing with sparklers on the fourth of July.

ny4

I want to share one of my favorite memories of this summer. While visiting New York we spent the better part of a day exploring New York City. One of the most intense moments of my life, right after witnessing first-hand the Berlin wall come down right in front of me, was to go and visit the 9/11 memorial. I could remember listening to the attacks on the radio, yet, in reality the attacks seemed so far away from Phoenix. Sarina shared what it was like to see the smoke on the horizon. Her uncle shared his story of being in Manhattan on the actual day, what it was like for him getting out of the city, only to return the following day and set up the communication post in the city. His team established the call center for families who were missing their loved ones. With the information they collected they assisted rescue efforts in the attempt to locate survivors.

911 Memorial

 

While at the 9/11 Memorial Sarina was overcome with emotion and at that moment I snapped this picture. It reminded me that not all was lost for humanity and that there was still hope and love.

p4

Our trip to Payson was full of adventure! We went hiking, swimming, and Sarina and I took the kids fishing with my dad. A more perfect day could not be had. Everyone enjoyed being out in the fresh air, away from the pollution and heat of the valley. The only downer of the whole trip was when my mother tripped and fell, and ended up breaking her leg. She’s been such a trooper, getting around as best as she can with a big cast on. Fortunately, she has only two weeks left until it comes off!

p5

Onto more good stuff – the garden! There are many moments in adulthood, that you sit and ponder the age old cliche, “Where did the time go?” I think summer vacation is a perfect example of that scenario. This summer was an amazing time of adventure, learning new things, exploring, and rest. Regretfully all good things must end, and the routine of school and work once again must resume. The garden gets neglected as Arizona temperatures maintain a grizzly 110 degrees for the months of July and August. Our plants flourished underneath the protection of the sun shades, however they also blocked the bees from pollinating our crops, preventing the plants to produce to their full potential. Eventually the dreaded squash beetle came swooping in, destroying what the sun had not. With the old garden pulled out, a new planting season nears.

Key garden fall

For the majority of us that have raised garden beds in Arizona, the cost of purchasing bags upon bags of organic soil can be exuberant, and after reading the labels of “organic” pesticides I am leary to read the labels of the soil. So the question remains, “How do I prepare my soil?” Most soil in Arizona is very clay based; it’s rock hard, and doesn’t drain properly. This often leads to root rot, and roots not establishing properly. Here are a few things I do to help keep the soil quality at the perfect consistency:

Till your soil. Regardless of what type of soil you have this is always the first step. Clear the soil of roots, rocks, and break up the dirt clods. There are many types of tools that you can utilize for this step based on the size of your garden, physical ability and budget. My favored tools for this project are a garden claw or a good old fashioned pitch fork.

Add organic matter. This can be confusing and slightly costly, if you’re not sure what do infuse into your soil. You can use manure, organic compost, and wood chips. Our keyhole garden has it’s own composting system built into the center, but we have a free-standing compost bin going for our other garden.

Mix in gypsum or sand. Sand will help the soil to drain properly and prevent your plant roots from rotting. Gypsum is dehydrated calcium sulfate, and it helps to break down dense clay when it’s reconstituted in water. It works double time by also removing excess sodium from your soil, and adding calcium, a necessary nutrient for any garden.

Re-till your soil. Turning over your soil 10-12″ deep is ideal. This will make sure you’re even distributing all the good stuff you added to your garden, and will naturally aerate the soil.

Rake, until your ground is as level as possible.

By now you’re ready to replant your garden. Prepping your soil should be super easy, with the right tools. Be sure to leave your comments to let us know what you think, or there are other ways that you get your garden ready for planting season!

ny5

0 Comments

  1. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Amazing loads of awesome information!
    https://www.waltcoexpress.com/
    drugs without prescription
    canada pharmacy
    canadian meds
    canadian pharmaceuticals online

    Reply
  2. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You said it nicely.!
    https://www.waltcoexpress.com/
    no prescription online pharmacy
    canadian pharmacies
    canadian pharmacy without prescription
    trust pharmacy canada

    Reply
  3. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Beneficial data. Appreciate it.
    https://www.visitwaushara.com/
    canadian viagra
    online pharmacies canada
    best canadian prescription prices
    canada drugs

    Reply
  4. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You’ve made your stand pretty effectively..
    https://www.visitwaushara.com/
    canadian pharmacy reviews
    northwest pharmacy
    pharmacy drug store
    online pharmacies of canada

    Reply
  5. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Very good forum posts. Thank you!
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    mail order pharmacy
    canadian pharmacy online
    compare rx prices
    global pharmacy canada

    Reply
  6. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You stated that perfectly!
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    canadian pharmacy 365
    top rated canadian pharmacies online
    canadian online pharmacies
    global pharmacy canada

    Reply
  7. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Regards, I value it.
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    top rated online canadian pharmacies
    northwest pharmacy
    pharmacy online
    canadian drugs

    Reply
  8. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Many thanks! I enjoy it!
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    mexican online pharmacies
    canadian pharmacies online
    online pharmacy no prescription needed
    canadian drugs

    Reply
  9. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put, Kudos.
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    canadian pharmacy meds
    canadian pharmacies
    discount prescription drugs online
    online pharmacies of canada

    Reply
  10. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Really plenty of fantastic data!
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    overseas pharmacy forum
    canadian online pharmacy
    canada pharmacy no prescription
    canadian viagra

    Reply
  11. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Info nicely regarded..
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    canadian viagra
    canadian pharmacy online
    online pharmacy canada
    canadian cialis

    Reply
  12. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Seriously quite a lot of very good information!
    https://www.visitwaushara.com/
    board of pharmacy
    canadian pharmaceuticals online
    canada drugs online
    online pharmacies of canada

    Reply
  13. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Helpful information. Thanks!
    https://www.waltcoexpress.com/
    pharmacies in canada
    canadian online pharmacies
    drugs for sale
    top rated canadian pharmacies online

    Reply
  14. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You suggested this adequately.
    https://www.visitwaushara.com/
    discount prescription drugs online
    online pharmacies canada
    cheap canadian drugs
    northwest pharmacy

    Reply
  15. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Good posts. Cheers.
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    canadian drug store
    aarp approved canadian online pharmacies
    pharmacy cost comparison
    canadian online pharmacy

    Reply
  16. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Reliable advice. Appreciate it.
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    cialis canadian pharmacy
    canadian pharmacy
    online canadian pharmacies
    canada drug

    Reply
  17. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Really a lot of helpful knowledge!
    https://www.waltcoexpress.com/
    best canadian prescription prices
    canadian cialis
    canadian discount pharmacy
    online pharmacies canada

    Reply
  18. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You’ve made your point.
    https://www.visitwaushara.com/
    drug stores near me
    canada pharmacy online
    prescription drug assistance
    canadian pharmacies

    Reply
  19. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Cheers! Terrific stuff.
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    cheap prescription drugs
    canada drugs online
    canadian drugstore
    mexican pharmacies shipping to usa

    Reply
  20. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Fantastic content. Thanks a lot!
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    canadian pharmacies without prescriptions
    canadian pharmacy
    trusted overseas pharmacies
    canada pharmacy

    Reply
  21. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is nicely put! !
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    canadapharmacyonline com
    canada pharmaceuticals online
    canadian pharmacy meds
    global pharmacy canada

    Reply
  22. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Seriously many of wonderful tips.
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    safe canadian online pharmacies
    canadian pharmaceuticals online
    cheap canadian drugs
    canadian pharmacies-24h

    Reply
  23. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Whoa tons of very good knowledge!
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    canadadrugs
    top rated canadian pharmacies online
    canadapharmacy
    canadian drugs

    Reply
  24. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Regards. I appreciate it!
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    canadian pharmacy 365
    trust pharmacy canada
    mexican pharmacies
    top rated canadian pharmacies online

    Reply
  25. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put, Thank you.
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    pharmacy price compare
    canadian pharmacies online
    online pharmacy no prescription needed
    canadian pharmacies-24h

    Reply
  26. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You said it very well.!
    https://www.visitwaushara.com/
    prescription drugs online without
    canada drugs
    canada pharmacy online
    online pharmacies of canada

    Reply
  27. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    With thanks, I appreciate it!
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    the canadian pharmacy
    canadian pharmaceuticals online
    canadian drugstore reviews
    canadian pharmacies-24h

    Reply
  28. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put. Kudos!
    https://www.visitwaushara.com/
    prescription drugs without doctor approval
    canadian pharmacies-24h
    prescription drug assistance
    canadian pharmacies

    Reply
  29. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Amazing quite a lot of wonderful material.
    https://www.waltcoexpress.com/
    medical information online
    northwestpharmacy
    discount pharmaceuticals
    canadian pharmaceuticals online

    Reply
  30. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Tips certainly applied!!
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    canadian prescription
    canada pharmaceuticals online
    cheap prescription drugs
    northwestpharmacy

    Reply
  31. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Seriously all kinds of helpful material!
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    cheap drugs online
    canadian pharmaceuticals online
    pharmacy prescription
    mexican pharmacies shipping to usa

    Reply
  32. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put, Thank you!
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    canadian drugstore
    canada drug
    ed meds online
    canadian drugs

    Reply
  33. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks. I enjoy this.
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    prescription drug cost
    canada pharmaceutical online ordering
    drugs for sale
    canada drug

    Reply
  34. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Appreciate it, A lot of facts.

    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    online pharmacies canada
    canadian pharmacies
    pharmacy online
    north west pharmacy canada

    Reply
  35. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Excellent material. Thanks a lot.
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    canadian drug store
    canada pharmaceuticals online
    safe canadian online pharmacies
    global pharmacy canada

    Reply
  36. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Fantastic forum posts. Appreciate it.
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    internet pharmacy
    canadian pharcharmy
    canada pharmacy online orders
    canadian pharmacies without an rx

    Reply
  37. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Lovely forum posts. Thank you!
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    buy prescription drugs canada
    canadian pharmacy
    drugs without prescription
    canadian pharmacies without an rx

    Reply
  38. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You explained it superbly.
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    canadian pharmacy online
    canadian pharmacies online
    canadapharmacy
    canadian pharmacies online

    Reply
  39. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks a lot. Ample forum posts!

    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    best online canadian pharcharmy
    canada pharmaceuticals online
    best price prescription drugs
    canadian pharmacies that ship to us

    Reply
  40. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Whoa quite a lot of fantastic advice.
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    buy prescription drugs from canada
    canadian online pharmacy
    online pharmacies
    canadian drugs

    Reply
  41. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually revealed it well!
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    drugstore online
    canadianpharmacy
    canadian drug
    canada online pharmacies

    Reply
  42. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Beneficial write ups. With thanks!
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    canada pharmacy online
    canadian cialis
    mail order pharmacy
    canadian viagra

    Reply
  43. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Regards. Numerous stuff!

    https://www.waltcoexpress.com/
    buy prescription drugs without doctor
    trust pharmacy canada
    canadian drugs
    canadian drugs

    Reply
  44. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You’ve made your point!
    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    web medical information
    northwest pharmacy
    prescription drug
    canadian pharmacies that ship to us

    Reply
  45. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Beneficial write ups. Cheers!
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    canada pharmacies
    canada drugs
    pharmacy near me
    canadian drugs

    Reply
  46. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Cheers. An abundance of content!

    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    overseas pharmacy forum
    canada pharmaceutical online ordering
    canadian pharmacies
    canada drugs

    Reply
  47. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Kudos, Loads of stuff.

    https://www.interlandchemie.com/
    online pharmacy reviews
    canadian pharmacy
    rx price comparison
    canada drug

    Reply
  48. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Helpful posts. Thanks.
    https://www.waltcoexpress.com/
    canadian pharmacies
    canada online pharmacies
    board of pharmacy
    canada drug

    Reply
  49. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Appreciate it, An abundance of knowledge.

    https://www.waltcoexpress.com/
    canadian drugstore online
    canadian pharmacies that ship to us
    prescription pricing
    canada pharmaceutical online ordering

    Reply
  50. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually suggested it fantastically.
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    canadian online pharmacies
    canadian pharmaceuticals online
    canadian pharmacy 365
    northwest pharmacy

    Reply
  51. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Perfectly spoken certainly. .
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    northwest pharmacy
    northwestpharmacy
    buy prescription drugs online
    top rated canadian pharmacies online

    Reply
  52. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is nicely put! !
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    overseas pharmacies
    canada drugs
    canadian pharmacy no prescription
    canadian online pharmacy

    Reply
  53. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Well voiced without a doubt. !
    https://www.lunarciel.com/
    top rated canadian pharmacies online
    canada pharmacy
    no prescription pharmacy
    canada pharmacy online

    Reply
  54. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Good tips. Thanks.
    https://www.visitwaushara.com/
    pharmacy online
    canada pharmaceutical online ordering
    international pharmacies that ship to the usa
    canadian pharmacies that ship to us

    Reply
  55. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put. Kudos.
    https://www.visitwaushara.com/
    canadian pharmacy 365
    canadian pharmacy
    prescription cost
    canada pharmacy

    Reply
  56. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Kudos! I appreciate this.
    https://www.dunamisproductions.com/
    canadian pharmacy viagra
    canadian pharcharmy
    canada pharmacies online prescriptions
    canada drugs

    Reply
  57. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks. Useful stuff!
    https://www.waltcoexpress.com/
    international pharmacies that ship to the usa
    canada drugs online
    discount drugs online pharmacy
    aarp approved canadian online pharmacies

    Reply
  58. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    With thanks! Ample advice.

    http://canadianpharmaciesnnm.com/
    canadapharmacyonline com
    canadian online pharmacy
    discount prescription drugs online
    canada pharmacy

    Reply
  59. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Nicely put. Regards!
    http://canadianonlinepharmacynnm.com/
    canadian pharmacy king
    canadian pharmacy
    drugs from canada
    canadian online pharmacy

    Reply
  60. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Regards, Loads of material!

    https://nicktambone.com/
    trust pharmacy canada
    canadian pharmacy
    prescription drugs without prior prescription
    canadian cialis

    Reply
  61. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thanks! Wonderful stuff!
    http://canadianpharmaciesnnm.com/
    top rated canadian pharmacies online
    aarp approved canadian online pharmacies
    prescription drugs online without doctor
    canadianpharmacy

    Reply
  62. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Regards! Quite a lot of stuff.

    http://talahicc.com/
    online pharmacy usa
    canadian pharmacies without an rx
    pharmacies in canada
    canada pharmaceuticals online

    Reply
  63. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You explained it effectively!
    http://canadianonlinepharmacynnm.com/
    pharmacy tech
    canada drugs online
    canadian pharmacy viagra
    canadian pharmacy

    Reply
  64. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is nicely said. !
    https://nicktambone.com/
    canadian pharmacy no prescription needed
    canadian viagra
    24 hour pharmacy
    canada pharmaceutical online ordering

    Reply
  65. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Fantastic postings. Thank you.
    http://talahicc.com/
    best online pharmacies canada
    trust pharmacy canada
    buy prescription drugs from canada
    canada pharmaceutical online ordering

    Reply
  66. LucasCoawl

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Whoa many of beneficial knowledge!
    http://canadianonlinepharmacynnm.com/
    canada pharmacies online
    canadian online pharmacy
    canada online pharmacies
    canadian pharmacy online

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *