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Location:  Tucson, AZ

Day Job:  education

The Digs:  Containers

Crops:  Almonds, Bell Peppers, Black currants, Blackberries, Blueberries, Bok-choy, Chile Peppers, Figs, Grapes, Jalepeno Peppers, Lettuce, Olives, Peaches, Pears, Peas, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomatoes

Animals:  in the future

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  nothing better for a single man. I have 4 grow chambers (low, midsize, tall, and taller) in my condo full of plants with LED and twist bulbs. I feel most growers are kindred. I have much to learn from the experiences of my brothers and sisters of the soil. Join me as a friend here to share our experiences of Soil, Light and Nature.

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  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on June 18th, 2012 at 06:52 pm

    Congrats on making Farmer of the Day! I used a home made hydro system outside in the summer. It was going great until I had to leave town on business. Hydro was growing much faster than what I had in a earth box type container.

  • Posted by: SchultzJen on June 18th, 2012 at 03:32 pm

    Hello from the north! Congratulations on farmer of the day!

  • Posted by: Green Desert on June 18th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Congratulations on being named Farmer of the Day! Please vote for me.

  • Posted by: Wong88 on June 18th, 2012 at 09:58 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

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  • Posted by: RachelCherie on May 8th, 2011 at 09:12 pm

    hello fellow AZ gardener! ; )

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on February 21st, 2011 at 06:35 am

    Flyboy, Things around the urban ranch have been a little busy the last couple weeks. For a week I helped some friends with electrical wiring for some ceiling lights. We removed three fluorescent lights and replaced them with 15 can lights. We split a circuit off an existing circuit to a circuit of its own and wired in a new circuit as well. It did turn out really well.

    The weather here has all the signs of spring but our frost free date for this area is May 15th. I don't know about the tulips and daffodils being up already. I tried to convince them it wasn't time to be waking up but they just gave me the silent treatment. We had a warm week last week which melted all the snow and started the spring thaw. It was nearly 70 degrees one day and the time spent out on the front yard patio was a welcome change from the cold snowy winter weather. This week looks to be a little cooler but still not bad for February in Nebraska.

    My daughter decided to replace my grandson's bed with a nice flat box furniture bed. For two days I tackled the task of assembling three boxes of parts into a Captain's twin bed. I had to laugh at the instructions which had five steps for the assembly and that the bed was made in Vietnam. I don't think much is manufactured in the States any more.

    Hopefully, I can get back to working on the storage area this week. Spring is indeed coming and I need to get my winter project completed before the outside projects begin.

    I hope you are enjoying the pre spring time of garden and flower anticipation. Have a great day.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on February 4th, 2011 at 05:10 pm

    Well, the great snow storm of February seems to be over. Here in Nebraska the snow accumulation was about 8 to 12 inches with 40 mph winds driving the wind chill down to -20+. I was brutal outside and school was cancelled two days this week. I finally cleared the driveway and sidewalk only to find out the possibility of more snow on the way this weekend. When the weather men say don't worry it will only be flurries, I start to be concerned. I do love a good snow. It always makes things look so clean and fresh. It was just too cold to get out and play in the snow so grandson and I staid inside and did games and puzzles.

    I've been working on a food storage area in my basement and the progress has been slow but sure. My plan is to have the area completed by fall harvest time. If you want to read more about that project you can go to my personal blog

    http://www. olddavesgarden. blogspot.com . You have to manually remove the spaces in the link for the link to work.

    I have some major rewiring of cable TV and telephone lines that have been run willy nilly over the last 25 years that I've lived here. It just goes to show that if it's done right the first time then it won't have to be redone later.

    Well folks, it's only 44 days until spring, Phil the groundhog says it will be an early spring, and I'm ready for it to warm up.

    Have a great garden planning day.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on January 24th, 2011 at 07:01 am

    Here we are bearing down on February. We are definitely into the new year.

    Ah, the joy of having the energy of a six year old in the house. Bradley and Gramps have tobogganed down the school yard hill this Winter. You should have seen us go down the big hill. We looked like the snowball express streaking down the hill with snow broiling up over the front of the toboggan as we whizzed down the hill. It scared the crap out of Bradley and it took about a half an hour before I could get him to go down the little hill. By the end of the day he was ready to tackle the big hill again, but Gramps told him we better just leave the slope on a positive note and think about it the next time we go tobogganing.

    The basement food storage project is moving along. The electrical wiring for the two new florescent lights with a new wall switch has been completed. The insulation in the ceiling will begin today with drywall right after that. It's been a challenging project and as with any projects there have been unexpected things to deal with. Distractions like shoveling snow and shoveling snow and then there's shoveling snow has been prominent the last couple weeks. Hopefully, that will settle down a bit this week and allow me more time to work on the project.

    I hope that your new year has started with many good positive things. The good news is it's only 56 days until spring and yes I am counting the countdown.

    Have a great garden anticipation day.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on January 9th, 2011 at 07:55 pm

    Arrrrrgh, My computer bit the dust some days ago. I decided to get a new computer instead of spending $200.00 to fix the old one. I think it's a dital plan by computer companies to make the repair so expense that it's more feasible to buy a new one than fix the old one. How did we get so connected to these machines that we can't live without them? I'm still in the learning curve of Windows 7. I'd rather have my XP back but such is life. Change is always the norm isn't it?

    We received a skiff of snow last night with the weather person's promise of nine more inches to come before it's over tomorrow. My grandson will most definitely be happy that enough snow has arrived to go sledding. He's beginning to think Grandpa might be telling him a fib about having snow in Nebraska. What a difference from last year. Our snow was so deep we had issues with where to put it when we shoveled. The only place to go with the snow was up in piles over our heads. The weather has been so weird this last year all across the country. What will this year bring? Only God knows what is in store for us.

    I'm still trying to bring the house back to order from the holidays. The Charlie Brown tree sits dark in the corner waiting to be bagged and scuttled off to the basement until next year. The disarry of decorations, new toys, and empty six year old play in boxes still reside in the living room. All the Christmas baking pans, cookie cutters, and speciialty made food delights are still lingering about the kitchen and house. This will be a week of bringing disorganisation back into order. Wish me luck with that.

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