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People garden to relax, eat better, or just for fun with but being a green thumb in Northern Arizona isn’t easy. Luckily there’s an organization that’s been giving advice to flagstaff gardeners since 1990. NAZ Today’s Sarah Kolb has some tips you can use in your backyard.
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Here is an update to our rainwater gardening project in which we grow corn and squash here in the southern arizona desert. Hopefully it might encourage you to try something similar in your own area. The seeds we are using are either native to the area or are heirlooms varieties that have adapted to our specific environment. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or have similar experiences you’d like to share. Thanks for watching.

The seeds that we have used in this project can be obtained from the Native Seed Search Organization in Tucson, AZ. Their site is…
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Tips on Gardening in Northern Arizona

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  • LittleFarmBigDreams -Elizabeth

    I can totally do this where I'm at. I am on mostly flat land so when I do my permaculture setup I'll have to dig down a bit in order to create these channels like this because we also get immense, useful rains here throughout the year. Thanks for sharing!?

  • Randy Rought

    I generally look at your videos and go "what can I do to improve whatever you are making". The majority of the time I am just amazed and floor with your whole concept of your ideas. The majority I can't improve them. On this one I was thinking… You said that

  • Danny Carrasco

    Just a question….why is there so much bare soil? Would it help if it was covered by mulch or vegetation? Very organized system. I congratulate you.?

  • BananaSteveGardens

    G'day mate, I'm from Western Australia and I look at permaculture examples from Arizona because I believe you are a close climate analog to where I live. However, I have a question. Where I live corn grows in summer and we get very little summer rain. Maybe 2 or 3 rains of maybe 15mm if where lucky, usually nothing. I always have to irrigate my corn. So, I'm guessing you get more regular summer rain than we do. How long can your corn go before it needs more water?
    I'll get some vids up of my garden soon too I hope. Cheers.?

  • Jere Woolsey

    very nice project………………..look for recipes for fried squash blossoms…….I might recommend adding more perennial plants such as a fruit and nut tree orchard behind the squash.?

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