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Need Wine Barrel Planters for a project at a Senior Center
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Alison McKee Jan 29.

Looking for organic aged manure
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Started this discussion. Last reply by MaryMcP Aug 3, 2013.

Deciduous Fruit Tree Watering Advice
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Started this discussion. Last reply by rafael evangel Mar 23, 2013.


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L S Lloyd replied to Doreen Pollack's discussion Playing in the rain - all systems GO! in the group Water
"Just  looked at your photos of a 3/4"  rain--would be interested in knowing how your system stood up to the recent 3"-5+" rain. I am planning a gray water retention system that will provide for a future orchard in the front…"
Sep 11
Jenny Beasley replied to Doreen Pollack's discussion COMMUNITY GARDEN EXPERTS PANEL WITH ACGA BOARD in the group Community and School Gardens
"Hi Doreen, Our non-profit organization, Heart for the City is starting a 1/2 acre community garden in Glendale. We are very excited to get started! I am in need of resources and would like to speak to someone regarding ACGA. My email address is…"
Jul 2
Kate Radosevic replied to Doreen Pollack's discussion Where is the Map f Community Gardens? in the group Community and School Gardens
"Absolutely! Sometimes I miss things, so always feel free to nudge me via email or by "reporting an issue" through the forum website in the lower right hand corner. "
Jun 24
bryanwhitebeyondthekitchengarden replied to Doreen Pollack's discussion Where is the Map f Community Gardens? in the group Community and School Gardens
"Thank you Kate, for following up on the 'loose ends'. Greatly appreciated! B"
Jun 24
Kate Radosevic replied to Doreen Pollack's discussion Where is the Map f Community Gardens? in the group Community and School Gardens
"Hi Doreen, sorry for missing this post earlier. Do you remember who published the map? Was it MG, VPA, SLHI? I don't think I've seen it before, so I'm not sure what to look for or who to ask. If you remember something about it, I can…"
Jun 24
Stephen Skuba replied to Doreen Pollack's discussion Where is the Map f Community Gardens? in the group Community and School Gardens
"I found this web address from the American Community Garden Association that helps locate some of the community gardens in the area."
Jun 23
Cynthia Anderson-Bennekaa replied to Doreen Pollack's discussion Where is the Map f Community Gardens? in the group Community and School Gardens
"Excellent question--I would have been held suspect for subversion, had I asked this same question, myself. peace, cynthia. any way to follow up meeting at extension office last week?  I no transport."
Feb 13
Doreen Pollack added a discussion to the group Community and School Gardens

Where is the Map f Community Gardens?

There used to be a map of community garden locations - anyone know what happened to it?  Or am I just missing it?Thanks all!  DoreenSee More
Feb 11

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Master Gardener, Garden Goddess, teach 2 monthly gardening classes at the Phoenix Public Market, Love to connect with like minded people.

Doreen Pollack's Blog

Some Like it COLD! What Plants are MOST affected by frost/cold?

Some Like it COLD!

Here’s a list of vegetables that actually like the cold!  Still not a bad idea to cover with frost cloth, but just know that theses veggies should come though with flying colors!

Make sure the herbs are well covered…


Posted on December 30, 2010 at 1:01pm

Are Summer Gardens a Sustainable Option in Phoenix?

I am beginning to re-think growing my own food – in the middle of the summer in Phoenix! Today was the 5th day in a row over 110 degrees, it has been 75 days since the last rain fall and the low temps are still in the 90’s. Every morning I get up to check on the plants, water them, and hope for the best.…


Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:09am — 4 Comments

More information on Tomato Blight with Pictures

This article has great photos on what to look out for on you plants and then what to do.

The thing I found interesting is that this article says that the volunteer tomatoes may carry the blight. It suggestes removing the volunteer plants.…


Posted on June 22, 2010 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

Tips for growing tomatoes

Got this info today from the Master Gardeners and I thought I would pass it along.

Q. - I have a recurring problem with my tomato plants. They do really well until they start fruiting and then they start dying. THe oldest parts begin to turn brown and gradually the whole plant turns brown with just the fruit remaining on the branches. Any advice?

A. - The damage you describe is typically…


Posted on May 15, 2010 at 6:30am — 12 Comments

Earth Day in the Garden - Seed Saving

Happy Earth Day 2010.

Forty years ago, in 1970 amidst the Vietnam War and the last of the real hippies, the first Earth Day was celebrated. I don’t think I took much notice back then and for the next two decades. I was too caught up in my own world of abundance and working for a large corporation where the money seemed endless. As long as my own little world wasn’t affected it was hard for me to feel that anything was going wrong. Sure there were movies…


Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

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At 8:23pm on February 20, 2013, Jose Luis Amaya said…
Thank you. This site is great.
At 12:37pm on January 23, 2013, Lisette Volkmar said…


Thought you might be interested in this:

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Editors are seeking papers for a special issue of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems focusing on sustainable urban agriculture production systems, as well as the social/economic underpinnings of these systems. They are welcoming research and review papers on urban agriculture topics, as well as "From the Field" papers. If you would like to be considered for this special issue, send guest editors Carolyn Dimitri (New York University,, Andy Pressman (National Center for Appropriate Technology - ATTRA project,, and Lydia Oberholtzer (Penn State, a short abstract of the paper you suggest by February 28, 2013.

At 4:25pm on October 6, 2011, michaelb said…
ack, I can't make that! I will be meeting with a few gate design people at my home saturday morning.  i will have to swing out to see the garden once it is planted! how's the soil around here? clay? I'll go buy a test kit!
At 12:42pm on April 27, 2011, Roger said…
Hi Doreen. I tried to take the course you offered at the DBG. I was the only one who applied. I was very disappointed it was canceled (not your fault!) Will you attempt another one, or is there another way I can learn what was being taught?
At 12:44pm on March 19, 2011, Denise Lindow said…
hi Doreen, of course I remember you. I'm out of town until wed. Connect after that
At 6:15pm on February 8, 2011, mary miller-crews said…

Hi Doreen:


I would be happy to assist with the class.  I have done this for master gardener events but not for VPA.  I was a sped teacher for many years so I am pretty good at telling people to SIT.



At 12:52pm on January 22, 2011, nikki poropat said…
Hi Doreen, my direct email is I had an email with your phone #, but I've been unable to find it? Anyway, I would have access to the car for the rest of today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday 23rd) if you're available for me to get the tree? Thanks again for hanging on to it and sorry for the confusion
At 9:33pm on January 17, 2011, nikki poropat said…
Hi Doreen thanks again for doing that, I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to you. I was wondering if there was a place maybe you could donate it? I honestly don't know when I'll have the car & maybe it's supposed to belong to someone else? 
At 8:57am on December 13, 2010, Laura Quinn said…

Thanks for the suggestions Doreen, It sounds like Chris B. has some expert knowledge that he is willing to share too. He is going to help me add the necessary drainage with the proper method, etc!!!!!  I Love this group.

Miss Flowers

At 10:26pm on December 12, 2010, Nicole Reeves said…

Thanks so much for getting back to me.  I will ask Rachel.  I was at her Quail Class yesterday.  I feel like I picked her brain pretty good so just didn't want to bother her too much again.  I guess what we need is someone who can help us with plant suggestions, how to add to/divert irrigation, placing of structures and trees for shade.  I'm actually not entirely sure what we would need to do to make it work but I have ideas of what I would like to do.  If there is anyone who comes out to your home for a fee and does like a consultation or something that might be what we would be looking for.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks so much for your time! 


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