February News – Featured Fruit and Recipe, Bare root plantings and more

Are you warm enough?   It’s time to get everything going for the spring.  Don’t be fooled by the warmer weather.  It is likely we will have one more cold spell in March.  Keep your eyes on the weather and be ready to throw a cold blanket or string of lights around the plants.

This month, learn about planting bear root trees. There is still time to plant your bare root trees .   I cannot figure out how to get the PDF of the document to load here or to my site, so email me at Elizabeth@SNEConst.com, with Bare Root Planting in the subject line and I will send you a copy.

 

Agriscaping LogoCheck out our Agriscaping News here.  Get your edible flower guide and see what is new in the world of Agriscaping.

If you are ready to learn what your yard can do for you, Click Here.   We can help you with DIY Mastery , Fab 5 Program (let your yard pay for your landscaping and watering bill), or anything in between.

 

If you are ready to learn what your yard can do for you, Click Here.   We can help you with DIY Mastery , Fab 5 Program (let your yard pay for your landscaping and watering bill), or anything in between.

UPCOMING CLASS   – March 4, 7:00 PM located at 4833 E Southern Ave, Mesa AZ.  The old Brimhall LDS Seminary Building.  Register Here

 

IMG_2107Come visit us at the Cherry Circle Farm and Research Facility,  (2904 S. Cherry Circle, Mesa 85210) we have been busy transforming the yard.  Our latest additions include the Huglekultur with artichoke, asparagus, brocolli, cabbage, kale, lettuce (romaine and red leaf), peas, purslane, flowers, squash, tomatoes, peppers, melons, and more; 4 cherry trees, 1 asian pear, 2 apple, 3 avocado, 2 banana, 1 white sappote, 4 black berry, 2 flaming red grape, 1 passion fruit, 3 sugar cane and lots of flowers.

Broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, kale, corriandor and radishes are ready for harvest. Soon the cabbage, onions and garlic will be ready as well.

 

Featured Fruit – PITAYA or DRAGON FRUIT

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This large, softball sized, fruit is not only beautiful to look at, it has amazing nutrition. High in antioxidants, iron, B1,B2,B3, Vitamin C, low in fat and carbohydrates.  A whole fruit is only 60 calories.    This delicious fruit is firm, sweet and melts in your mouth.  It comes in three varieties.  Yellow with thorns (not so fun), Fuscia with white insides or fuscia with fuscia insides.

The beautiful floPpitaya Flowerwer only blooms for one night.

 

Here is a recipe to help you enjoy this elegant fruit.  I invite you to try  other cactus fruit as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups fresh papaya, cubed
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup mango, cubed
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced or cut into quarters
  • 1 cup dragon fruit
  • Garnish: starfruit slices

Fruit salad dressing:

  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar or stevia

Procedure:

  1. Stir fruit salad dressing ingredients together in a cup until sugar/stevia dissolves. Set aside.
  2. Place all the fresh fruit in a mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over and toss well to mix.
  3. Pour or scoop the fruit salad into a serving bowl, or into a prepared pineapple boat. Garnish just before serving with a few star fruit slices drizzled with fresh lime juice to prevent browning. Ready for the luau!

 

Happy Planting – Let us help you build your dream!

 

Elizabeth Adams
SE Construction, LLC
480 241 6300

December Newsletter – Special Garden Tower Offer

December is a busy month for everyone.  With all the excitement of the Holiday season combined with the regular activities.   I hope you are finding time to enjoy the season, and your garden.

At the Cherry Circle Garden we have been busy planting, preparing areas of the yard for the spring and getting ready to open up community garden spots.    Here are a few pictures of our happenings.  Old trees are coming out, double dug composting pathways with tree chips on top have been installed, agri-blankets installed, and rocks moved all to prepare for new community garden spots in the spring.

Some of our favorite flower bulbs were planted for a spring/Easter bloom. They are already peeking out of the ground, which really gets me excited.

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Speaking of which, don’t forget to order your trees for spring planting from the Arizona Rare Fruit Growers Association  Arizona Rare Fruit Growers Association   There is a minimal fee to join.  However, you get a 20% discount on each item you order. The membership typically pays for itself in one transaction.

SPECIAL OFFER – To encourage you in your gardening efforts and for those of you with limited space/time in which to grow, I am pleased to provide you with this  special offer on the Green Stalk Tower Garden.  Normally this 5-tiered 19″ footpring, 30 plant tower with it’s own reservoir sells for $221.00 on line.  Email me by December 25, 2015 with the subject line #Garden Tower, and it is yours for $185.00 including tax and local delivery.

Don’t forget to attend my weekly intro classes on Tuesdays at 11:30 and 6:00 pm to learn more about DIY gardening, how to become a pro, or how to have someone else install and maintain your garden.

Just in case you missed the 7 Steps to Homstead Planning any size Property, just click on the link.

 

Whether you are building a home, a garden, or a business, we are here to help you build your dream.

 

Best of wishes for the Christmas Season,

 

Elizabeth

Thanksgiving: Lessons in Sustainability from the Pilgrims

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As you gather your family around the Thanksgiving table this year, consider these lessons from those who shared the first!

GROWING FOOD IS FUNDAMENTAL
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When the Pilgrims first stepped off the boats near Plymouth, after 66 days at sea, I’m sure at least a few of them kissed that ground… many did it out of thanks to be on something solid again, but perhaps many more kissed the ground in gratitude that they could get back to growing and foraging again because the “fresh” in their food supply had run out two months prior! And, those early colonists were smart – they brought with them many seeds to start for they knew that no community is ever truly sustainable or complete without a garden growing.

 

KNOW YOUR SEASONS
On this lesson, those Pilgrims actually failed miserably their first year. David Rockwell iPAD 1.33_ROUGH IDEA SKETCHThe Pilgrims were new to the area, and, despite all their good intentions, hadn’t the slightest clue how the seasons played out. The Native Wampanoag people, on the other hand, had been fishing, hunting, and harvesting in the southeastern Massachusetts area for generations. They knew when to plant and when to harvest. They knew where the soil was good, and where the fish were plentiful.
In all reality, the native people bailed the colonists out those first couple years! Give Thanks indeed!
What can we learn from this story? If you want to thrive where you live, then grow your own food. And, if you want to grow your own food, get to know what the best growers in your area already know… when to grow what. Thankfully, that information is much more accessible today than ever before thanks to modern technology and online garden planner like the ones we have at Agriscaping. You can learn more at our next free online class: 7 Simple Steps to Homestead Planning on Any-sized property.

FOOD BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER
PilgrimsThat’s right, the first Thanksgiving showed us something we all seem to know in our gut – that food has a natural way to bring people together. It also showed us the power of an interactive, education-based COMMUNITY in creating sustainability. When Samoset, a leader of the Abenaki and Tisquantum (aka “Squanto”) from the Wampanoag visited the Plymouth Colony, they offered first their knowledge of the land and helped the colonists learn how to get their corn growing quickly using fish as fertilizer (and I’m sure it was a non-GMO corn back then). That initial act of sharing food-growing secrets ignited a whole new world of collaboration. Within a short time their meetings led to a formal agreement in March of 1621 between the settlers and the native people to protect each other from both starvation and the marauding tribes of the time. Find out how you can help grow a healthy, sustainable, food-based community where you live CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.

KEEP IT SIMPLE, GO SEASONAL
The spread on the table at the first Thanksgiving was a bitIMG_2562 different than our modern American one. Back then, the food came fresh from the land. There was no annual ritual to thaw out a spring turkey, crack open a can of cranberries, crumble cheese crackers and cornflakes over green bean casseroles, nor did they ever rip open a bag of marshmallows to top-off the sweet potatoes. That first Thanksgiving consisted of deer meat, corn, shellfish, and “roasted meat” (which makes me wonder if the deer meat was eaten raw?). And, perhaps I know what you’re thinking… “No stuffing?!” Nope, the meals back then were simply prepared with what they had on-hand, straight from the land.
Today, people are starting to wise-up! We are aligning our meals with what’s actually in-season in our LOCAL areas! So, what’s in-season where YOU live? Try adding some of THAT to your Thanksgiving tradition! For on-going ideas on what to make with what’s in-season, check out communities like Eat-Grow-Share (CLICK HERE)

WATER IS PRECIOUS, BE THANKFUL
The first religious-based Thanksgiving, where I’m sure a few more prayers of thanks were given, was actually two years after the first in the fall of 1623 when the colonists truly gave thanks to God for the rain they received after a two-month drought.
Today, two months of drought should not slow the water coming out of your tap. We’ve learned a lot about water storage and purification since those early colonial days, but our need to creatively conserve it has not diminished! Water is still a fundamental necessity for all life to thrive here on planet Earth and with gratitude we can all do a little better to keep that water moving to where it can do the most good!
Sample iPAD ConsultIf the Pilgrims in 1623 had a daily shower I’m sure every drop of water would have been put right back into their garden. Perhaps you could too? For us, that might be as simple as putting a 5-gallon bucket in the shower as we wait for the water to warm up, or perhaps re-plumbing our showers and other grey-water sources back into our gardens like these people have done:http://greywateraction.org/ Local pros are also available to help make it happen for you HERE.

When in doubt…
Keep Growing!
Give Thanks!

Lessons from the Pilgrims

WEBINAR – 7 Steps to Homesteading any size property

Join us for the free webinar 7 Steps to Homesteading Planning on Any-Sized Property.

December 3, 2015  8 PM,  7  Az time.

Please register even if you cannot view it at that time, so we can get future information to you.

7 Steps to Homestead Planning on Any-Sized Property

Successful and sustainable homesteading begins with solid planning and intentional design. In this course you will learn how to quickly observe, interact, and assess your property’s full yield potentials, how to design for optimal workflow and sustainability, and how to do it all in an elegant, easy to manage way that gracefully aligns you with a growing community of support.

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