Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Seed Library

The Tempe Public Library’s Seed Library is open for gardeners, featuring a variety of plant and herb seeds that can be checked out for free, then planted and grown at home. The seeds are appropriate for all Arizona seasons and growing conditions. And it’s simple to use – just check out seeds for free (up to three packets a month), start growing, then bring back the seeds of your harvest.
To celebrate, the library is hosting a grand opening event this Saturday, April 15 from 2-3 p.m. Be the first to check out the seed collection while enjoying some light refreshments. The Seed Library is located in a repurposed card catalog on the main floor of the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

F and F - Food and Friends

There is no better way to spend an evening than hanging out among plants, friends, and food on a Spring Arizona evening.   

The young gardeners

The food

The people

Vegetable puppetry mastered by Marni and Darla (not pictured)

The people (Darla) eating the food.

There was something to satisfy all types of taste buds

A wedding cake

Justin and Sonia will eat the cake

And so ends one more fabulous outdoor evening.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thrive Cuisine

Check out this Kale junkie. Joe is  the co-owner of ThriveCuisine.com. They are dedicated to spreading scientific information about the healthfulness and disease preventing power of vegetables/fruits. A simple message, but one we all feel is important.

His write up about Kale is found here.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Growing Potatoes in Arizona

There are many ways to grow potatoes.   Here's one:  a structure with straw walls.

But the ground is just fine as you can see here.  If you walk the garden, you will see that several of us are endeavoring in the growing of potatoes.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Rare Fruits

The other day I walked by a house as the owner tended his guava tree in the front yard.  He proudly announced "yes, it grown here in Arizona".   I was impressed an envious.  I have not had a guava since my childhood days in Africa.

So,  when you want to learn more about rare fruit  trees, go here.


Friday, January 6, 2017


2017 starts off with a very well attended meeting.  We commit to our plots, pay our fee, and enjoy updates and other information. Tea making was one of those topics. Our members delve into the world of homesteading ( I seem to have an attraction for such things despite being a city girl).  Ginger and Pam experimented with tea making, and as it always happens, they spread the will for others to do the same.


Attentive listeners.

Kelly, the Food Bank Chair.

Pat ponders and shares about the group's past.

Chamomile grown by Ginger and ready for tea making.

Many lessons in this book.



Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tis the season

The cliches about togetherness during the holidays abound and we Figgsters roll with it and meet up for good food, good company, and fun gifts.  Happy Holidays to all!!


Monday, November 21, 2016


FIGG is comprised of gardeners that fall in various places on the skills spectrum.  This plot is growing plants that survived the scorching heat and saluted us again in the cooler temperatures.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Teeny tiny

Growing - the state in which this being changes and becomes something else.  It is a sight that brings us closer to the miracles of life.   

Monday, September 5, 2016

Growing Older, Growing Smarter

Gardening is for everyone.  Some of us appreciate accommodations as we are not as agile as we once were.  This article addresses possible ways to make gardening easier.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Let Your Kids Play In The Dirt

Here are five reasons why it might be fine to let your kids get a little dirty every now and again.

Read more here.