Short video for a murrine piece ・・・
First piece of 2018 for me was a new work in a series I am calling "Sonoran," and this video is showing how we go about getting the look I am after with all the tiny dots using a technique where the piece is comprised entirely of rolled-up #murrini tiles that we previously made. Skipped a lot of steps here of course, sorry, but the true colors can be seen at the end when the piece is cooled off. Thanks to @dillon.stoltenburg for assistance and videography. #jmbglass#granulare#murrine#sonoran#sonorandesert#glasscactus#cactuslove#glassblowing#bestofglass#cactusmagazine
This burnt down old house on the outskirts of the Sonoran Desert made me sad. There were still things inside that were from whomever lived there. Somebody was once so excited to move into their new home. In the end though I guess nobody gets out alive.
Introduction to Growing Food at Home
The future of sustainable agriculture will be in small to medium scale organic food gardens grown right in and around our cities. In this workshop, you will learn about desert adapted food production strategies such as sunken garden beds, self-watering containers, and aquaponics. We will show you how to increase your garden’s health, production, and nutrient value, using an integrated system of composting, vermiculture, mulch, companion plant selection, and irrigation to improve fertility, structure, and life in your soil. A special emphasis will be placed on producing our own inputs for soil fertility using the fermentation process. Specifically, we will discuss how we can use key Korean Natural Farming techniques like Oriental Herbal Nutrient, Bokashi, Fish Hydrolysate, and Lacto Bacillus Serum to grow our soil. We will discuss how to produce food with minimum water use. We will use a Sonoran Desert Food Forest framework- a diverse layering of annual and perennial food plants that can help increase garden health using permaculture design strategies- as the guiding theory for this class. .
Time: 9AM – 12:30PM
Location: @lasmilpitas .
Many people don’t associate Cyclamen with the sub-tropical Sonoran Desert, but they’re wonderful flowering plants all autumn, winter, and spring. The cooler it is, the happier they are. Partial sun in autumn/spring and full sun in winter. So many colors to choose from, many with really handsome foliage too. They go dormant when it gets hot, so you can either bring the dormant tuner indoors for summer and awaken it in autumn, or just discard in summer. Easy! Happy gardening! #cyclamen#sonorandesert#tuber#grant_in_arizona#scottsdale#phoenix#arizona#sweaterseason
We were hiking a couple weeks ago in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, near Tucson and Mesa. If you haven't been here, it's great winter hiking. Check out our book, "Don't Waste Your Time in the Sonoran Desert." It sells on Amazon.com and Indigo.ca
Still on that wormania. Throwback to building worm bins for my babies. I love worms. They're amazing and have changed my gardening life. They can change yours too. I have a YouTube playlist "Worms in Bins," that will walk you through raising your own worms and producing high quality worm castings. Subscribe, Like, and Share. Direct link in bio.🌵
If you're in AZ, I will build you a vermicompost system at your place, and train you 1 on 1. We can go big or small. Indoors or outdoors. You too can raise your own worm babies and create black gold.🌵
Worm castings are essential to your gardening success. Castings are the base for compost teas, making potting mix, and amending soil throughout the growing season. I personally don't sift my worm castings. I use it uncut worms and all. Why? That's what's best for the soil. I'm adding breeding worms and their eggs, into the soil or potting mix for container gardens. I let the worms munch through all the bokashi food scraps and top dress with the cured castings. My plants love it. My worms love it. Our bellies love it ❤