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Started by Kris AZ. Last reply by Douglas Plotkin Aug 16, 2010.

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Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on March 4, 2012 at 5:34pm

Hi Deborah, I got my l'itoi onions from the Arizona Herb Association. Their web site is They sell herb and such when they have their meetings. You could contact them and see if the onions sets are available for sale now.

Comment by Pam Clark-Spitler on March 4, 2012 at 3:16pm

Grant, yes we grow Bermuda in the summer, but we haven't had much luck with it in the past couple of years, we're not sure what our lawn guy is doing wrong....we even have some areas that are bare!

Comment by Pam Clark-Spitler on March 4, 2012 at 11:10am

I'm trying to find someone that knows something about summer lawns...we need help....does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?  We live in Phoenix.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 4, 2012 at 10:30am

Freesia blooming in our beautiful Gilbert sun. The white color is actually my favorite for habit, fragrance and longevity. The white also seems to be the last to bloom each season, once in the spring (now) and once in the fall (October-November).

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 3, 2012 at 12:06pm

I am actively seeking bulbs for planting, specifically two varieties of onion:

1.  The Iitoi Onion, Allium cepa, also known as Papago Onion and Tahono O'odham Onion

2.  The Egyptian Walking Onion, Allium cepa proliferum, also known as Walking Onion and Tree Onion

Can anyone help me locate and acquire bulbs (5-10) for planting this spring? I know I am late for planting, should wait for fall, but would like to try now.

Thank you all for helping.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on March 1, 2012 at 12:56pm

Yes, Grant, we had nowhere near frost temperatures here in Gilbert, either. So, today and this weekend, I am setting out those beautiful tomato and pepper plants I picked up from Baker's Nursery. I am excited to nurture the Brandywine heirloom variety that always is wonderful for heartiness of the plant and the production of 20-30 large, orange/red colored fruits each June. They ripen within a two week period, which makes it difficult to handle the time sensitive harvest of such large volume, so this year I plan to dry some of them. Any suggestions?

Oh yes, my freesia plants are in nearly full bloom! I plan to take photos today and will post an image soon.

Comment by Victoria Taylor on February 27, 2012 at 10:34pm

Thanks for clarifying, Deborah.  This Ohio farm girl has a lot to learn about AZ gardening.  :) 

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on February 27, 2012 at 12:23am

Victoria- My statement wasn't very clear. I have containers that are above ground for all of my plantings, both vegetable or decorative. I planted Mary Washington asparagus roots in the ground (in the container soil).

Comment by Victoria Taylor on February 25, 2012 at 9:00am

I haven't tried pots in the ground other than for my mint.  Are you placing them in pots to improve the soil?  To move them? Other?  Please explain.

Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on February 25, 2012 at 2:49am

Yes, today was beautiful. I love the breeze, almost like a tropical winter. Every year that I took weather notes, we have had one last frost mid-to-late February. I don't see it happening this winter, what do you all think?

Because I think we are not likely to have more frost, I purchased tomato and hot pepper plants from A & P Nursery near my home. I really like the Better Boy. They tolerate the heat better than most, have many fruits throughout the spring, summer and fall.

One area is prime for hot peppers like the Thai Long Hot Pepper and others. They really like the sun and hot weather.

Mary Washington asparagus roots went in the ground today. There are several areas I have been testing asparagus, and have found their perfect habit. Plant in large containers on the north side of the house where they have 6-8 hours of sun. This is the third year, so I am harvesting this season. The stalks are so tender and sweet, I have been slipping them into green salads instead of cooking them.


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