November 26, 2015

Growing organic & GMO-free veggies, fruit and nuts

Happy Thanksgiving and pics of Meadview fruit trees

A neighbor sent me pics of their fruit trees and I can’t wait for our bare root trees to arrive!

We’ll be placing our order on time for delivery as soon as they start shipping.  If you’d like to add to our order, please join us at a High Desert Gardening Club meeting or contact me directly.



I love peaches!  We have a volunteer peach tree in our hoophouse, probably from a peach pit in the compost.  We’ll take the plastic off next spring and turn the hoophouse area into a garden.

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Free documentary: The Search For Sustainability

Starting 11/1/15:

49 Concerned Citizens, Environmentally Conscious Educators, Musicians, International Authors, Green Business Owners, School Teachers And Politicians Urge Us To Realize, Re-Negotiate, And Reverse The Imminent 911 Global Emergency of the Health and Sustainability of Humanity and the Planet

You can sign up at

We are broadcasting the series at no charge beginning November 1st, 2015 airing one new episode each night for 12 nights straight.
Each episode we broadcast will be sent to you via email and you will have 24 hours to watch the episode at no charge before it is taken down and the next episode is put up.
We are broadcasting the episodes online beginning at 9pm EST each evening from November 1st-12th – and all you need is a computer or a smart device with internet to watch each episode.
There might be some interesting food for thought.

Kettle Brand NON GMO chips contain MSG

I’ve been buying the Kettle Brand potato chips for quite some time because they claim to be GMO and MSG free.

So the other day we took a bag to friends and they informed us that “yeast extract” is MSG.   I found that hard to believe, but unfortunately they were right.  Yeast extract is MSG!

Kettle Brands has the NERVE to state on the package that it does not contain MSG. However, they ADMIT at their FAQ at

Do you use MSG in your products?

No, we do not use MSG in any of our products or in any of the ingredients in our products. Some ingredients we use, like tomato powder and yeast extract, are naturally high in amino acids including naturally occurring glutamic acid which is a component of MSG. People who have severe sensitivities to MSG may want to consider moderation in eating food with these ingredients. [emphasis added]

Talk about DECEPTION!

Obviously, I will NEVER buy another bag of Kettle Brand chips again as they won’t be removing this crap just because I don’t like it.

I submitted a copy of this post with this URL at the Kettle Brand site. 

They sure do NOT want to hear your concerns and make it extremely difficult to submit a message, REQUIRING your mailing address, the product UPS code, “best before date” and “Production Code”.  Since Kettle Brand products are no longer in our house, I had to switch to “other comments and concerns.”  And once again I had to retype ALL my info.  Talk about a company with nothing but contempt for their customers.  They do NOT want to hear from anybody!

Of course I will update with their response, if any.

And we’ll stick to corn chips, as it’s apparently impossible to get crap free potato chips.  I’m way too busy to spend hours reading labels, but if you have any recommendations for crap free potato chips, please let me know!

10/18/15 Update:  I received this response:

Hello Christine:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Your comments will be shared with the staff.
Cassy Frank
Consumer Affairs Manager
Kettle Brand, a division of Diamond Foods, Inc.

What’s that squash?

Our biggest squash ever:


It split open sometime today and I brought it inside. I tried to weigh it, but it’s over 11 lbs, the max for our scale.

I looked around the web for id, is it a Hubbard squash?

In case you’re wondering why I don’t know what I’m growing:

I had inoculated a wide variety of seeds prior to planting, including many melon and squash seeds, because I decided to use up all our pre 2013 seeds and we had LOTS.  I had each variety in a little plastic cup with a label and I stuck the cups into a planting tray.  A few days later I accidentally knocked the tray off the shelf and all the seeds ended up on the dirt floor.  I scraped up the big squash and melon seeds and planted them in the tree holes for our new orchard (we didn’t get done on time for bare root trees).  And apparently we’ve never grown this squash successfully before, as I’ve never seen this type of squash.

Despite the rather late planting in mid July we got quite a few melons and squash.  The spaghetti squash are the best producers, but we also got 3 of these and the other two are much smaller and odd shaped.

Today we looked at a slideshow of the new garden / orchard at our gardening club meeting and I’ll try to figure out how to best get the pics online without spending half a day.  We’ve had so much going on lately with hosting WWOOFers and major cleanup / reorganization, but I’ve literally taken thousands of pictures this year and it will take a while to review and post at least some of them.

And I seriously hope that today was our last triple digit day for the year, it’s supposed to cool down.  Can’t wait for fall!

10/17/15 update:  I’m pretty sure it’s a hubbard squash.   We weight the 2 halves and each was over 11 lbs.   Several neighbors got a good sized chunk and we make delicious squash soup.   Found that we had two plants (both died by now) and we got two small squash, nothing compared to this one.   We’ll definitely grow it again, but I don’t know why the others were so much smaller.

Kingman Community Garden grand opening tomorrow

The DIG it Kingman Community Garden (DIKCG) Steering Committee proudly announces the Grand Opening celebration of the DIG It Kingman Community Gardens on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9 am to 11 am at the garden site. You are cordially invited to join us in the fun and festivities. Featured will be a Police Car, a Fire Truck, and a Military truck.
The food and fun activities will include:
· Home Depot Building Kits for the kids
· Face painting
· Donut holes
· Cake, Coffee and Water
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will begin promptly at 9 am.
Come out, bring the kids, and tour the garden and meet the members of the Steering Committee. There will be Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions and provide basic gardening instruction.

8/22/15 Master Gardener Fall Gardening workshop in Kingman

This Saturday is the annual Master Gardener FALL PLANTING workshop:

Please join the Kingman Area Master Gardeners for a Fall Planting Workshop to be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 9:00am – 12 noon.

You will learn about what to grow, soil preparation and square foot gardening. After the presentation, we will visit the DIG It Kingman Community Garden for a hands-on demonstration.

To make reservations and for additional information, call the Mohave County Extension office at 928-753-3788, Ext 19, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

After business hours, call 928-753-3788 and press *819. The voice mail will guide you through the registration process.

It’s FREE, but reservations are required.

If you’re in Meadview and you’d like to go, you could possibly ride with us.

I will also bring the handouts to our gardening club meeting at Canyon’s End next Wednesday and we’ll talk a lot more about fall gardening then.

Kingman Community Garden spaghetti benefit



509 Beale St, Kingman


5:00-7:00 PM

$12.50 PER PLATE (50% of proceeds will be donated to the garden)

Great food and lots of fun!

Marinara sauce, alfredo sauce, meatballs, chicken, pasta, salad, breadsticks, iced tea or lemonade.

Call Denise Neath for details (928) 263-1164.

Study Concludes FDA GMO Approval Process is Flawed, Outdated, and Unscientific


I posted the links to a press release and article about the study as well as the published study at

… The study, led by Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D., an MIT-trained systems biologist, utilizes his latest invention, CytoSolve, a 21st century systems biology method to integrate 6,497 in vitro and in vivo laboratory experiments, from 184 scientific institutions, across 23 countries, to discover the accumulation of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and a dramatic depletion of glutathione, an anti-oxidant necessary for cellular detoxification, in GMO soy, indicating that formaldehyde and glutathione are likely critical criteria for distinguishing the GMO from its non-GMO counterpart. …

I hope that regulators and legislators will take notice!

Not only should GMOs be labeled, but they should be prohibited.

Monsanto CTO Robb Fraley insults Neil Young

Robb Fraley - CTO Monsanto
   Robb Fraley   CTO Monsanto

I hate nothing more than being lied to.  Monsanto’s officers and employees are expert liars.  In response to Neil Young’s recent album “The Monsanto Years”, Monsanto CTO Robb Fraley  compiled a number of Monsanto’s biggest lies:

Neil Young: We’re More Like You than You Think

I almost threw up reading Mr. Fraley’s ridiculous lies.

My response to Mr. Fraley:

Just because you repeat these incredible lies doesn’t make them true.  To tell Neil Young that you’re like him is the ultimate insult.

I try not to be a hateful person, but I sincerely hope that if there is a hell, Mr. Fraley, his Monsanto cronies and all the politicians who accepted the Monsanto bribes will fry in hell for a LONG time.

Here are just a few reasons not to eat Monsanto GM poisons:

New High Desert Food resource forum

For years I’ve been subscribing to various Yahoo groups and I run across so much great info, but my brain cannot remember everything.  So I decided to start the High Desert Food resource forum to organize information.

I’m still working on setting everything up, but already posted on a number of topics.  I’ve been doing so much research on amendments and fertilizers, biologicals, brix, Reams, biodynamics, etc. and I posted in the “Gardening Resources” forum:

Grow bags:

I lost many plants in the last couple of months because it was so hot and the black plastic pots heat up the soil.  I’ve tried various grow bags (Root Pouches) and I’m sold on grow bags.  I don’t think I need expensive “Smart Pots”, just about any fabric pot is better than rigid black plastic.  However, I have to PAY for grow bags (we have a gazillion plastic pots) and I am looking for the best deal on quality grow bags:

Since we’re off the grid, we don’t want to use pumps and instead utilize GRAVITY for 1/2″ poly and drip tape watering.

It’s a challenge and it took us 5 years to figure out how to water without having to run pumps and without spending a fortune.  You might think that it can’t be that hard, but you probably don’t know that most timers seriously reduce the water pressure and that most drip tape requires more pressure than you get from gravity.  It’s been an expensive learning curve, but we are finally getting there. Here’s my post on timers:

On a slow day I’ll have to put together a page on gravity watering.  After all, even with regular power in the house, many people don’t have power and water in their gardens.

Soil tests for our HIGH pH soil:

I posted the native soil test from International Ag Labs (Jon Frank) and the recommendations.

We need lots of help with making the most of our alkaline desert dirt.

All things food include local organic and GMO free resources and it’s great that the Kingman supermarkets are carrying a lot more organics.  However, Vegas is still the best place to shop and of course we have our “buying club” for Azure Standard and Frontier Natural Foods.

I continue to be amazed by so many people using Roundup and supporting GMOs.

They say that it’s been proven to be safe and that there are no scientific studies indicating any negative effects.  That’s of course ridiculous and I’m starting to post info and links to studies that will hopefully change some minds:

There’s the Buy / Sell / Trade forum:

Need catnip, chichiquelite huckleberries or sweet annie?   I have a lifetime supply of volunteers coming up.

Check it out!