Archive for the ‘3. Grow it in the Desert’ Category

Healthy Plants

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure shows you how plant location, soil prep and the proper nutrients can give you year-round healthy plants. Plus, a quick way to tackle weeds.

Turf & Soil Prep

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by xmlrpc

French Country backyard in the middle of the desert? It’s no small feat, but Pete Cure is up to the task. He will turn the backyard of a Desert Mountain home into one fitting for a French chateau. He’ll show you the proper irrigation and soil prep to keep those lush plants flourishing in Arizona. He also adds a pop of green with the proper type of synthetic turf.

Arcadia Farms

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Achieving a French Country backyard is easy if you know the right type of plants to use. Pete looks at the plants he used and also shows you some creative ways to bring out their beauty.

And if you truly want a French Country experience, a restaurant in Scottsdale can help with that. Arcadia Farms has been in Old Town for three decades. The setting is definitely French Country and the food is delicious.

Butterfly Magic

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure takes you on a tour of an Arizona gem, the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Reader’s Digest designated the Tucson Botanical Gardens as America’s Best Secret Garden. The collection of 17 specialty gardens sits on 5 and a half acres.

In this segment, Pete learns the history of the Tucson Botanical Gardens and how the efforts of Rutger Porter and his wife made it all possible.

Pete also takes a tour of one of the most popular attractions at Tucson Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Magic. 50-thousand people a year come to enjoy the butterflies which are actually shipped to Tucson from all over the world just for this exhibit.

Barrio Gardens

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

While on a tour of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Pete learns more about barrio gardens and the importance they play in the Mexican-American culture. He sees how unusual items most of us would throw away end up in the garden. In this case, it’s everything including the kitchen sink.

Arizona is known for its cacti and Tucson Botanical Gardens has some of the most amazing displays. The cactus garden showcases a variety of cactus including edible ones.

Invasive Weeds

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure takes you on a tour of an Arizona gem, the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Pete takes a quick detour inside to check out the Alien Invasion, a look at invasive plants. It’s a great way to teach kids about the outdoors and how nature can affect our eco-system.

The next stop on the tour of the Tucson Desert Botanical Gardens is the Native Gardens. Pete finds out about farming techniques of the indigenous people and how those ideas apply today.

Join us on this incredible tour of the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Xeriscaping

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 by xmlrpc

Pete Cure takes you on a tour of an Arizona gem, the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Reader’s Digest designated the Tucson Botanical Gardens as America’s Best Secret Garden. The collection of 17 specialty gardens sits on 5 and a half acres.

When you hear the word Xeriscaping you might think of rocks and a few plants, but there’s so much more to it. We’ll talk to an expert on Xeriscaping and how you can get a lush look with low water and low maintenance.

And we’ll tell you how you can grab a healthy bite to eat while touring the gardens.

Join us on our tour of the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Composting Tips

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by xmlrpc

Ever wanted to know how to compost properly? Pete Curé talks with Erich Schultz (Head Farmer) about the composting process and operation at the Farm at Agritopia in Gilbert, AZ. Composting adds great nutrients to the soil.

Pete also learns how a couple of ASU students are using a morning pick me up to help plants flourish and grow — a great use for that morning cup of joe. Vincente Solis and Rigoberto Polanco talk about the origins and the purpose of the ‘Grounds for Grounds’ program at Arizona State University.

Pete also talks with Rebecca Kidwell from Farmyard about what people should be doing to get ready for their Fall plantings. Learn about these earth-friendly business practices that help the environment.

Grow Organic

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé learns about the history of the Farm at Agritopia in Gilbert, AZ. Hear from Erich Schultz (Head Farmer) about what makes this community so special and what it’s like to have a farm in the middle of the city.

Plus, starting your own garden has never been easier with the help of Farmyard. Pete talks with Rebecca Kidwell to learn about the concept behind this organic ‘garden installation’ company – they provide custom gardens based on their clients’ needs and provide garden consultation. Step outside and grow your own garden today!

Edible Landscapes

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé vists the Farm at Agritopia in Gilbert, AZ. He speaks with Erich Schultz (Head Farmer) to learn about their organic farm process. See the types of crops they grow and learn about the different places the crops end up. Check out this neat community — 15 acres of farmland in the center of Gilbert that some say is even better than organic.

Pete also heads over to Arizona State University to see how they are harvesting crops on their campus. They have 750 acres to use for an urban garden. Deborah Thirkhill (Volunteer Program Coordinator) talks about the origins of the program. Ryan Garcia (Chef, Engrained Cafe) talks about how the crops are used on campus. Check out this edible landscape in Tempe, AZ — take a trip to ASU to see green thumbs in action.

Agritopia Honey

Posted on: December 30th, 2013 by xmlrpc

Pete Curé shares with you a sweet treat offered at the Farm at Agritopia. They harvest their own raw natural honey and offer it at their Farmer’s Market in Gilbert. To get more info, please visit www.thefarmatagritopia.com

Pruning Tips

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by xmlrpc

If your plants were lucky enough to survive the hot summer, we still recommend a little Fall pruning. Pruning will help your current plants and trees flourish in the colder Winter months. Pete Curé shows you how to properly prune your existing landscape.