Foodscape Community Chat Use this chat box to engage in general chat any time with users who are online. Leave a message for all users. Check back often to see if your message has been answered. Latest Message: 1 week, 6 days ago John Arietta : guest/gardener, not being from PHX valley i can not be of much help with that. In Williamson valley area you will not be over wintering much with out supplemental heat in a grow space. I know people in Scottsdale that have Tomatoes, Peppers, and Squash that are three years old and producing. Just not practical at 5K feet and the cold temps in the winter. Just my opinion. Plant root crops before it gets to cold and they will not grow much, but be there for you in the winter. guest_gardener : ...thai chili and jalapeno peppers (also planted last spring) and banana peppers (planted this spring from seeds started indoors). guest_gardener : Thinking of moving up to Skull Valley, Williamson Valley, Chino Valley or Prescott Valley area from the west Phx valley. I'm a new gardener with one full growing season under my belt. Other than colder temps, what do I need to know about the change in climate and growing season? I have to admit, I will miss being able to overwinter my tomatoes. Currently, I have several tomato plants that I planted last spring that already have huge tomatoes. I'm already harvesting thai chili peppers and jalapen Cassie : Nice! Sounds like a great start to the growing season. John Arietta : First week of May.....first tomato blooms on plants started from seed. Bell peppers are about 6 inches tall, but spindly. Basil is doing nicely, about 4 inches tall. Lettuces, Black seed and Romain are doing great. Green beans seem to have been a slow start, but are taking off well. Pulled up garlic this week, a little early, but had nice clusters and will use 50% for next years cloves. PULLING out all of the Spinach and Swiss Chard, WE ate all winter, but its bolting now. Had several heads o John Arietta : Is anyone else using the "chat" space. Cassie : I see what you are saying. The day doesn't warm up enough to give the plants a chance. John Arietta : Cassie, Dec/Jan/Feb I would say yes. The highs during the day stay about the same and the nights while not dropping to much more, you just have a long duration of near or at freezing. Example...in N. Calif where I lived at one time, the days would be 50 F and the night low would be down to 16 F/ 20 F. with heavy frost. but by 0900 it was warming to 45 F again. NOT HERE. Lows might be only 20F but the high during the day may only be 35F. Hope that is helpful. Cassie : The duration of cold is same every year, right? I guess just another thing to plan for. John Arietta : Cassie, We had some nights into the teens, but the bigger issue is the duration of the cold. For us we had some days at H 35F / L17F . Its hard on many plants when its cold for such a duration of time. My thermal water buckets would get 1 inch of ice INSIDE my green house some nights. Cassie : The soil is sandy loamy and needs lots of good microbes and coir to help it hold moisture. I am super excited to see what we can help grow here. Cassie : Hi John. This is a new climate type for me. I am at 4800ft higher than before. It's colder in winter (down in 20s during te night, yikes) and warmer in the summer. John Arietta : Cassie, is this a new type climate for you gardening adventures, or the same? Veggies or ornamental plants? John Arietta : Not that i am aware of. Cassie : Anyway to post pictures to this chat? Cassie : Hello all. Moved here 6 months. John Arietta : Update: Just pulled up the last of winter turnips, still very good ( as turnips go) but tops were useless. Last of winter beats are just now used up and the Beat tops were still very good. Swiss Chard weathered very well as did Spinach. New seedlings are coming along nicely! How is everyone else doing? John Arietta : Question if anyone is there???? John Arietta : New to the Prescott area and Foodscape Community. Out in Williamson Valley area. After one full year thinking this is a 8A/8B climate zone. Any thoughts on that? 10ft by 20 ft single pane green house. Frosted/ froze over several times this winter but still had a good crop of veggies! Trying to test and learn about best choices in this area. Thanks for having this Chat box. Could be a big time saver learning from others. Gregory Eddolls : Nice to meet you Kelly Gerard! 🙂 Kelly Gerard : Just found you! Living in Dewey (7b) and hope to find into here! Gregory Eddolls : testing Gregory Eddolls : There is also individual chat between registered users on Foodscape website. Accessed via the listing/lister contact info. Gregory Eddolls : Not much traffic in here yet. Greg : Hey folks do you think this chat is a good idea Ahead of its time Not a good idea Valerie Jensen : I’m looking for lavender starts or local seed- 928-713-0659, thanks all. Gregory Eddolls : Elizabeth Marymee.... I will be at the Seed Mania event with some seeds of various types for sale or possibly exchange. Gregory Eddolls : Tomorrow I will be at B Organic Farm teaching a class in the greenhouse from 11 to 1 Gregory Eddolls : Or you can text my phone number below in contact. Scroll down. 🙂 Gregory Eddolls : Laura Ramos....feel free to find me on facebook. I am Greg Eddolls there is only one. Gregory Eddolls : Laura Ramos... Gregory Eddolls : Laura...yes thankfully it was a mild hack repair. Gregory Eddolls : The seed market SEED MANIA is Sunday the 5th of March Laura Harrison : Hi you got unhacked! Elizabeth Marymee : Has anyone seen all the seed happenings this weekend? There is a seed exchange at the Prescott Farmer's Market on Saturday from 9:30-12:30 and Seed Mania at 220 Grove Ave. in Prescott from 1-6pm. I know I'll be there! Elizabeth Marymee : Hi there, Laura Ramos : I’m looking for someone to take me under their wing and teach me how to grow herbs, vegetables and fruits. I saw there are a few classes in the community but the times they offer do not work for me. I’d be willing to pay a fee if needed. Thank you. Radius Admin : Or perhaps if you have a general question about gardening or the website. Radius Admin : The chat is running flawlessly. Now just for some people to be focused enough to use it. Gregory Eddolls : lol Gregory Eddolls : Noooooobody knows my sorrow. Gregory Eddolls : Nooooobody knows....the trouble I seen.... guest_7111 : Thx for stopping by Ema! 😊💖🏆 Ema Bermudez-Dennis : Had to come in and try this! Gregory Eddolls : Building it a little bit at a time Gregory Eddolls : yay...hello Debbie Gregory Eddolls : You can also change your name how you want it to appear in your profile area. Debbie Lupton : This looks cool Gregory Eddolls : Now I am logged in so I get to use myname... guest_7881 : If you are not logged in...you get a guest number guest_7881 : If you are logged in it will use your website login username guest_9947Amy : Whoops, forgot my name😉 guest_9947 : Test from my cell phone. Looks to be working well Greg Greg : Greg : Greg : Testing from cell phone. Voice to text chat Radius Admin : Hi Radius Admin : hello again Greg : Testing from cell phone Radius Admin : Hello everyone...just a a few test going on in here. Feel free to chat or leave a message. Everyone can see what you type here. 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