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Asian pear tree. There are 13 more doing the same thing. We’ve never watered them. Crazy!

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Modest garlic patch success report

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Above: garlic harvested yesterday from our garlic patch, started last October.

Here’s the design concept I (Jay) used, from Desert Gardening for Beginners: How to Grow Vegetables, Flowers and Herbs in an Arid Climate (click image below to bigify):

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We grew the garlic patch in the round stock tank that I had originally hoped to use as a greywater pond. That hadn’t worked: algae kept overpowering the water hyacinths that were valiantly trying to clean the water. So, I decided to use the tank as a raised bed garden, with garlic as the first crop. Continue reading

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Wildflowering

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SCENES FROM THE FARM-TO-BE

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Persimmon buds. Whew. We were getting worried!

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We’re about to build our first farm structure out of this old orchard scrap pile. #designchallenge

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TWO NEWS REPORTS ON THIS WEEK’S VICTORY IN COURT AGAINST THE DOLLAR GENERAL PROJECT IN JOSHUA TREE

There have been two news reports on this week’s stunning court ruling in favor of the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance: one from the San Bernardino Sun, the other from the Hi-Desert Star. Read both at Defend Joshua Tree.

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PROPAGATING PINYON PINE IN PERLITE

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The rare Pinyon Pine. Extremely difficult to propagate. In the fridge for 4 weeks with moist perlite. Fingers crossed…

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WE ARE HEARING THERE’S A RULING AND IT’S A VICTORY FOR JOSHUA TREE AND LOSS FOR DOLLAR GENERAL

We are hearing from two sources that Judge Donald Alvarez has sided with Joshua Tree in the JTDBA’s lawsuit and has sent Dollar General’s building permit back to the County to be re-done, with an (costly) Environmental Impact Report now required.

According to David Fick from the JTDBA (all-caps his):

THE COURT GRANTS THE PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDATE TO OVERTURN THE APPROVAL OF THE SUBJECT REGARDING THE MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION AND THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT ON THE GROUNDS OF FAILURE TO PROPERLY ANALYZE THE PROJECTS IMPACTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE AREA OF ECONOMIC IMPACTS RESULTING IN URBAN DECAY. THE COUNTY IS REQUIRED TO UNDERTAKE AN EIR FOR THE PROPOSED PROJECT.

According to Gary Daigneault from local radio station 107.7:

According to court minutes released Tuesday morning, Judge David Alvarez granted the petition to overturn the County’s approval of a planned Dollar General retail store in Joshua Tree, with regard to the mitigated negative declaration and the conditional use permit, on the grounds of the failure to properly analyze the projects impacts on the environment in the area of economic impacts resulting in urban decay. The county is required to undertake an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed project. The Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance, which had filed the suit against Dynamic Development and San Bernardino County over the project approval, applauded the ruling. The court did reject other grounds that the JTDBA put forward in its suit — traffic impact, land use consistency, and the failure by the developer to identify the store as a Dollar General.

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SURPRISE

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Miracle pear trees. Blooming on rainwater only. In the desert, in drought conditions.

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THIS WEEK’S DOUBLE RAINBOW

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