Want to Start a Garden? Now You Can Get Free Seeds at the Phoenix Public Library

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Starting a garden can be a daunting endeavor. What can you plant? How and where? And, of course, you're going to need seeds.

When it comes to at least some of these questions and needs, the Phoenix Public Library is now here to help. This weekend, the library will launch a seed library at the Harmon Library. The seed program will allow library patrons to "check out" more than 100 varieties of fruit, vegetable, and perennial seeds (don't worry, you don't have to return them).


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5 Tips from Chef Mel Mecinas on Growing Restaurant-Quality Produce

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Mel Mecinas
Maya's Farm: Plenty of shade fo leafy greens

If you hear "pumpkin spice" and think "harvest," chances are you've been growing some veggies for at least a season or two. If you're looking to take your harvest to the next level, you're in the right place. We talked to Chef Mel Mecinas of Talavera at Scottsdale's Four Seasons about how to improve your starter garden and harvest restaurant quality produce, like he does.


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Gretchen Gol of The Simple Farm in Scottsdale Makes Cheese

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Gretchen Gol
Make cheese like this, at home.

You might think making cheese is a dirty job but it's surprisingly easy and with just a trip to your local beer-making store you'll have everything you need to make your own gouda, chèvre or gruyère. The artisanal craft of making cheese is a handy skill to have because, who doesn't love wine and cheese. (If you don't, stop reading now.)

Gol notes that making cheese is a bit of a commitment. It takes about two to three hours and you can't really set it and forget it. She recently returned from a trip to the Netherlands where she visited the Cheese Museum and has been making cheese for over a year. This is all when she's not busy with her family, volunteering at The Simple Farm or working. The woman has patience and skill. If you'd like to take a class before trying this at home, click here for details on an "Udder to Table" cheese making class.

See also: Boho Farm's Caroline Van Slyke Makes Rose Petal Jelly with Chow Bella

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Tempe Golf Course Becoming a Garden, and Other Metro Phoenix "Now Growing" News

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New to farming? The government has resources to help!

Even though it's summertime, there's agricultural news right in our backyard. Here are 5 local good-news stories you might have missed, so we've rounded them up. Read up on the new ideas growing here in the Valley, and maybe gain some inspiration.

See also: Show Off Your Chicken Coop on the 2014 Tour de Coops


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Show Off Your Chicken Coop on the 2014 Tour de Coops

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Kate Crowley
Show off your ladies at the 2014 Tour de Coops. Sign up now to have your coop featured on the tour.

Known as the Valley's "most unique home tour," Tour de Coops is entering its sixth year and will be held on November 8. Presented by the Valley Permaculture Alliance, this self-guided tour and sustainability festival is fun to attend and even more fun to participate in. (Full disclosure: Kate Crowley has been a participant in the past.) Read on to find out how to get your coop on the tour.

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5 Ways for a Foodcentric Phoenician to Stay Busy in the Summer

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Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Maybe catch a food-centric flick?
It's awfully hot to garden. In fact, it's awfully hot to go out to go out to eat. So we thought we'd share a list of "must dos" for food-grower to enjoy indoors, before it's time for fall planting. From books and films to TV shows and classes, there's a lot to do that will help you get excited about the next growing (and eating) season...and keep you cool indoors.

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The Tomatillo: How to Grow It and a Recipe from Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza

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Arizona's climate allows you to grow tomatillos.

A staple in many Mexican dishes, the tomatillo is a delightful nightshade vegetable that you might have seen recently at some local farmers markets. They sort of look like very hard, green tomatoes and do well in low desert climates like Phoenix. They are an annual climate and seem to like our warm weather and sunlight. Read on for growing tips and a recipe from Barrio Cafe's Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza.


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Binkley's Heirloom Tomato Dinner Celebrates 5 Years

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Binkley's Restaurant
Tomato Ceviche from last year's Heirloom Tomato Dinner

Summer is traditionally a time of delicious, moisture filled fruits and vegetables. Depending on where you grew up, you might remember road side farm stands selling freshly ripe vegetables just waiting to be served up on your evening dinner table. In case this isn't your reality, Binkley's Restaurant and farmer Bob McClendon are partnering once again on a dinner that will bring summer to you on a plate in the form of heirloom tomatoes. We've got the details on their Fifth Annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner and a fresh summer recipe from Binkley after the jump.

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Ian Horvath of Beehive Chocolates on Bees, Beans and the Beehive Experience

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Kate Crowley
A chocolate maker and his beans.

So, we all know that growing your own food can be healthy and rewarding....but grinding your own cacao beans? Now that's delicious.

That's what Scottsdale's Beehive Chocolates is up to. Crafting homemade dark chocolate and raw Arizona honey into a bite-sized, mouth-watering confection. Owner Ian Horvath grinds cacao beans and carefully chooses his ingredients to make lovely "honey pots." From sorting the beans by hand to hand stamping the packaging, Horvath is a detail oriented owner. We spoke with him about his passion and the process. It's the tale of a candy man with visions of homemade goodness and his passion for bees, or "yellow and black nectar magicians," as Horvath calls them.


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It's Heating Up: 5 Tips for Watering

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Kate Crowley
Watering with a large soaker hose is a great option if you don't have irrigation.

Ah yes, that last breezy week of spring in Arizona can lull you into thinking that, for a moment, we'll have a cool summer. This is hard news to break, but you're only kidding yourself. Summer is almost here and due to the high temperatures, you'll likely want to revisit your watering schedule.

It is actually possible to overwater in the summer months, and you certainly don't want to waste water.... But you don't want dying crops either. Here are 5 tips to better watering this summer.


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