Join Greg as he walks you through the most important things to know about starting your spring garden.
The big secret in Greg's life is that although he has been a gardener in the Southwest since 1975, he is still discovering how to grow food in the desert. Being a lifelong Phoenix gardener, it is often assumed that he has growing all figured out — so much so that when people tell him they have two black thumbs he just laughs, then promises them that he has killed more plants, including trees, than they probably ever will. In reality, gardening in the desert is simple if you know the rules.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
FARMER GREG has lived at the Urban Farm for 29 years. His home was Phoenix's first environmental showcase for urban farming. It is a 1/3-acre urban yard that features an entirely edible landscape – including: chickens, over 70 fruit trees, rainwater and greywater harvesting, solar applications, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled building materials.
In 1974 at the age of 14 he wrote a paper for school on how we were overfishing the oceans. He discovered permaculture in 1991 and that one concept transformed his life. Then in 1999 he went back to college to get a bachelor's degree and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning in 2006.
Farmer Greg hosts the UrbanFarmPodcast.com, is a frequent radio and TV guest on all topics food related. On his days off he hangs out in his garden with his sweetheart Heidi and their chickens, creating new projects and catching some rays.