My son, Robert, took me to a community garden on Stone Avenue for their monthly “education” meeting. It caters to refugees from Bhutan and is located on the grounds of Southern Arizona Rainwater and Gutters at 1627 North Stone. You may have driven by it and noticed a garden of ours there. We met with Emily, the Site Coordinator. The garden irrigation system is connected to water storage tanks but because it has not rained for awhile they are using city water. Pray for Rain!
When our educational meeting was over Robert asked if I’d like to go on an extra side trip. He had read on Craig’s List about an enterprising store called Ecogro at 657 W St Mary’s (just this side of the Freeway), and so off we went to look for it. It wasn’t easy, because several streets were closed with barricades. But we found it and there were several customers inside. The store sells equipment and supplies to those interested in hydroponics, and there’s a working example of fish culture that grows vegetables that are nourished by fish poop. Everything looked very fine. Apart from shelves of containers of growing materials the store is packed with a wide variety of unusual plants and vegetable plants from other countries. In other words there’s everything that a beginning hydroponic grower needs to get started, and a fascinating selection of unusual flowering plants and vegetables.
Does this sound like a commercial advertisement? Yes it is that, because I’d like you to go and see for yourself. And be amazed as I was. I’m sure you be glad.