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The Greenhouse: Growing in Arizona Heat

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This will be the first summer having our greenhouse. We were concerned with it getting too hot inside and the plants all dying. We started misting inside the greenhouse at the beginning of spring when the weather was getting warmer. That was keeping the temperature down and the humidity up. The plants loved it. Our concern was, what about our summer heat? We didn't think misting once or even twice a day was going to cut it. We added a solar fan, but it was bringing in the heat. My husband suggested using our portable cooler, put it in front of the door, and see if that keeps the temps down. That worked well.  We now mist inside the greenhouse in the morning, 9am to 10am, and around 11am, we need to start the cooler. We usually keep it going all day until around 7pm, more or less. This is keeping the temperature around 75 to 80 degrees with the humidity around 62%. We need to fill the cooler with water every two hours, so it runs properly. Our plants in the greenhouse are flourishin

The Arroyo Ranch Project 1a

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  At the end of April, Gary and I went to our land for a visit. The guys were able to go there and get things started. Not everything goes smoothly as they found out. They were able to start with the bathroom and perimeter fence. They are planning on going back in a week or two to finish phase one. We will plan another trip to document it with videos and photos. We are very happy with the progress so far. Ryan is meeting with a man that has shipping containers. He may give us a deal on two 20-foot and two 40-foot shipping containers. Gary and I are thinking of using one of the 40-foot containers along with both 20-foot containers to make a "U" shape house. This house would be our home that we would stay in while vacationing on the ranch. The shape would help with the strong winds and the containers would be great protection from fires. Wildfires are a real threat, so we want to protect our investment. We are hoping that the shipping containers will be phase 2 so we can start

The Arroyo Ranch Project

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  As I noted on an earlier post, my hubby and I, along with two others, bought 80 acres (two 40 acre lots) of land in the northeast part of Arizona. The land is near the towns of St. Johns and Show Low, AZ. We are very close to the New Mexico border with Gallup close to us as well. This month, March 2022, we start developing the land and adding structures to it. On one of our lots, the land is fairly level. That is the area my hubby and I want to put a house and other structures. The view from there is amazing. They will start with that area and grade the ground for our future home. They also plan to add a perimeter fence around the approximately 2 or 3 acres for security from the critters that roam in that area. Along with the fence and grading, they will add a septic tank, water tanks and a building to house a bathroom. It is very important to this gal that a bathroom be up there first, lol. My hubby will go up there for a couple days to see what they do and take pictures for me. Nex

The Vanishing Trailer Park

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  We have been to this trailer park for 12 years now. When we first laid eyes on it, there were several trailers still sitting on the land. Three were intact, while one was about to collapse. As we went there through the years, we watched two trailers disappear without a trace. The swing set that was still set up finally fell down from the harsh environment. The last remaining trailer finally crumpled and looks like a pile of rubbish. What once was a trailer park or graveyard, now looks like a junkyard. We ended up finding some items to take home and took lots of pictures. I think this is the last time we will go there. Time to find other abandoned places to photograph.