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Is having a Garden really cost effective? It is, but…

One of the more popular websites today is Reddit.com, which is a user generated behemoth. At any time on anyone of it’s many “subreddits” (sections devoted to specific topics) you’ll find someone asking for help and some really great answers.

As we speak there is a discussion in the frugal section where a user asked the question “Does r/frugal think that gardens are actually financially frugal?” The top comment is such great advice we wanted to share it with any of you would be home gardeners. Even if cost isn’t an issue for you it’s still sounds advice:

“It is, if:

  • You identify the plants you eat a lot of and are expensive and grow those. Eat a lot of potatoes? Probably not a good idea to grow them, because they’re so dang cheap. Like chives? Well, they are really easy to grow, and cut herbs are expensive in the store, so go ahead. . Raspberries are also super easy, and pretty expensive. My general rule is: grow leafy vegetables, herbs, and berries. Buy root vegetables and squashes, plus anything that doesn’t get enough heat here.
  • Find out what crops grow well and easily for you, in your climate. For me, beans are tasty, yes, but we just don’t get a big enough crop to make it worthwhile. However, I grow a lot of kale, because it just does fantastically here- in fact, since some self-seeded, I don’t have to do anything but harvest now.
  • Develop your soil’s fertility cheaply or for free. For example, I’m getting a truck load of composted horse manure from a friend for the price of gas. Compost kitchen scraps and lawn clippings, check out coffee stands and see if they’ll give you coffee grounds. All of these are free or nearly free sources of fertility that will make your garden really produce.
  • Don’t get carried away and buy a pile of tools. Really, unless you have a big garden, all you need is a shovel, a trowel, and maybe a rake and garden fork. You do not need to buy rototillers or other fancy and expensive doodads.
  • Realize that gardening is a skill, and may take some time to develop. Some people are fantastic their first year, but many have entire crops fail before they figure out what they need to do.

TL;DR: Find out what crops you eat a lot of, aren’t cheap, and basically grow themselves for you. Get free and cheap sources of soil fertility. Only grow what you will actually eat. Figure out how to minimize effort and time investment while maximizing yield.”

It’s great to see people who posses specific knowledge and skills share that knowledge with other people.

 

 

 

 


Housing starts bright spot for cooling economy

  A ''for sale'' sign is seen outside a home in New York June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON | Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:07pm EDT

(Reuters) – Groundbreaking on new U.S. homes rose in June to its fastest pace in over three years, lending a helping hand to an economy that has shown worrisome signs of cooling.

The Commerce Department said on Wednesday that housing starts rose 6.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 760,000 units. That was the highest rate since October 2008.

“Housing is clearly in recovery mode, although the sector is much less important than it used to be,” said Jim O’Sullivan, an economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York.

The housing market, which began to collapse six years ago, has been a relative bright spot in the economy this year, although it remains hobbled by a glut of unsold homes.

But since it makes up a smaller share of the economy than before the 2007-2009 recession, it can provide only a limited lift to the broader recovery.

In a cautionary sign for the housing sector, new permits for building homes dropped 3.7 percent to a 755,000 unit pace.

The Commerce Department said groundbreaking for single-family homes — the largest portion of the market — rose 4.7 percent, while starts for the more volatile multi-family homes segment rose 12.8 percent.

ECONOMY COOLING

On Wednesday, the Mortgage Bankers Association said applications for U.S. home mortgages jumped last week on a surge in demand for refinancing as the interest rate on 30-year mortgages fell to a record low.

Other data in recent weeks has shown signed contracts for home purchases rose sharply in May and rising home prices.

“Housing continues to be the one sector of the U.S. economy that is outperforming expectations,” said Michael Gapen an economist at Barclays in New York.

Housing starts in June were above the median forecast in a Reuters poll of a 745,000-unit rate, and readings for April and May were revised higher.

Still, the broader U.S. economy has looked much more wobbly of late, and if the recovery fails and the country tips back into recession, housing also would suffer.

U.S. stocks rose, lifted by a rebound in tech shares following Intel’s results. Shares in homebuilders were mixed. U.S. 30-year bond yields fell as safe-haven demand for bonds persisted despite the housing data.

In testimony to a Senate panel on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economic recovery was being held back by anxiety over Europe’s debt crisis and the path of U.S. fiscal policy. He repeated the message before a committee in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Bernanke has warned that planned belt tightening by the U.S. government in 2013 would likely send the country back into recession, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner echoed those concerns on Wednesday, calling for reforms to boost growth and provide fiscal sustainability.

“What the economy needs right now is a very substantial, well designed program of support for economic growth,” Geithner said at the CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha conference in New York.

In his two days of testimony, Bernanke offered few concrete clues about whether the U.S. central bank was moving closer to a fresh round of monetary stimulus. He told lawmakers on Tuesday that policymakers meeting later this month would be looking for signs of any stall in the recovery of the labor market.

The pace of hiring in the United States slowed sharply in the second quarter, as did growth in factory output. Retail sales have also flagged in recent months.


Curling in Phoenix proves anything can work in AZ

“Curling?”, you might be saying to yourself, “Isn’t that the sport Canadians play? The one where they slide huge rocks across an ice rink?” the answer to that question and the inevitable follow up questions  is YES!

Yes! There is curling in the valley, Yes! there are more than just 3 Canadians who participate, and finally Yes! you can try it out yourself! If you live in north east Scottsdale you’ve inevitably been skating at the Ice Den, the coyotes practice rink.

The Ice Den offers all sorts of entertainment and free skates to the public, but on Tuesday and Thursday nights the den becomes a hotbed of competition. Curling may seem like just a cold version of shuffleboard but there is much more to it than that. Curling is a team sport, it takes concentration and grace that is a hallmark of other ice sports.

Discovering oddities like the Coyotes Curling Club is part of the fun of living in the valley. In big cities like New York and Chicago, scene’s and groups are already established for almost every activity. Here in Arizona however we have more room to allow for groups like this to take hold. Thinking about starting a club or a group in the valley? Just remember that if a curling club in Scottsdale can thrive, you’ll probably be just fine.


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Beautiful Midcentury Modern home for 12k? AND great location?

Beautiful Midcentury Modern home for 12k? AND great location?

Sounds too good to be true, mostly because it is. Trying to find a midcentury modern home that hasn’t been remodeled in the valley is becoming increasingly hard. People are moving farther and farther out from “Historic” neighborhoods in order to get more value for their dollar.

Most people don’t realize however that there is a whole other way to go about getting that classic style for less. Enter the 1954 Stewart Trailer remodeled by an interior designer in Seattle. Normally you wouldn’t think of trailers when you think of Cambridge Properties but thats because most trailers aren’t this beautiful.

At Cambridge we focus on modern high rises and lofts homes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate good design when we see it. Our hats or off the the couple who made this rolling masterpiece a reality.


Woolworth Brownstone in NYC just listed for 90million.

You heard the right, 90,000,000. Sure the Woolworth mansion is 18000sqft and 7 stories tall but when you consider that the Chateau on Central Brownstones start at 1.5, you realize exactly how much location factors into price.

The Chateau on Central residences were designed with east coast style convenience in mind. When you see listings like the Woolworth mansion and really any other brownstone in New York you realize just how lucky we are to be able to have Brownstone luxury at Arizona prices.


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Is it time to re-list? ‘Dead’ listings get new life!

Is it time to re-list? ‘Dead’ listings get new life!


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A rare look inside the The David & Gladys Wright house, Scottsdale 85253

The future of this incredible Frank Lloyd Wright home is still in jeopardy. Take a second to tour this wonderful piece of Arizona History.

This video was shot by the team over at Jarson and Jarson , Scott Jarson has been covering the progress on their blog over at AZArchitecture.com.