Add Creosote So Your Patch of Desert Smells Like Rain

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As a kid, summer, and freedom from school, was magical. Best of all was when the monsoon rains started and the desert near our home responded with summer growth and flowers (and mud to play in). The grace note woven inexorably through my memories is the fragrance of rain-soaked creosote bushes. It wafted through ourRead moreRead more

Plan Now for Fall Fruit Planting

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Back East, gardeners use winter cold to dream and plan their planting once it warms up. Here, in the heat of a Southwestern summer, we dream about what we will plant when it cools off. Indeed the cooler weather of fall is perfect for planting as far as most plants are concerned, especially for plantsRead moreRead more

You Can Grow A Colorful Garden in the Heat

Most of us like some colorful flowers in the landscape. Something cheerful to welcome us as we look out the window with the morning cup of coffee, or something welcoming as we come home from the daily grind. Gardeners and landscape folks call this “color.” Lucky for us, “color” in the Southwest is a yearRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for July 2019

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Happy July –  a month that promises to be full of garden and landscaping surprises.  We always wonder if we will have a driveway left after a rain event – oh the joys of living on a hill!  Speaking of rain – water is critical for plants in this hot month. Watering Notes All plantsRead moreRead more

Celebrate Pollinators with a Butterfly Garden

In honor of National Pollinator Week, let’s look at how to have a Southwestern butterfly garden! There are over 250 species of lepidoptera (butterflies, skippers, and moths) that call the Southwest home, so there are many to attract! There are five simple steps to creating a butterfly garden for both you and them to enjoy.Read moreRead more