Pecans for Planting Now

Pecans bear the scientific name Carya illinoinensis. Despite having “Illinois” in the scientific name, pecan trees can be grown well in much of the Southwest. Pecan trees are large at maturity, 40 to 50 feet, and large in diameter too. Before you dig your planting hole, look up and out – check any views youRead moreRead more

Southwest Cool-Season Vegetable Gardening – Tips & Tricks

Days are cooling off in the Southwest and that means it’s time to get your winter vegetable garden going! You need to plan and plant before any frost comes along, and this year we have been getting some beautiful autumn rains to soak the ground and encourage growing. The reason for doing this now –Read moreRead more

You Can Grow – Garbanzo

Pima County Seed Library (in Arizona) offers a seed for free to check out with your library card. They have many different seeds, but every year they feature a different one as part of their “One Seed Pima County” program. This year the seed is the kala chana garbanzo bean, also known as the blackRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for October 2018

Early October is ideal for planting trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs, groundcovers, wildflowers, herbs, vegetables,,,, in short, almost everything!  (Exceptions are things that have tropical genes, like cacti, palms, most citrus). Now that it’s getting cooler, time to go forth and plant! With a little work now, your yard will bloom all winter long. OfficialRead moreRead more

Bulbs for Spring Color – Part 2

If you follow Southwest Gardening, a website I also write for, you know I have started this topic already, and please visit that site for growing tips. Basically, many cultivated bulbs are originally from deserts around the world, and so make a wonderful addition to our Southwestern gardens. Here are three that I have foundRead moreRead more