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Plant Bulbs in Autumn for Spring Color

Hiding underground for most of their life, many bulbs spring forth in Spring with shining flowers to brighten our gardens and days. I know the trailing heat of summer (especially this summer) does not seem like the best time to think of spring color but it is! (Science Nerd Note: In this article I am using the term “bulbs” to also include corms, tubers, and rhizomes.) Plan Now Like the title says, now is the time to order bulbs for planting now and into October. (Spring wildflowers too, but that […]

Fertilizer in the Southwest

Fall is a good time to fertilize your plants in the Southwest. This will help them put on some healthy growth and store a little excess energy for the winter ahead. This year, I am urging folks in the Lower and Middle Deserts to fertilize after Fall Equinox. More about Southwest Zones here. Fall Fertilizer Fertilizer is NOT food. Plants make all of their own food! They combine sunlight, air, and water into – basically – sugar. This is called photosynthesis. Plants can get all they need to survive from […]

Garden Calendar for September 2020

September used to mean back to school and back to the garden, but this year is different. Summer 2020 was a scorcher in the Southwest, so this September is going to have less chores than usual. September is Time to Transition Yes, September is a transition month. The soils are still warm from the summer heat, but the nights are starting to get a tiny bit cooler. What plants really notice though, are the hours of daylight. As the days get shorter, the plant genes are urging them to do […]

Hummers of Summer

Summertime is hummer time! Flowers are blooming and hummingbirds are zipping around, collecting nectar and a few insects while they are at it. Last week I mentioned that they need more than just sugar-water feeders. (Gardening for the Birds – here) This week, let’s look at how to fill your landscape with happy healthy hummingbirds! What Hummingbirds Need Every living thing on earth needs food, water, and a place to live. Hummingbirds will need shelter along with their food. Plus they can often be seen basking in a fountain – […]

Gardening For Birds in the Southwest

Birds are such quick moving creatures – with bright eyes that watch the world around them – searching for the next morsel or tidbit while scanning their surroundings for enemies. Bird watching can be fun – even if you never do learn the species and keep an official “life list.” And it is very easy to attract birds to your Southwest yard with these ten simple tips. Attract Birds to Your Yard What do Southwestern birds need? Same as every living thing on earth needs! Food, water, and a place […]

You Can Grow Epazote Effortlessly

Epazote is an effortless ‘erb that loves our Southwestern summer heat. And it’s not too late to plant some now. Why Grow Epazote? This is an herb you need if you ever cook beans. When added to beans as they cook, epazote has the almost magical ability to help predigest” beans.  This causes them to lose their ability to cause – ahem – digestive gas production. In other words, epazote is an all natural “Bean-o.” Epazote doesn’t take much work on your part. All you need is about 10 leaves […]