Winter Color With Annuals

Want some spring color? Wildflower seed should be planted now. BUT!  But what about some garden color between now and then?! Good news – there are MANY options for a colorful garden for the winter months! Cool Season Color Color in the Southwest winter is provided by blooms from the forests and fields of the northern regions of the world. Winter is time to protect our tropical plants such as colorful canna and heat loving hibiscus. Time to start planting pretty pansies and splendid sweet peas. How lucky we are […]

Delicious Dill – You Can Grow That

Dill is a charming herb with lacy leaves that looks lovely in the landscape, pretty on the plate, and is pleasing to the palate. Best of all, dill grows well enough in the Southwest in our cool season gardens of the winter months ahead. How to Grow Dill Dill is a member of the Carrot Family, and like most of the family it is a little bit fussy about growing conditions. That said – dill is one of the least fussy in the family – thus it makes a good […]

Garden Calendar for October 2020

Every year the October gardening calendar list differs somewhat – and this year it’s more different than ever! Summer 2020 has been a hard summer for plants – and people too. Autumn Health I was recently interviewed by a journalist writing for a Western Edition of Via – the AAA Magazine. She wanted to know why Autumn garden chores are important and which chores should not be skipped. This is what I told her.  For 2020 – due to the hot dry summer we had across most of the West […]

Grow Vegetables in the Cool Season in the Southwest

Now that it’s cooling in the Southwest – time to grow vegetables.  Tried before?  Try again!!! You can do this! And if you are a “gig” worker like I am – and Covid is hitting the wallet – one way to stretch your food dollars is through growing the right vegetables at the right time. New to Vegetables? Please see my article “Vegetable Gardening Basics” (here). It will be under the “Zones & More” in the website menu once I get that figured out (garden geek, not techie). Three Rules […]

Vegetables in the Southwest – Secrets to Success

If you’re new to growing vegetables in the Southwest, here are some guidelines and tips to help you get started right. There are four basic elements a garden needs – the secrets to it’s success – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Sun (Fire) This should be your first consideration for your desert vegetable garden. Choose a spot for your garden in full sun — that means at least 6 hours of direct sun in the middle of the day. This is especially important for “fruiting” crops like tomatoes, peppers and […]

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 […]