November in the Garden

November is a great time to garden here in the Southwest.  It’s cooled off and you can easily add the color and beauty of plants to your outdoor space, and if you can, your indoor space as well.  (Kinja, the kitty ninja, eats any plant I bring in, so we have no more house plants.) Plant Something In upper elevations, you may have to bring the garden indoors due to cold weather. Add some houseplants to your indoor space. Not just houseplants either, maybe a pot of mums – a […]

Creating Sanctuary – Book Review

Over the years I have heard from many gardeners that their garden is their sanctuary – the place they go to get away from the slings and arrows of ill fortune. Their garden is the place they go to recuperate, relax, and refresh themselves. Now there are a pair of books to help newbie gardeners create a sanctuary garden space for themselves – Creating Sanctuary and Everyday Sanctuary Workbook, both by Jessi Bloom, published by Timber Press.  Are These Books Necessary?  I belong to a cadre of folks that have […]

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 […]