Caring in the Land of El Sol

Caring. Looking back over the past week of posts there is one common thread through it all, and that is caring.

A Common Thread

As some of you know, I am taking part in a 30 day blogging challenge. My goal is to become at delivering to you, gentle reader, the content you want and need. Today’s assignment was to find the common element in my posts over the last seven days, and I would have to say it is “caring.”

The Thread of Caring

The posts have been about caring for the plants in your garden. Caring for yourself by growing healthy edibles. And caring for the pollinators that we need to help keep our earth a healthy place. Also caring about the birds in our region by providing food and a sheltering place to live. Perhaps most important of all – caring for yourself! by nurturing your mind with the joy of nature.


Caring For and Growing Healthy Food in Your Landscape

Caring for your citrus trees is as easy as 1-2-3.  Post on citrus care – here.
Citrus will be ripe in, oh, about half a year.  Want something tasty to eat ready in about half of a month?! Try these easy to grow warm season greens.
Other vegetables take longer than greens, and they are discussed in this post on Warm Season Vegetable Gardening.

Foodscaping, Edible Landscaping, Sustainable City initiatives, avoiding food deserts – call it what you will – the idea has been around for decades, nay – millennia. As long as people clustered into urban centers, there have been people advocating growing their own food within these urban centers. There have been surges of interest over time, and there is one going on right now.  I would like to point folks to the very useful library at Sustainable Gardening Institute. They have a number of downloadable items that can help you become a better gardener.

Caring For Pollinators

Please feel free to share this infographic.

I presented this info-graphic as an easy way to help bees get a drink of water in the desert. No, they don’t get what they need from flowers. And the once common desert vernal pools and local springs have all dried up, so we – the consumers of their native water – should help them.

care-annual-pollinatorThere are many organizations and sites that try to be all about pollinators, but the problem with many is that they sit in their offices back East somewhere and don’t have any “boots on the ground” in our region. The Xerces Society is different, and I invite you to look at their mission and the science-based programs they are using to meet their goal of making this earth a better place for all the little critters that don’t have backbones – the invertebrates. Invertebrates includes pollinators like native bees and butterflies. It also includes worms and microscopic soil mites that help make the soil healthy for plants to live in. Best of all, they have regional offices that focus on each ecoregion!  More at

Caring for Birds

Curve billed thrasher atop a Peruvian apple cactus.

Lycium is a native plant that is good for the birds both for food and for shelter – very hard for cats to get to them in those bushes. Lycium berries are healthy for humans too, full of vitamins and minerals. Here’s also a post about eating Lycium – on SavortheSW.

But speaking of birds – the National Audubon Society is a name you may have heard before. It’s more than just people peering thru binoculars and checking birds off their “life list.” They are here to share how we can help build better bird habitat for native birds – even in the center of the city.  They advocate using native plants to start with.

Taking Care of Yourself

Some easy to use ideas to get you out in the garden – and the family with you!  April is National Gardening Month

Pretty your yard, feed the pollinators, and soothe your soul with beauty with these Annuals for the Heat.

People are soothed and even healed by plants – seeing plants, handling plants, even breathing the scents of dried plants.


That’s what Horticulture Therapy has been talking about for years, and they have all manner of scientific studies to back them up. The Tierra del Sol Institute is a Horticulture Therapy non-profit in Tucson Arizona. If you have been following me for a while you know that a portion of any profit I make selling my books goes straight to them. And if you bought a book from me recently – thank you!

Read more about Horticulture Therapy here.

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More about overall care of your land and landscape in this book: Month by Month Gardening for Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico (Cool Springs Press).  This link is to Amazon and if you buy the book there the Horticulture Therapy non-profit Tierra del Sol Institute will get a few pennies – at no extra cost to you.

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