Southwest Garden Calendar for April 2021

Here is what you can do this April, 2021.  No two gardening years are exactly the same in the Southwest, so I like to offer a new calendar each month of the year. Before mid-April Prune frost damage off your tropical plants. This includes bougainvillea, lantana, yellow bells, and other tender perennials. Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. You can plant them later but the sooner you get them in the ground before summer arrives – the better. EXCEPT! Don’t plant tropicals like palms too early. After mid-April Plant new citrus […]

March Chores for a Seamless Southwest Summer

The month of March is a great time to work in the yard in the Southwest. It is not too hot, nor too cold. It is generally a relatively dry month as well, so you won’t get rained out. There are just a few gardening chores to do in March so that this summer you can truthfully sing that the “livin’ is easy.” This March – Water It was a dry summer in 2020 and a dry and relatively hot winter. If you haven’t watered in the past month – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Garden Calendar for July & Summer Watering

July is National “Smart Irrigation Month,” so let’s start by talking about water for Southwest plants in summer. Watering Notes All plants need more water as temperatures rise. Water is critical in the desert, but don’t let your plants become “drip sip” junkies. Instead of a “sip” or a little bit of water every single day, water less often but for longer time, so the water sinks in two or even three feet into the ground – where roots should be growing. Roots need to encouraged to grow deep underground […]