Ease Your Heart with Pretty Pansies

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Welcome to February. It can be a dreary month, often cold and grey, with either rain or snow depending on where you live in the Southwest. Time for some bright color to ease our heart! Ease Your Heart So here is the good news – February is the month we can easily grow one ofRead moreRead more

You Can Grow Queen’s Tears – A Bromeliad

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Blooming in my garden right now is the charming bromeliad called queen’s tears, (Billbergia nutans).  Since it’s blooming, it’s this month’s “You Can Grow That” topic.  In December I covered “Captivating Cyclamen.” Queen’s tears is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina.  This lovely plant is an epiphyte and a  member of the bromeliad (bro-meal-ee-ad)Read moreRead more

Growing Camellias and Gardenias in the Desert

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I mentioned “jasmine” last week in my blog and a reader had a question about a similar fragrant plants, camellias, and gardenias. (His daughter-in-law is named Camellia.) Good question! Many garden centers have camellias, gardenias, and even azaleas prominently displayed at this time of year. Most are in flower and their beauty and fragrance isRead moreRead more

Winter Fun – Grow Sweet Potatoes for Spring

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Holidays over and want to get back to the garden?  Can’t garden because of the weather?  Here’s a dandy garden related project for bored kids and adults alike – growing sweet potatoes! The sweet potatoes and yams we eat are the same species, just with different common names. They are all Ipomea batata, a closeRead moreRead more

Cheerful Calendula

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Say “C” (Sí) for calendula! It is Cheerful, Charming, and Can easily be grown! We have had a few rainy weeks and cloud cover and as I mentioned last week, I just don’t thrive with lack of light. Luckily for us, calendula (Calendula officinalis) thrives in our Southwest winter weather. Calendula has a long historyRead moreRead more

Awesome Anise – You Can Grow it Now

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Jacqueline Soule shares how to grow the butterfly attracting herb anise in the Southwestern winter garden.

Vegetable Gardening – Two Books Reviewed

Two recent vegetable gardening books are reviewed by Jacqueline Soule.

Easy to Grow in Winter – I’itoi Onions

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One of the Southwest’s best kept gardening secrets are the delightful I’itoi onions (Allium cepa). A lovely bunching or multiplier onion, with tops you can use like chives, the bulbs can become large enough for use, with a taste much like shallots. These prolific onions were originally grown near Baboquivari mountain as a crop ofRead moreRead more

Southwest Cool-Season Vegetable Gardening – Tips & Tricks

Days are cooling off in the Southwest and that means it’s time to get your winter vegetable garden going! You need to plan and plant before any frost comes along, and this year we have been getting some beautiful autumn rains to soak the ground and encourage growing. The reason for doing this now –Read moreRead more

Celebrate Beans!

July is National Baked Bean Month. You can celebrate by baking some beans to enjoy with your hotdogs (it’s National Hot Dog Month too) or you can celebrate by planting some beans now to bake later. So Many Beans,,, So Little Time! And there are so many different kinds of beans to enjoy. The beansRead moreRead more