Plant Projects for Kids During the Break

Kids are naturally curious.  In school, curiosity is often stifled.  It’s not that teachers don’t want curious kids, it’s just that there are State mandated goals to meet.  This leads to little time for curiosity.  Thus a time of no school, like Spring Break, or Virus Break, or whatever you want to call it –Read moreRead more

Pretty Pomegranate for an Edible Landscape

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Is it a tree? Is it a shrub?  Well – it’s either!  Pomegranates are an “in-between” plant.  They are either a short shrub-like tree, or maybe a tall tree-like shrub. Mature pomegranate plants have multiple trunks and reach 6 to 12 feet high and generally 5 to 10 feet around.  This size makes them goodRead moreRead more

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

Garden Calendar for February 2020

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Let’s Talk About the Weather As I write this the weather casters are saying that February brings a warm weekend and then possibly snow on the way! Some newbie local gardeners are bemoaning the fact that they put out their tomatoes already. Some of us longtime gardeners are biting our tongues to NOT say “WeRead 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

Plan Now – for a Living Holiday Pine Tree

As the holiday season fast approaches, its time plan and discuss if you might want a living holiday tree – be it a “Chanukah bush” or Christmas tree. Pines are found throughout the Holy Land (a climate much like ours), including some that produce nuts – so if you are moving towards an edible landscape,Read 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.

You Can Grow – Cilantro

Say “cilantro” here in the Southwest, and most folks think of salsa. And while cilantro can get along with the heat of chilies in salsa, it quickly dies with the heat of a summer day. Therefore you will want to grow this herb in the cool winter months – like right now. Planting and Care.Read moreRead more