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

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

Days are Getting Shorter – Sun Light and Plants

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Plants don’t thrive in the dark.  I don’t either.  For a while I lived in Michigan and felt like a plant. I didn’t mind the cold and snow, but I really couldn’t stand the lack of light in the dark days of winter.  Some time later they coined the term “Seasonal Stress Disorder.” Too lateRead moreRead more

Four Fertilizer Facts & Fallacies for the Southwest

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Right around Labor Day is the ideal time to fertilize your landscape in Low and Middle deserts of the Southwest.   I started this topic a few weeks ago on this site, with “Last Fertilizer for the Year.”  That article sparked a four key questions (through my Contact page and on the Facebook page), so hereRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for September 2019

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September is a transition month. The soils are still warm from the summer heat, but the nights are starting to get cooler, and the days are getting shorter. This tells plants to do that last bit of growing and doing their photosynthesis magic that makes the sugars and starches to survive the winter! By theRead moreRead more

Last Fertilizer for the Year

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As we near the end of August and Labor Day, now is a good time for the last fertilizer of the year for your landscape plants. First a little warning – I am about to rant just a tiny bit about how erroneous people are who speak of fertilizer as “plant food.” This is anRead 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