You Can Grow Better With a Journal

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Want to become better at caring for your yard or garden? Keep a garden journal. Want a fun project to do with your kids? Keep a garden journal. Want to become a published writer? Keep a garden journal. Want to heal your spirit? Keep a garden journal. Want to leave a legacy to your childrenRead 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

November is Time to Work Forward and Avert Disaster

Some garden tasks to do now – a little work now to and avoid future disasters.

Garden Calendar for October 2019

Cooler weather is upon us and that means a few chores around the landscape and in the garden. Some work now means a more carefree holiday season ahead. We had spotty rain across southern Arizona in late September, and this was resulted in many wildflowers (and weeds) starting to grow. Watch the little seedlings developRead moreRead more

Divide and Conquer in the Fall Garden

Dr. Jacqueline Soule shares timely tips on dividing perennials in the Southwestern landscape.

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

Garden Calendar for August 2019

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Summertime in the Southwest can be brutal on plants, and August is perhaps the toughest month of all. Hopefully your garden is providing you with some cool enjoyment in early morning and in the evening hours. For a garden full of night-time enjoyment, read my article on creating a “Moon Garden” our Southwest Gardening siteRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for July 2019

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Happy July –  a month that promises to be full of garden and landscaping surprises.  We always wonder if we will have a driveway left after a rain event – oh the joys of living on a hill!  Speaking of rain – water is critical for plants in this hot month. Watering Notes All plantsRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for June 2019

This June 2019 is a hard one to predict, and so hard to line up garden tasks. Lots of winter rain, the coolest May on record – so what might summer 2019 bring?! Water Wisely Some things don’t change. When you do water your landscape trees, water deeply. Water so it soaks in to threeRead moreRead more