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

March is Coming in Like a Lion

  March is a month of contrasts, as the earth tilts on it’s axis and the sun lights and warms the land that had been held in long dark hours.  Plants wake up from winter dormancy and winds stir the air.  Often strong winds.  Sunny hot days are followed by rainy cool ones.  So muchRead 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

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.

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

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

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

Add Creosote So Your Patch of Desert Smells Like Rain

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As a kid, summer, and freedom from school, was magical. Best of all was when the monsoon rains started and the desert near our home responded with summer growth and flowers (and mud to play in). The grace note woven inexorably through my memories is the fragrance of rain-soaked creosote bushes. It wafted through ourRead 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