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

You Can Grow Iced Tea Treats in Your Southwest Yard

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The tea industry has declared June “National Iced Tea Month,” so let’s look at some charming herbal teas that you can grow well in Southwestern landscapes. I write for several other blogs, including Savor the Southwest (savorthesw.com), and will soon mention some tasty tea blends there. On this – a gardening site – let’s lookRead moreRead more

Basil Bounty

Summertime is basil time in the Southwest. The nights stay warm, the sun shines for hours on end and the soil temperatures rise – all conditions that basil love. Originally native to India, basil is now grown around the globe wherever (and whenever) it is warm enough. Basil in not as picky as some plantsRead moreRead more