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

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

Sanctuary Gardening – Two Books Reviewed

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Over the years I have heard from many gardeners that their garden is their sanctuary – the place they go to get away from the slings and arrows of ill fortune. Their garden is the place they go to recuperate, relax, and refresh themselves. Now there are a pair of books to help newbie gardenersRead 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

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

Epazote – A Wonder Herb – You Can Grow That

Epazote is an herb that you need if you ever cook beans! When added to beans while they cook, this unprepossessing relative of spinach has the almost magical ability to help “predigest” beans – causing them to lose their ability to cause, well, digestive gas production. In other words, epazote is an all natural “Bean-o.”Read moreRead more

Holy Land Plants for the Southwest

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This time of year is holy to many religions, celebrating various miracles of life. As many of us turn our thoughts to events that occurred long ago and half a world away, I thought I might address a topic that has long fascinated me: plants of the Holy Land * that can be grown hereRead moreRead more

Rest in Peace Father Kino

Gone for over 300 years, Father Kino is remembered today for so many things, including helping preserve Native herb lore.