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

Plan Now – for a Living Holiday Pine Tree

As the holiday season fast approaches, its time plan and discuss if you might want a living holiday tree – be it a “Chanukah bush” or Christmas tree. Pines are found throughout the Holy Land (a climate much like ours), including some that produce nuts – so if you are moving towards an edible landscape,Read moreRead more

Divide and Conquer in the Fall Garden

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

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

You Can Grow Spring Wildflowers – If You Start Now

When it comes to Southwestern wildflowers, most folks immediately think of the showy golden poppies that appeared last year after the unprecedented rains in California. Well, you can grow that in your yard – and more! Why Plant Now? Spring wildflowers bloom in the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts in response to the winter rains offRead moreRead more

You Can Grow That – Jojoba!

If you have lived in the Southwest for a while, chances are good that you know (and have used) at least one word of O’odham! The word “jojoba” is directly from the O’odham name for that plant. The spelling comes to us through Spanish, and is pronounced “ho-ho-ba.” Meanwhile, the Spanish name “Tucson” is fromRead 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

Celebrate Pollinators with a Butterfly Garden

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In honor of National Pollinator Week, let’s look at how to have a Southwestern butterfly garden! There are over 250 species of lepidoptera (butterflies, skippers, and moths) that call the Southwest home, so there are many to attract! There are five simple steps to creating a butterfly garden for both you and them to enjoy.Read 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