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 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

Use The Wisdom of the Past Wisely

National Herbal Prescription Awareness Month is upon us, and this is golden opportunity to discuss using herbs for health. As many of you know, I am Dr. Jacqueline Soule – but the doctorate is in Botany, not medicine. That doesn’t stop people from asking me health questions, if anything, it elicits more! Everyone has heardRead moreRead more

You Can Grow That – Yerba Mansa

Blooming in my garden right now is yerba mansa (Anemopsis californica) a member of the very unique Lizard Tail Family (Saururaceae). This unusual plant family has only seven species in it, grouped into four genera, and yerba mansa is so unique, it is the only species in the genus. Yerba mansa is showy when inRead moreRead more