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

Winter Fun – Grow Sweet Potatoes for Spring

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Holidays over and want to get back to the garden?  Can’t garden because of the weather?  Here’s a dandy garden related project for bored kids and adults alike – growing sweet potatoes! The sweet potatoes and yams we eat are the same species, just with different common names. They are all Ipomea batata, a closeRead moreRead more

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

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

Garden Calendar for September 2019

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September is a transition month. The soils are still warm from the summer heat, but the nights are starting to get cooler, and the days are getting shorter. This tells plants to do that last bit of growing and doing their photosynthesis magic that makes the sugars and starches to survive the winter! By theRead moreRead more

Vegetables for Fall

Any time is a good time to grow your own vegetables, but now – as the Autumn equinox fast approaches – it is a GREAT time to get ready to plant a fall garden. Growing vegetables is fun, and as easy as one – two – three. Rule One. Grow what you like. Most AmericansRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for August 2019

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Summertime in the Southwest can be brutal on plants, and August is perhaps the toughest month of all. Hopefully your garden is providing you with some cool enjoyment in early morning and in the evening hours. For a garden full of night-time enjoyment, read my article on creating a “Moon Garden” our Southwest Gardening siteRead 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

Garden Calendar for June 2019

This June 2019 is a hard one to predict, and so hard to line up garden tasks. Lots of winter rain, the coolest May on record – so what might summer 2019 bring?! Water Wisely Some things don’t change. When you do water your landscape trees, water deeply. Water so it soaks in to threeRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for May 2019

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Time to get your garden ready for the summer ahead. Most garden tasks this month revolve around making sure the irrigation system is working, and fertilizer to encourage fruit production plus warm-season growers to grow. Tune Up Your Irrigation System Irrigation systems require checking and tune-up on a regular basis. Some tasks should be doneRead moreRead more