Days are Getting Shorter – Sun Light and Plants

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Plants don’t thrive in the dark.  I don’t either.  For a while I lived in Michigan and felt like a plant. I didn’t mind the cold and snow, but I really couldn’t stand the lack of light in the dark days of winter.  Some time later they coined the term “Seasonal Stress Disorder.” Too lateRead 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

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.

November is Time to Work Forward and Avert Disaster

Some garden tasks to do now – a little work now to and avoid future disasters.

Vegetable Gardening – Two Books Reviewed

Two recent vegetable gardening books are reviewed by Jacqueline Soule.

Add Some Annuals for Winter Garden Color

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Here in the Land of El Sol, winter is the time to get outside and enjoy our gardens! It is also time to add splashes of color with bright annual plants. Annuals are plants that finish their life in less than one annum, or year. Arranged in large decorative pots, hanging baskets, or planted inRead 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

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

Divide and Conquer in the Fall Garden

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