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

Four Fertilizer Facts & Fallacies for the Southwest

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Right around Labor Day is the ideal time to fertilize your landscape in Low and Middle deserts of the Southwest.   I started this topic a few weeks ago on this site, with “Last Fertilizer for the Year.”  That article sparked a four key questions (through my Contact page and on the Facebook page), so hereRead 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

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

Last Fertilizer for the Year

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As we near the end of August and Labor Day, now is a good time for the last fertilizer of the year for your landscape plants. First a little warning – I am about to rant just a tiny bit about how erroneous people are who speak of fertilizer as “plant food.” This is anRead 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

Summer Sun Survival

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What is the largest organ of your body? Your skin! But this is a gardening blog you say? Yes indeed! And I write about taking care of your plants – like citrus, or generally everything.  But when you are out there in the garden you need to protect your skin from the rays of theRead 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

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

Please Don’t Piss on the Petunias – Summer Reading Delight

Summertime in the Southwest is a good time to get caught up on your reading. Yes, you can get up early and garden before it gets too hot, but by about 10 in the morning it’s time (for me) to head indoors. I like to sit and cool off before I shower off, and that’sRead moreRead more