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

Plan Now for Fall Fruit Planting

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Back East, gardeners use winter cold to dream and plan their planting once it warms up. Here, in the heat of a Southwestern summer, we dream about what we will plant when it cools off. Indeed the cooler weather of fall is perfect for planting as far as most plants are concerned, especially for plantsRead moreRead more

You Can Grow A Colorful Garden in the Heat

Most of us like some colorful flowers in the landscape. Something cheerful to welcome us as we look out the window with the morning cup of coffee, or something welcoming as we come home from the daily grind. Gardeners and landscape folks call this “color.” Lucky for us, “color” in the Southwest is a yearRead 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

Citrus Care for Southwestern Summer

Citrus are easy to care for. Unlike some fruit trees who are drama queens, citrus is more of a “leave-me-alone-to-get-the-job-done kind of fruit tree. There are only three things you need to do as a citrus owner, and one of them is a don’t! Number One Citrus Care Don’t prune citrus. All citrus trees haveRead 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

No-Sweat for Your Hat – Product Review

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Gardening is fun – great exercise in fact, until the sweat runs down your forehead and goobers up your glasses. Yes, we wear a hats, but there is only so much sweat a hat can absorb. Which is why I was very interested when asked to test a product called “No-Sweat,” a changeable liner forRead 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

Basil Bounty

Summertime is basil time in the Southwest. The nights stay warm, the sun shines for hours on end and the soil temperatures rise – all conditions that basil love. Originally native to India, basil is now grown around the globe wherever (and whenever) it is warm enough. Basil in not as picky as some plantsRead moreRead more