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

Cactus Flower Fun – Part I

May is a wonderful time of year if you are a flower lover. Almost every cactus species is blooming in our Sonoran spring and oh, what fantastic flowers cacti produce! Every color of the rainbow can be found, often in bold and vivid hues. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.  These are joined byRead moreRead more

Epazote – A Wonder Herb – You Can Grow That

Epazote is an herb that you need if you ever cook beans! When added to beans while they cook, this unprepossessing relative of spinach has the almost magical ability to help “predigest” beans – causing them to lose their ability to cause, well, digestive gas production. In other words, epazote is an all natural “Bean-o.”Read 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

Money Does Grow on Trees

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According to a survey in Money Magazine, trees can add an average of $30,000 to the resale value of your home. But that is only one way trees can put money in your pocket – or at least keep it there. Properly sited trees can save or make you money in three major ways. SaveRead moreRead more

Holy Land Plants for the Southwest

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This time of year is holy to many religions, celebrating various miracles of life. As many of us turn our thoughts to events that occurred long ago and half a world away, I thought I might address a topic that has long fascinated me: plants of the Holy Land * that can be grown hereRead moreRead more