March Chores for a Seamless Southwest Summer

The month of March is a great time to work in the yard in the Southwest. It is not too hot, nor too cold. It is generally a relatively dry month as well, so you won’t get rained out. There are just a few gardening chores to do in March so that this summer you can truthfully sing that the “livin’ is easy.” This March – Water It was a dry summer in 2020 and a dry and relatively hot winter. If you haven’t watered in the past month – […]

Fertilizer in the Southwest

Fall is a good time to fertilize your plants in the Southwest. This will help them put on some healthy growth and store a little excess energy for the winter ahead. This year, I am urging folks in the Lower and Middle Deserts to fertilize after Fall Equinox. More about Southwest Zones here. Fall Fertilizer Fertilizer is NOT food. Plants make all of their own food! They combine sunlight, air, and water into – basically – sugar. This is called photosynthesis. Plants can get all they need to survive from […]

Garden Calendar for September 2020

September used to mean back to school and back to the garden, but this year is different. Summer 2020 was a scorcher in the Southwest, so this September is going to have less chores than usual. September is Time to Transition Yes, September is a transition month. The soils are still warm from the summer heat, but the nights are starting to get a tiny bit cooler. What plants really notice though, are the hours of daylight. As the days get shorter, the plant genes are urging them to do […]