Figs are Easy to Grow in the Southwest

Figs are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow in our area. They do well in our alkaline soils, and can quickly grow into lovely, spreading shade trees. Trees produce fruit in as little as two to three years, and thrive and produce with little effort for the next hundred years or so. Figs do not need cross pollination, so a single tree can produce ample fruit for a household. Planting Figs Plant fig trees in the ground in late winter to early spring when they’re dormant. Figs won’t Read more

Veterans Day Poppies ~ Plant Now for Memorial Day

In the Southwest, Veterans Day is a good time to plant poppy seed for spring poppies.  Why mention this at all? Paper poppies were once sold to raise funds for veterans and their families left destitute by their service.  Why Poppies? A little history here. For some of you it might be ancient history, but for some of us it’s not.  We heard our grandfathers stories of the fighting on in the Great War (later called WW I). You may have also heard fathers and uncles discussing the differences between Read more

You Can Grow Basil in the Southwest

Summer time is basil time in the Southwest. The nights stay warm, the sun shines for hours on end and the soil temperatures are nice an warm. All these are conditions that basil loves. Basil Origins Basil loves the heat because it is native to India and other tropical regions of Asia. It has been cultivated for over 5,000 years with a long and rich tradition of use, a tale that could fill books. Our word for the plant comes from the Greek “basileus” meaning “king,” and indeed, it is Read more