Garden Calendar for May 2021

May Day! Time to get your garden and landscape ready for the summer ahead. Most tasks in May revolve around making sure the water system is working, and fertilizer to encourage fruit production plus warm-season growers to grow. Irrigation System Tune Up Time Irrigation systems require checking and tune-up on a regular basis. Some tasks should be done once per month, some should be done quarterly – as the seasons change. Tune up irrigation system now with these tasks. * clean filter – knock it out and soak it in […]

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 […]

Grow Pecans in the Southwest

Almost pumpkin pie time – but I have always been more of a pecan pie person. Towards that end I am growing a number of pecan trees – and now is a good time to order your pecan tree for planting if you live in the Southwest. Pecan Overview The pecan bears the scientific name Carya illinoinensis. Despite having “Illinois” in the scientific name, pecans can be grown well in much of the Southwest, just maybe not in the Low Desert of Yuma, and Phoenix if we have another scorcher […]

Happy, Healthy Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a lovely shrub, and now that it’s summer – it’s one commonly found in nurseries and big box garden centers. And no wonder! Hibiscus are beautiful plants with a bushy, luxurious looking form, glossy green leaves, and bringing the feel of the tropics to your yard. Then there are the flowers! Hibiscus Flowers Are Awesome The large size of the blooms, combined with their exotic appearance and downright durability as a flower has helped them find their way into our cultural world view. Who hasn’t see photos of […]

Beans for Southwest Planting

July is National Baked Bean Month. You can celebrate by baking some beans to enjoy with your hotdogs (it’s National Hot Dog Month too) or – here in the Southwest – you can celebrate by planting some beans now to bake later! Many Beans! There are so many different kinds of beans to plant in the long Southwestern hot season. That’s a gardening term by the way – an easy way to refer to growing seasons – warm season, hot season, and cool season. The beans considered hot season beans […]