15 Sunflowers for the Land of Sun

Sunflowers are a native plant, used for centuries by the Native peoples. If you plant the right varieties – and plant them in the spring – you will have a gorgeous garden full of bright, sunny, sunflowers – anywhere in the Southwest! Sunflower Origins Originally sunflowers grew only in North and Central America (the “New World”). After Europeans “discovered” sunflowers, they were rapidly shared around the globe. There are over 70 species of sunflower, and countless varieties. Best known is the annual garden sunflower (Helianthus annus). As it happens, the Read more

Vegetables in the Southwest – Secrets to Success

If you’re new to growing vegetables in the Southwest, here are some guidelines and tips to help you get started right. There are four basic elements a garden needs – the secrets to it’s success – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Sun (Fire) This should be your first consideration for your desert vegetable garden. Choose a spot for your garden in full sun — that means at least 6 hours of direct sun in the middle of the day. This is especially important for “fruiting” crops like tomatoes, peppers and Read more