Five Gorgeous Groundcovers for the Southwest

Simply put, groundcovers cover the ground (well, duh!) and technically lawn is one type of groundcover. But most people in our region are looking for not-lawn, low-water, easy to take care of, safe for humans and pets, not bothered by hungry wildlife , pretty to look at – groundcovers. Why Plant Groundcovers? Groundcovers help the entire landscape when they are included in the yard. They soften the landscape composition, add color, perhaps movement, and often fragrant flowers. Since they cover the soil, they reduce overall soil temperature, help soil moisture […]

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 […]

Caring in the Land of El Sol

Caring. Looking back over the past week of posts there is one common thread through it all, and that is caring. A Common Thread As some of you know, I am taking part in a 30 day blogging challenge. My goal is to become at delivering to you, gentle reader, the content you want and need. Today’s assignment was to find the common element in my posts over the last seven days, and I would have to say it is “caring.” The Thread of Caring The posts have been about […]

Lovely Lycium – the Desert Goji Berry

Lycium? Yep – that’s the name for goji berries. Did you know we have native goji berries in the Southwest? World Wide Plant Goji, goji berry or wolfberry is the name applied to the fruit of two Asian plants, Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense. but the genus is found around the globe, from China to Chile, Southern USA to South Africa. There are roughly 100 species all told, mostly living in arid areas, including rocky hillsides in Italy. Here in the Southwest we have these six common species, and some […]

How to Simply Help the Pollinators

Every living thing needs food, water, and a place to live, and bees are no exception – even our native solitary bees need water.  It’s a Dry Heat Help bees stay cool in the heat by offering them a safe space to get their needed water.  If you have fruit trees, or a vegetable garden, you need the help of these busy flying friends, so it’s only fair to help them in return. Water is Important You can make a simple bee watering space with a plant saucer or pie […]

Here’s Why Are Ants Awesome!

We all know pollinators are important – but did you know that ants are too? While it’s true that there are some troublesome ants out there, there far more kinds of beneficial ants doing their part to improve the soil and better the growing conditions for plants. The “One-Percenters” Ruin It for the Rest. All ants get a bad rap because about one percent of them are bothersome to humans. The other 99 percent go their merry way – entirely ignoring humans. My motorcycle riding friends have a similar problem.  […]