Raised Bed Gardens In Phoenix

Frank Lopez, a retired carpenter who lives in the Coronado neighborhood in central Phoenix, makes some incredible raised garden beds from repurposed wood. Frank will be here at our “Some Like It Hot” Plant Sale, Sunday, March 12 selling these cool beds. Raised gardens are great for a number of reasons. They are good for

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Tomato Growing Tips

If you live in the Southwest desert, mid to late February is the time to get your tomato plants in the ground. Timing is everything with tomato growing because there’s a balance between getting caught between a late-winter frost and the first 100 degree day, when plants will stop pollinating. The following primer is a

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Favorite Garden Tools

Every gardener has a favorite tool, something they’ve had forever and rely on each time they step outside to dig, plant or weed. It’s a tool they will even buy twice, just in case one gets lost or buried in a compost pile. We’ve got some favorite tools, too. After years of buying and trying

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Browsing in Southwest Gardener is always a feast for the eyes. We have regulars who come in just for the calm, beautiful atmosphere. Then while they are enjoying the sights they find something wonderful for themselves or a gift. So here’s a small showcase of what people absolutely fell in love with this year. Some

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Shop Small, Shop Locally

We’re big proponents of local shopping. First of all we love our neighborhood parks, schools, and first responders so much that we don’t mind paying some taxes to keep the community strong. We’re not big fans of the big-box, strip mall feel of so much of  Phoenix. It can be impersonal. Both of us grew

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The Benefits of Rain Barrels

There may come a time when rainwater catchment systems will be a standard building feature, just like indoor plumbing or electricity. In many communities around the U.S. and the world systems are designed to catch rain water from roofs and store it for future use – not just in the garden, but as gray water

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The Importance Of Pollinators

June 20 to 26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators – most bees, birds, bats, praying mantis, ladybugs, lacewings and ants – play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Without the help of pollinators most plants cannot produce the fruits and seeds that we eat

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We Love, Love Hummingbirds

This is the season we get asked a lot if there are hummingbirds stay here all year. It’s assumed that when the temperatures rise these wonderful creatures ditch the desert for better climates. Actually, yes, there are hummingbirds in the desert all year – mostly Costa’s and Anna’s. We just spotted one this morning taking

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