Growing Pumpkins

OK, it’s pretty hot here in the Southwest desert, but for those of you thinking about fall, run outside at 5:30 some morning and slip some pumpkin seeds into your garden. October will be here before you know it, right? And this could be fun. From The National Gardening Association, here’s what to do: “Improve

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Growing Basil

One of the easiest and most prolific herbs to grow in the desert is sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). In addition to being a regular culinary tool and treat, the pretty stalks of petite white flowers this plant produces make great summer bouquets.  In food, it is loved for its rich and spicy, mildly peppery flavor

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Shade Your Tomatoes

So we’re approaching  that time of year when your tomato plants have fruit, they look good, they are starting to ripen and – boom – 100 degrees hits and we all worry we’ll lose the crop before steady high temperatures take hold. What to do? Invest in 50% shade cloth or a big roll of

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Garden Shade Structures

After our post on the importance of shading your tomatoes if you garden in places with extreme heat we had some questions from gardeners on what type of shade works best and how to provide it. So, we went out on the web and pulled off some photos of what we know works – in

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Spring: The Flexible Season

Spring always forces us to face the true ebb and flow of seasons in the Southwest desert. Perhaps it’s because winter gardens are spent – lettuce has bolted, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli have flowered – and tomatoes are on their way to setting fruit and ripening. Some gardeners worry they don’t have their spring gardens

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Spring Garden Care

Desert gardening will change quickly this month as plants (and people) prepare to face hot, harsh sun through the summer. The most important thing you can do for your plants is to monitor watering. Too much water harms plants, too little harms them and lack of deep watering hurts, too. The best rule of thumb:

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How To Grow Peppers

Are you growing peppers this season? Here are some tips to help you harvest a healthy, abundant pepper crop. For this guide we are assuming you’ll use small transplants.  1. Prepare The Soil The right site and soil will make a world of difference in how peppers perform. Choose a sunny, well-drained spot where peppers

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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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January Gardening & Events

  It may feel like a slow gardening month, but you still have time to plant some vegetable, flowers and herbs. Plus, this is the perfect month to build your soil for warm season growing. Gregory Ware does a great Soil Preparation workshop at Southwest Gardener on January 29 where you’ll learn how to create

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