Love Those Nasturtiums

OK, we’ll admit it, we’re not big on traditional bedding plants like pansies, geraniums or chrysanthemums. We can’t say why, though maybe it’s because they pop up on porches everywhere out here in the desert Southwest once the intense summer heat gives way to cool nights. You can’t walk into a grocery store or plant

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Fall Planting Guide

This is the time of year when Arizona’s desert gardeners are the first to notice the slight decrease in morning and evening temperatures as they head outside to get a jump on fall vegetable and herb planting. Fall is our biggest planting season, when we can have successive crops of edibles, some that will last

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Watering Outdoor Potted Plants

Outdoor potted plants take the brunt of our worst weather in the desert Southwest, and that starts in the spring with windy, dry days. Then they endure constant sun and high temperatures through the summer. With good watering techniques and appropriate care your potted plants will not only survive they will thrive. As the weather

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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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