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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Spring Tomato Seedling Care

The seedlings you purchased at Gregory Ware’s Spring Tomato Plant Sale have been carefully grown using only organic inputs. They have been grown in full, all-day sun, not in a greenhouse, so they have been exposed to the weather and are as acclimated as any plant can be. Very small seedlings are about four weeks

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Invite Lady Beetles To Your Garden

Beneficial garden ladybugs for controlling pests in your garden are the most popular and widely used beneficial insects for commercial and home use. Lady beetles – aka Ladybugs – bugs are one of the most widely used beneficial insects for controlling pests in veggie and herb gardens. They are well known as a generalist predator

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Gardening In This Oddly Warm Winter

An incredibly mild winter season has a lot of gardeners scratching their heads while they watch plants bloom early. Lettuce is growing at double speed, cilantro is bolting, and we’ve seen volunteer tomato plants that are three feet tall.  This is not normal, even in the sunny Sonoran Desert. On top of it all, there’s

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Feeding Citrus

The experts at the University of Arizona College Cooperative Extension  issued an updated  guide to fertilizing citrus and it changes the timing of when to feed some citrus plants. Lemons and limes stay close to the schedule we’re all familiar with: February, April, and September.  Oranges, grapefruit and tangerines shift to a February, April, June

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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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Rose Pruning

It’s rose pruning time and we’ve found these helpful tips courtesy of the U of A Cooperative Extension and the Clemson Cooperative Extension publication, “Pruning Roses” by Karen Russ and Bob Polomski. Pruning roses keeps the plants healthy, promotes new growth, removes dead, broken or diseased canes, and/or trains the plant to a desired shape.

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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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