• Fight Damaging Insects the Smart Way

    One of the joys of gardening is to visit your young plants to see the progress they are making towards producing the flowers, leaves, and vegetables you are hoping to enjoy. But what if you go out one morning to discover damaged or stunted growth, suspicious holes in leaves, or even plants that have toppled over as though visited by…

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    Beautiful Baileya

    The Southwest is a Unique Place “The Southwest is like no place else on earth” says author Jacqueline Soule. I agree – it has the very unique wildflower called Baileya. Actually, I’m quoting myself there, because I started a chapter of a book that way once. I went on to explain that the Southwest is a unique geographic area with…

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    Sweet Herb Plants for Your Sweetheart

    Valentine’s Day Dilemma As Valentine’s Day rolls around, it can be tough to get just the right gift. Here are some plant ideas that might work for you;  they did for my sweetheart! I am married to a practical man. He works as an engineering troubleshooter. Logic rules in his world. When we were dating, he confessed that Valentine’s Day…

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    Flavorful Mint For Every Garden

    When people think of growing herbs they think of quiet, well-behaved plants. But like any family, there’s always one that doesn’t quite fit the mold and that’s mint. Hands down, it’s the most vigorous herb in my garden. Mint is legendary for its ability to spread – under, over, and through just about any barrier it encounters. So why do…