• Attract Hummingbirds In the Desert Garden With These Summer-Blooming Beauties

    The sight of hummingbirds in the garden always brings a smile to my face. It doesn’t matter how busy I may be – I will stop whatever I’d doing to just watch their antics as they search for the ‘best’ bloom to feed from. While the sight of hummingbird feeders is commonplace in many gardens, you don’t have to rely…

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    Soil Loves Compost – Especially in the Southwest

    The title is a bit misleading. It’s not the soil that loves the compost – it’s all the plants that grow in the soil! And not just plants! There are countless life forms – mostly microscopic – that live in the soil and further help plants.  They love compost too. Why? What’s so special about compost? Compost is part of…

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    You Can Grow That: Lemongrass For Asian Flavor

    If you enjoy making foods from Southeast Asia, you will want to grow lemongrass. The tender portions of this aromatic grass provide a light lemon flavor used in teas, soups, and stir-fry dishes. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) grows in clumps of tightly wrapped leaves with a bulbous base. The inner core is pale green and tender, somewhat resembling the lower part…