• Airplant: You Can Grow That!

    Maybe “grow” is not the right word for an airplant, which needs no soil and grows very slowly. But airplants (Tillandsia) are just about as easy as it gets to add some live greenery to a room without worrying about how green your thumb might be. I consider them a “gateway” plant to get people excited about houseplants and gardening.…

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    You Can Grow – Spinach and Other Tasty Greens

    October is National Spinach Month! Popeye the Sailor Man claimed “I’m strong to the “finich,” ’cause I eats me spinach.” But many people simply do not like the taste or texture of the leafy green. I understand – – but luckily, there are a number of other tasty greens to grow this month! Best of all, there is no back-breaking…

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    Microclimates Help Plants Beat Heat–and Cold

    A microclimate mimics nature and even human behavior. Let’s say it is 105 degrees Fahrenheit on a sunny desert afternoon. What is the first thing you do if you are having to wait outside for your Uber ride? Move 10 feet over and stand or sit in the shade of a tree! When the weather heats up in summer or…

  • Hydretain for Moisture Retention and a Giveaway!

    The summer months are the most dangerous ones for our beloved plants. Soil and air temperatures in the Southwest soar to dangerous levels between the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Soil dries out with astonishing swiftness. Summer is also when we want find some nice shade and stay there. Sometimes that means we lose track of the water moisture…

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    Save Your Sanity With Self-Watering Containers

    I love the easy-care pleasures of gardening in containers. It only takes a few minutes to set up a pot, and then you’re good for the rest of the year. All you have to do is water. Ah yes, watering the containers – easy when it’s just once a week. But when summer hits with searing temperatures, planters often need…