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    5 Purple Perennials for Your Sunny Southwest Garden

    Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is purple. More precisely, it’s Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet. Pantone, which provides color matching for printing and design, says the deep purple color mimics colors in nature. Gardeners agree, of course. Here are my 5 favorite purple perennials to grow in a Southwest garden.

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    Getting Ready for Spring Gardening

    It happens every year. As the chilly days of February pass by, I start to keep a lookout for signs. It may be the sound of a cardinal staking out his nesting territory. Or it might be the slow but sure emergence of new growth on my perennial herbs. Bit by bit, the clues gather and suddenly I know

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    Grow Short-season Edibles in the High Desert

    Those of us who live in the high deserts and mountains of the West know average frost days are just averages, and can vary. Even though it might not freeze in early September, the weather can turn cooler than necessary to

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    My Seed Starting Sins

      With February nearly here, I’m thinking it’s time to start some seeds for spring planting. It’s a great way to get a jump on spring gardening. It also helps to save a few bucks, an important consideration in my home, I can tell you. I must however confess that despite being a “garden expert” I’ve had my share of…

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    Southwest Transplant? Start Loving Southwest Gardening

    If you’ve just moved to Southwestern states like Arizona, New Mexico or Texas, you’ve probably noted a stark difference in the landscape. If you don’t already love it out West, you will soon. And you’ll learn to love the challenge of growing in your Southwest garden. Why Is the West Different? The wildness of the Southwest owes more to its…