• Put Your Garden to Bed for Winter

    The growing season is nearing its end, even for those of us living in the warm Southwest. As your plants prepare for winter, so should you. In between the holiday madness, do your best to carve out a little time for the garden. Here are six basic tasks to do before winter closes in. For more ideas, don’t miss the…

  • Just in Time for 2020: Our Southwest Gardening Calendar!

    Have you ever found yourself wishing that you had a monthly guide to assist you in your garden tasks? Well, look no further. We have been hard at work, creating a special resource for you. Now, this isn’t just any wall calendar. Oh yes, there are beautiful photos of plants and Southwest gardens, but there is SO much more! Within…

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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…

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    Product Review: Dramm Quick Change Systems

    Even though we plant plenty of waterwise plants in our Southwest gardens, we have to water in times of drought and high heat to get seeds started or new plants established, and for lots of home and garden chores. When you water with a hose, you often have to disconnect and reconnect it to new devices, like a watering wand,…

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    Top 5 Tools for Beginning Gardeners

    Without spending a lot of money, you can get started gardening or supply a new “recruit” with all the garden tools he or she needs to make gardening fun and easy. It’s tough to narrow my favorite tools down to just five, but I find these gardening tools are the most handy and get the job done.   Pruners Pruners…