• You Can Grow That: Tropical Ferns

    You may love living in the Southwest but Iā€™m sure there are days when the heat gets to you and you just want to fly away to someplace cool for a break. Flying away is not always possible (especially these days) but you can create a cool sanctuary inside your home with ferns. Ferns are a family of plants native…

  • Hoja Santa, a Tropical Herb for the Southwest

    Gardening in the Southwest has introduced me to several herbs unknown in other parts of the country. One of my favorite ā€“ almost flamboyant ā€“ finds is hoja santa, a tender perennial import from Central America and parts of Mexico. Hoja santa has large heart-shaped leaves about 10 inches long with one lobe of the heart larger than the other.…

  • 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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    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…