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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…

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    The Year of the Lavender

    It's the Year of the Lavender at the National Garden Bureau. Celebrate by growing lavender in your Southwest landscape.

  • Mexican Oregano for Color and Flavor

    Southwest gardeners aren’t picky in what we want from our shrubs. All we ask for is a plant that is drought tolerant, blooms from late spring through fall, isn’t an aggressive spreader, and produces nectar for pollinating insects. Being an herb gardener, I also want it to be edible. Too much to ask for? Not really. Behold the native plant…