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    5 Ways to Help Your Garden Weather a Southwest Summer

    Summer is here despite what the calendar says. Residents of the Southwest are no strangers to the heat, which not only affects our comfort but can be difficult for the plants in your garden. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help your garden weather the heat of a Southwest summer. SWG’s Noelle Johnson lives in the Phoenix…

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    You Can Grow Rain Lilies

    I said “rain lilies” in the title because I didn’t want to daunt you with the scientific name, Zephyranthes. But if gardeners wrote alphabet books, Z would be for zephyranthes! Zephyranthes are some of the most delicate, graceful flowers there are. They come in red, pink, rose, coral, white, pale yellow, vivid lemon yellow, deep orange, or in sunset blends…

  • Hot Tomatoes!

      On the whole, tomatoes are easy to grow, even from seed. The difficult part is our complete inability to control weather extremes during our Southwest growing seasons. Like many herbs and vegetables, tomatoes are sensitive to high heat and cold. In my High Desert region (zone 6B) of New Mexico, I have to deal with both most summers. Like…

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    Moon Garden – for You and Mosquito Eaters to Enjoy

    Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can carry dreadful diseases. And yet, the time to enjoy our gardens in the Southwest summer is in the cool of evening – right when those pests are flying. To resolve this dilemma, plus help create an enjoyable evening space, PLUS a space that attracts night-flying mosquito-eating bats and birds (like the lesser nighthawk)…