Products and Resources

We love to garden in the Southwest and and we especially love spreading the word about products we love or think you might enjoy. Scroll down for our product reviews and products we’ve included in our gift guides.

From time to time, we review gardening books and products that might be helpful to Southwest gardeners. Just click on the summaries below to learn more. We also include links right from our reviews and guides. Happy shopping!

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Book Review: Starting and Saving Seeds

This book by Julie-Thompson-Adolph and from Cool Springs Press (2018) is an overview of seed basics, including illustrated instructions for preparing, sowing, and harvesting seeds, plus how to sow and harvest specific popular plants.

Product Review: Potlifter

Jacqueline Soule reviews this handy tool. It does the task a dolly can't do over our rough ground. The potlifter has adjustable sides to match each person's height and smooth plastic handles.

When it is too cold (or hot) to grow greens and herbs outside, enter gardening right on your countertop. This helpful book gives you plenty of tips and ideas.

You can make garden clean-up a snap with the handy A-Z EZ Caddy. Save steps and make a neater job of pruning or weeding.

Perhaps the hardest subject for a garden enthusiast to tackle is indoor lighting. Most plants grown indoors need lights to compensate for the lack of sunshine. Gardening Under Lights, by Leslie Halleck, has it all.

Gardening CompleteHow to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Other Outdoor Plants  is a one-stop, complete guide to all things gardening. The author team includes our own Dr. Jacqueline Soule. 

A hat for the hot Southwest summer that’s functional and attractive? That’s Tula Hats, a company based in the Southwest city of Austin. See Noelle Johnson’s review.

During Smart Irrigation Month, Dr. Jacqueline Soule reviewed an irrigation product that is easy to use and saves water in the garden.

This organic spray can help you rid your garden of pests. It even is safe to use on food you grow. Ann McCormick reviews the spray.

As a horticulturist and garden writer, Noelle Johnson has used countless garden products over the years, but few have garnered as much admiration as the newest addition to her gardening shed as the TubTrug Flexible Tub.

Have tiny hands? Do you have to share your pruners around the garden? Try these pruners with a flexible dial to fit any hand! They also have comfort gel handles and cut like a dream. 

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Watch for More Reviews and Giveaways!

These garden shears from Fiskars are perfect for jobs like trimming basil. See Dr. Jacqueline Soule’s mention in her article on growing basil.

And there are plenty more reviews and giveaways scheduled. Be sure to check our home page regularly and sign up for our weekly newsletter so you’ll get the latest information.​

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Link right from our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide to great ideas for gifts all year long. We cover plenty of bases — practical, educational and self-care gifts, along with some that are just plain fun. This spring, we’ll publish our Mother’s Day Gift Guide, so stay tuned.