Garden Calendar for July 2022

July is National “Smart Irrigation Month,” so let’s start with some discussion about watering your landscape and garden. July Watering All plants need more water as temperatures rise. Water is critical in the desert, but don’t let your plants become “drip sip” junkies. Instead of a “sip” or a little bit of water every single day, water less often but for longer time, so the water sinks in two or even three feet into the ground – where roots should be growing. Deep Roots Encourage your roots to grow deep […]

Epsom Salts – The Gardeners Friend

Epsom salt is the gardeners friend twice over – or maybe I should say three times. First and second, Epsom salts contain two important macro-nutrients plants need to thrive, not merely survive. Third, gardeners can use some Epsom salts in the bath to soak away aches after a long day working in the garden. Why Plants Might Need Epsom Salt Epsom salt is a simple chemical compound of magnesium and sulfur linked together as magnesium sulfate. Both magnesium and sulfur are considered macro-nutrients – they are crucial to healthy plant […]

Silver Dollar Plant

Silver dollar plant is one of those plants that is a houseplant for folks back East – but it can be grown outdoors here in the Southwest. You Can Grow Silver Dollar Plant Silver dollar plant (Crassula arborescens) has many common names – and quite a few cultivated varieties with various names as well. Common names include silver dollar jade, blue bird jade, good luck plant, and African money plant. Whatever you call it – it is a luxurious succulent to grow. The silvery, waxy leaves have a hint of […]

Perennials are Perfect for Pollinators

When it comes to pollinators, the American Southwest is one of the most species diverse habitats in the world, with native species of bees, butterflies, moths, bats, and hummingbirds all busy pollinating our plants. This massive diversity makes sense – because much of the region has plants that bloom in every month of the year. Pollinators in the Southwest We have a plethora of pretty pollinators here!  We are the flyway for many species of hummingbirds, and many live in parts of Arizona and New Mexico all year long. Butterflies […]