Grow Almonds in the Desert

Celebrate “National Almond Day” – February 16! Plant Almond Trees Yes, almonds grow well in the Southwest.  They tolerate alkaline souls, low humidity, and even (most) of the heat of summer.  Almonds join a number of other plants from the warmer areas of the eastern Mediterranean that grow well in our Southwest gardens. There are many trees you can plant in your Southwest yard, but if you are going to […]

Desert Goji Berry – Lovely Lycium

Lycium?    Yep – that’s the name for goji berries.    Did you know we have native goji berries in the Southwest?    Goji is a World Wide Plant Goji, goji berry, or wolfberry is the name applied to the fruit of two Asian plants, Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense. but the genus is found around the globe, from China to Chile, Southern USA to South Africa.    There are […]

Plan Now for Fall Fruit Planting

Hard to believe it – but it is mid-July now and soon it will be time to plant fruit trees. Back East, gardeners use the winter cold to dream and plan their planting just waiting for once it warms up. Here, in the heat of a Southwestern summer, we dream about what we will plant when it cools off. Indeed the cooler weather of fall is perfect for planting as […]

Garden Calendar for October 2022

It seems that every October is different than the previous one here in the Land of El Sol. Luckily there are some things in common – and thus I can help you plan your October 2022 gardening tasks ahead, so your garden will look great through the holidays ahead.* Watch for The 3 W’s – Winter ,Weeds, Wildflowers We had spotty rain across the Southwest in late September. Rain means […]

3 Tips for Healthy Citrus in the Desert

Unlike some fruit trees who are drama queens, citrus is more of a “leave-me-alone-to-get-the-job-done” kind of fruit tree.If you just let it hang out and grow – and just give it a tad bit of help – everybody will win. Citrus Care IS As Simple as 1-2-3 There are only three things you need to do as a citrus owner, and one of them is a don’t! Number One Don’t […]