Be Aware – Bees are Swarming

Much in the news about bees as pollinators. And while we all enjoy the fruits of bees labor, not many of us want a swarm of them settling in the backyard.    Especially not the Africanized “killer” bees that are a fact of life in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of California.    Read on to learn how to stay safe. Honey Bees are Non-native Bees Even if […]

Gardening for the Birds

February is National Wild Bird Feeding Month. To help us all celebrate, I offer these tips for turning your yard into a welcoming space for our fine feathered friends. Link to my YouTube video on Wild Bird Feeding Month. It’s Been A Tough Year The birds are hoping you will celebrate this special National month – because last summer was a tough one, and this winter is not an easy […]

Top 5 Posts for the Year

What questions do you have about gardening in our unique area?  I write so that you can succeed with your desert gardening goals. To help meet my self directed  “Mission Statement” I listen to your questions and then write about the topic.  But does only one person ask a particular question, or is this a popular topic? The Results are In The results for 2023 are in!  And yes, your […]

Seed Packages 101 – Seed Terminology Made Simple(r)

So just what is the big deal about an “heirloom?” What is the difference between that and an F1 hybrid? What about GMO?  Seed packages often include terms such as “heirloom” or “F1 hybrid.” These terms are quite precise, but may be used incorrectly by gardeners. There are also a number of misconceptions about these terms. Plain Language Seed Package Terms Consider this guide a plain-language “go-to” resource. Seed and […]

Starting Seeds Indoors

Starting seeds indoors is relatively easy, and it’s (past) time to start thinking about your spring planting in the Southwest. Starting Out Starting Seeds You will need a well lit space and some way of keeping your seeds and tender young plants protected from household pets and other slings and arrows of misfortune. Necessary Supplies Sterile seed-starting soil mix Seedling trays with clear plastic covers – either purchased or repurposed […]

Winter Sunlight and Plants

Days are getting shorter. Or, more correctly from the viewpoint of an organism that needs sunlight for photosynthesis, nights are getting longer.  Either way – it’s a tough time of year for many plants, and for people too. Not Enough Sunlight Long nights mean there is often not enough hours of sunlight to make enough food to grow. Not just grow but to also do all those complex processes to […]

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 […]