Time to Grow Basil

First day of spring is time to plant your basil here in the Southwest. Well, most of the Southwest. Those of you in the mountains will have to start yours indoors. Cover image is a selection of three different varieties, courtesy Renee’s Garden Seeds. Basil is Not Native – but That’s Okay Originally native to India, basil is now grown around the globe wherever (and whenever) it is warm enough.  […]

Rest in Peace Father Kino

Three hundred and thirteen years ago this week Father Kino died – on March 15, 1711.      We remember Padre Kino 313 years later because he was so very far ahead of his time.    He fought against slavery and racism – truly radical notions for his time. He worked tirelessly for all humans to be treated with dignity and respect. Ahead of His Time I write of Father […]

Growing Lavender in the Southwest

National Lavender Day is June 29. In honor of this widely celebrated holiday, I deemed it time to share some timely tips on growing lovely lavender. Which Species? Lavender that grows well in the Southwest includes a number of European species (and cultivars) of Lavendula, plus the Sonoran Desert native shrub, desert lavender (Condea emoryi). We will look at the most commonly sold species. For a quick look at this […]

Seven Herbal Teas from Your Yard

The tea industry has declared June “National Iced Tea Month.” If you are trying to live more lightly on this earth and not spend massive amounts of carbon dioxide emitting fossil fuels importing tea made from the Asian tea plant (Camelia sinensis), consider these tasty caffine-free “herbal” teas you can grow in your own yard and enjoy anytime. Tea does not need to come from Asia! January was National Hot […]

Four Tasty Teas to Grow at Home

Celebrate National Hot Tea Month (January) – by harvesting some caffeine-free tea from your yard – or more simply – out of pots of plants growing on your patio. Don’t Like Herb Tea? I hear this every so often. “Tried it once and didn’t like it.” Yep. Well there are many kinds of herbal tea.  For instance, if you don’t like “mint” tea – do you know if it is […]

How to Grow Cool Season Herbs

Cool Season in the Southwest – time for all manner of tasty annual herbs!  Cool season is when herbs from cool climates come into their own. Many of these can very easily be grown in containers and thus make beautiful décor for your patio in the months ahead when it is cool and we love to be outside in the Southwest. Selecting Cool Season Herbs Cool season herbs feature many […]

25 Plants to Divide in Fall

Fall is time to divide your plants – at least some of them. Yes, it is still fairly hot out there at mid-day, and not so much fun to work outside – but this is a task that will reward you next spring! Why Divide? Just like you separate quarreling sibling humans, you need to separate a clump of sibling perennial plants that are growing too close together. They may […]