Calendula Flowers are Easy to Grow

Grow calendula for a bright and shining and long-lasting pretty flower in the cooler months of winter in the desert Southwest. Calendula – The Plant Calendula (Calendula officinalis) was once an important herb found in every herbal garden. Now calendula commonly grown for its pretty blooms. It still has a wealth of uses. Mostly though, I like to grow it because it is nice to have bright flowers to greet […]

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 […]

Garden Calendar for November in the Southwest

November is a wonderful time to get out in the yard for many reasons.  But there is not too much work that you “must” do this month. Tidy Up Personally, I like to get everything tidied up and get it looking good for the holiday season ahead.    Also, some time spent now can eliminate potential problems from the yard that might add to holiday season stress.    Besides, it […]

December 2022 Gardening Tasks

When it comes to Garden Tasks, December is a slow month. That’s a good thing because it’s the holiday season and there are plenty of other tasks to do. December Overview It is too late (or too early) to prune anything. This year the weeds are not too rambunctious, and cool temperatures mean slow growth. Slow growth does not mean no growth. Roots continue to grow, so be sure to […]

November 2022 Garden Calendar

It’s November and that means weather is cooling off. You will need to keep an eye out for frost – depending on your region of the Southwest. Might have already happened for you. Push Your Zone In Carson City, Nevada they already have some snow. But in other areas of the Southwest, I encourage you to live (a little) dangerously. In Middle and Low Desert go ahead and keep planting […]