February 2024 Garden Calendar

February – shortest month of the year.  There is not very much maintenance or tasks that must be done in the Southwest garden in February, just enjoy the season and any flowers you have.  Tidy up some things – especially in Low or Middle Desert.  Upper Elevations – you get to chill (pardon the pun). Let’s Talk About the Weather Please make note of the Last Frost post. Depending on […]

March Garden Tasks

March can be a busy month in the garden. Here are some of the things to get done this month. Weather Repeats Itself Just like hsitory.  You my hear people complain about this “odd” winter we are having in the Southwest – but they haven’t been here long enough. Cold, windy, dry at first, and then late rains. This all happens every 50 years or so. Last time was 1968, […]

Last Frost – What Does That Mean?

When planning your vegetable garden and other gardening tasks – you need to look at “Last Frost” date for your area. And as Autumn comes along you will need to start looking at “First Frost” data – but that is another article. Cover image is frost on a sage plant. Which Garden Tasks go by Last Frost Date? Last frost date tells you when you can safely put your tender […]

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 […]

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 […]