Wednesday, April 1, 2015 4:00 am
To continue the theme started in January, I am going to discuss this month’s birth flower – the daisy. Which daisy? Any daisy you wish! The common English daisy, which may have been the original idea for the birth month flower, is a member of the sunflower family. While the English daisy will not thrive in Southern Arizona, there are at least fifty plants with daisy in their common name. Luckily for us desert dwellers, a number of these “daisies” will flourish here. Indeed, some are native and perfect for the low-water landscape.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 4:00 am
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 4:00 am
Hard as it is to believe, the autumn equinox is drawing near, and thus fall is just around the corner. This means it is time to get ready to plant. Fall is a great time of year for planting for a number of reasons. From a human standpoint, it is cooler and easier to work outdoors. From a plant standpoint, it is cooler and easier to live outdoors.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:00 am
Recently, I overheard someone complaining about the lack of seasonal color in Tucson. Having grown up here, I see color change all around. It is subtle and gentle and you have to pay attention. But if you want bright and showy, here are five trees you can plant right now, to enjoy brilliant color next autumn.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 4:00 am
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 8:57 am
One of the things that I say repeatedly in my reviews is that my biggest influence growing up watching the films is my father. Not only did he introduce me to Indiana Jones, Josey Wales, Freddy Krueger, and the world of Star Wars, he introduced me to James Bond.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:00 am
A number of years ago, horticultural research scientists
determined that autumn is ideal for planting any number of plants.
Ever since then, we garden writers have been espousing the virtues
of fall planting. But beware, like every rule, there are
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:00 am
July is National Baked Bean Month. You can celebrate by baking
some beans to enjoy with your hot dogs (it’s National Hot Dog
Month, too) or you can celebrate by planting some beans now to bake
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:00 am
Arbor Day is celebrated in Arizona on the last Friday in April.
Arbor Day is not a national holiday, but was decided on a
state-by-state basis. Sadly, the State Legislature picked the date
without asking us folks that work with plants. In most of Arizona,
one should ideally plant trees in autumn or in January, so they can
become well-established with a healthy widespread root system
before the searing summer heat.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:00 am
Those of you who have been reading my columns for the past eight
years know that I will admit that I have killed a few plants in my
Monday, November 1, 2010 11:00 pm
The week of Nov. 1-7 is National Fig Week.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 11:00 pm
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 11:00 pm
Back in January, in honor of "National Hot Tea Month," I wrote
of delicious hot teas you could make from herbs that grow easily
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:00 pm
Arbor Day is celebrated in Arizona on the last Friday in
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 12:00 am
December is a slow month in the garden. It is too late (or too
early) to prune anything, 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 water, especially if we don't
get some rain soon.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:00 am
I was all set for this column to be about Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 12:00 am
I find that early November is a wonderful time to get out in the
yard for several reasons.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:00 pm
Last week I began a discussion of cool season herbs. We looked
at some of the herb members of the carrot family: caraway,
cilantro, coriander, dill, fennel, and parsley.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:00 pm
One of the many things I love about autumn in the Old Pueblo is
that it's time to plant some really cool, cool climate herbs. Like
dill. And also calendula, caraway, chives, cilantro, coriander,
fennel, feverfew, German chamomile, parsley, and salad burnet.
These are grown as annual plants in our area. They thrive all
winter, ripe for the plucking, then pass into the compost heap in
the sky when the weather warms up.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 11:00 pm
Autumn is nigh and the days are getting shorter. This tells
plants to grow! Easy to do because the soil is still warm from the
summer heat, but days and nights are cooler.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 11:00 pm
The PBS show “This Old House” recently had a little section on
“fall is for planting.” The plant guy was explaining to his buddy
all the great reasons for planting trees in fall (while the buddy
got to do the shovel work).
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